Moers (German pronunciation: [ˈmœʁs] (listen); older form: Mörs; archaic Dutch: Murse, Murs or Meurs) is a German city on the western bank of the Rhine. Moers belongs to the district of Wesel.

Moers Castle (2014)
Moers Castle (2014)
Coat of arms of Moers

Coat of arms
Location of Moers within Wesel district
Moers in WES
Moers is located in Germany
Moers is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°ECoordinates: 51°27′33″N 6°37′11″E / 51.45917°N 6.61972°E
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
 • MayorChristoph Fleischhauer (CDU)
 • Total67.68 km2 (26.13 sq mi)
23 m (75 ft)
 • Total103,949
 • Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
47441 - 47447
Dialling codes0 28 41
Vehicle registrationMO (alternative: WES or DIN)
Grubenlampe, Halde Rheinpreußen, Blaue Stunde, 2010-10-09, I
The illuminated, 30 meters high mining lamp memorial by Otto Piene on the spoil tip Halde Rheinpreußen in the north of Moers during the blue hour


The County of Moers in 1635

Known earliest from 1186, the county of Moers was an independent principality within the Holy Roman Empire.

During the Eighty Years' War it was alternately captured by Spanish and Dutch troops, as it bordered the Upper Quarter of Guelders. During the war it finally fell to Maurice of Orange. As it was separated from the Dutch Republic by Spanish Upper Guelders it did not become an integral part of the Republic, though Dutch troops were stationed there.

After the death of William III of Orange in 1702, Moers was inherited by the king of Prussia. All Dutch troops and civil servants were expelled.

In 1795 it was annexed by France. At the Congress of Vienna, in 1815 it was returned to Prussia and in 1871 it became part of the German Empire.

A target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, the Steinkohlenbergwerke (English: coal mine) Rheinpreussen synthetic oil plant in Moers,[3] was partially dismantled post-war.

Significant minority groups
Nationality Population (2014)
 Turkey 4,245
 Italy 725
 Poland 586
 Serbia 427
 Croatia 327


Moers, evangelische Stadtkirche in straatzicht Dm2 foto3 2013-07-29 11.29

Moers, churchtower (die evangelische Stadtkirche) in the street

Moers, stationsgebouw foto1 2013-07-29 11.07

Moers, station

Moers, das Ärztehaus Dm60 foto3 2013-07-29 11.15

Moers, monumental building: das Ärtzehaus

Karte um 1591

Moers c1591


  • 1815–1820: Wilhelm Urbach
  • 1822–1830: von Nievenheim
  • 1830–1850: Friedrich Adolf Vinmann
  • 1850–1859: Karl von Strampff
  • 1860–1864: Gottlieb Meumann
  • 1864–1897: Gustav Kautz
  • 1898–1910: August Craemer
  • 1910–1915: Dr. Richard Glum
  • 1917–1937: Dr. Fritz Eckert
  • 1937–1941: Fritz Grüttgen
  • 1943–1945: Peter Linden
  • 1945–1946: Dr. Otto Maiweg
  • 1946: Karl Peschken
  • 1946–1952: Wilhelm Müller
  • 1952–1977: Albin Neuse (SPD)
  • 1977–1999: Wilhelm Brunswick (SPD)
  • 1999–2004: Rafael Hofmann (CDU)
  • 2004–2014: Norbert Ballhaus (SPD)
  • 2014–0000: Christoph Fleischhauer (CDU)


In 1985, the Moers Sports Club (volleyball) was formed, winning the 1989 Bundesliga championship.

Notable people

Moers - Altmarkt 1, Denkmal Nr. 76
Moers Birthplace of Tersteegen

International relations

Moers is twinned with: 1966 France Maisons-Alfort
1974 France Bapaume
1980 United Kingdom Knowsley (Liverpool City Region)
1987 Israel Ramla
1989 Nicaragua La Trinidad, Nicaragua
1990 Germany Seelow (Brandenburg)

See also


  1. ^ "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
  3. ^ "Index - Tom Reel 304 : Documents taken from Steinkohlenbergwerk Rheinpreussen, Moers" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-17.

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Ahmet Engin

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Armin Hahne

Armin Hahne (born September 10, 1955 in Moers, West Germany) is a German racing driver, best known for his exploits in touring car racing. The highpoint of his career was winning both the 1982 and 1983 Spa 24 Hours driving BMW's. Another highlight of his career was driving in the factory supported Tom Walkinshaw Racing run Jaguar Racing team racing the Jaguar XJS coupes. Hahne stayed with the team as they transitioned to Rover Vitesse. In 1991 he drove for one race in the British Touring Car Championship for BMW.

Later in his career, Armin Hahne raced mostly on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, finishing second overall in 2008 in the Adac 24 hours, driving a Porsche 911 GT3-MR entered by Manthey Racing.

In 2011, he won the second round of the VLN race series, co-driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 entered by the Mamerow / Rowe Racing with Chris Mamerow.

He also is the youngest brother of Formula One driver Hubert Hahne.

County of Moers

The County of Moers (German: Grafschaft Moers) was a historical princely territory on the left bank of the Lower Rhine that included the towns of Moers and Krefeld as well as the surrounding villages and regions. Although the county was legally dissolved as far back as 1797/1801, the names of communal institutions and local firms often incorporate the word Grafschafter ("comital") which harks back to the County of Moers.

Curlew (band)

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David Moss (musician)

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Elements of Surprise

Elements of Surprise is a live album by saxophonist Anthony Braxton and trombonist George Lewis recorded at the Moers Festival in Germany in 1976 and originally released on the Moers Music label.


"Euro-Vision" was the Belgian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performed in French by Telex.

The song was performed nineteenth on the night, following Spain's Trigo Limpio with "Quédate esta noche". At the close of voting, it had received 14 points, placing 17th in a field of 19. The band were moderately pleased with the outcome of the Contest, but for a somewhat unusual reason. At the time lead singer Michel Moers was quoted as saying: "We had hoped to finish last, but Portugal decided otherwise. We got ten points from them and finished on the 19th [sic] spot". In hindsight their participation in the Contest however seems to have served its marketing purposes; some thirty years on "Euro-Vision" still remains one of the band's best-known songs, both in Belgium and internationally.

The song was the first entry ever to mention the Contest by name as part of what is generally agreed to have been a send-up of the whole event (previous entries such as Schmetterlinge's "Boom Boom Boomerang" had parodied the Contest without actually naming it). Further, in contrast to the generally upbeat and lively entries submitted from other entrants, Telex performed from behind synthesisers and in a robotic - somewhat Kraftwerk-esque - manner.

Telex released the song in French and English language versions and the band subsequently re-recorded the track for their first 'greatest hits' compilation More than Distance, also released in 1980, then retitled "Neurovision". Furthermore, in 1993 Telex released their first CD box set, once again with a reference to their Eurovision participation back in 1980; the album was entitled Belgium...One Point.

James Blood Ulmer

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John Surman

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Moers Festival

The Moers Festival is an annual international music festival in Moers, Germany. The festival has changed from concentrating on free jazz to including world and pop music, though it still invites many avant-garde jazz musicians. Performers at Moers include Lester Bowie, Fred Frith, Jan Garbarek, Herbie Hancock, Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, and Cecil Taylor. The festival is officially named "mœrs festival" with lowercase letters.

Moers Music

Moers Music is a German jazz record label that was founded by Burkhert Henen in Moers, Germany. The label started in 1974 under the name Ring but was changed three years later due to a conflict with a Canadian record label that had the same name. Moers concentrates on free jazz and has released albums by Barry Altschul, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Anthony Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, James Newton, Wadada Leo Smith, Vienna Art Orchestra, and World Saxophone Quartet.

Odean Pope

Odean Pope (born October 24, 1938) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Point of No Return (World Saxophone Quartet album)

Point of No Return is the debut album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet released on the Moers Music label in 1977.

The album features a live performance by Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and David Murray recorded in June 1977 at the 6th International New Jazz Festival in Moers.

Seven Compositions 1978

Seven Compositions 1978 is an album by composer Anthony Braxton recorded in Paris in 1979 by a quartet and originally released on the Moers Music label.

Siege of Meurs (1597)

The Siege of Meurs took place between 29 August to 3 September 1597 during the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo–Spanish War. The Spanish occupied city of Moers (Dutch at the time: Meurs) under Governor Andrés de Miranda was besieged by Dutch and English troops under the command of Prince Maurice of Orange. The siege ended with the capitulation and the withdrawal of the Spanish garrison. The siege was part of Maurice's campaign of 1597 known as the Ten Glory Years, his highly successful offensive against the Spaniards.

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Cities in Germany by population
Towns and municipalities in Wesel (district)

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