The city of Bergisch Gladbach

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Konrad-Adenauer-Platz © Frank Vincentz

Konrad-Adenauer-Platz © Frank Vincentz

Bergisch Gladbach is a city in the Cologne/Bonn Region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and capital of the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis (district). Bergisch Gladbach is located east of the river Rhine, approx. 10 kilometers east of Cologne.

The word “Bergisch” in the name does not originate from its location in the earldom of Berg and was not added to distinguish it from Mönchengladbach as believed by many people, but from the earls who gave their name to the region. At the start of the 12th century the earls of “Berg” settled in the area and it became the grand duchy of “Berg”. This is where the first part of the name (Bergisch) comes from.

Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg © Frank Vincentz Zweiffel Castle © Regi51 Villa Zanders © Frank Vincentz Schlosshotel Lerbach © www.kiwicollection.com Old Town Hall ©J Wellem Old Castle and Town Hall © J Wellem Old Bensberg Castle © Beckstet Lerbach Castle © Tohma Hotel Brauhaus Am Bock © Sebastian Mehlmacher Haus Steinbrecher © Jan Wellem Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg © Frank Vincentz Bürgerhaus Bergischer Löwe © A Savin Konrad-Adenauer-Platz © Frank Vincentz
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Schlosshotel Lerbach © www.kiwicollection.com
The second part of the name is a lot harder to explain in English, as it originates from Low German (Bergisches Platt). “Gladbach” evolved from the stream “Strunde”, which received an artificial river bed in early medieval times. Basically the river was “laid” which means “gelaat” in “Bergisch Platt”, the slang/dialect of the region. During the centuries the word “gelaat” evolved and was rounded by the people to “glad”. The second part of the word, “bach” stands for stream, meant is the “Strunde”. Basically “Gladbach” means stream with an artificially laid river bed.

In 1975 the city incorporated the neighbouring Bensberg and when it reached a population of 100,000 in 1977 it received the rank of a city.

Read more on City of Bergisch Gladbach (with web cam), Bergisches Land Tourism, Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg, Schlosshotel Lerbach, Bürgerhaus Bergischer Löwe (Event Centre), Heidi Klum (born in Bergisch Gladbach) and Wikipedia Bergisch Gladbach. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organisations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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