Rhein-Erft County ... Strength in the Cologne Region
The county is among the economically strongest counties in North Rhine Westphalia and due to the fact that the “Rhine Revier” is home to the largest contiguous lignite deposits on the European continent, it is today still considered an energy county. Even though surface mining operations are slowly receding from the county area, investments into state-ofthe-art technology are still made. Using exemplary recultivation activities the former industrial landscapes are being transformed into local recreational parks: Forests and lakes are perfect for hiking and water sports and they are favorite leisure destinations not only for the neighboring city dwellers.
Today’s version of the county was created through communal reorganization in 1975 from the former counties of Cologne and Bergheim plus portions of Euskirchen County. Initially named Erft County (Erftkreis) it was
awarded its present name of Rhein-Erft County by the end of 2003.
delightful and varied scenery which goes hand in hand with a strong and attractive economic site location.
Instead the county and its many pleasant opposites of historic villages and recultivated areas an abundance of lakes and modern industrial facilities, provide a special experience for just about anyone.
- Rhein-Erft County
... Strength in the Cologne Region
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