Where the Erft meets the Rhine
Neuss is a modern, lively city with historical roots.
It is located on the left bank of the Lower Rhine on the opposite side to Düsseldorf and, with almost 160,000 inhabitants, is Germany’s largest city belonging to a district and, as a so-called medium-sized urbanisation, also the largest in Rhine County Neuss. The city is best known for its Roman past, its harbour on the river Rhine and the Riflemen’s Festival. In 1984 it celebrated its 2000th anniversary, making it one of the oldest cities in Germany. Having risen from a Roman camp to a major city, the Hanseatic city of Neuss is, thanks to its history, culture, infrastructure and Rhenish joie de vivre, a city that surprises every visitor with a wealth of possibilities. A walk through the city’s historic quarter reveals many historical testimonies: Worthy sights include the Quirinus Cathedral, the Zeughaus, which is the oldest house in the city and the Obertor, the last remaining of the former six massive gated strongholds of the medieval city fortifications.
Neuss creates friendships all over the world. Five twin-town agreements provide living proof: The oldest friendship has linked the Quirinus city with Châlons-en Champagne in France since 1972 and, in 1990, both Pskov in Russia and Rijeka in Croatia were added. The twinning agreement with Saint Paul, Minnesota, in the USA was signed in 1999. A contract establishing the twinning with Nevşehir, Turkey, was signed in Neuss on 8 December 2007, while the agreement to seal the twinning with Bolu, Turkey was signed in Neuss on 5 January 2008. Here’s to friendship!