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Where the Erft meets the Rhine

Neuss is a modern, lively city with historic roots dating back to the Roman Era. It is located on the west bank of the river Rhine opposite Düsseldorf. With a population of nearly 160,000 Neuss is one of the biggest independent cities in Germany. Founded in 16 BC, Neuss is famous for its Roman past, the “Rhine Harbour” and the “Neuss Bürger Schützenfest” held every year on the last weekend in August. In 1984 Neuss celebrated its 2000-year-anniversary which makes it one of the oldest cities in Germany, together with Trier and Augsburg. Founded as camp “Novaesia” it has risen to a big city with a wide range of historical and cultural events. Today the town of Neuss surprises its visitors with a variety of tourist attractions and its Rhenish joie de vivre. Take a tour around the historic center with its many contemporary testimonies: Especially worth seeing are the Basilica of St. Quirinus, the Zeughaus, the city’s oldest building, and the Obertor, the last of six medieval archways framing the city’s old fortification.

Neuss is a popular city. Having five municipal partnerships Neuss has built a network of friendships all over the world. The oldest town twinning with French Châlons-en Champagne has already lasted for 50 years. Later, in 1990, Pskow in Russia und Rijeka in Croatia joined the list of sister-cities. The partnership with Saint Paul in Minnesota, USA, was signed in 1999. In December 2007 Turkish Nevşehir became a twin city of Neuss. In January 2008 Bolu / Turkey, joined the municipal partnership. Cheers to friendship!

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