Düren, Germany

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city: 90,502

Land area

85 km2

Population density

1060 inhabitants/km2

In the southwest of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the administrative district of Cologne is the district of Düren. The city of Düren is centrally located in the administrative district and covers an area of 85 km2. The medium-sized town on the northern edge of the Eifel with a population of 90,502 (as of 2017) is part of the Euregio Maas-Rhein association and is located close to the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. The district of Düren also connects the regional centres of Aachen (west) and Cologne (east) and is not far from the city of Bonn and the North Rhine-Westphalian state capital of Düsseldorf on German territory and the cities of Liège on Belgian territory and Maastricht on Dutch territory. Therefore, mobility is of great importance for the city of Düren as a medium-sized city between Aachen and Cologne.

The Motorized Individual Transport Network (MIV) covers the entire road network. The city of Düren is connected to the national highway network between Aachen and Cologne as well as to the international highway network between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands by the motorway 4 in a west-east direction. The 2011 IHK Commuter Atlas from the Aachen region shows that the district of Düren has high commuter relations in all directions (Aachen, Heinsberg, Cologne, Euskirchen). The city of Düren mainly attracts commuters from the surrounding communities, in particular Merzenich, Kreuzau and Hürtgenwald.

The length of the cycle traffic facilities in Düren is approx. 200 km. This includes the NRW cycle network and the local cycle path network. The tour from the outer districts of the city to the city centre takes place mainly along the main roads. However, the surrounding fields are also crossed by farm roads that are open to cycling. Most of the tours along the main roads take place along common cycle paths, footpaths, protective strips and multi-purpose strips. In the city districts, 30 speed zones were mainly designated, in which mixed cycle traffic is conducted on the carriageway. The pedestrian zone in the city centre is open to cycling.

The administrative district of Düren is located within the area of the AVV (Aachener Verkehrsverbund). The VRS (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg) network area borders directly to the east. The Dürener bus network is served by the transport company Rurtalbus GmbH. All districts of Dürener are accessible by public transport.

In addition to the bus lines, the city of Düren is also connected to the railway network. On the route between Aachen and Cologne there are long-distance lines, but they only stop once a week in Düren (IC 26, IC 32, ICE 10). Two regional express lines (RE 1 and RE 9), a regional train in the direction of Aachen-Alsdorf (RB 20 / Euregio-Bahn) and an S-Bahn connection in the direction of Cologne connect the city of Düren. On the north-south axis, the Rurtalbahn (RB 21) also operates a regional railway line to the north in the direction of Jülich-Linnich and to the south in the direction of Heimbach-Rureifel. Düren is thus well connected both regionally and supra-regionally via rail-bound traffic. There are strong commuter flows between Euskirchen and Zülpich and Düren. In order to reduce car traffic, the city of Düren is committed to reactivating the Börde Railway. The connection to Euskirchen will be in preliminary operation from December 2019 and is expected to be fully completed by 2022.

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Year 2014


City of Düren




Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Anke Leimert

Telephone: +49 2421 25 2666
Email: dea.leimertdueren
City website:http://www.dueren.de
Political representative: Paul Larue, Mayor

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