Coordinates: 51°31′29″N 06°55′22″E / 51.52472°N 6.92278°E / 51.52472; 6.92278
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Flag of Bottrop
Coat of arms of Bottrop
Location of Bottrop
Bottrop is located in Germany
Bottrop is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Coordinates: 51°31′29″N 06°55′22″E / 51.52472°N 6.92278°E / 51.52472; 6.92278
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionMünster
DistrictUrban District
 • MayorPeter Noetzel (SPD)
 • Total100.7 km2 (38.9 sq mi)
60 m (200 ft)
 • Total117,311
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
46236 – 46244
Dialling codes02041, 02045
Vehicle registrationBOT

Bottrop is a city in west central Germany, on the Rhine-Herne Canal, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen). Bottrop is in the Ruhr industrial area, It is next to Essen, Oberhausen, Gladbeck and Dorsten. The city had been a coal-mining and rail center. There are factories producing coal-tar derivatives, chemicals, textiles, and machinery. The population is currently 119,655. Bottrop grew as a mining center beginning in the 1860s and was chartered as a city in 1921. In 1975 it was put together with the unification with the neighbor communities of Gladbeck and Kirchhellen, but Gladbeck left in 1976.

History[change | change source]

The place is first heard of in 1150, as Borthorpe. This name means village on the hillside. In the year 1423, Bottrop is awarded the status of a market town. In 1786 the first cotton mill opens. Coal mining starts in 1856. The city gets town privileges in 1919. In 1953, the population passed 100.000 people for the first time.

Popular persons[change | change source]

Bottrop, Museum Quadrat

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2021" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 20 June 2022.

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