The city of Neuss
Neuss has character. The Romans already settled here, where the Erft flows into the Rhine, and so Neuss and its rich history can look back on one of the oldest founding dates of a city and more than 2,000 years of city history. Neuss is a Roman city, Hanseatic city, place of pilgrimage and, with around 153,000 citizens living on a 100 square kilometre area divided into 28 districts, is today Germany's largest district city. Neuss has been the district capital since 1975 and is the seat of the district administrator and his administration.
Neuss lies at the intercept point of the "Rheinschiene" (an interregional railway line along the Rhine) and the "Ost-West-Achse" ('East-West axis') and is connected to the European centres of commerce via a well-developed rail and autobahn network. Following the fusion of the Neuss and Dusseldorf harbours, the Neuss-Dusseldorf harbours are Germany's third-largest river ports and have developed into a central point of multifunctional service provision for the region. Today Neuss presents itself as a dynamic, cosmopolitan and flourishing business location which is home to the German and European headquarters of internationally renowned companies. Future technologies have also found a place for themselves in Neuss amid the enormous variety of mid-size businesses.
The city has much to offer its citizens. One attraction whose reach extends far beyond the city's and the Rhein-Kreiss Neuss' border is the Neuss Bürger-Schützenfest. More than half a million visitors come to Neuss on the last weekend in August in order to celebrate in the area surrounding the Quirinus minster and to experience the torch procession and king's parade by the Rhine.
Art and culture are especially prized in Neuss. The Rheinishes Landestheater (Rhenish state theatre) and the Globe theatre, which hosts a yearly Shakespeare festival, are equally as inviting as the Haus Rottles with its Rhenish Schützenmuseum (museum for the history of the region’s marksman associations) and the Clemens Sels museum and its Roman section, its multitude of Rhenish expressionist paintings and the largest collection of naïve art in Germany. The Hombroich cultural area is a highlight for art lovers, with the Hombroich museum island and the Langen Foundation, constructed following plans by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Neuss emphasises education and further education and alongside a wide spectrum of schools also boasts an international school, a study centre of the Distance University of Hagen and a University of Applied Science for economics and management. Sport is also excellently catered for in Neuss: a comprehensive range of activities is provided by the presence of a golf course, an ice-skating rink, an indoor ski slope, three swimming pools and 16 district sports fields.
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