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For the football player, see Wolfgang Overath. For the German author, see Angelika Overath. Overath Overath Location of the town of Overath within Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis district Coordinates 50°57′N 7°18′E / 50.95°N 7.3°E / 50.95; 7.3 Administration Country Germany State North Rhine-Westphalia Admin. region Cologne District Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Town subdivisions 7 Mayor Andreas Heider (CDU) Basic statistics Area 68.8 km2 (26.6 sq mi) Elevation 70 - 348 m Population 26,990 (31 December 2010)[1]  - Density 392 /km2 (1,016 /sq mi) Other information Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Licence plate GL Postal code 51491 Area codes 02206, 02204, 02207 Website www.overath.de Overath is a town in the Rheinisch-Bergischer district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Contents 1 Geography 1.1 Subdivisions 2 History 2.1 Coat of arms 2.2 Religion 2.3 Population 3 Infrastructure 3.1 Traffic 3.1.1 Roads 3.1.2 Air transport 3.1.3 Public Transport 3.2 Medicine 4 Government 4.1 City council 4.2 Mayor 5 International relations 6 References 7 External links Geography Overath is located about 25 km east of Cologne, in the Bergisches Land. Despite the reclassification as a 'Stadt' (town, though the German understanding leans towards city) years ago due to surpassing the relevant population threshold, the former appellation Gemeinde (parish) seems more appropriate (particularly to the inhabitants) due to the spread-out villages it consists of. The main settlement is in the Agger valley, with others spread on the hills surrounding it. The kleine Heckberg (small Heckberg, 348 m) near Federath is the highest point of Overath, and the whole Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis. Neighbouring cities are Rösrath in the West, Bergisch Gladbach in the North-West, Lindlar in the North-East, Engelskirchen in the East and Much, Neunkirchen-Seelscheid and Lohmar in the South. Subdivisions Map of Overath's quarters Overath is divided into 7 parts. Brombach Heiligenhaus Immekeppel Marialinden Steinenbrück Untereschbach Vilkerath History The Steinhof, a restaurant today, is the oldest settlement in Overath. The current building was constructed in 1662. When first mentioned in 1060, Overath was called "Achera" (after the Agger river). Presumably because of the first settlement at a clearing (German Rodung) the name changed to "Ouerode" (about 1280), "Ovverode" (1304), "Overadt" (1582), and finally became "Overath". Coat of arms The coat of arms of Overath was only created on March 3, 1938. It consists of two areas: The upper area shows the lion of Berg. It symbolizes the former jurisdiction by the Earldom of Berg. The lower area shows a golden bell. It is supposed to symbolize a tradition of bell making. The inclusion of the bell is, however, due to a 15th and 16th century bell making family von Overra[i]de from Cologne, which falsely led to belief that bells were cast in Overath. Religion The Catholic church is devoted to Saint Walpurga (Heilige Walburga). Until 1803 the Benedictines had a monastery in Cyriax, a subsidiary of Michaelsberg Abbey at Siegburg. The Catholic church in Heiligenhaus is devoted to Saint Roch (Heiliger Rochus). Marialinden's church (St. Mariä Heimsuchung) is a pilgrimage destination for Saint Mary. Population In 1939, the population of Overath was 6,500. In 1946, it already exceeded 10,500 and continued to grow to 15,500 in 1970. The area of the community was extended in 1975, which increased the population to over 20,000. Since then it has risen further up to 27,106 in December 2005. Infrastructure Traffic Roads The B 55 und B 484 federal roads (German Bundesstraßen) as well as the A 4 Autobahn pass through area of the town. The A 4 has got two exits to Overath, Overath-Untereschbach and Overath. Air transport The Cologne Bonn Airport is reachable within 25 minutes. Public Transport The railway station in Overath connects the Town with Cologne and Marienheide. The train heading for Cologne departs every 30 minutes, the train heading for Marienheide departs every 60 minutes. Cologne is reachable by train in within 35 minutes. These traffic connections, together with rural surroundings, make Overath a popular place to live for commuters. Medicine There is no hospital in Overath. The hospitals in Bergisch Gladbach and Engelskirchen do the medication. Government City council The city council consists of 38 members. The current breakdown, from the general elections held September 26, 2004, is as follows: Seats Party 2004 1999 CDU 19 22 SPD 9 8 FDP 6 5 Grüne 4 3 Mayor Andreas Heider (CDU) was elected mayor (German Bürgermeister). His first representative is Siegfried Raimann (CDU), his second representaive is Annegret Demski-Heuer (SPD). International relations Main article: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany Pérenchies, France Colne Valley, England, (today part of Kirklees) References ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. 31 December 2010. http://www.it.nrw.de/statistik/a/daten/amtlichebevoelkerungszahlen/index.html.  External links Official site (German) Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Overath v · d · eCities and municipalities in Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Bergisch Gladbach · Burscheid · Kürten · Leichlingen · Odenthal · Overath · Rösrath · Wermelskirchen