Coat of arms
Location of Geilenkirchen within Heinsberg district
Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944Coordinates: 50°57′55″N 6°07′10″E / 50.96528°N 6.11944°E / 50.96528; 6.11944
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Heinsberg
  Mayor Georg Schmitz[1] (Ind.)
  Total 83 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation 95 m (312 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[2]
  Total 26,991
  Density 330/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 52511
Dialling codes 02451; 02453; 02462
Vehicle registration HS, ERK, GK

Geilenkirchen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡaɪlənkɪʁçən]) is a town in the district Heinsberg, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated near the border with the Netherlands, on the river Wurm, approx. 15 km north-east of Heerlen and 20 km north of Aachen.

It was the site of Operation Clipper in November 1944.

The town gives its name to nearby NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. The base is home to 17 E-3A airborne early warning and control aircraft manned by crews from 14 nations.

Born in Geilenkirchen

  • Ludolf Camphausen (1803-1890), banker, Prussian minister president in the revolutionary year 1848
  • Otto von Camphausen (1812-1896), Prussian Finance Minister
  • Christoph Dohmen (born 1957), professor of the Old Testament at the University of Regensburg
  • Hans Meyer (1900-1962), German physician and ministerial official
  • Max Wilms (1867-1918), German physician and surgeon


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