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image by Lothar Zok, 16 Jul 1997
Willich had c.50,000 inhabitants in 1998.
Kai A. Hamm, 23 Jun 2000
The City of Willich was formed in the 1970s. In Willich there are 4
districts - Willich (or Old Willich) Anrath, Schiefbahn and Neersen - which
were previously independent municipalities. These were very poor, for example
Anrath sent a letter to the regional administration asking to close the
municipalitiy. The first district, which was called as the first village
in an offical document was Anrath, it was called "Anrode", that
means "near a clearing of a forest". This was in the year 1010. Neersen
Castle is the most famous building in Willich, built in the 16th century.
Today Willich has the biggest commercial district in Europe, called Muenchheide.
Tim Kreutzer, 18 Mar 2002