Mönchengladbach( also known as München Gladbach) is a German city located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is placed to the west of the Rhine, half way between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border.
Gladbach, he original name of the city was, is often applied to the town. In order to distinguish the town from another one of the same name (the present Bergisch Gladbach) it took the name München-Gladbach in 1888, then changed to Mönchen Gladbach in 1950 and Mönchengladbach in 1960.
The town arised from an abbey set in 974. Together with adjoining villages, it became a town in the 14th century.
Gladbach became part of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815 and seat of the Landkreis Gladbach, which was dissolved in 1929. In 1815 Gladbach became seat of the Bürgermeisterei (Office of mayor), devided in two parts in 1859 : the City of Gladbach and Office of Mayor Obergeburth. In 1907 the latter was renamed to München-Gladbach-Land.
The neighborhood of Rheydt was an independent city from 1933 to 1975, Joseph Goebbels, born locally, deating with its split from München-Gladbach . After reuniting with Mönchengladbach, the central station (Rheydt Hauptbahnhof) kept its original name, Mönchengladbach beoming the only city in Germany with two rail stations, each called Hauptbahnhof.
The dissolution of the Prussian Rhine Province at the end of World War II allowed Mönchengladbach to become part of the new state North Rhine-Westphalia.
Mönchengladbach hosts the football club Borussia Mönchengladbach, Formula One race car drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, author/cartoonist Walter Moers, cabaret artist Volker Pispers, philosopher Hans Jonas, and former football manager Jupp Heynckes.
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