Duchy of Berg

Berg was a state—originally a county, later a duchy—in the Rhineland of Germany. Its capital was Düsseldorf. It existed as a distinct political entity from the early 12th to the 19th centuries.

County (Duchy) of Berg
Grafschaft (Herzogtum) Berg (de)
Graafschap (Hertogdom) Berg (nl)
1101–1815
Map of the Lower Rhenish–Westphalian Circle around 1560, Duchy of Berg highlighted in red
StatusDuchy
Capital
Common languagesGerman
GovernmentAbsolute monarchy
Duke of Berg 
 1360–1380
Wilhelm II (first duke)
 1809-1813
Napoléon Louis Bonaparte (Grand Duke)
Historical eraMiddle Ages
 Emergence from Lotharingia
1101
 Split with County of Mark
1160
 United with County of Jülich
1348
 United with County of Mark and Duchy of Cleves
1521
1609 and 1690
 Awarded to Prussia
9 June 1815
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Lotharingia
Kingdom of Prussia

The name of the county lives on in the modern geographic term Bergisches Land, often misunderstood as bergiges Land (hilly country).


Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Duchy of Berg, and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.