Krefeld (/ˈkrfɛld, -ɛlt/ KRAY-feld, -felt,[3][4][5][6] German: [ˈkʁeːfɛlt] (listen); Limburgish: Krieëvel [ˈkʀiə˦vəl]), also spelled Crefeld until 1925 (though the spelling was still being used in British papers throughout the Second World War),[7] is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located northwest of Düsseldorf, its center lying just a few kilometers to the west of the river Rhine; the borough of Uerdingen is situated directly on the Rhine. Because of its economic past, Krefeld is often referred to as the "Velvet and Silk City". It is accessed by the autobahns A57 (CologneNijmegen) and A44 (AachenDüsseldorfDortmundKassel).

City Hall
Location of Krefeld
Coordinates: 51°20′N 06°34′E
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionDüsseldorf
DistrictUrban district
  Lord mayor (202025) Frank Meyer[1] (SPD)
  Total137.68 km2 (53.16 sq mi)
39 m (128 ft)
  Density1,600/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02151
Vehicle registrationKR
The city center of Krefeld in winter

Krefeld's residents now speak Hochdeutsch, or standard German, but the native dialect is a Low Franconian variety, sometimes locally called Krefelder Plattdeutsch, Krieewelsch Platt, Plattdeutsch, or sometimes simply Platt. The Uerdingen line isogloss, separating general dialectical areas in Germany and neighboring Germanic-speaking countries, runs through and is named after Krefeld's Uerdingen district, originally an independent municipality.

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