Krefeld is located on the west bank of the Rhine River, near Holland. The population of Krefeld is approximately 238,000 people. Krefeld’s history dates back to the year 50 A.D. when it was a part of the Holy Roman Empire. The principle industries in Krefeld include chemical plants, steel, food processing and machinery manufacturing. The city is known as the “silk and velvet” capital of Europe. Krefeld is home to many museums and theatres. A famous landmark in Krefeld is the Museum Burg Linn, a restored Medieval castle. Sports such as swimming, ice hockey, soccer and horse racing are enjoyed by the citizens of Krefeld. Krefeld became our Sister City in 1985.