Merenberg

Merenberg is a community in Limburg-Weilburg district in Hesse, Germany.

Merenberg
Coat of arms of Merenberg
Coat of arms
Location of Merenberg within Limburg-Weilburg district
Limburg-Weilburg Merenberg.png
Merenberg is located in Germany
Merenberg
Merenberg
Merenberg is located in Hesse
Merenberg
Merenberg
Coordinates: 50°31′N 8°11′E / 50.517°N 8.183°E / 50.517; 8.183Coordinates: 50°31′N 8°11′E / 50.517°N 8.183°E / 50.517; 8.183
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionGießen
DistrictLimburg-Weilburg
Government
 • MayorReiner Kuhl
Area
 • Total23.1 km2 (8.9 sq mi)
Elevation
253 m (830 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)[1]
 • Total3,233
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
35799
Dialling codes06471
Vehicle registrationLM
Websitewww.merenberg.de

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

Merenberg lies on the southern edge of the Westerwald between the district seat of Limburg and Weilburg.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Merenberg borders in the north on the community of Mengerskirchen, in the east on the community of Löhnberg, in the south on the town of Weilburg, in the southwest on the community of Beselich, and in the west on the community of Waldbrunn (all in Limburg-Weilburg).

Constituent communitiesEdit

The market community of Merenberg consists of the five centres of Merenberg, Barig-Selbenhausen, Allendorf, Reichenborn and Rückershausen.

HistoryEdit

On both the Almerskopf and the Höhburg are found remnants of settlements from La Tène times.

In Merenberg stands the family castle of the House of Merenberg, a noble family in the 12th and 13th centuries. In connection with this family, the community had its first documentary mention in 1129. In 1290, Merenberg was granted town rights and weekly market rights by King Rudolph I, whereupon a town wall was built. In 1634 the castle was destroyed, and since then it has stood, as a ruin, as Merenberg’s landmark.

In the early 19th century, Merenberg was stripped of town rights. In the late 19th century, the House of Nassau named the children from Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau's marriage to Pushkin's daughter the “Counts of Merenberg”.

In the course of administrative reform in Hesse, the formerly autonomous communities of Allendorf, Barig-Selbenhausen, Merenberg, Reichenborn and Rückershausen, which had all belonged to the old Oberlahnkreis (district), merged into the new collective community of Merenberg.

Allendorf had its first documentary mention in 1250, Rückershausen in 1370 and Reichenborn in 1435.

PoliticsEdit

Community councilEdit

The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:

Parties and voter communities %
2006
seats
2006
%
2001
seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 39.7 9 36.0 8
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 39.7 9 43.3 10
GRÜNE Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 6.0 2 3.3 1
BM/FWG Bürgerliste/Freie Wählergemeinschaft Merenberg 14.6 3 17.3 4
Total 100.0 23 100.0 23
voter turnout in % 54.7 57.3

Coat of armsEdit

The community’s arms are those formerly borne by the Lords of Merenberg, which were also represented in the old Oberlahnkreis district’s (seat: Weilburg) arms.

SightseeingEdit

Reichenborn

Economy and infrastructureEdit

Besides the trade and crafts that are customary for such a place, there are a few small and medium-size industrial businesses. The main fields of activity are mechanical engineering, plant engineering, metalworking, plastics processing and automation. Merenberg’s best known business is the record label ZYX Music.

TransportEdit

The community lies on Bundesstraße 49, which is currently (February 2006) being widened to four lanes between Limburg and Wetzlar, and which links Merenberg to the long-distance road network.

EducationEdit

Merenberg has, with its Albert-Wagner-Schule, a primary school and a Hauptschule. In 1958, it was dedicated as the first Mittelpunktschule (“midpoint school”, a central school, designed to eliminate smaller outlying schools) in Hesse. It was named after the administrative official and politician Albert Wagner. Merenberg lies in the feeder area of the Westerwaldschule, a Hauptschule-Realschule in Mengerskirchen-Waldernbach. Moreover, students from Merenberg attend other secondary schools in Weilburg.

Public institutionsEdit

  • Kindertagesstätte "Villa Kunterbunt" Merenberg (daycare)
  • Kindergarten "Tigerente" Barig-Selbenhausen
  • Merenberg Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded 1902 (includes Youth Fire Brigade)
  • Allendorf Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded 1926 (includes Youth Fire Brigade)
  • Barig-Selbenhausen Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded 1925 (includes Youth Fire Brigade)
  • Reichenborn Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded 1925 (includes Youth Fire Brigade)
  • Rückershausen Volunteer Fire Brigade, founded 1934 (includes Youth Fire Brigade)

Notable residentsEdit

  • Wilhelm Dörr (1921-1945), SS and concentration camp officer executed for war crimes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2019". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2020.

External linksEdit