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Coordinates: 50 ° 44 '  N , 7 ° 36'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 281 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.26 km 2
Residents: 88 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 39 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57612
Area code : 02681
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 087
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen
Website : www.vg-altenkirchen.de
Local Mayor : Michael Kirchner
Location of the community of Ölsen in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
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Ölsen is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld .

Ölsen, aerial photo (2017)


Ölsen is about 8 km north of Altenkirchen . From the place you have an unobstructed view of the Irsetal and the heights of the Leuscheid . The Friedenthal residential area , which was built in 1878 and has three residential buildings and a historic smithy , belongs to Ölsen and is located directly on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia and the Leuscheider Land . Neighboring communities are Niederirsen , Birkenbeul , Heupelzen and Oberirsen .

The highest point in the community is the Bickeberg ( 364  m above sea  level ).



Ölsen was first mentioned on June 13, 1292 in a document from the Marienstatt monastery . In the Middle Ages , the Irserbach separated the county of Sayn and the Duchy of Berg as a border river . The place Ölsen was once home to the knights of those of Udolfshusyn occupied on 13 June 1292 as the document from the monastery Marienstatt. (Then Udilshusen) A Rokil of Ölsen was 1359 alderman in Altenkirchen. A Heinrich von Ölsen was also a judge there from 1430 .

Until the middle of the 17th century Ölsen belonged to the county of Sayn . After the introduction of the Reformation in the county of Sayn, the inhabitants were first Lutheran and later reformed .

From 1810, at the time of the Nassau government, a Schulze had its seat in Ölsen. For centuries, charcoal was transported through the Ölsen district to the Hammer Hütten, in the Siegerland and down the Rhine to Holland .


The first house in Friedenthal was that of the Kirchner family, who in 1878 built the first building, a forge, across from Mittelirsen in the area of ​​the community of Ölsen. They called the place Friedenthal - probably because of its remote location . After the expansion of the Irsetalstraße from Birnbach to Irsermühle in 1887–1892, another family settled in the hamlet. A third residential building was built in 1914/1915. At that time, the students had to attend school in Birkenbeul ; it was not until 1915 that they could be assigned to the nearby school location of Kocherscheid in the Rhein-Sieg district . Today's residents are more economically and culturally oriented towards the neighboring Windecker Ländchen .

Population development

The development of the population of the community of Ölsen, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 65
1835 76
1871 85
1905 101
1939 81
1950 114
year Residents
1961 99
1970 92
1987 82
1997 83
2005 95
2019 88


Municipal council

The local council in Ölsen consists of six council members, who were elected by a majority vote in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


Michael Kirchner became the local mayor of Ölsen in 2015. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in his office for five years with 77.78% of the votes. Kirchner's predecessor was Kurt Schmidt from 2004 to 2014.


The local community of Ölsen is strongly characterized by agriculture, one of the commercial enterprises is a wood processing company.


  • Helmut Wagner: The Bickeberg near Ölsen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 57 (2014), pp. 251–252.
  • Helmut Wagner: Friedenthal. A border town in the Irsetal. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 39 (1996), pp. 99-101.

Web links

Commons : Ölsen  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Helmut Wagner: The Bickeberg near Ölsen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 57 (2014), pp. 251–252.
  3. Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in plan. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74–80.
  4. ^ Helmut Wagner: Friedenthal. A Granzort in the Irsetal. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 39 (1996), pp. 99-101.
  5. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  6. ^ The State Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2019 Ölsen. Retrieved December 27, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 47th result line. Retrieved December 27, 2019 .
  8. Wolfgang Wachow: Former council members and local mayors honored. Bürger Kurier, Rhein-Westerwald-Sieg, November 19, 2014, accessed on December 27, 2019 .