Alf (Moselle)

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Alf (Moselle)
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Coordinates: 50 ° 3 '  N , 7 ° 7'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Cochem cell
Association municipality : Zell (Moselle)
Height : 95 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.33 km 2
Residents: 832 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 131 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56859
Area code : 06542
License plate : COC, ZEL
Community key : 07 1 35 001
Association administration address: Corray 1
56856 Zell (Moselle)
Website :
Mayoress : Miriam Giardini-Molzahn
Location of the local community Alf in the district of Cochem-Zell
Kalenborn (bei Kaisersesch) Eppenberg (Eifel) Laubach (Eifel) Leienkaul Müllenbach (bei Mayen) Hauroth Urmersbach Masburg Düngenheim Kaisersesch Landkern Illerich Eulgem Hambuch Gamlen Zettingen Kaifenheim Brachtendorf Ulmen (Eifel) Alflen Auderath Filz (Eifel) Wollmerath Schmitt Büchel (Eifel) Wagenhausen (Eifel) Gillenbeuren Gevenich Weiler (bei Ulmen) Lutzerath Bad Bertrich Urschmitt Kliding Beuren (Eifel) Moselkern Müden (Mosel) Treis-Karden Lütz Lieg Roes Möntenich Forst (Eifel) Dünfus Brohl Binningen (Eifel) Wirfus Brieden Kail Pommern (Mosel) Briedel Altlay Peterswald-Löffelscheid Haserich Sosberg Forst (Hunsrück) Altstrimmig Reidenhausen Mittelstrimmig Blankenrath Panzweiler Walhausen Schauren (bei Blankenrath) Tellig Hesweiler Liesenich Moritzheim Grenderich Zell (Mosel) Neef Bullay Sankt Aldegund Alf (Mosel) Pünderich Greimersburg Klotten Faid Dohr Bremm Bruttig-Fankel Senheim Nehren (Mosel) Ediger-Eller Mesenich Valwig Ernst (Mosel) Beilstein (Mosel) Ellenz-Poltersdorf Briedern Cochem Landkreis Vulkaneifel Landkreis Bernkastel-Wittlich Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreismap
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Alf with his outdoor swimming pool, Bullay can be seen in the background

Alf is a municipality in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde Zell (Mosel) .


At Alf, the Alfbach flows into the Moselle on the left, coming from the districts of Höllenthal and Fabrik . Another district is the older Alf-Fabrik industrial site to the west. Neighboring towns include St. Aldegund , Bullay on the right bank and Pünderich, which is also on the right bank of the Moselle but - due to the Moselle loop - south 2 km as the crow flies . The area of ​​the local community covers 6.33 km², of which 0.67 km² is vineyards and 3.79 km² is forest.


Inhabited by Celts in pre-Roman times , the name goes back to the Roman settlement Albis (first mentioned around 50 BC). In the Middle Ages, Alf belonged to the rule of the nearby Arras Castle , which in turn was a fiefdom of Kurtrier . From 1794 Alf was under French rule and until 1814 belonged to Mairie Eller in the canton of Cochem . In 1815 the place was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna .

Since 1946 the place has been part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Statistics on population development

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

year Residents
1815 659
1835 1,023
1871 1,122
1905 1,764
1939 1,377
1950 1,522
year Residents
1961 1,410
1970 1,272
1987 1,058
2005 946
2011 871
2017 844

Municipal council

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

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU WGR total
2019 by majority vote 12 seats
2014 6th 3 3 12 seats
2009 5 4th 3 12 seats
2004 4th 4th 4th 12 seats

Culture and sights

The Arras Castle , founded in the early 12th century, is located above the village . The Marienburg , which belongs to Zell , is also nearby . The town's landmark is the bell tower built in 1734, originally part of the baroque parish church, today free-standing as a kind of campanile next to the parish hall, since the old parish church was demolished and rebuilt in 1892–94. The new parish church of St. Remigius , made of quarry stone, has rich neo-Gothic furnishings. On the church forecourt, a statue from the 15th century shows the motif " Christ resting ", next to it is a neo-Gothic crucifixion group.

The historic town center extends around the bell tower on the Auf Kockert street. In the old schoolhouse, a half-timbered building from the early 17th century, there is a small museum of local history, which also provides information about the industrial history of the place. Diagonally opposite on a small village square rises the former Kurtrier administrative building built in the 16th century as a three-storey stone building. The roof was renewed around 1620. Particularly old buildings have also been preserved in the area between Willburgstrasse and Brunnenstrasse. A late medieval Burgmannenhaus at Willburgstrasse 5 was dated to 1448 and is probably the oldest house in the town. The massive half-timbered house at Brunnenstrasse 1 on the corner of Ferdinand-Remy-Strasse dates from around 1600.

The former Thurn- und Taxische Hof in Koblenzerstraße 18 (around 1810) and the classicist villas and houses in Straße Auf der Hill, located on a hill between the Alf river and the Moselle, date from the 19th century. The striking mountain chapel in the vineyards above the village also dates from this period. The main streets of the town, the Kirch, the Ferdinand-Rémy and Bridge Street were at the time of the turn of the century to the 20th century, especially with late nineteenth built buildings such as the late historicist residential and commercial building Ferdinand-Remy-Strasse 1 (1902). In addition, villa buildings such as the Art Nouveau villa Auf Kockert 14 (around 1900) directly above the church or the classifying mansard hipped roof building Auf Tannerd 7 (1920s) high above the Moselle were built.

Roundabout with sculptures by the artist Turgut Gül

Today's Prinzenkopf tower at the narrowest point of the Moselle loop "Zeller Hamm", which is already in the municipality of Pünderich, dates from 2009 . The fourth observation tower at this point offers a wide view over both ends of the Moselle loop between Bullay and Pünderich as well as over Kondelwald and Hunsrück heights .

Economy and Infrastructure


The largest employer in Alf and the region is the Finnish packaging group Huhtamaki , which has one of its around 70 plants worldwide in the Alf-Fabrik district. Rigid plastics are produced here using the deep-drawing process and hard paper for packaging purposes .


Across from Alf is the larger town of Bullay with a train station on the Koblenz – Trier railway line , easily accessible via the Alf-Bullay double-decker bridge . Alf is the traffic junction of federal highways 49 and 53 .


Born in Alf

  • Wilhelm von Arras (* around 1310; † after 1353), Cathedral Chapter in Trier
  • Peter Anton Juley (1862–1937), postal assistant (telegraph operator), art photographer and official photographer of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Ferdinand Weeser-Krell (1883–1957), painter and graphic artist
  • Jo Niemeyer (* 1946), graphic artist, designer and painter

Associated with Alf


After the great success of the American television series Alf and the start of German broadcasting in early 1988, Alf's place-name sign was stolen several times , similar to the Fuckings case . To prevent thefts, the community of Alf finally offered to buy place-name signs that were printed on one side especially for this purpose. So that these signs could be distinguished from the dismantled ones, these purchase signs were provided with the municipal stamp and the signature of the mayor at the time, Wilhelm Nicolay, on the back.

Web links

Commons : Alf  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  4. ^ Burghart Schmidt, Helmtrud Köhren-Jansen, Klaus Freckmann: Small house history of the Moselle landscape . Cologne 1989, pp. 212-217.
  5. The Melmacer made a small village famous , Berliner Kurier , May 2, 1997.