|coat of arms||Germany map|
|State :||North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Administrative region :||Cologne|
|Circle :||Rhein-Sieg district|
|Height :||76 m above sea level NHN|
|Area :||34.78 km 2|
|Residents:||23,563 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Population density :||678 inhabitants per km 2|
|Postal code :||53347|
|Primaries :||0228, 02222|
|License plate :||SU|
|Community key :||05 3 82 004|
|LOCODE :||DE AFT|
|Community structure:||5 districts|
|Address of the
|Am Rathaus 7
|Mayor :||Rolf Schumacher ( CDU )|
|Location of the municipality of Alfter in the Rhein-Sieg district|
Alfter is a municipality in the Rhein-Sieg district in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia , on the western outskirts of Bonn . It is the most populous municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia without city rights .
The municipality of Alfter is located immediately west of the federal city of Bonn on the southern edge of the foothills . It borders the city of Bornheim in the north, the city of Bonn in the east, the cities of Meckenheim and Rheinbach in the south and the municipality of Swisttal in the west .
Alfter covers an area of around 35 km², of which 18 km² are agricultural land and 8 km² are forest.
The highest point is near the Dickbaumskreuz ( ) in the village of Witterschlick at , the lowest point is in the corridor Am neue Weiher ( ) at . The Alfterer Bornheimer Bach and the Hardtbach flow through the Alfter with numerous tributaries.
The municipality consists of the following five districts:
|Alfter with Birrekoven and Olsdorf||11.94||3437||5302||8411||8934|
|Impekoven with Nettekoven and Ramelshoven||4.32||377||1159||2155||2323|
|Witterschlick with Volmershoven and Heidgen||10.06||2133||4419||5729||6129|
|All in all||34.76||7270||14511||23503||25106|
The village of Alfter was first mentioned in a document in 1067. At that time it was called Alvetra . The place was later called Halechtre (1116), Alftera (1196) and Alffter (1618). Until 1969 Alfter was an independent municipality with the districts Birrekoven and Olsdorf. The submerged town of Pelz belonged to Alfter and only survives under the street name “Pelzstraße”. At times Roisdorf also belonged to the glory of Alfter in the cologne office of Brühl . Alfter has been the northernmost part of the municipality of Alfter since 1969. With 8934 inhabitants it is the largest part of the municipality.
The Castle Alfter came (at the latest) from the 12th century (first mentioned in 1117, Mr de Halechtre). From 1188 onwards, the Electoral Cologne Hereditary Marshal's Office was connected to the property. In the 15th century it came into the possession of the Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck family. After the castle was destroyed by fire in 1468, Alfter Castle was given its present form in the 18th century. In close proximity to the castle is the Catholic Church of St. Matthew, as well as a building that, after primary school, has housed the public library of St. Matthew since 1992, and a half-timbered house whose history dates back to the 17th century.
The Jewish cemetery (Beth Olam - House of Eternity) on the border with Bornheim was first mentioned in a document in 1719, according to the memorial stone. The Jewish community in Alfter (it had existed since at least the beginning of the 17th century) was wiped out by the Nazi regime. Alfter took over the care of the cemetery in 1949. It has been a listed building since 1987.
The smaller towns have now grown together with Alfter Birrekoven and Olsdorf, both of whom were never independent. Birrekoven is located in the southwest of Alfter near Gielsdorf. Between this and Birrekoven lie the Mirbach and some fields. Birrekoven has its own small chapel " Mariä Sacrifice ". The “Judas Thaddäus Chapel” is also located above Birrekoven. The Johannishof located above on the Olsdorf Heath belongs to Olsdorf. The Johannishof was a large farm that was managed by Halfen . Today it is the seat of the Alanus University . Olsdorf was also written as Alsdorf in earlier times .
The place on the foothills with 1966 inhabitants was originally shaped by agriculture , until the beginning of the 20th century also by viticulture . Vegetable growing businesses can still be found in the plain on the border with Bonn. The fruit growing that was characteristic of the foothills in the past has almost completely disappeared. In particular, the former vineyard slopes in Gielsdorf were built on on a large scale.
In the town center there are some beautiful half-timbered courtyards in addition to the Catholic parish church of St. Jakobus . These include, among other things, the former court of the elector , where his governor lived. Gielsdorf Castle , a Cologne fief of the Counts of Sayn , used to be on the site of the governor's court . Below the church is the Zehnthof as the original property of the St. Cassius Monastery in Bonn . For centuries it has been owned by the nobility, including the von Groote, von Siersdorf and von Geyr families.
Gielsdorf is home to a music association, the only remaining bachelor association in the community, a fire fighting group of the volunteer fire brigade , the Gielsdorf Möhnen and the sponsoring association “Dorfgemeinschaftshaus Gielsdorf”.
The municipality of Oedekoven, which was independent until 1969, is the third largest district of the municipality of Alfter with 5754 inhabitants. The originally agricultural place is primarily a place of residence in the immediate vicinity of the city of Bonn.
Impekoven is a district of the municipality of Alfter with 2323 inhabitants. Up until the municipal reorganization in 1969, Impekoven was an independent municipality. The last mayor was Karl Schumann. Impekoven is the location of the Catholic Church of St. Mary's Visitation , built by the well-known architect Gottfried Böhm . Since 2000 Impekoven has grown through numerous new development areas.
The districts of Ramelshoven and Nettekoven belong to Impekoven. Ramelshoven emerged from the hamlet of Ramelshoven Castle; In the lower part of Impekoven there is an industrial area.
The district Witterschlick is located in the southern part of the municipality and is the second largest district with 6129 inhabitants. Witterschlick was industrialized in the past after the discovery of clay deposits in the area.
Volmershoven-Heidgen is the southernmost part of the municipality of Alfter. This place is administratively counted to the district Witterschlick. Volmershoven-Heidgen has always kept its own club and cultural life.
Finds show that the area around Alfter has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age. The area was also populated in the Frankish and Roman times. The places on the foothills have been an important wine-growing area since Roman times. Until the beginning of the 20th century, Pinot Noir was predominantly grown. The first documented mention of the place Alfter comes from the year 1067, that of Impekoven from 1171 and that of Gielsdorf from the years 801 to 814.
Wonderfully country today territory of the municipality Alfter part was the Electorate of Cologne . The place Alfter belonged to the glory Alfter (with Birrekoven, Olsdorf and Roisdorf), which was owned by the Counts of Salm-Reifferscheid , Gielsdorf belonged to the Dingstuhl Gielsdorf, Oedekoven to the Dingstuhl Duisdorf, Witterschlick to the Dingstuhl Godesberg . After the occupation of the left bank of the Rhine by French revolutionary troops (1794) and the introduction of new administrative structures (1798), the villages of the "were Mairie Oedekoven" assigned to the Canton "external Bonn" in the Rhein-Mosel Territory belonged. Roisdorf came to "Mairie Waldorf". At that time, the border with the Rur département ran directly on the northern border of Alfter . After the agreements made at the Congress of Vienna (1815), the region became part of the Kingdom of Prussia , the Mairie was transferred to the mayor's office in Oedekoven in the Bonn district , which also included the Bonn districts of Buschdorf and Lessenich / Meßdorf .
The mayor's office Oedekoven (from 1927 "Amt Oedekoven") went into the Amt Duisdorf in 1937 . The municipality of Alfter was created on August 1, 1969 in the course of the municipal regional reform from the formerly independent municipalities of Alfter, Gielsdorf, Impekoven, Oedekoven and Witterschlick. In 1973/74 the newly formed community of Alfter received a new town hall, which was built on a slight eastern slope as a three-wing, glazed structure in reinforced concrete skeleton construction based on designs by the Stieldorf planning group . At the time of construction it was located on vacant land east of Oedekoven.
Until the 19th century, the population was almost exclusively Roman Catholic . Only in the village of Alfter was there a small Jewish community. Originally there were only the Catholic parishes of Alfter and Witterschlick. In the 20th century, Gielsdorf (1920) and Oedekoven also became independent parishes. Gielsdorf and Oedekoven had previously belonged to the Lessenich parish. The parishes of Alfter, Witterschlick, Gielsdorf, Oedekoven with Impekoven and Volmershoven-Heidgen form the Alfter parish community. The Evangelical Church Community at Kottenforst has existed since 2007 with the Jesus Christ Church, which was built in 1962. Alfter is the 3rd parish of the Evangelical Parish Vorgebirge , to which Bornheim and Hemmerich also belong. The churches in the villages are characteristic and represent sights. There is also a Muslim community in Witterschlick.
|Church / community||number||%|
|Roman Catholic Church||12.110||53.1|
|Evangelical Free Churches||330||1.5|
|None ö.-r. Belonging to religious society||4,530||19.9|
Mayor and Mayor
In 2009, Rolf Schumacher was elected full-time mayor and was confirmed in office in 2014. The first deputy mayor is Luise Wiechert (CDU), the second deputy mayor is Bruno Schmidt (SPD).
The following mayors were elected by the local council:
|Alfter||Norbert Lehna (CDU)|
|Gielsdorf||Elke Thomer (CDU)|
|Impekoven||Ilse Niemeyer (CDU)|
|Oedekoven||Brigitte Schächter (CDU)|
|Witterschlick||Sigrit Pippon (CDU)|
List of mayors and community directors
- Heinrich Arenz (CDU), 1969–1989
- Bärbel Steinkemper (CDU), 1989–1997 honorary, 1997–2009 full-time
- Rolf Schumacher (CDU), since October 21, 2009.
- Johannes Janssen (CDU), 1969–1970 commissioner for the tasks of the community director, 1970–1976 community director
- Norbert Linnenborn (CDU), 1976-1989
- Bodo Kerstin (FDP), 1989–1997.
After Kerstin's resignation from office, the office of community director in Alfter was abolished. The full-time mayor took his place.
coat of arms
|Blazon : "Under a golden shield head, inside five red diamonds, five times divided from red to gold, topped with a gold crowned, double-tailed, silver lion ."|
|Justification of the coat of arms: The coat of arms comes from the lords of Alfter, who died out in the 15th century. They led three (sometimes four) red bars in gold, adorned with the silver lion; the diamonds come from the coat of arms of the incorporated OT Witterschlick and stand for the five districts of Alfter, Gielsdorf, Oedekoven, Impekoven and Witterschlick.|
Culture and sights
Buildings and monuments
In the area of the municipality of Alfter, 120 (as of April 2015) structures or parts of structures are designated as monuments according to the Monument Protection Act of North Rhine-Westphalia . They are entered in the list of monuments of the municipality of Alfter.
- List of architectural monuments in Alfter
- Half-timbered house Hertersplatz 13
- List of ground monuments in Alfter
- List of stumbling blocks in Alfter
- Jewish cemetery (Alfter)
- Alfter-Roisdorf Peace Trail
- Buchholz manor house
Green spaces and recreation
The Rhineland Nature Park , which is partly on the Alfterer area, with the Ville and the foothills, is used for local recreation . There are no larger, open water areas in Alfter, but local / inner-city parks (Jakob-Wahlen-Park, Broich-Park) with small water areas, fed by the Alfterer Bornheimer Bach or its tributaries.
Alfter is one of the communities that the Green C are united. With the network of paths, the stations and other elements of the Green C , an attempt was made to create further elements of local recreation.
There are also the following adventure trails
- Art and cultural landscape path orchards
- Alfter culture adventure trail
- Witterschlick cultural adventure trail
The Badminton Club Witterschlick e. V. (BCW) is a badminton club with around 80 members. It was founded in 1979 and belongs to the Badminton Landesverband NRW e. V. at. Until 1981 the BCW had its venue in the multi-purpose sports hall in Volmershoven. The training and competitions were then relocated to the then newly built triple gym in Oedekoven, where the club continues to train with its members today. In the past, teams were set up for the district league and district class as well as district league and district class. The BCW is currently represented with its seniors in the district class and with its youth in the district league.
One of the community's football clubs, VfL Alfter , played in the Mittelrheinliga , the highest league of the Mittelrhein Football Association and the fifth-highest division in Germany, but this season (2019) only in the state league . The second team of VfL Alfter plays in the district league B, the second highest division in the football district of Bonn. Like the Alanus University, the Alfter sports field, the so-called forest stadium, is located on the foothills of the mountains on Strangheidgesweg. Artificial turf was laid on the former Tennenplatz in summer 2008 .
There are other football teams in Oedekoven (Blau-Weiß Oedekoven (District League B)), Impekoven (SV Germania Impekoven (District League B)), Witterschlick (TB 1906 Witterschlick (District League B)) and in Volmershoven-Heidgen (SC Volmershoven-Heidgen (District League A)). All clubs play on artificial turf pitches .
The Alfter Tennis Club (TC Alfter eV) takes part in the team championships of the Middle Rhine Tennis Association.
The TTC Blau-Weiß Alfter e. V. is one of the oldest table tennis clubs in the West German TT Association. It was created in 1946 from members of the shooting club, whose young members were looking for a new field of activity due to the post-war shooting ban. Since then, the TTC Alfter has been taking part in the games of the West German Table Tennis Association with women's, men's, youth and school teams.
TTG Witterschlick e. V. emerged in 1970 from the two table tennis clubs TTC Blau-Rot Witterschlick and TTF Witterschlick. Six men's teams and various school and youth teams take part in the game operations of the West German Table Tennis Association.
The sports club Alfterer Sport-Club (ASC) has volleyball, athletics, cycling, popular sports and walking departments.
Since the end of 2015, the TB 1906 Witterschlick has been offering football and popular sports as well as American football . Training and playing takes place in the “Stadium in the Tonrevier”. The team plays as "Fighting Miners" in the Landesliga NRW Group South of the AFCV NRW.
The Judoclub-Alfter-Bornheim offers training and tournaments for all weight and age groups.
Alfter is located in a climatically and geologically favorable area, so that many types of lettuce, herbs and vegetables as well as strawberries and rhubarb grow well. In particular, the Alfter asparagus ( “Bornheim” growing area ) was known and in demand nationwide at an early stage. Asparagus in all conceivable variations is therefore part of the menus in local restaurants during the season. Blackberry wine, called rebel blood, is one of the Alfter specialties .
Economy and Infrastructure
At the Voreifelbahn ( Bonn - Euskirchen ), on which the S-Bahn line 23 runs, there are two stops, Witterschlick and Impekoven, in the area of the municipality of Alfter. In the capital lies Breakpoint Alfter / Alan College of Vorgebirgsbahn where the lines 18 and 68 of the rail network Rhein-Sieg operate. The Cologne regional transport and SWB bus and train services continue to operate in Alfter . Alfter belongs to the tariff area of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS).
Bonn Hbf - Bonn-Endeich Nord - Bonn Helmholtzstraße - Bonn-Duisdorf - Alfter-Impekoven - Alfter-Witterschlick - Meckenheim- Kottenforst - Meckenheim Industrial Park - Meckenheim - Rheinbach Roman Canal - Rheinbach (- Swisttal - Odendorf - Euskirchen- Kuchenheim - Euskirchen )
Connection of some Trains as RB 23 to Bad Münstereifel
|15 (/ 30/60) min|
|Bonn Hbf - Dransdorf - Alfter - Bornheim - Brühl - Hürth - Klettenberg - Barbarossaplatz - Neumarkt - Dom / Hbf (S) - Ebertplatz - Zoo / Flora - Mülheim Wiener Platz - Bf Mülheim (S) - Buchheim - Holweide - Dellbrück - Cologne - Thielenbruch||20-minute intervals, from Brühl 10-minute intervals|
|(Ramersdorf - Heussallee / Museumsmeile -) Bonn Hbf (S) - Dransdorf - Alfter - Bornheim||2 journeys in load direction (HVZ), 60-minute intervals from / to Bonn (Saturday afternoon, Sunday)|
The community of Alfter is connected to the trunk road network via the federal highways 565 (exit Bonn-Hardtberg) and 555 (exit Bornheim (Rhld.)) As well as the federal highway 56 . The state roads 113 , 183 and 183n as well as the district roads 5 , 12 and 12n run through Alfter .
On January 1, 2018, 15,644 motor vehicles were registered in Alfter, 13,305 of which were cars.
The head office of Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer AG , the largest German manufacturer of tiles, is located in the Witterschlick district .
The headquarters of the building materials wholesaler "Baustoff Fassbender Tenten", founded in 1931 in Alfter, Holzgasse, is now in the district of Oedekoven and is now the largest building materials dealer in the Bonn region. The company employs around 730 people and has an annual turnover of 170 million euros.
The “Blackberry Wine Cellars Rebellenblut ” has its headquarters in the Alfter district .
Incidentally, Alfter is characterized by agriculture. Around half of the municipal area is agricultural land. In addition to lettuce , vegetables (see above ) and herbs , a large number of small farms also produce cut flowers .
All districts have public libraries:
- St. Matthäus Alfter public library - as a “church-sponsored city library” and a member of the Rhein-Sieg online library
- Catholic public library Sankt Jakobus Gielsdorf
- Catholic public library St. Mariä Himmelfahrt Oedekoven
- Catholic Public Library St. Lambertus Witterschlick
- Catholic public library St. Maria Hilf Volmershoven-Heidgen
There is a public bookcase at Herrenwingert .
An open-air hiking theater has established itself in Alfter .
- Freilichtbühne Alfter - member of the Association of German Open Air Theaters
There are exhibits and events on local history in the Haus der Alfterer Geschichte , which calls itself the "Regional Museum".
Day care facilities for children
- Daycare center at Anna School
- Daycare Rasselbande
- Catholic day care center St. Matthäus Alfter
- Parents' initiative Hüppeebox e. V., day care center
- Evangelical Matthias Claudius day care center
- Waldorf kindergarten sunflower
- Catholic day care center for children St. Jakobus
- Catholic day care center for children St. Mary of the Assumption
- Parents' initiative Fröbel-Kindergarten Alfter e. V.
- AWo day care center Sonnenblume
- Parents' initiative AWO Kindergarten Sterntaler
- Catholic day care center for children St. Mary's Visitation
- Catholic day care center for children St. Lambertus
- Protestant kindergarten Witterschlick
- AWO Kindergarten colored pencil
- Bilingual day care center Treegenium's Tiny Tots
- Parents' initiative Waldorf kindergarten
- Purzelbaum day care center
- Anna primary school in Alfter
- Free Christian primary school in Bonn / Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
- Free Christian comprehensive school Bonn / Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
- Community elementary school Oedekoven
- Witterschlick Community Primary School
- Vorgebirgsschule, special school of the Rhein-Sieg district with a special focus on intellectual development, Alfter
- Schule an der Wicke, special school for the Rhein-Sieg district with a special focus on language, Gielsdorf
- Forest school, special school of the Rhein-Sieg district with a special focus on emotional and social development, Witterschlick
Continuing education institutions
- Alanus University for Art and Society , Alfter
- Volkshochschule Bornheim / Alfter (municipal training center for the city of Bornheim and the municipality of Alfter)
- Cecilie Fürstin Salm-Reifferscheidt-Krautheim and Dyck born. Princess Salm-Salm (1911–1991), lived from 1930 to 1961 in Alfter Castle.
- Heinrich Arenz (1923–2004), first mayor of the municipality of Alfter after the municipal reorganization in 1969; 1990 Honorary Mayor of the Alfter community.
Sons and daughters of the church
- Erich Linden (1898–?), Sculptor and painter in Aachen
- Wilhelm Maucher (1903–1993), peace fighter and blackberry wine producer
- Wilhelm Weber (1906–1990), politician (SPD), member of the state parliament
- Johann Gimnich (1925–1998), mayor of the independent municipality of Alfter from 1960 to 1969
- Marie Christine Altgräfin zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Krautheim and Dyck (1932-2010), daughter of Princess Cecilie (honorary citizen) and mother of Simeon Reichsgraf Wolff Metternich zur Gracht (owner of Alfter Castle)
- Sandra Roth (* 1977), author
Personalities who have worked in Alfter
- Johanna Elberskirchen (1864–1943), lived in Alfter from 1905 to 1909 and wrote books there on the health of children.
- Franz zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck (1899–1958), entrepreneur, lived in Alfter, the namesake of Fürst-Franz-Josef-Straße.
- Joseph Fassbender (1903–1974), painter and graphic artist, co-founder of the Thursday Society , which had set itself the task of reviving cultural events in the Rhineland after the end of National Socialist oppression.
- Hubert Berke (1908–1979), painter and graphic artist, co-founder of the Thursday Society, lived in Alfter.
- Hann Trier (1915–1999), painter, co-founder of the Thursday Society.
- Rudolf Thaut (1915–1982), Baptist theologian, Rector of the Theological Seminary in Hamburg, President of the European Baptist Federation and Vice President of the Baptist World Federation.
- Herbert Zimmermann (1917–1966), radio reporter (World Cup final, Bern 1954), buried in the Witterschlick cemetery.
- Johannes Wilde (* 1936), politician (CDU), member of the state parliament (1972–1990), council member in Alfter (1979–1984), lives in Impekoven.
- Eva Ohlow (* 1940), artist, daughter of Hubert Berke, lived in Alfter.
- Klaus Hildebrand (* 1941), historian, lives in Alfter.
- Frank-Rüdiger Hildebrandt (* 1941), architect of the Evangelical Church at Herrenwingert, professor at Alanus University, lives in Alfter.
- Bärbel Steinkemper (* 1947), first full-time mayor of Alfter, lives in Alfter.
- Joachim Klöckner (* 1949), author, minimalist, lives in Alfter.
- Roger Willemsen (1955–2016), grew up in Oedekoven.
- Ansgar Rieks (* 1959), Lieutenant General and Deputy Inspector of the Air Force, lives in Alfter.
- Andreas Pinkwart (* 1960), from 2005 to 2010 Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology and Deputy Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, since 2017 Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, lives in Witterschlick.
- Marcelo da Veiga (* 1960), Brazilian Germanist, founding rector of the Alanus University of Art and Society.
- Anja Eichbaum (* 1963), author, lives in Gielsdorf.
- Oliver Krauss (* 1969), politician (CDU) and Member of the State Parliament, lives in Alfter.
- Sabine Trinkaus (* 1969), author, lives and works in Alfter.
- Sebastian Bachmann (* 1986), foil fencer, lives in Alfter.
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