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Coat of arms of the local community Altenglan
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Coordinates: 49 ° 33 '  N , 7 ° 28'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Kusel
Association municipality : Kusel-Altenglan
Height : 225 m above sea level NHN
Area : 13.61 km 2
Residents: 2663 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 196 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 66885
Area code : 06381
License plate : KUS
Community key : 07 3 36 003
Community structure: 3 districts
Association administration address: Marktplatz 1
66869 Kusel
Website :
Mayoress : Yvonne Draudt-Awe (independent)
Location of the local community Altenglan in the district of Kusel
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Altenglan from a bird's eye view

Altenglan is a municipality in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate and belongs to the Kusel-Altenglan association. Altenglan is designated as a basic center according to state planning .



The local community Altenglan is located in the West Palatinate in the North Palatinate Uplands . The community is divided into the districts of Altenglan, Mühlbach and Patersbach . The nearest town is the district town of Kusel , 5 km west of Altenglan.


The district of Mühlbach lies at the foot of the Potzberg . In the southwest of the municipality marker there are also foothills of the Remigiusberg .


The local community is located on the Glan , which gave the settlement its name. Within the municipality marker, the Kuselbach and the Patersbach flow from the left and the Mühlbach and the Reichenbach from the right into the Glan. The Kalschbach , a right tributary of the Reichenbach, largely forms the eastern municipal boundary to Bosenbach .


The Altenglan Formation , a lithostratigraphic rock unit, is named after the place.


Altenglan was part of the large Reichsland district around Kaiserslautern , the "Vosagus" or Wasgau forest , and belonged to the Nahegau . The property around Kusel , which came to the diocese of Reims shortly before 590 and was handed over to the Reims monastery of St. Remi in 931, goes back to a royal donation . The area later called “Remigiusland” came to the rule of the Counts of Veldenz around 1125 as a Reims fief and through them in 1444 to the Dukes of Zweibrücken . First documented as "Gleni" in 866, the village has been known as "Aldenglane" since the middle of the 12th century. Until the change of rule in 1444, it belonged to the Ulmet mayor's office and, like all villages in Remigiusland, was administered by the Veldenzischen Oberamt Lichtenberg .

From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , the place was incorporated into the canton of Kusel . In 1815 Altenglan first belonged to Austria . After the Congress of Vienna , it was added to Bavaria a year later . From 1818 to 1862 the community continued to belong to the Kusel canton and was part of the Kusel Land Commissioner , which was then converted into a district office.

In 1915, in the middle of the First World War , Altenglan acted as a local collection point for gifts of love for the immediate surrounding communities . In 1939 the place was incorporated into the Kusel district. After the Second World War , Altenglan became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform , the neighboring towns of Mühlbach am Glan and Patersbach were incorporated into Altenglan on June 7, 1969. Three years later Altenglan became the seat of the newly formed association of the same name . The place has belonged to the Kusel-Altenglan community since 2018 .


Population development

Before the Thirty Years War (1609) there were 200 people in 37 households in Altenglan. After the end of the Old Kingdom and brief membership of France (1797-1814), Altenglan came to the Kingdom of Bavaria with the Palatinate on the left bank of the Rhine . In 1802 the community had 328 inhabitants, whose number increased to 639 by 1867. In 1997, 1,848 people lived in Altenglan.


The Protestant parish Altenglan is an amalgamation of two parishes, on the one hand the parish Altenglan with the branches Bedesbach, Patersbach and Friedelhausen and on the other hand the parish Mühlbach am Glan. She takes care of around 3,200 community members, 2,400 in Altenglan and 800 in Mühlbach.


Municipal council

The local council in Altenglan consists of 20 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU BL total
2019 8th 4th 8th 20 seats
2014 11 4th 5 20 seats
2009 11 4th 5 20 seats
2004 11 6th 3 20 seats
  • BL = Citizens' List of the Association of Altenglan e. V.


Yvonne Draudt-Awe (independent) became the local mayor of Altenglan on August 9, 2019. In the runoff election on June 16, 2019, she prevailed with a share of 55.38% of the vote, after none of the applicants had achieved a sufficient majority in the direct election on May 26, 2019.

As the predecessor of Yvonne Draudt-Awe, Frieder Haag (SPD) had held office for 15 years, but in 2019 he refused to run again.

coat of arms

Saint Remigius in the coat of arms refers to the earlier affiliation of the community to the diocese of Reims . The Veldenzer lion indicates that it belongs to the County of Veldenz and the later Duchy of Zweibrücken . The lower character comes from the court seal of Ulmet , with the Altenglaner records were sealed.

Culture and sights

Cultural monuments

The Mühlbacher Mühle is designated as a monument zone . In addition, there are a total of 13 individual objects that are under monument protection .


There are three natural monuments within the municipality .

Regular events

The Glaner Curb is regularly celebrated on the third weekend in August. There is also a fire brigade festival.

Economy and Infrastructure


Main Metall is the largest industrial company in Altenglan. Three grocery stores, several other shops and restaurants, an optician, a pharmacy and five medical practices, several workshops, carpentry shops, a paint shop and a car repair shop are located in Altenglan. In addition, has Volksbank Glan-Münchweiler a local branch.

The “Im Brühl” commercial and industrial area, where the fire brigade is also located, is currently being developed. The convenient location is one of the reasons that the settlement has developed steadily. There is now a carpentry business and a metal construction company.


Altenglan station in 2012

In Altenglan which opens national road 423 in the state road 420 , about which one to about ten kilometers south west of Altenglan junction Kusel of federal highway 62 reached. In addition, the community is the western starting point of state road 367 , which leads to Rodenbach , and state road 368 , which connects to Oberweiler-Tiefenbach .


At the station Altenglan at the 1868 opened railway Landstuhl Kusel hourly regional trains hold the line RB 67 in relation Kaiserslautern - Landstuhl wrong -Kusel.

On the Glantalbahn to Staudernheim , which branches off at Altenglan station, there is now only tourist trolley transport. The latter was opened in full length in 1904 on the Homburg – Bad Münster am Stein route and ran south to Glan-Münchweiler along with the route to Landstuhl. Traffic to Homburg ended in 1981, and passenger traffic to the north four years later.


Aerial photo from 2009 with the sports field and school

The facilities include a secondary school plus , a heated sports and leisure pool, one of the two locations of the municipal administration and some of its plants, as well as the fire department. There are also two kindergartens in Altenglan , the Protestant kindergarten in Altenglan and the municipal kindergarten in Mühlbach.


A so-called “base fire brigade ” is located in Altenglan, the Altenglan volunteer fire brigade has existed since 1880 and thus celebrated its 125th anniversary in September 2005; the local youth fire brigade has existed since 1980 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in the same year. The volunteer fire brigade provides fire protection and general help. It supports all alerted fire departments in the area through its operations center.


The Glan-Blies cycle path runs through Altenglan . In addition, the place is the western starting point of the Palatinate-Country Cycle Path , which leads to Enkenbach-Alsenborn , and the start and end point of the draisine route to Staudernheim.


Sons and daughters of the church

People who worked on site

  • Friedrich Georg Berni (1900–1946), German National Socialist, died on site
  • Phillip Best (1814–1869), brewer and president of the Phillip Best Brewing Company, died on site
  • Michael Seyl (* 1963), artist, lived in Altenglan from 1998 to 2011


Web links

Commons : Altenglan  - 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. Official municipality directory 2006 ( Memento from December 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (= State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 393 ). Bad Ems March 2006, p. 168 (PDF; 2.6 MB). Info: An up-to-date directory ( 2016 ) is available, but in the section "Territorial changes - Territorial administrative reform" it does not give any population figures.  
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  5. Eric Sayer: Yvonne Draudt-Awe introduced as the new local mayor of Altenglan. Die Rheinpfalz, August 11, 2019, accessed on May 9, 2020 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Kusel-Altenglan, Verbandsgemeinde, second line of results. Retrieved May 9, 2020 .
  7. Wolfgang Pfeiffer: Kusel: 37 local mayors do not run in local elections. Die Rheinpfalz, January 19, 2019, accessed on May 9, 2020 .
  8. Altenglan sports and leisure pool. Verbandsgemeinde Kusel-Altenglan, accessed on May 9, 2020 .