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Coordinates: 50 ° 49 '  N , 7 ° 56'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Churches (victory)
Height : 267 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.36 km 2
Residents: 2285 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 359 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57555
Area code : 02745
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 012
Community structure: 3 districts
Association administration address: Lindenstrasse 1
57548 Kirchen (Sieg)
Website :
Local Mayor : Steffen Kappes ( SPD )
Location of the local community Brachbach in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Friesenhagen Harbach (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Niederfischbach Mudersbach Brachbach Kirchen (Sieg) Herdorf Daaden Emmerzhausen Mauden Derschen Nisterberg Friedewald (Westerwald) Weitefeld Niederdreisbach Schutzbach Grünebach Alsdorf (Westerwald) Betzdorf Scheuerfeld Wallmenroth Willroth Krunkel Horhausen (Westerwald) Pleckhausen Güllesheim Obersteinebach Niedersteinebach Bürdenbach Eulenberg (Westerwald) Peterslahr Rott (Westerwald) Burglahr Oberlahr Eichen (Westerwald) Seifen (Westerwald) Seelbach (Westerwald) Flammersfeld Kescheid Reiferscheid Berzhausen Obernau (Westerwald) Walterschen Schürdt Orfgen Ziegenhain (Westerwald) Giershausen Katzwinkel (Sieg) Birken-Honigsessen Wissen (Stadt) Hövels Mittelhof Nauroth Elkenroth Rosenheim (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Kausen Dickendorf Malberg (Westerwald) Steinebach/Sieg Fensdorf Gebhardshain Elben (Westerwald) Steineroth Molzhain Selbach (Sieg) Forst (bei Wissen, Sieg) Bitzen Etzbach Roth (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Bruchertseifen Fürthen Hamm (Sieg) Seelbach bei Hamm (Sieg) Breitscheidt Pracht Birkenbeul Niederirsen Kircheib Hirz-Maulsbach Fiersbach Mehren (Westerwald) Rettersen Ersfeld Hasselbach (Westerwald) Forstmehren Kraam Werkhausen Oberirsen Weyerbusch Hemmelzen Neitersen Birnbach Ölsen Schöneberg (Westerwald) Stürzelbach Fluterschen Oberwambach Berod bei Hachenburg Gieleroth Almersbach Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Michelbach (Westerwald) Ingelbach Sörth Mammelzen Eichelhardt Idelberg Isert Helmeroth Racksen Volkerzen Hilgenroth Obererbach (Westerwald) Bachenberg Busenhausen Heupelzen Wölmersen Kettenhausen Helmenzen Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Neuwied Westerwaldkreis Landkreis Neuwiedmap
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Brachbach is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde Kirchen (Sieg) .


Geographical location

Brachbach is located between Siegen ( North Rhine-Westphalia ) in the northeast and Betzdorf ( RLP ) in the southwest in the direct southern neighborhood of Mudersbach and is traversed by the Sieg , which means that the village belongs to the Rhine catchment area , but is at home in the Siegerland landscape . South of the village, which is 267  m above sea level. NHN is located, the top of the 517 m high Windhahn mountain rises, which is the highest mountain in the wooded Windhahn range.

Community structure

The municipality of Brachbach consists of the large core town of Brachbach and the small district of Büdenholz, which is 1.5 km (as the crow flies ) further northwest at 224.7  m above sea level. NHN is located on the B 62. There is also the local area "In den Karpathen".

Neighboring communities

The neighboring towns are (clockwise, starting in the north): Mudersbach (directly north), Siegen-Eiserfeld (east-northeast), Neunkirchen (east), Herdorf (south), Kirchen (west) and Niederfischbach (north-west).


Brachbach was first mentioned in a document in an invoice relating to “Brachtpach” from 1471 or 1472, which was drawn up by a Freusburger rentmaster .

In 1611 there was evidence of a mill in Brachbach.

On June 7, 1969, the district of Unterbüdenholz was incorporated into Brachbach from the dissolved community of Katzenbach.

Population development

The development of the population of Brachbach in relation to today's municipality, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 300
1835 405
1871 863
1905 1,285
1939 1,738
1950 1,883
1961 2,378
year Residents
1970 2,853
1987 2,609
1997 2,612
2005 2,462
2011 2,391
2017 2,303
2018 2,291
Population development of Brachbach from 1815 to 2017 according to the table below


Municipal council

The municipal council in Brachbach consists of 16 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman. By 2009 the council had 20 council members.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU total
2019 11 5 16 seats
2014 7th 9 16 seats
2009 7th 9 16 seats
2004 9 11 20 seats


The local mayor of Brachbach is Steffen Kappes (SPD). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was elected with 83.94% of the vote, making him the successor to Josef Preusser (CDU), who did not run again after seven years in office.

coat of arms

Brachbach coat of arms
Blazon : "Shield through a curled green tip, inside on a black shield base a golden tunnel mouth hole with a black opening and split with a rising golden spruce, in front a continuous red cross in silver, behind in black a silver sloping bar, covered with three black boar heads."
Justification of the coat of arms: The three boar heads in the coat of arms symbolize the former affiliation to the Freusburg rulership , from whose coat of arms these were taken over. The red cross on a silver background indicates Kurtrier , to which Brachbach in the parish Kirchen belonged as " Trierische Insel ". The “Stollenmundloch” of the “Werrnsberger Erbstollen” (approx. 300 years old) is reminiscent of earlier mining and is today a landmark for Brachbach.

Parish partnership

Brachbach has had a partnership with La Membrolle-sur-Choisille in the French department of Indre-et-Loire since the 1980s .

Culture and sights

Cultural monuments

In Brachbach there are some listed cultural monuments :

  • The Catholic parish church of St. Josef, a neo-Gothic hall church from 1870, the west building made of quarry stone was built in 1911
  • Several half-timbered houses from the 17th and 18th centuries (Kirchstrasse, Mittelstrasse, Siegstrasse)

More Attractions

One of the sights of Brachbach is the 9.6 km long “Grubenwanderweg”, which opened on July 24, 2005 and follows the traces of the local mining history through Brachbach and the Windhahn ridge. Within the ridge, the cross sign at a large crossroads ( 455  m above sea  level ) is a popular starting point and resting place for hikers. In its northwestern foothills, this also includes the natural monument "Hohe Ley" (317.2 m), a rock group north of Brachbach and east of Mudersbach. Even some years ago newly made-up "bill woodland course" with a Backes also is one of the attractions of the municipality.

Economy and Infrastructure

Rail transport

Brachbach station on the victory route

In Mudersbach, adjoining to the north , the Brachbach station is located on the Sieg line (Cologne – Au – Siegen railway, KBS 460 ), which is served by the following lines.

line Line course Tact
RE 9 Rhein-Sieg-Express :
Aachen Hbf  - Aachen-Rothe Erde  - Stolberg (Rheinl) Hbf  - Eschweiler Hbf  - Langerwehe  - Düren  - Horrem  - Cologne-Ehrenfeld  - Cologne Hbf  - Cologne Messe / Deutz  - Porz (Rhein)  - Troisdorf  - Siegburg / Bonn  - Hennef (Sieg)  - Eitorf  - Herchen  - Schladern (Sieg)  - Au (Sieg)  - Wissen (Sieg)  - Betzdorf (Sieg)  - Kirchen  - Brachbach  - Siegen Hbf
Status: timetable change December 2017
60 min
RB 90 Westerwald-Sieg-Bahn :
Siegen Hbf  - Betzdorf (Sieg)  - Au (Sieg)  - Altenkirchen (Westerwald)  - Westerburg  - Limburg (Lahn)
Mon – Fri two pairs of trains to / from Kreuztal
Status: timetable change December 2017
60 min
RB 93 Rothaarbahn :
Betzdorf (Sieg)  - Siegen Hbf  - Kreuztal  - Hilchenbach  - Erndtebrück  - Bad Berleburg
Weekdays 2 × from Au (Sieg) / Mon – Fri one morning journey from Siegen further as RE99 to Gießen
Status: timetable change December 2017
60 min

Road traffic

The B 62 , which leads from Siegen via Mudersbach, Brachbach and Kirchen to Betzdorf .


A well-known citizen of Brachbach was the former boxer Peter Hussing (1948–2012), who is also in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful German amateur boxer . The reigning senior world champion in judo heavyweight Anke Pfeifer also comes from Brachbach. Another athlete from Brachbach is Jacqueline Lölling , 2017 world champion and 2018 silver medalist at the Olympic Winter Games in skeleton. The writers Stefan Utsch and Rudolf Utsch were also born in this place.

Honorary citizen

  • Jacqueline Lölling, skeleton pilot
  • Josef Christ (1917–1995), sculptor


  • Alfons Jasnoch: History of the village Brachbach / Sieg.
  • Jakob Moskopp: The history of the parish St. Josef in Brachbach. A documentation compiled from the letters and documents of the parish archive. Brachbach 1995.
  • Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59 (2016), pp. 219–237.

Web links

Commons : Brachbach  - 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 (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 14 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. See Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. P. 222.
  4. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 168 (PDF; 2.8 MB; see also footnote 25, p. 184.).
  5. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Brachbach. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see churches (Sieg), Verbandsgemeinde, first line of results. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .
  9. Olympic runner -up Jacqueline Lölling was received in her home town of Brachbach. Retrieved May 14, 2020 .