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Coordinates: 50 ° 45 '  N , 7 ° 40'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Hamm (victory)
Height : 285 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.66 km 2
Residents: 983 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 269 ​​inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57539
Area code : 02682
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 013
Community structure: 6 districts
Association administration address: Lindenallee 2
57577 Hamm (Sieg)
Website :
Local Mayor : Helmut Rötzel
Location of the Breitscheidt community in the Altenkirchen district (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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Breitscheidt is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Hamm (Sieg) .


The local community is north of the Sieg - Wied - Wasserscheide above Pracht and Hamm (Sieg) , which are in the north; other immediate neighboring communities are Seelbach , Hilgenroth and Birkenbeul .

In addition to the eponymous place, Breitscheidt also includes the districts of Heide, Mühlental, Pfannenschoppen, Thalhausen and Unterschützen.


Breitscheidt and Unterschützen have been part of the County of Sayn since the Middle Ages . After the introduction of the Reformation in the County of Sayn, the inhabitants were first Lutheran and later reformed . After the county of Sayn was divided in the 17th century, Breitscheidt and Unterschützen belonged to the County of Sayn-Hachenburg . Breitscheidt formed a separate administrative district called "Sende" within the parish of Hamm , to which the places Thalhausen and Unterschützen also belonged. The county of Sayn-Hachenburg fell to the princes of Nassau-Weilburg by inheritance in 1799 . In 1806 the two Nassau princes joined the Napoleonic Rhine Confederation , so that from 1806 the region belonged to the Duchy of Nassau . Due to the agreements made at the Congress of Vienna (1815), the area was ceded to the Kingdom of Prussia .

Under the Prussian administration, Breitscheidt was assigned to the mayor's office in Hamm in the newly established Altenkirchen district , which from 1822 belonged to the Rhine Province .

Today's community was created on June 7, 1969 through a new formation from the communities Breitscheidt (529 inhabitants) and Unterschützen (118 inhabitants).

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 197
1835 244
1871 393
1905 548
1939 496
1950 607
year Residents
1961 634
1970 657
1987 704
1997 959
2005 1,027
2019 983


42% of the population are Protestant, 17% Catholic. The Protestants belong to the parish of Hamm in the Altenkirchen parish of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland , the Catholics to the parish of St. Jakobus and Joseph, based in Altenkirchen , whose nearest branch churches are in Hamm ( St. Joseph ) and Marienthal (pilgrimage church "To the painful mother") are located.


Municipal council

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


The local mayor of Breitscheidt is Helmut Rötzel. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was elected with 81.06% of the vote. Rötzel is the successor to Aloys Lück, who did not take up office again after 21 years.


In Breitscheidt there is a train station on the Engers-Au railway line , which is served by local trains on the RB 90 Kreuztal - Siegen - Wissen (Sieg) - Au (Sieg) - Altenkirchen (Westerwald) - Hachenburg - Nistertal / Bad Marienberg - Westerburg - Limburg trains (Lahn) of the Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) according to the Rhineland-Palatinate cycle is usually approached every hour in both directions, also on weekends and on public holidays. On the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) - Au (Sieg) section, there is sometimes a 30-minute cycle from Monday to Friday.

The Au (Sieg) station is about eight minutes away by train: There is a connection to the S-Bahn line S 12 of the S-Bahn Cologne via Siegburg / Bonn , Troisdorf , Cologne and Horrem to Düren , to the Rhein-Sieg- Express (RE 9), which commutes between Siegen, Au, Siegburg / Bonn, Troisdorf and Cologne to Aachen .

There are park-and-ride facilities for cars and motorcycles at the Au (Sieg) and Altenkirchen (Westerwald) stations, as well as a bike-and-ride facility for parking bicycles in Altenkirchen.

Since the district of Altenkirchen has been a member of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel (VRM) since January 1, 2009 and the tariff of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) is recognized as a transitional tariff from the VRS region to the district, it is possible to go to the VRM, VRS or DB / Vectus tariff to travel to Breitscheidt.


  • Günter Gelhausen: History of the Breitscheidt primary school near Hamm an der Sieg from 1895–1969 , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 36 (1993), pp. 166–171.
  • Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in plan , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. See Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the ground plan, in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.
  3. ^ Wilhelm Fabricius : Explanations of the historical atlas of the Rhine province, Volume 2: The map of 1789. Bonn 1898, p. 371.
  4. ^ Negotiations of the by resolution of the State Deputy Assembly ..., Volume 1 , 1836, p. 583.
  5. 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. 172, 173 (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.  
  6. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  7. census database
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Breitscheidt. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  9. ^ The Regional Returning Officer of Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Hamm (Sieg), Verbandsgemeinde, third line of results. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  10. ^ AK-Kurier: Helmut Rötzel is the new mayor of Breitscheidt. July 25, 2019, accessed November 15, 2019 .