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Coat of arms of the local community Burglahr
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Coordinates: 50 ° 37 '  N , 7 ° 30'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 167 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.86 km 2
Residents: 496 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 173 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57632
Area code : 02685
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 016
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Website : www.burglahr.de
Local Mayor : Dieter Reifenhäuser
Location of the municipality of Burglahr in the Altenkirchen district (Westerwald)
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Burglahr is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld .


The place is located in the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park in the Wied valley at an altitude of about 167  m above sea level. NHN . Neighboring communities are Peterslahr and Oberlahr .

The Heckerfeld district and the Lusthof residential area also belong to Burglahr .


The word component -lahr is derived from the Celtic Lar or Laar and stands for ground and cleared area. Fragments found on the site of Lahr Castle, first mentioned in 1276, show that there was a settlement here as early as Romanesque times. The castle was a fief of the Archbishopric of Cologne to Salentin von Isenburg (other sources: The Salentin Isenburg residents were the owners of the castle and the castle was only pledged to Cologne in 1325). At that time, the area was part of the Lahr rule , to which the towns of Oberlahr , Burglahr and Heckerfeld belonged. The tower that is visible today dates from the 14th century. The "Lahrer Herrlichkeit" was confiscated in 1664 as a settled fiefdom by the Cologne Elector Maximilian Heinrich of Bavaria and was awarded to the Principality of Nassau-Usingen in 1803 after the dissolution of the Archbishopric of Cologne due to the Reichsdeputation Hauptschluss. In 1806 the area belonged to the Duchy of Nassau and came due in 1815 the resolutions of the Congress of Vienna and an additional treaty to the Kingdom of Prussia . Under the Prussian administration, Burglahr was assigned to the Flammersfeld mayor in the newly established Altenkirchen district , which from 1822 on belonged to the Rhine Province .

The castle itself changed hands many times and, as found in broken fragments, it was inhabited until the 18th century. The ruin, restored in 1967/68, is now owned by the municipality.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 195
1835 237
1871 260
1905 238
1939 260
1950 290
year Residents
1961 306
1970 286
1987 392
2005 492
2011 500
2017 517
Population development of Burglahr from 1815 to 2018 according to the table below
Castle tower of Lahr Castle
Bird's eye view of the tower


57% of the population are Catholic, 15% Protestant. The Catholics belong to the parish of St. Antonius in Oberlahr in the Archdiocese of Cologne ; There is a chapel in Burglahr where masses are celebrated on weekdays. The Protestants belong to the Evangelical Church Community Flammersfeld in the Altenkirchen parish of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland .


Municipal council

The council in Burglahr consists of eight council members, who in the local elections on May 26, 2019Template: future / in 3 years in a majority vote were elected, and the honorary mayor as chairman. In the previous election period from 2009 to 2014, the council had twelve council members.


Dieter Reifenhäuser became mayor of Burglahr in 2014. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in office for a further five years with 81.74% of the vote. Dieter Reifenhäuser's predecessor was Wilfried Wilsberg.


Chapel in Burglahr Picture oak with picture house
Chapel in Burglahr
Picture oak with picture house
  • The Burglahr is a picturesquely situated castle ruins above the village Burglahr in the valley of Wied , the essential part of today makes up about 25 meters high round tower.
  • The Catholic Chapel of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary at the foot of the castle hill dates from the second half of the 17th century and is a plastered, single-nave quarry stone building with a three-sided choir closure. The chapel is equipped with a simple baroque wooden altar and a wooden figure of Our Lady with child in a central niche .
  • The Alvensleben tunnel is a 1546 m long connecting tunnel to the Louise ore mine . As a visitor mine, it offers today, by appointment, an insight into the world of iron ore mining over the past two centuries.
  • The Blue Mill is a mill property dating back to around 1200, which is maintained and operated in accordance with the preservation of historical monuments and today houses an equestrian hotel owned by the former Olympic champion Jutta Heine .
  • The natural monument picture oak in the state forest Burglahr / Peterslahr / Obersteinebach with the portrait house of the legendary knight maiden is about 2 km away from the village center in the Westerwald.

See also:

Web links

Commons : Burglahr  - 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. 12 f . (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate: My village, my city. Retrieved July 30, 2019 .
  4. Municipal statistics
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections. Retrieved July 30, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, seventh line of results. Retrieved January 3, 2020 .
  8. ^ Rhein-Zeitung: Honors in the local council. Press archive of Burglahr municipality. August 15, 2014, accessed January 3, 2020 .