Elben (Westerwald)

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Coat of arms of the local community Elben
Elben (Westerwald)
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Elben highlighted

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

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Betzdorf-Gebhardshain
Height : 295 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.38 km 2
Residents: 338 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 142 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57580
Primaries : 02741, 02747
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 024
Association administration address: Hellerstraße 2
57518 Betzdorf
Website : www.vggebhardshain.de
Local Mayor : Hermann-Josef Neubert
Location of the local community Elben 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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Elben is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Betzdorf-Gebhardshain community . The place is called "Elwen" in dialect.


The local community is located in the northern foothills of the Westerwald towards the Siegerland south of Betzdorf ; Neighboring communities are Steineroth in the northeast, Molzhain in the east, Dickendorf in the southeast, and Steinebach / Sieg in the south and Gebhardshain in the southwest. Elben is located on Landesstraße 281 in a narrow valley cut at the confluence of the Elbbach and Steinebacher Bach.

The Weiselstein and Dauersberger Mühle residential areas belong to Elben .


Elben was first mentioned in a document on May 3, 1316. Some homesteads in the town center may have been the basis of the first settlement. According to a table from 1667, Elben belonged to the parish of Gevertzhaen (Gebhardshain). In 1704 there was a ban mill in Elben , to which, according to records from 1704, a total of 72 guests brought or had to bring their grist. Next to this Dauersberg mill , about one kilometer from the village, there was a second mill, an oil mill, in the village after 1700. In 1987 and 1991 Elben was the district winner in the state competition Our village should become more beautiful , which is also pointed out at the entrance to the village.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 93
1835 158
1871 188
1905 239
1939 218
1950 233
1961 282
year Residents
1970 287
1987 266
1997 321
2005 331
2011 341
2017 345


Municipal council

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


The local mayor of Elben is Hermann-Josef Neubert. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 91.67% of the vote.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Elves
Blazon : "In silver, a red diagonal bar with three silver diamonds in a row, accompanied on the right by a red four-spoke mill wheel, on the left by a green juniper branch with blue berries."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The gentlemen of Gebhardsayn called von Lützerath led three white diamonds in red, lined up diagonally to the right. Here the coat of arms shows the longstanding close affiliation with Gebhardshain. The Dauersberger Mühle also belongs to Elben. The mill wheel stands for them. An almost historic juniper distillation from 1897 is located in Elben. The juniper branch stands for them. Elben has had this coat of arms since 1988.

Culture and sights


The villa of the Meyer family, who ran the former juniper distillery, is now a listed building.


In Elben, the Elben Historic Fire Brigade , the Elbenia Sports Youth and the Elbenia Mixed Choir provide cultural and sporting activities. There is also a funeral association in Elben.

Economy and Transport

In the past agriculture and mining were the livelihoods of the local residents. Smaller commercial and service companies complement the local offer. DaVinci Haus GmbH with around 130 employees is an important local employer . The station Elves lay on the railway line Scheuerfeld-Emmerzhausen .


  • Konrad Fuchs: History of the Gebhardshain Association. 1815–1970 , Mainz 1982, ISBN 3-87439-082-9 .
  • Josef Kläser: The mills to Elben on the Elbe (Elbbach) , Part I, in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 34 (1991), pp. 223-229.
  • Josef Kläser: The mills to Elben on the Elbe (Elbbach) , Part II, in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 35 (1992), pp. 207-211.
  • Norbert Lorsbach: 950 years Weiselstein , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 42 (1999), pages 41-48.
  • Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59 (2016), pp. 219–237.
  • Georg Stockschlaeder: Weiselstein. Notes from the history of a hamlet. 1048-1998 , Weiselstein 1998.

Web links

Commons : Elves  - 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 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 13 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  3. See Siegener Urkundenbuch Volume I, Siegen , 1887, p. 88, no. 141.
  4. See Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen, pp. 219–237.
  5. Homepage of the former Gebhardshain community
  6. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Elben. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Betzdorf-Gebhardshain, Verbandsgemeinde, fifth row of results. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .