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Coat of arms of the local community Elkenroth
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Coordinates: 50 ° 44 '  N , 7 ° 53'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Betzdorf-Gebhardshain
Height : 450 m above sea level NHN
Area : 8.15 km 2
Residents: 1834 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 225 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57578
Area code : 02747
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 025
Association administration address: Hellerstraße 2
57518 Betzdorf
Website : www.elkenroth.de
Local Mayor : Peter Schwan (FWG)
Location of the local community Elkenroth 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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Elkenroth is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Betzdorf-Gebhardshain community . The place is called "Elgert" in dialect.

Geographical location

The community is located in the Westerwald between Betzdorf and Hachenburg on the northern edge of the "Neunkhausen Plateau". The highest elevation in the district is the Hasselichskopf (508 m above sea level). Neighboring communities are Dickendorf and Kausen in the north-west, Weitefeld in the east, Neunkhausen in the south-east, Nauroth in the south and Rosenheim in the south-west.


The first documentary mention as "Elkerode" comes from a Marienstatter certificate from 1370.

Until the middle of the 17th century, Elkenroth belonged to the county of Sayn . After the introduction of the Reformation in the county of Sayn, the inhabitants were first Lutheran and later reformed . In 1611 there is evidence of a mill in Elkenroth. After the division of the County of Sayn in the 17th century, Elkenroth was part of the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen .

Due to the agreements made at the Congress of Vienna (1815), the region was ceded to the Kingdom of Prussia . Under the Prussian administration, Elkenroth was assigned to the mayor's office in Gebhardshain in the newly established Altenkirchen district ( Koblenz district ), which belonged to the Rhine province from 1822 onwards.

Elkenroth has been part of Rhineland-Palatinate since the state was founded .

Population development
Population development of Elkenroth from 1815 to 2017 according to the adjacent table

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

year Residents
1815 287
1835 337
1871 389
1905 598
1939 937
1950 1,051
year Residents
1961 1,242
1970 1,489
1987 1,555
1997 1,838
2005 1,870
2017 1,814
Catholic Church St. Elisabeth in Elkenroth, built in 1872


Municipal council

The local council in Elkenroth 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.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice FWG WGH WGA WGK total
2019 7th 9 - - 16 seats
2014 8th - 7th 1 16 seats
2009 by majority vote 16 seats
  • WGH = voter group Heidrich (open list with "Citizens for Elkenroth")
  • WGA = voter group Arndt - citizens for Elkenroth
  • WGK = voter group Krombach


Local mayor of Elkenroth is Peter Schwan (FWG). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 74.16% of the vote.

coat of arms

Elkenroth coat of arms
Blazon : "Under the head of the shield, dividedby a red-silver pewter cut ,in red, 3 obliquely left silver diamonds , accompanied at the top by a silver rose with a golden lug ."
Foundation of the coat of arms: The von Gevertzhagen family, first mentioned in a document in 1220, later shows the sideline "Gevertzhagen von Luitgenrode", which owned the so-called "Hildburg" between Elkenroth and Dickendorf . For them, the pewter cut stands in the head of the shield. The von Gevertzhagen family “von Gebhardsayn gen. Von Lützerath” has three white diamonds lined up diagonally right next to each other in red. This coat of arms can still be found today in a window of the Elkenroth church with an oblique left-hand arrangement of the diamonds. Elkenroth revered as a church and local patron the St. Elizabeth . Their attribute , a rose, is also in the lower part of the shield. The coat of arms of the local community Elkenroth was introduced in 1987.


Spring in Elkenroth

The Elkenrother Weiher is an artificially created pond in the "Weidenbruch" nature reserve in the Elkenroth district. Its origins go back to several fish ponds laid out one behind the other in the Middle Ages on the upper reaches of the Elbbach between Elkenroth and Weitefeld. Today there is an educational trail of the fishing club, which they laid out around the pond a few years ago. The built fisherman's hut not only serves the local fishing club, but also invites you to take a break in the local recreation area. The Elkenrother "Backhaus" is also a sight that the local community of Elkenroth has to offer. In addition, the local community of Elkenroth has a DFB mini football pitch. The centrifugal wheels of the former sand mill on Weitefelder Straße are set up in Steinbornpark.

The 300 m long bridge spanning the Elbbachtal near Elkenroth is one of the largest state road bridges in Rhineland-Palatinate.


The station Elke Roth was on a branch of the railway line Scheuerfeld-Emmerzhausen .

See also


  • Konrad Fuchs: History of the Gebhardshain Association. 1815-1970 . Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 1982, ISBN 3-87439-082-9 .
  • Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59 (2016), pp. 219–237.
  • Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in plan , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58 (2015), pp. 74-80.
  • Heinrich W. Arndt: ELKENROTH, chronicle of my hometown, 2009, published by the local community of Elkenroth; ISBN 978-3-00-028958-3

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the ground plan, pp. 74-80.
  3. ^ A b Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen, p. 222, 229.
  4. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Elkenroth municipal council election 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Elkenroth municipal council election 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2009 Elkenroth. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  8. ^ Citizens for Elkenroth: Citizens for Elkenroth. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .
  9. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Betzdorf-Gebhardshain, Verbandsgemeinde, sixth result line. Retrieved November 15, 2019 .