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Coat of arms of the local community Hövels
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Coordinates: 50 ° 47 '  N , 7 ° 47'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Knowledge
Height : 160 m above sea level NHN
Area : 7.87 km 2
Residents: 521 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 66 inhabitants per km 2
Postcodes : 57537,
57587 (Mühlenthal)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / zip code contains text
Primaries : 02742, 02741
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 054
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 75
57537 Knowledge
Website : www.hoevels.de
Local Mayor : Wolfgang Klein
Location of the local community Hövels 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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Hövels is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . She belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde Wissen .

Geographical location

Hövels is located both at the height and in the Siegtal on the federal road 62 , which runs 13 km with the Sieg through the municipality. The victory also forms the border to the local community Mittelhof .


Hövels is located on a low mountain and the name of the local community is derived from mountain names. From “buhil, bühel” (low mountain), the word “hübel” was created by changing the sound, corresponding to the Dutch-Low German form “heuvel, Hövel”. Hövels originally referred to the residents of the place.

District "Niederhövels"

The development of the Niederhövels district can be traced back to the " Eupel " iron ore mine . On January 26, 1652, the Lords of Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg enfeoffed the Baron von Sparr with all the mines in the Crottorf-Weisweiler district. In this document u. a. the "Aepel" (Eupel) pit was first mentioned. The miners' settlement was built between 1870 and 1873 and was badly damaged by bombs in World War II . This settlement represented the actual center of the village until the end of the war. Due to the land reform and sale of land by the Hatzfeldt-Wildenburg administration, the village of Niederhövels developed above the B 62. Until the closure of the Eupel mine in 1964, the place names "Eupel" and "Niederhövels" existed at the same time. The place name "Eupel" was officially revoked after the mine was closed. In addition, the Wingertshardt mine was still in operation in Niederhövels .

Hamlets and farms

The "Topographical-Statistical Description of the Royal Prussian Rhine Provinces" from 1830 describes the municipality of Hövels as follows:

“The municipality of Hövels with 349 inhabitants consists of the hamlets, farms and houses: Daßberg, Alsen, Ober- and Nieder-Güdelen, Rödderstein, State, Wingertshardt, Zollhaus, Eipel, Ober- and Nieder-Hövels, Mühlenberg, Seifen, Vor der Harth, Gotterbach, Wisserhütte, Siegenthal, Brückhöfen and the Brück mill. The Wingershardt copper and lead mine , which quarries spade iron stone, lead ore containing silver and copper pebbles, has a mighty brown iron stone entrance and also produces raw steel iron, is located in this municipality . "

Population development

The development of the population of Hövels, the values ​​from 1939 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1939 608
1950 686
1961 779
1970 707
year Residents
1987 660
1997 690
2005 709
2019 521


Municipal council

The council in Hövels 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. Up to the 2014 election, a personalized proportional representation was used because several lists had started.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU FWG total
2019 by majority vote 12 seats
2014 - 7th 5 12 seats
2009 4th 4th 4th 12 seats
2004 5 7th - 12 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Group Mittelhof-Hövels e. V.


The local mayor of Hövels is Wolfgang Klein. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 85.60% of the vote.

coat of arms

Hövels coat of arms
Blazon : "In gold, a stylized black mallet and iron crossed at an angle ."
Justification of the coat of arms: Hammer and mallet are the symbol of the miners and are intended to indicate that mining was carried out in the Eupel and Wingertshardt pits in the local community of Hövels for centuries until 1964. The golden background of the coat of arms is supposed to symbolize the natural color of the Spateisenstein mainly extracted in Hövels .


Six full-time agricultural businesses and three part-time businesses are still active in the village . A restaurant with a hotel as well as several small trading and commercial enterprises still offer some jobs. A train station with Park & ​​Ride facilities for the Au (Sieg) - Dillenburg route has existed on site since 1999 .


In the district of Lower Hövels there is a station of the victory path defined by the regional rail line RB90 ( Westerwald victory train of) Hesse state railway HLB, operating range DreiLänderBahn ( Limburg an der Lahn - Diez East Westerburg - Hachenburg - Altenkirchen (Westerwald) - Au (Sieg ) -Wissen (Sieg) - Siegen - Kreuztal ) is served daily every hour according to the Rhineland-Palatinate cycle .


Hövels has a rich club life in which u. a. the village beautification club , the sports club TuS 04 Germania Niederhövels , the marching band “Old Comrades” Niederhövel , the evangelical women's choir, the horticultural club and the denominational women's communities as well as the carnival club should be emphasized.

Cultural monuments

List of cultural monuments in Hövels


  • Local community Hövels (ed.): 125 years of miners' settlement. Eupel - Hövels through the ages. A journey through the past , Hövels 1998.

Web links

Commons : Hövels  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Friedrich von Restorff: Topographical-Statistical Description of the Royal Prussian Rhine Provinces , 1830, page 703
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2019 Hövels. Retrieved November 10, 2019 .
  5. Local election Rhineland-Palatinate 2014, municipal council
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Knowledge, Verbandsgemeinde, third line of results. Retrieved November 10, 2019 .
  7. Description of the coat of arms