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Coordinates: 50 ° 28 '  N , 6 ° 47'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Ahrweiler
Association municipality : Adenau
Height : 414 m above sea level NHN
Area : 15.84 km 2
Residents: 480 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 30 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 53520
Area code : 02694
License plate : AW
Community key : 07 1 31 033
Community structure: 3 districts
Association administration address: Kirchstrasse 15
53518 Adenau
Website : www.adenau.de
Local Mayor : Demian pocket maker
Location of the local community of Hümmel in the Ahrweiler district
Remagen Grafschaft (Rheinland) Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler Sinzig Bad Breisig Brohl-Lützing Gönnersdorf (bei Bad Breisig) Waldorf (Rheinland-Pfalz) Burgbrohl Wassenach Glees Niederzissen Wehr (Eifel) Galenberg Oberzissen Brenk Königsfeld (Eifel) Schalkenbach Dedenbach Niederdürenbach Oberdürenbach Weibern (Eifel) Kempenich Hohenleimbach Spessart (Brohltal) Heckenbach Kesseling Kalenborn (bei Altenahr) Berg (bei Ahrweiler) Kirchsahr Lind (bei Altenahr) Rech Dernau Mayschoß Altenahr Ahrbrück Hönningen Kaltenborn Adenau Herschbroich Meuspath Leimbach (bei Adenau) Dümpelfeld Nürburg (Gemeinde) Müllenbach (bei Adenau) Quiddelbach Hümmel Ohlenhard Wershofen Aremberg Wiesemscheid Kottenborn Wimbach Honerath Bauler (Landkreis Ahrweiler) Senscheid Pomster Dankerath Trierscheid Barweiler Reifferscheid Sierscheid Harscheid (bei Adenau) Dorsel Hoffeld (Eifel) Wirft Rodder Müsch Eichenbach Antweiler Fuchshofen Winnerath Insul Schuld (Ahr) Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Neuwied Landkreis Vulkaneifel Landkreis Mayen-Koblenzmap
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Hümmel is a municipality in the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Adenau community .


Geographical location

Hümmel is located about 13 kilometers northwest of the Adenau association headquarters and 10 kilometers south of Bad Münstereifel . About 5 km to the west, the town is connected to national traffic via the B 51 and the Blankenheim junction of the A 1 .

The community is located in the Rhine-Ahr-Eifel nature reserve .

Community structure

The community is divided into three districts and six residential areas:

  • Blinds with the residential areas Bröhlingen and Marthel
  • Hümmel with the residential areas Burscheid, Falkenberg and Hümmeler Mühle
  • Pitscheid with the residential area Heistert
Hümmel, aerial photo (2016)
Blind, aerial photo (2015)
Marthel, aerial photo (2015)


The place probably has its origins in courtyards, which are assumed in this district for the time before the turn of the second millennium. Hümmel was first mentioned in a document as "Hoinbuil" in 1114 when parts of the local church were donated to the Münstereifel monastery . The district belonged to the Duchy of Jülich from 1320 and came together with this to the Electoral Palatinate in the 17th century .

After the end of the French occupation , where the place belonged to the canton of Adenau from 1798 to 1814 , Hümmel came from 1815 to the mayor's office of Aremberg in the Prussian Rhine province created in 1822 . From 1816 the place belonged to the Adenau district , after its dissolution in 1932 to the Ahrweiler district . During the local government reform on November 7, 1970, the previously independent municipalities Blindest (162 inhabitants), Hümmel (222) and Pitscheid (95) were merged under the name Hümmel.

The parish of Hümmel belonged to the Archdiocese of Cologne until 1821 and then became part of the Diocese of Trier as part of the renewal of the German diocese organization .


Municipal council

The municipal council in Hümmel consists of eight council members, who were elected by a majority vote in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman. In the election period from 2009 to 2014, the municipal council consisted of twelve council members.


Demian Taschenmacher became the local mayor of Hümmel on September 12, 2019. Since there was no candidate for the direct election on May 26, 2019, the upcoming election of the mayor was incumbent on the council, which decided in favor of Taschenmacher, in accordance with the municipal regulations.

Taschenmacher's predecessor as local mayor was Franz Peter Schmitz until 2019.

Culture and sights

St. Cyriacus in Hümmel

Worth seeing

  • Filial church St. Barbara (built in 1727, expanded in 1922) in Pitscheid
  • catholic parish church St. Cyriacus in Hümmel.


  • Music and forest festival (June), village fair (August)

Economy and Infrastructure


40% of the community area is designated as agricultural land, around 20 agricultural businesses are located in the community.


The black snail (locality Hümmel-Blindest) is an indicator species for near-natural, intact forests.

With 743 hectares of forest, the municipality of Hümmel owns the majority of the 50% forested municipality area and is one of the few municipalities that completely dispenses with wood harvesters and instead works with rope and haulers, forest workers and sometimes even with back horses . In addition, the network of skidding lanes is 40 m (20 m is common in Germany), which results in less traffic and less damage to trees. This type of farming has been recognized by the FSC (license number C010647) and meets the criteria of the Working Group on Natural Forest Management .

The forest enterprise was twice (1996 and 1998) awarded the special price of the Verbandsgemeinde Adenau for ecological forest management and was the 2010 national winner in the BHU competition .

In addition, the community forestry enterprise Hümmel maintains franchise-supported burial forests .

The Wilde Beech project was started in 2011 in order to be able to put larger areas under full protection with financial effect . Old beech stands with individuals over 160 years old have become rare at 0.27% of the area in Germany. In Hümmel there are still around 100 hectares of such areas, which are to be withdrawn from use over decades (contractually secured) with the Wilde Beech project . Sponsorships from companies and private individuals are used to cover costs. For this, too, Hümmel was selected as one of 365 locations in the land of ideas .

The community cooperates with the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University for the scientific evaluation of forest management . In 2010 and 2011, four theses were successfully completed, which addressed the forest (construction) in Hümmel.


In order to reduce the game population to an environmentally friendly level, the shooting plans were gradually increased and citizen hunt was introduced on an area of ​​85 ha . In this, the game is no longer fed / kirrt and the citizens are entitled to hunt . From the 2013/2014 hunting year , around a third of the total area in the municipality will be hunted by the Hümmel Hunting Association on its own. As a district-wide innovation, the area previously leased by a hunter is divided into five stalking areas with a duration of one year. This is in contrast to the usual nationwide lease agreements that run for at least ten years . On the one hand, the precise contractual conditions enable the municipality to react quickly to the silvicultural situation that is influenced by the game, on the other hand, the division and short contractual commitment expands the scope of those who can afford hunting in Hümmel. Analogous to the established model of citizens hunt is in the game districts, the feeding place and feeding prohibited the trophy breeding abolished and only bowl game may be hunted.


  • Two music associations, a theater association, a volunteer fire brigade and a carnival association


  • Josef Heinrichs (* 1953), Brigadier General, Chief of Staff in the Office for Army Development
  • Andreas Kieling (* 1959), animal and nature filmmaker
  • Peter Wohlleben (* 1964), forester and author (initiator of the near-natural forest use practiced since 1994)
  • Jannik Müller (* 1994), soccer player

Web links

Commons : Hümmel  - 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. 6 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. 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. 180 (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.  
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Adenau, Verbandsgemeinde, 14th line of results. Retrieved August 7, 2020 .
  6. Happy and contemplative. Fair 2019 Hümmel. In: Blick Aktuell. Krupp Verlags GmbH, Sinzig, August 7, 2019, accessed on August 7, 2020 .
  7. a b Rolf Zimmermann: Recording and operationalization of ecosystem functions and services with regard to sustainable forest use (diploma thesis at the Institute for Environmental Research, RWTH Aachen University).
  8. FSC certificate: verification. Retrieved January 5, 2020 .
  9. further awards ( Memento from October 12, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Home finalforest.de, accessed on February 17, 2014.
  11. Wild beech.
  12. Selected Location in the Land of Ideas 2012 ( Memento from June 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  13. Last rest under a beech tree . In: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger , November 18, 2005.
  14. The rebel in the forest . In: Die Zeit , No. 44/2012.
  15. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: Chance for local hunters . ) In: Adenauer Nachrichten , July 28, 2012.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.wittich.de