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Coat of arms of the local community Hemmelzen
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Coordinates: 50 ° 42 '  N , 7 ° 35'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 220 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.83 km 2
Residents: 279 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 99 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57612
Area code : 02681
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 049
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen
Website : www.vg-altenkirchen.de
Local Mayor : Harald Bischoff
Location of the local community Hemmelzen 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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Hemmelzen, aerial photo (2018)

Hemmelzen is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld .


The municipality of Hemmelzen is 7 km from the center of the district town of Altenkirchen between Neitersen and Obernau in the south and Birnbach in the north. In the west is Oberölfen . The community is surrounded by forests belonging to the Altenkirchen state forest .

The size of the district is 2.83 km². The built-up location with currently 61 houses has a total area of ​​approx. 12.5 hectares.


The place Hemmelzen belonged to the parish court Birnbach and was first mentioned in 1491. In 1492 Hyntze von Hemmlzen was a judge in Mehren . After the division of the County of Sayn into Sayn-Altenkirchen and Sayn-Hachenburg, there was a customs station in Hemmelzen in the direction of Obernau, but this was of no importance and was dissolved again in 1687. In 1578 there were 16 houses ("Räuche") in the community, in 1620 there were 10, and from 1667 to 1793 19 houses. In 1888 the population had increased to 39 houses; In 1988 there were 51 houses.

The place name has changed over the centuries: Hemelhusen , Himelsen and Hemelsen finally led to the current spelling Hemmelzen .

The old mill, which is still standing today, was put into operation as a ban mill in 1688 . When electricity arrived in the 1920s, it meant the end of many water-powered mills . In 1960 the Hemmelzer Mühle finally ceased operations.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 96
1835 139
1871 221
1905 183
1939 158
1950 182
year Residents
1961 165
1970 202
1987 192
1997 275
2005 242
2019 279


Municipal council

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


In the direct election on May 26, 2019, Harald Bischoff was confirmed in his office for another five years with 80.0% of the votes.

Economy and Infrastructure

With an agricultural area of ​​around 1.65 km² (58% of the municipal area), Hemmelzen was a purely agriculturally structured place in earlier years. Today there are 7 part-time farmers in the village . The community has two hotels with restaurants.


The little-traveled district road 15 leads through the village and connects the federal road 8 with the federal road 256 . The course of the road leads through the valley of the Birnbach.


  • Traditional costume dance group Almfreunde Hemmelzen


  • Kurt Kölbach: The Second World War in Hemmelzen and the surrounding area , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 45 (2002), pp. 109–113.
  • Kurt Kölbach: Agriculture in Hemmelzen in the 30s , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 46 (2003), pp. 289–295.
  • Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59 (2016), pp. 219–237.

Web links

Commons : Hemmelzen  - 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. See Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen, pp. 219–233.
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data .
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2019 Hemmelzen. Retrieved December 25, 2019 .
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 23rd line of results. Retrieved December 25, 2019 .