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Coat of arms of the local community Herchweiler
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Coordinates: 49 ° 31 '  N , 7 ° 18'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Kusel
Association municipality : Kusel-Altenglan
Height : 338 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.85 km 2
Residents: 495 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 174 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 66871
Area code : 06384
License plate : KUS
Community key : 07 3 36 039
Association administration address: Marktplatz 1
66869 Kusel
Website : www.herchweiler.de
Mayoress : Sigrid Stolingwa
Location of the Herchweiler parish in the Kusel district
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Herchweiler is a municipality in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Kusel-Altenglan .


Herchweiler is located in the upper Ostertal in the West Palatinate, right on the border with Saarland . For a long time, the street In der Gaß , which belongs to the village, was located in the area of Haupersweiler in the west until a state treaty between Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland adjusted the state border in 2003. As a result, on January 1, 2004, part of the Saarland community of Freisen with 53 inhabitants was re- congregated to Herchweiler.

The Markeicherhof and Wolfsbornerhof residential areas also belong to Herchweiler .


The village was first mentioned as Herchwilr in 1430 .

Initially belonging to the county of Veldenz , the place fell to the newly formed county of Pfalz-Zweibrücken with the extinction of its male line in 1444 . At this time there is no mention of a division of the village on the edge of the Remigiusland. An expansion of the settlement beyond the Grenzbach is described for the first time in 1588 by the civil servant Johannes Hoffmann. According to him, the right part of the village (seen upstream) belonged to the Zweibrückischen Amt Lichtenberg, the houses on the other side of the brook belonged to the village of Haupersweiler, which was then assigned to the court of Oberkirchen in the Duchy of Lorraine . Despite several changes of ownership, this division was to last for several centuries.

Like the other villages in the area, Herchweiler was hit hard in the 17th century by both the Thirty Years' War and the wars of the French King Louis XIV , which culminated in the War of the Palatinate Succession . The place only recovered from the losses in the 18th century.

The Lorraine part of Herchweiler went to the rule of von der Leyen in 1766 , before French revolutionary troops abolished the old order in 1793. From 1801 to 1814 Herchweiler belonged to the French Saardepartement , but the division remained below this level: While the larger Zweibrücken part was assigned to the arrondissement Birkenfeld , Canton Kusel, Mairie Burglichtenberg, the smaller part belonged to the Arrondissement Saarbrücken, Canton St. Wendel, Mairie Oberkirchen .

The reorganization of Europe at the Congress of Vienna also survived the division of Herchweiler: The larger part of the district, together with the Palatinate on the left bank of the Rhine , fell to Austria in 1815 and to the Kingdom of Bavaria in 1816 on the basis of an exchange agreement . He has now been assigned to the Kusel Land Commissioner , Konken Mayor's Office in the Bavarian Rhine District. The smaller one, also called "Judengasse" because of its Jewish residents , fell to the newly founded Principality of Lichtenberg , which belonged to Saxony-Coburg , but was sold to Prussia in 1834 .

In the middle of the 19th century, the income structure in Herchweiler changed. While the people previously lived mainly from agriculture and trade (the Jewish citizens were strongly represented here, who at times made up almost a quarter of the population), they now increasingly found work in the quarries, coal mines and ironworks in the area, especially in the Saarland. Today, after another structural change, Herchweiler is a quiet residential community whose residents mostly commute for a wide variety of activities.

After the First World War , the village was more strictly divided from 1920 to 1935, as the Saar area was administered by France. Even after it was reintegrated into the German Reich , the administrative division was retained. After the Second World War , Herchweiler in the Palatinate became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform , the place was assigned to the Kusel Association in 1972 , which was merged into the Kusel-Altenglan Association in 2018 .

The smaller part of Herchweiler initially belonged to the French-controlled Saar state , which joined the Federal Republic in 1957 as Saarland . After earlier attempts had failed, a state treaty between Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland succeeded in adapting the state border in 2003 and re-congregating the In der Gass street . After several centuries, Herchweiler became a politically united local community on January 1, 2014.


Municipal council

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


Sigrid Stolingwa became mayor of Herchweiler in June 2014. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, she was confirmed in her office for another five years with a share of 61.69% of the votes.

Stolingwa's predecessor Helmut Weyrich had held the office for 20 years, but did not take up office again in 2014.

coat of arms

Herchweiler coat of arms
Blazon : "A floating, polished, straight-armed paw cross over a wave shield river split by black and blue."

Economy and Infrastructure

The A 62 runs to the north . In Kusel there is a train station on the Landstuhl – Kusel railway line .

Honorary citizen

  • Helmut Weyrich, who has been a member of the local council since 1974 and mayor from 1994 to 2014, was made an honorary citizen in August 2014 for his services. During his term of office, the use of wind energy in the community, the expansion of the village community center, as well as the bypassing of the In der Gass street .

See also


Web links

Commons : Herchweiler  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. 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. 179 (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.  
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 157 (PDF; 3 MB).
  4. Ernst Schworm: Herchweiler. Surname. In: regionalgeschichte.net. Institute for Historical Regional Studies at the University of Mainz eV, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  5. a b c d e Ernst Schworm: Herchweiler. Outline of the local history. In: regionalgeschichte.net. Institute for Historical Regional Studies at the University of Mainz eV, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  6. Josef Dreesen: In 1834 Sankt Wendel was sold to Prussia. City Archives St. Wendel, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  7. Ernst Schworm: Herchweiler. Residents. In: regionalgeschichte.net. Institute for Historical Regional Studies at the University of Mainz eV, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  8. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 165 (PDF; 2.8 MB).
  9. a b Strategic Skill and Perseverance. Die Rheinpfalz, August 12, 2014, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  10. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  11. a b The first woman at the top. Die Rheinpfalz, June 23, 2014, accessed on May 10, 2020 .
  12. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Kusel-Altenglan, Verbandsgemeinde, 15th line of results. Retrieved May 10, 2020 .
  13. Eric Sayer: Certificates for two veterans. Honor for Helmut Weyrich by the FWG regional association. Die Rheinpfalz, January 29, 2019, accessed on May 20, 2020 .