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Coat of arms of the city of Herdorf
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Coordinates: 50 ° 47 '  N , 7 ° 57'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Daaden-Herdorf
Height : 290 m above sea level NHN
Area : 18.01 km 2
Residents: 6546 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 363 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57562
Area code : 02744
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 050
City structure: 3 districts
Association administration address: Bahnhofstrasse 4
57567 Daaden
Website : www.herdorf.de
City Mayor : Uwe Erner ( Alliance 90 / The Greens )
Location of the city of Herdorf 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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Town view in the Herdorf district of Dermbach

Herdorf is a town in the Hellertal , north of Daaden in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . Since July 1, 2014, it has been part of the Daaden-Herdorf community , the largest of which it is with around 7,000 inhabitants. Herdorf is a state-approved resort and designated as a basic center according to state planning . The town charter Herdorf received on 24 January 1981st



Herdorf is located in the eastern part of the Altenkirchen district and in the south-west Siegerland , 11.5 km south-south-west of Siegen . It is located at the confluence of the Sotterbach in the Heller , an eastern tributary of the Sieg . On the border between Herdorf and Neunkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia lies the Hohenseelbachskopf , with 517.5  m the highest elevation in the local area. In addition to the Hohenseelbachskopf, the side knoll of the Hohenseelbachskopf [Mahlscheid] on the Herdorf side, also located on the border, is one of the highest elevations 508  m in the local area.

City structure


The oldest mining archaeological evidence from the Herdorf area comes from the transition from the late Hallstatt to the early La Tène period (6th / 5th century BC). These are mainly cullet and slag residues.

Herdorf was first mentioned in a document in 1344. Around 1360 the place came under the rule of the Counts of Sayn . These allocated the district north of the Heller to the Freusburg office and court and the parish Kirchen and the southern district to the Friedewald office and court and the Daaden parish . Since the middle of the 17th century, Herdorf belonged to the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen after an inheritance was divided .

Due to the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss , the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen was assigned to the Principality of Nassau-Usingen in 1803 , from 1806 Herdorf belonged to the Duchy of Nassau and since 1815 to the Kingdom of Prussia . Under the Prussian administration, Herdorf belonged to the Daaden mayor's office in the Altenkirchen district, newly created in 1816, in the Koblenz administrative district, and from 1822 to the Rhine province .

In 1955, the initially independent municipality of Herdorf was created with the previously independent municipalities of Sassenroth and Dermbach. On January 24, 1981 Herdorf was decided by the Rhineland-Palatinate state government for the city collected. On December 13, 2013, the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate decided against the will of the two local authorities concerned to end the freedom of association of the city on July 1, 2014 through the "State law on the integration of the non-association city of Herdorf into the Verbandsgemeinde Daaden " to be integrated into the association community. The name of the Verbandsgemeinde has since been "Verbandsgemeinde Herdorf-Daaden", but was changed to "Verbandsgemeinde Daaden-Herdorf" on January 1, 2017. Both the city of Herdorf and the Verbandsgemeinde Daaden had lodged a constitutional complaint against the state law.

Cultural monuments

List of cultural monuments in Herdorf


Herdorf was one of the centers of mining in the Siegerland with most of the mines in a local area of ​​the Siegerland. By 1962, around 60 million tons of iron ore were mined in the Herdorf mines in 100 years . Dozens of mines have had a major impact on the region's culture and industry. The main pits were:

In addition to the pits, there was the Friedrichshütte in Herdorf , an important hut complex , the main building of which, the so-called hut house , still stands and houses a cultural hall and restaurants. The mining museum of the Altenkirchen district in the Sassenroth district has been documenting the history of mining in the Herdorf region since 1986 .

Population development

The development of the population of Herdorf in relation to today's urban area; the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 893
1835 1,219
1871 2,269
1905 5.124
1939 5,581
1950 6.367
year Residents
1961 7,425
1970 7,734
1987 7.213
2005 7.155
2011 6,800
2017 6,563
Population development of Herdorf from 1815 to 2017 according to the table below


Herdorf is predominantly Catholic. The Catholic parish of St. Aloisius belongs to the diocese of Trier (Trierische Insel), in the district of Dermbach there is a branch community . Since 2007 there has been a parish community between the Catholic parish of St. Aloisius Herdorf and the neighboring parish of Alsdorf .

The Protestant community of Herdorf-Struthütten (part of the neighboring community of Neunkirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia) belongs to the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland .


City council

City council election 2019 Herdorf
Participation: 55.7% (+6.6%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
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The city ​​council in Herdorf consists of 22 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the city council:

2019 5 11 2 - 2 2 22 seats
2014 7th 12 - - 1 2 22 seats
2009 8th 14th - - - - 22 seats
2004 6th 13 - 2 - 1 22 seats


Mayor of Herdorf is Uwe Erner (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in his office with a share of the vote of 53.64%.


In state elections the city of Herdorf belongs to constituency 01-Betzdorf / Kirchen (Sieg) , in federal elections to constituency 198-Neuwied .

coat of arms

Herdorf coat of arms
Blazon : “The coat of arms of the city of Herdorf shows a silver wall under a golden crown in the divided shield above in blue; at the bottom split by a curly silver point, in front a golden, blue-armored lion facing in red; at the back a silver sloping bar in black, covered with three black pig heads. "
Reasons for the coat of arms: The Herdorf coat of arms symbolizes the three villages Herdorf, Dermbach and Sassenroth and at the same time the historical distinction between the parts to the right and left of the Heller, which each belonged to different administrative areas. The golden lion on a red background symbolizes belonging to the county of Sayn and the black pig's heads on a silver sloping beam symbolize belonging to the Lords of Freusburg . The crown and wall refer to the area of ​​the royal wall .

Town twinning

Herdorf has had a partnership with the French community and small town of Saint-Laurent-du-Pont since 1982 .

Economy and Infrastructure


Herdorf is located on the of Betzdorf about Burbach according Haiger leading betzdorf-haiger railway , of the Hessian state (HLB) , area DreiLänderBahn below the line number RB 96 after the Rheinland-Pfalz clock is operated daily every hour. The BRS line R 23 Neunkirchen -Herdorf- ( Daaden ) serves the town at regular intervals , which means that Neunkirchen has connections with the R 22 to Siegen and the R 44 to Burbach. In Daaden there is a connection to the trains of the line RB 97 Daadetalbahn to Betzdorf, this line is also operated by Westerwaldbahn GmbH every hour according to the Rhineland-Palatinate cycle.

Leisure and sports facilities

  • Ludwig-Wolker-Sportanlage (club's own facility of TuS DJK Herdorf e.V.)
  • Glück-Auf-Kampfbahn (city football pitch)


Honorary citizen

  • 1951, March 16: Albert Homscheid (1871–1955), prelate, honorary canon, awarded on the occasion of his golden jubilee as a priest.
  • 1951, December 14th: Albert Lerner (1871–1952), doctor, received honorary citizenship on his golden anniversary as a doctor.
  • 1958: August Sander (1876–1964), photographer
  • 1992, July 22nd: Alfons Mockenhaupt (1915–1996), master painter, has earned recognition as a successful champion for the city's associations.
  • 2012, November 28th: ​​Ernst (Erni) Schlosser (* 1937), master electrical engineer and teacher, has made a special contribution to the cultural life in the city.

sons and daughters of the town

Persons connected with Herdorf

  • Verena Dreier from the club DJK Herdorf / LG Sieg became German champion in the 3000 m obstacle course in 2005 and 2006.
  • The RTL reporter Dominique Fleckinger was initially a presenter at Radio Siegen and now reports from Berlin and the world for the Cologne private broadcaster.
  • The boxer Peter Hussing (super heavyweight) began his career in the Herdorf boxing club.


In 1934, Herdorf and Sassenroth citizens resisted the National Socialists . In a referendum on the unification of the state offices of "Reich President and Reich Chancellor", Adolf Hitler was supposed to legitimize the assumption of both offices . Nationwide, Hitler got 89% yes-votes. In Sassenroth it was only 49.7% and in Herdorf 65% of approval. As a result, the NSDAP incited against the residents and openly called for reprisals against the citizens. A banner in Herdorf read: “900 traitors here at the place! Treason is worse than murder, so wanderer stop, take such a pig! "


  • Josef Hoffmann (Ed.): Herdorfer Heimatbuch. Siegerland economy, landscape and people in the Herdorf area . Betzdorf, Siegerland printing and publishing house K. Hacker, 1950. 128 pages.
  • Thorsten Stahl (Ed.): Herdorf as it used to be . Siegen, Vorländer Druck, 2006. 308 pages.

Web links

Commons : Herdorf  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. a b State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  3. a b Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 187 (PDF; 2.8 MB).
  4. ^ Carsten Trojan: The mining archaeological research of the brothers Otto and Heribert Kipping in the Herdorf area . In: Siegerland (=  sheets of the Siegerland Heimat- und Geschichtsverein eV ). tape 88 , no. 2 , 2011, p. 131-139 .
  5. Hans-Peter Kuhnen: At the beginning of the "iron history" of Rhineland-Palatinate. The early Celtic smelting sites of the 6th / 5th centuries v. Chr. Von Herdorf-Mahlscheid, Lkr. Altenkirchen, in the light of the research of Heribert and Otto Kipping . In: Siegerland . S. 140–155 (The finds made as early as 1950 were not scientifically examined until 2009.).
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Herdorf. Retrieved November 11, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Daaden-Herdorf, Verbandsgemeinde, fourth line of results. Retrieved November 11, 2019 .
  9. Description of the coat of arms on the website of the city of Herdorf , accessed on December 22, 2019.
  10. a b c d e honorary citizen of the city of Herdorf. City of Herdorf, accessed on July 31, 2016 .
  11. ^ Hermann-Joseph Löhr: 41 historical crime scenes in the Rhenish Westerwald , ISBN 978-3-9813291-4-8 .