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Coat of arms of the local community Irrel
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Coordinates: 49 ° 51 '  N , 6 ° 27'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Eifel district Bitburg-Prüm
Association municipality : South Eifel
Height : 170 m above sea level NHN
Area : 7.06 km 2
Residents: 1600 (December 31, 2019)
Population density : 227 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 54666
Area code : 06525
License plate : BIT, PRÜ
Community key : 07 2 32 063
Association administration address: Pestalozzistraße 7
54673 Neuerburg
Website :
Local Mayor : Herbert Theis
Location of the local community Irrel in the Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm
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Irrel, Jean Bertels 1597
St. Ambrose from 1962

Irrel ( dialect Eardel ) in the western Eifel is a municipality in the Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm in Rhineland-Palatinate . It has been a member of the Südeifel community since July 1, 2014 . Until then, Irrel was the administrative seat of the disbanded community of Irrel .

Irrel is a state-approved climatic health resort and designated as a basic center according to state planning .


Irrel is located in the Südeifel Nature Park on the Prüm on the southeastern edge of the Ferschweiler plateau . Below Irrel, the Nims flows into the Prüm.


The first written mention of the place Irrel dates back to the year 714. In the deed of donation of a mill and 7½ mansion land (approx. 750 hectares) to St. Willibrord the place is called "Alder". As a result, the place belonged to the Duchy of Luxembourg as the property of the Echternach Abbey , thus since 1555 to the Spanish Netherlands and from 1714 to the Austrian Netherlands . From 1795 to 1814 Irrel was part of the French Forests Department , after the Congress of Vienna the nearby Sauer river became the border river of the newly established Grand Duchy of Luxembourg , and Irrel became Prussian . In the 19th century, agriculture and forestry, the extraction of tanneries and the quarries in the area gained in importance. However, the area was characterized by poverty until well after the Second World War , due to the sparse settlement, moderately fertile soil and low industrial development, but also the peripheral location on the western border that emerged in 1815.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the establishment of a savings and loan fund (founded in 1900 by the then Catholic pastor Follert, still existing today as "Raiffeisenbank Irrel eG", the smallest cooperative bank in the Eifel region) promoted that of a dairy cooperative in the twenties ( founded in 1929 by the then Catholic pastor Ewerhart) the economic development. With the construction of the Nims-Sauertalbahn in 1912 in the direction of Bitburg-Erdorf and in 1915 in the direction of Trier, the railway network opened up, which gave the entire region a certain economic upturn. During this time, Irrel was mainly influenced by agriculture and handicrafts. Passenger traffic on this route was discontinued in 1968 and freight traffic in 1988. The railway made it possible for the first time to export the typical products of the region, agricultural products, wood and sandstone, on a larger scale. Tourism also developed through the railroad in the scenic Eifel region.

The construction of the West Wall in 1938 brought further decisive changes . Due to the workers on the western wall, the population increased enormously at times, and the construction work also offered additional jobs for the local population in a traditionally structurally weak region. Since Irrel is very close to the western border with Luxembourg, a large number of bunkers were built in the municipality, including two of the largest bunkers on the Western Wall: the Katzenkopfbunker, which is now a museum , and the Nimsbunker, both with armored domes and several underground floors. Irrel was affected by World War II from 1939. Due to its location in the immediate vicinity of the western border, within the so-called “ red zone ”, Irrel was evacuated for several weeks and the population was moved to the Harz and the Westerwald. In 1944 and 1945, around 70% of the area was destroyed by artillery shelling, aerial bombs and detonations by the retreating troops. The residents held out from autumn 1944 until the liberation in February 1945 by the US Army in neighboring towns or the surrounding forests. The place Irrel lost approx. 10% of the population. In addition to fallen or missing soldiers, there were also many civilian deaths.

As a result of the Nazi era, there is no longer a Jewish population in Irrel. Several families of Jewish faith resided in Irrel until the 1930s. In addition to professions such as cattle traders and saddlers, there were also landlords and a butcher. Only the Jewish cemetery in Talstrasse still tells of a shared history.

The post-war period is characterized by the development of the place into a basic center of the region, for example through the building of schools and the settlement of shops. Tourism in the southern Eifel reached its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, many hotels, guest houses and the Irrel campsites date from this time. Today the region is more of a travel destination for local recreation and short trips. The railway systems that had dominated the townscape up to that point were completely removed in the center of the town in the 1990s.

Today agriculture, which was one of the main branches of business until the post-war period, is of very little importance; most employees commute to the Bitburg area, to nearby Luxembourg or to Trier.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 404
1835 712
1871 657
1905 695
1939 1238
1950 893
year Residents
1961 1030
1970 1176
1987 1191
1997 1375
2005 1396
2010 1383
year Residents
2015 1508
2017 1560


Municipal council

The municipal council in Irrel consists of 16 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019Template: future / in 3 years in a majority vote, and the local mayor as chairman. In 2014, a personalized proportional representation took place. The 16 seats in the local council are divided between four different groups of voters .

coat of arms

Irrel coat of arms
Blazon : "In silver, a blue, obliquely left wavy bar, accompanied by a green alder leaf at the top and a red heraldic lily at the bottom."
Foundation of the coat of arms: Below Irrel, Nims and Prüm flow together. The place lies in the river fork. These facts, which determine the landscape, are symbolized by the blue wavy bar.

In a deed of donation from Bishop Willibrord to the Echternach monastery from the year 740, 'er' is mentioned on the Prüm, in the Bedgau. Previously, in 697 the S. Willibrordi charter reads: "... hoc est in pago," dono, Bedense, in loco qui discitur Erle super fluvio Pruva (Prumia) ", (Hontheim, IS62). (... what I'm giving is in Bedagau, in the place called Alder, above the Prüm River). Irrel was the capital of an Echternach dairy, to which Edingen, Irrel, Menningen and Minden belonged. In the historical development, the place is closely connected with the Echternach Abbey for a millennium. This symbolizes the red lily, which is taken from the glaive cross of the Echternach convent seal. (Eiflia illustrata, III, I, 2, p. 504, Wackenroder / Neu, Kdm.Kr. Bitburg, p. 123). A certificate from 851 (BUB) says "in uilla eralio". Old High German: erila, Middle High German: alder = alder. The place name 'Irrel' is derived from this term. The alder, which prefers a moist location, had ideal location conditions in the river valley. The alder leaf is included as a speaking sign. (Müller, Ortn. II, p. 54).


Culture and sights


Irrel waterfalls
Devil's Gorge
  • Tower of the old medieval parish church, late Gothic choir tower from 1510
  • Catholic Church of St. Ambrose from 1962
  • Siegfried Line Museum on Katzenkopf
  • Railway viaduct at the Irreler mill

See also: List of cultural monuments in Irrel

Green spaces and recreation

See also: List of natural monuments in Irrel

Regular events

  • Annual fair or parish fair is celebrated on the first weekend in September.
  • Traditional rattling or rattling on Good Friday and Holy Saturday
  • Hut burning on the first weekend after Ash Wednesday (so-called Scheef Sunday) on Katzenkopf

Economy and Infrastructure

Agriculture in the village is of little importance. Most employees commute to work in the Bitburg area, nearby Luxembourg or Trier.


The community is accessible through the district road K 20 , the state roads L 4 and L 40 and the federal road 257 .


  • Ernst Wackenroder (arr.): The art monuments of the Bitburg district (=  Paul Clemen [Hrsg.]: The art monuments of the Rhine province . Volume 12 / I ). Trier 1983, ISBN 3-88915-006-3 , p. 123–124 (315 p., With 12 plates and 227 figs. In the text. Reprinted by the Schwann edition, Düsseldorf 1927).
  • Local community Irrel (ed.): Erle - Irrel, history and present. Michael Weyand Publishing House, Trier 1989.
  • Josef Dreesen: Industrialization in the South Eifel, focus on the 19th century. Verbandsgemeinde Irrel (Ed.), 1998.

Web links

Commons : Irrel  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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. 99 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. a b State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate: Regional data.
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  5. Irrel's coat of arms declaration
  6. Hiking in Irrel. Retrieved February 2, 2018 .
  7. Hiking around Irrel. Retrieved February 2, 2018 .
  8. Hüttenbrennen in the Eifel. Retrieved May 1, 2016 .
  9. Hut Sunday in the Eifel. Retrieved August 10, 2017 .