Churches (victory)

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Churches (victory)
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Coordinates: 50 ° 49 '  N , 7 ° 53'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Churches (victory)
Height : 230 m above sea level NHN
Area : 39.59 km 2
Residents: 8492 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 214 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57548
Area code : 02741
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 063
City structure: 5 districts + churches
Association administration address: Lindenstrasse 1
57548 Kirchen (Sieg)
Website :
Mayor : Andreas Hundhausen ( SPD )
Location of the city of Kirchen (Sieg) 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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Churches (victory)
Freusburg Castle , youth hostel.

Kirchen (Sieg) is a town on the upper Sieg and a recognized climatic health resort in the southwestern part of the Siegerland in the Altenkirchen district in Rhineland-Palatinate , on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia . It is the administrative seat of the Verbandsgemeinde Kirchen , to which it also belongs. Kirchen was elevated to the status of a city on November 6, 2004 and is designated as a medium-sized center according to state planning .


Geographical location

Kirchen is on the Cologne-Siegen railway line , on the B 62 and close to the A 45 / Sauerland line . It is served by local and regional bus routes.

City structure

The city of Kirchen has designated five local districts. These are Freusburg , Herkersdorf - Offhausen , Katzenbach , Wehbach and Wingendorf . In addition, the district of Kirchen (Ort) itself. The hamlet of Äpfelbach as well as the residential areas Alexander, Brühlhof, Freusburgermühle, Grindel, Jungenthal, Kircherhütte, Niederasdorf and Riegel also belong to the churches.

By 2019 there were six local districts. On December 12, 2018, the Churches City Council decided to unite the two previous districts of Herkersdorf and Offhausen into one local district after the 2019 local elections. Corresponding plans to also merge Wehbach and Wingendorf were stopped by the city council after a unanimous rejection by the two local councils .


The annual precipitation is 1115 mm. The rainfall is high. They are in the upper quarter of the values ​​recorded in Germany. Lower values ​​are registered at 90% of the measuring stations of the German Weather Service . The driest month is April, with the most rainfall in December. In December there is 1.6 times more rainfall than in April. The rainfall varies greatly. Lower seasonal fluctuations are recorded at 73% of the measuring stations .


On June 7, 1969, the communities of Freusburg, Herkersdorf, Offhausen, Wingendorf and Katzenbach were incorporated with the exception of the Unterbüdenholz district, which was incorporated into Brachbach . On the same day, the community was renamed from Kirchen-Wehbach (Sieg) to Kirchen (Sieg). The town charter was Kirchen (Sieg) on 6 November of 2004.

Statistics on population development

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

year Residents
1815 1,784
1835 2,488
1871 3,459
1905 6.241
1939 7,875
1950 8,958
year Residents
1961 9,693
1970 10,208
1987 9,353
2005 9,147
2011 8,648
2017 8,567
Population development of churches from 1815 to 2017 according to the table below


City council

City council election 2019 in churches
Participation: 60.0% (+ 7.4%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
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The city ​​council in Kirchen (Sieg) consists of 24 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary city ​​mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the city council:

choice SPD CDU FDP GREEN total
2019 9 8th 3 4th 24 seats
2014 10 9 2 3 24 seats
2009 7th 11 3 3 24 seats
2004 6th 14th 2 2 24 seats


Mayor of Kirchen is Andreas Hundhausen (SPD). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 76.41% of the vote.

coat of arms

Today's city of Kirchen can be regarded as the legal successor to the former rule of Freusburg and the later Saynian office of Freusburg and probably derives its name from the often-cited name Kirch-Freusburg. Today's church deanery still belongs to the diocese of Trier and is known as the " Trier Island ".

Therefore, the three old rulership coats of arms are combined in the coat of arms: the boar heads of Freusburg , the lion of the County of Sayn and the red cross of the Archbishopric of Trier . The Verbandsgemeinde Kirchen (Sieg) has the same coat of arms as the city of Kirchen (Sieg), but surrounded by an additional golden border.

Culture and sights

View from the Ottoturm near Herkersdorf.
Hiking signs.

The best-known natural sight in Kirchen is the Druidenstein , a basalt rock that rises to around 450 m above sea level. The best - known building in the church is the lookout tower called Otto Tower, which was reopened on August 28, 2010. The Freusburg is the symbol of the eponymous hamlet and is used as a youth hostel today. The Kirchen Heimatmuseum is operated by the Kirchener Heimatverein in the city .

Further sights are the Wildenburg, Junkernthal archway at the Alte Rentei , the Red Chapel and the Freusburger Mühle , as well as the Villa Kraemer , the moated Castle Crottorf and the Otto Pfeiffer Museum .

Religious buildings in the area include the Baroque Friesenhagen Church , the Siegerland Cathedral and the neo-Gothic St. Michaels Church with its historic Eggert organ.

A Nordic walking fitness park and the Sieg Bigge cycle path, on which a two-country tour can be ridden, are available for sporting activities.

Some sights are signposted via their own hiking trails - which can also be hiked in combination.

See also:


Churches has a station on the winning path at which the Rhein-Sieg-Express (9 RE) of Aachen to Siegen and the Westerwald win train (RB 90) of Limburg about Siegen to Kreuztal reversed. The Sieg-Dill-Bahn (RB 95) from Betzdorf via Siegen to Dillenburg also stops in Kirchen .

Due to the location of churches in the Altenkirchen district in Rhineland-Palatinate , the tariff of the Rhein-Mosel transport association (VRM) applies . There are also transitional tariffs of the two North Rhine-Westphalian transport associations, VRS and VGWS, for journeys with a starting or destination station in their area. The latter has been replaced by the Westphalian tariff since August 2017 .

Public facilities

There is a German Red Cross hospital in Kirchen .

Economy and Infrastructure

In the district of Wingendorf Segelflugclub Betzder / churches eV operates from neighboring Katz angle the airfield Betzdorf-Kirchen .

Kirchen lies with the Freusburg Siedlung and Kirchen (Sieg) stops on the victory route . There used to be two stations on the Asdorftalbahn (Kirchen and Wehbach), but they have been closed since the 1980s (passenger traffic) and 1990s (freight traffic) and are only available as a remnant in Niederfischbach .


Web links

Commons : Churches  - 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 Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 187 (PDF; 2.8 MB).
  3. a b State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  4. ^ City of churches (Sieg): main statute. (PDF) § 14. Stadt Kirchen, 25 June 2019, accessed on 16 November 2019 .
  5. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 16 (PDF; 3 MB).
  6. Current - Bulletin for the VG Kirchen (Sieg): 4th statute to amend the main statute of the city of churches from July 24, 2014. (PDF) Edition 15/2019. Linus Wittich Medien GmbH, April 3, 2019, accessed on November 16, 2019 .
  7. Claudia Geimer: City council churches stop merging: Wehbach and Wingendorf remain "independent". (PDF) Rhein-Zeitung, December 14, 2018, accessed on November 16, 2019 .
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal Council Election 2019 Churches (Sieg). Retrieved November 9, 2019 .
  9. Local election Rhineland-Palatinate 2014, municipal council
  10. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see churches (Sieg), Verbandsgemeinde, fourth line of results. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .