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Coat of arms of the community of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
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Coordinates: 50 ° 52 '  N , 7 ° 20'  E

Basic data
State : North Rhine-Westphalia
Administrative region : Cologne
Circle : Rhein-Sieg district
Height : 220 m above sea level NHN
Area : 50.62 km 2
Residents: 19,679 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 389 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 53819
Area code : 02247
License plate : SU
Community key : 05 3 82 040
Community structure: 59 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Main street 78
53819 Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
Website :
Mayoress : Nicole Sander ( SPD )
Location of the community of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid in the Rhein-Sieg district
Rheinland-Pfalz Bonn Köln Kreis Euskirchen Oberbergischer Kreis Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis Rhein-Erft-Kreis Alfter Bad Honnef Bornheim (Rheinland) Eitorf Hennef (Sieg) Königswinter Lohmar Meckenheim (Rheinland) Much Neunkirchen-Seelscheid Niederkassel Rheinbach Ruppichteroth Sankt Augustin Siegburg Swisttal Troisdorf Wachtberg Windeckmap
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Neunkirchen-Seelscheid is a municipality in the Rhein-Sieg district in the administrative district of Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia . In addition to the two main towns, Neunkirchen and Seelscheid, there are numerous smaller villages in the municipality.

Geography and population

Neunkirchen-Seelscheid is located 20 km northeast of Bonn and 35 km southeast of Cologne in the southernmost part of the Bergisches Land . The north-western boundary of the municipality is shaped by the course of the Naafbach river , while the south-eastern boundary is bounded by the Bröl . Approximately centrally through the municipal area flows Wahnbach , in the Wahnbachtalsperre opens. Other waters that shape the landscape are the streams of Dreisbach , Horbacher Bach , Köbach and Wendbach , which border the ridge of the Wennerscheid , which begins in the north at the Wahnbach, to the south.

Panorama of Neunkirchen
Seelscheid in 1898

Neighboring communities

Neighboring cities are Siegburg , Hennef (Sieg) , Overath and Lohmar . Neighboring communities are Much and Ruppichteroth .

Community structure

In addition to the two main towns of Neunkirchen (5318) and Seelscheid (5780), the community consists of the following further districts:
(in brackets: population, as of December 31, 2015)

Balensiefen (17), Birken (62), Birkenfeld (185), Birkenmühle (3), Brackemich (117), Breiderheide (3), Bruchhausen (57), Busch (12), Effert (1), Eich (107), Eischeid (509), Gutmühle (38), Hardt (46), Hasenbach (295), Hausermühle (63), Heister (133), Herkenrath (137), Hermerath (356), Hochhausen (439), Hohn (91), Hülscheid (415), Ingersau (55), Ingersaueler Mühle (7), Kaule (35), Köbach (112), Krahwinkel (90), Krawinkel (169), Mohlscheid (369), Nackhausen (308), Niederhorbach (184) , Niederwennerscheid (458), Oberdorst (326), Oberheister (380), Oberhorbach (65), Oberwennerscheid (403), Ohlig (10), Ohmerath (34), Pinn (31), Pohlhausen (444), Pütz (15) , Rehwiese (6), Remschoss (254), Rengert (234), Renzert (58), Rippert (154), Scherpekotten (2), Schöneshof (447), Siefen (41), Söntgerath (126), Stein (123) , Steinermühle (16), Streets (86), Wahlen (22), Wahn (186), Weiert (29), Wende (3), Wolperath (1492).

See also former districts


(as of December 31st)

year Residents
1960 6278
1980 15,040
1981 15,452
1982 15,654
1983 15,973
1984 15,313
1985 15,385
1986 15,550
1987 15,701
1988 15,861
year Residents
1989 16,284
1990 16,860
1991 17,041
1992 17,360
1993 17,690
1994 18,148
1995 18,508
1996 18,847
1997 19,156
1998 19,515
year Residents
1999 19,874
2000 20,079
2001 20,328
2002 20,674
2003 20,898
2004 21,020
2005 21,000
2006 20,946
2007 20,902
2008 20,868
year Residents
2009 20,855
2010 20,822
2011 20,756
2012 20,613
2013 20,497
2014 20,593
2015 20,958

The gender distribution is 49.47% male and 50.53% female residents. There are 11,878 households in the parish. 41.42% of the population are Roman Catholic , 26.29% Protestant and 32.29% have a different or no denomination at all. (As of December 31, 2015)


The community lies at an average altitude of approx. 220 m above sea level. NN; the annual average temperature is around 8 degrees Celsius and the annual rainfall is around 1000 mm, which is mainly due to the incline rain that occurs in the Bergisches Land. The summers are relatively cool: the temperature in summer is often 5 degrees less than in Cologne, which is mainly due to the altitude. In Krawinkel there is a weather station that has been included in the Meteomedia measurement network, but is not operated by Meteomedia .


Duchy of Berg 1585 - Neunkirchen (Nunkirch) and Seelscheid (currently)
  • Approx. 5000 BC First evidence of human settlement
  • At the beginning of the 10th century, mention of the obligation to tithe a parish of Neunkirchen under the Archbishop of Cologne, Brun (Bruno I.)
  • Middle of the 10th century. Belonging to the county of Auelgau
  • 1178 first secured documentary mention of Neunkirchen
  • In the 12th century. The area goes to the Sayn based on the Castle Blankenberg over
  • From 1365 to 1814 Neunkirchen and Seelscheid were part of the Duchy of Berg
  • 1815 Incorporation into the Kingdom of Prussia, later the Free State of Prussia
  • 1899 Foundation of the Antonius College in Neunkirchen as a "Higher School for Boys from the Country" by Pastor Heinrich Schaaf
  • 1955-1958 the Wahnbach dam was built.

On August 1, 1969, Neunkirchen-Seelscheid was created from the merger of the previous communities Neunkirchen and Seelscheid, the old Neunkirchen office .

  • In 1999 the community had over 20,000 inhabitants for the first time.
  • In 2010, the citizens rejected the application for city rights in a council decision.
  • In 2013, the municipality counted below 20,000 inhabitants for the first time since 1999

The Neunkirchen-Seelscheid home and history association has set itself the goal of researching the history of the community and the neighboring areas historically connected to it.


coat of arms

Coat of arms of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
Blazon : "Divided by silver and blue, above a growing double-tailed, blue-crowned, armored and tongued lion, below three golden fish by stake."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The lion shown is the Bergische Löwe , the heraldic animal of the former Duchy of Berg. The golden fish symbolize the abundance of fish in the community and its waters at that time. The coat of arms of the municipality of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid is a replica of a jury's seal of the former district court in Neunkirchen.

Municipal council

Current distribution of seats in the municipal council
13 10 
A total of 32 seats
  • CDU : 13
  • SPD : 10
  • FDP : 3
  • Greens : 5
  • We for Neunkirchen-Seelscheid (WfN) : 1
City council election 2014
Turnout: 61.15%
n. k.
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
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The local council is the local people's representative body for the community of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid. Every five years, citizens decide on the allocation of the 32 seats in a general, direct, free, equal and secret ballot.


In the 2014 local elections on May 25th, Nicole Sander (SPD) was elected mayor with 57.2% of the valid votes. Sander ran as a joint candidate of the SPD, the Greens and the Free Independent Voting Community.

Community partnerships

Neunkirchen-Seelscheid maintains partnerships with Bicester in Oxfordshire (United Kingdom), with Les Essarts in France and with Czernichów in Poland.

Culture and sights

St. Margareta in Neunkirchen
Romanesque ceiling frescoes of St. Margaret
  • Evangelical parish of Seelscheid
  • There are also other historic church buildings and a large number of old crossroads in the municipality of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid.
  • Numerous historical half-timbered houses in the Bergisch half-timbered style have also been preserved in their original state in the community .

Churches and chapels

  • Catholic parish church St. Margareta in Neunkirchen
  • Catholic parish church St. Georg in Seelscheid
  • Catholic parish church St. Anna in Hermerath
  • Catholic chapel in the Antoniuskolleg Neunkirchen
  • Evangelical Church Neunkirchen
  • Evangelical Church of Seelscheid
  • Evangelical chapel in the Seelscheid retirement home


  • The Wahnbachtalsperre with a water surface of 225 hectares dominates the landscape in the southwestern municipality.
  • The Bicesterpark is a small park on Breite Straße in Seelscheid, where old agricultural machines are exhibited. The name is dedicated to the twin town of Bicester .

Natural monuments

  • Winter linden tree in the district of Hochhausen (Hochkreuz / Wahner Weg). The tree is over 300 years old.
  • Winter linden tree in the district of Straßen ( Bundesstrasse 56 / Dreikronenstrasse). The tree is also over 300 years old and gave the street its name as a three-crowned linden tree .
  • Yew tree in the Seelscheid / Hohn district (Ingersauler Str. 10)

Sports and clubs

In Neunkirchen there is an indoor pool with a fitness, sauna, wellness area and bistro. Numerous sports clubs offer soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball , gymnastics, dancing and horse riding. Particularly noteworthy here is the gymnastics club 1908 Neunkirchen with the baseball and softball department Neunkirchen Nightmares . There are also a large number of choirs and music associations, some with a long tradition, as well as the Roter Milan scout tribes, with a tribal home in Birkenfeld and a hut area in a wooded area in Neunkirchen, and Edelweiss , with a tribal home in Seelscheid.

Economy and Infrastructure

Wahnbach dam
The Bröltal in Ingersau in 1905 with the Bröltalbahn
Tomb of pastor Heinrich Schaaf, founder of the Antoniuskolleg

Economically, the region is dominated by agricultural and forestry holdings, a few medium-sized companies in the riding and fishing, as well as a variety of (ceramic sales, electrical and mechanical engineering, etc.), businesses commuters who daily their jobs in the cities of Bonn and Cologne visit . The detergent and cleaning agent manufacturer Thurn-Produkte operates its control center in Neunkirchen, HOMA Pumpenfabrik GmbH, which is active in the wastewater technology sector, has its headquarters in the Oberheister district and the insurance company "Dr-Walter GmbH" is located in the Ohlenhohn industrial park.

The unemployment rate in the municipality is 8.5%. (Status: 2005)

There are tentative attempts to open up the municipality for tourism. The municipality of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid has long been a local recreation area in the Cologne area . Many Cologne residents have a holiday or second home here, mostly in the immediate vicinity of the extensive forest areas of the Wahnbachtal or the Bröltal.

The community of Neunkirchen-Seelscheid has to accept enormous infrastructural problems. The mere fact that the municipality consists of two main towns, which are also geographically several kilometers apart, separated by a valley, means that the provision of infrastructure is partially overlapping. In addition, there are numerous geographical and economic restrictions resulting from both the location of the Wahnbachtalsperre in the municipality and the drinking water protection areas assigned to it . Thus, the municipality is limited in its free spatial expansion, as are businesses in a free settlement or expansion. The desire to expand the community as a local recreation area also contributes to this situation. This was decisive for the decision to concentrate primarily on environmentally friendly businesses in the commercial sector.


Important bus lines of the Rhein-Sieg-Verkehrsgesellschaft , on which the tariff of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) applies, are:

  • Line 576 Siegburg train station – Inger / Geber, Pohlhausen, Seelscheid Post – Nackhausen, Bövingen Much
  • Line SB 56 Siegburg Bf – ü. B 56, Pohlhausen, Seelscheid Post, Markelsbach, Much (Marienfeld)
  • Line 577 Siegburg Bf-Inger / Birk, Pohlhausen – Neunkirchen Post– Much school center
  • Line 578 Hennef (Sieg) Bf – Neunkirchen Rathaus– (Seelscheid Altenheim)
  • Various lines of call collective taxi (AST)

Ingersau was connected to the Bröltalbahn until it was shut down .

Several federal highways run through the municipality:

On January 1, 2018, 16,153 motor vehicles were registered in the municipality, including 13,332 cars.

The Zeithstraße , a medieval long-distance trade route, ran through the district of Seelscheid, is still present today and became an important traffic route in the Bundesstraße 56 .

The German avenue road leads with its section 10 by the municipality.


Old school in Neunkirchen, now the main library
Antoniuskolleg in Neunkirchen

The community has three primary schools in Neunkirchen ( Ritter-Göttscheid- Primary School), Seelscheid (Primary School on Lessbach) and Wolperath (Primary School Wolperath-Schönau). There used to be a secondary school and a secondary school ( Clara-Schumann -Realschule), which were replaced by a comprehensive school (comprehensive school Neunkirchen-Seelscheid). There is also the private, state-recognized grammar school ( Antoniuskolleg ) operated by Malteser Werken gGmbH and a branch of the vocational college in Siegburg. The community library Neunkirchen-Seelscheid provides the citizens of the community with information and has a stock of 36,000 media. The main library is located in the "Old School" meeting place in Neunkirchen, a branch in Seelscheid.


Wilhelm Herchenbach, writer

People born in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid

  • Paul Hacker , Indologist (born January 6, 1913 in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, † March 18, 1979 in Münster )
  • Wilhelm Herchenbach , writer (born November 13, 1818 in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, † December 14, 1889 in Düsseldorf )
  • Andreas Pinkwart , FDP politician and until July 14, 2010 Deputy Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (born August 18, 1960 in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid)
  • Clemens Zerling , author, publisher, editor and editor (born March 5, 1951 in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid)

Persons connected with Neunkirchen-Seelscheid

Historical people

  • Knight Göttscheid - According to legend, a knight from the Köbach district, whose fate is said to have prompted him to complete the church tower of St. Margareta in Neunkirchen, which has not yet been completed. After its completion and after the installation of the golden weathercock, Neunkirchen is said to have got its name, since the completed church is said to have been the ninth visible in the area. These and other oral legends from Neunkirchen werewritten downby Wilhelm Herchenbach .


  • Alfred Schmitz, Leo Lammert: Chronicle of the community Neunkirchen-Seelscheid according to dates . Heimat- & Geschichtsverein Neunkirchen-Seelscheid eV 1995.
  • Rolf Reinartz, Dr. Ms. Haarhaus: Neunkirchen-Seelscheid, as it used to be . Redo-Verlag, Neunkirchen-Seelscheid 1980.
  • Benedikt Schneider, Dr. Friedrich Haarhaus: Beloved Seelscheid, beautiful home. Redo-Verlag, Neunkirchen-Seelscheid 1982.
  • Dieter Siebert-Gasper: The importance of the Romanesque wall and vault paintings in Sankt Margareta zu Neunkirchen , Siegburg 1997
  • Dieter Siebert-Gasper: Ego agna Christi ... Ego sponsa Christi - Neunkirchen, Essen and the Margaret tradition in Ottonian times , in: Annals of the Historical Association for the Lower Rhine, issue 208 (2005), pp. 7-55
  • Annual home pages of the Heimat- & Geschichtsverein Neunkirchen-Seelscheid eV 1985–2006

Web links

Commons : Neunkirchen-Seelscheid  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Population of the municipalities of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 31, 2019 - update of the population based on the census of May 9, 2011. State Office for Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW), accessed on June 17, 2020 .  ( Help on this )
  2. a b c Population structure in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
  3. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 84 .
  4. Council citizens' decision 2010
  5. Homepage of the home and history association Neunkirchen-Seelscheid
  6. a b Election register of the Neunkirchen-Seelscheid community , accessed on May 26, 2014
  7. ↑ Mayoral election 2014 The State Returning Officer
  8. List of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis ( Memento from November 8, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  9. ^ Community Neunkirchen-Seelscheid - Community portrait: Introduction
  10. Mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia - data and facts 2018/2019. In: Road traffic. Ministry of Building, Housing, Urban Development and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, p. 66 (PDF; 14.2 MB, holdings on January 1, 2018).
  11. ^ Rhein-Sieg-Rundschau of October 8, 1964
  12. ^ Bibliography by Wilhelm Herchenbach with works for download