Obernau (Westerwald)

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Coat of arms of the local community Obernau
Obernau (Westerwald)
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Coordinates: 50 ° 40 ′  N , 7 ° 34 ′  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 194 m above sea level NHN
Area : 1.48 km 2
Residents: 187 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 126 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57638
Area code : 02685
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 084
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Website : www.vg-altenkirchen-flammersfeld.de
Local Mayor : Helmut Müller
Location of the local community Obernau 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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Obernau is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld .


Obernau is about 4 km northeast of Flammersfeld and 6 km southwest of Altenkirchen on both sides of the Wied . Neighboring towns are Hemmelzen in the north, Neitersen in the east, Berzhausen in the south, Schürdt in the west and Giershausen in the north-west. The federal highway 256 leads past the village .


The place was mentioned for the first time in 1565 as part of a survey of existing living spaces and at that time comprised six fireplaces (= houses, probably around 30 residents).

Until 1806, Obernau belonged to the county of Sayn-Hachenburg and the parish of Schöneberg . The county of Sayn-Hachenburg fell to the princes of Nassau-Weilburg by inheritance in 1799 . In 1806 the two Nassau princes joined the Napoleonic Rhine Confederation , so that from 1806 the region belonged to the Duchy of Nassau . A participant in the Congress of Vienna made (1815) agreements, the territory of the former saynischen counties was to the Kingdom of Prussia ceded .

Under the Prussian administration, Obernau was assigned to the Flammersfeld mayor in the newly established Altenkirchen district , which from 1822 belonged to the Rhine Province .

The municipality of Neitersen and the neighboring municipality of Obernau will merge into the new municipality of Neitersen on January 1, 2021.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 65
1835 96
1871 109
1905 115
1939 119
1950 152
year Residents
1961 139
1970 147
1987 113
2005 153
2011 178
2017 184


Municipal council

The municipal council in Obernau consists of six council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


Helmut Müller is the local mayor of Obernau. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in his office for another five years with a share of 84.52% of the votes.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Obernau
Blazon : "Divided by a silver wave bar and split at the top by a silver wave pole, in front a golden, blue-tongued and armored leopard lion, behind in blue three golden ears, below in green crossed silver scythe and rake."
Coats of arms: The local community was approved on July 19, 2014 a coat of arms. The local council commissioned (†) Roland Wüst and Elke Neschen from Obererbach to design the coat of arms. They were advised by the heraldist Dieter Sommerfeld from Wölmersen. The looking lion is the heraldic animal of the Counts von Sayn , the three golden ears of wheat, the scythe and the rake represent the local agriculture.

Web links

Commons : Obernau  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State law on the voluntary amalgamation of the local communities Neitersen and Obernau
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate: Regional data.
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer for Rhineland-Palatinate: City council election 2019 Obernau. Accessed December 31, 2019 .
  5. The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. Accessed on December 31, 2019 (see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 44th result line).
  6. Coat of arms of Obernau. In: Citizen Courier. 20th July 2014.
  7. Obernau now also has a coat of arms. In: Citizen Courier. 19th July 2014.
  8. Alexander Hoffmann: Communal coat of arms show. In: The Herald. Quarterly for heraldry, genealogy, and allied sciences. Issue 3–4 / 2018.