Oberthal (Saar)

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Coat of arms of the municipality of Oberthal
Oberthal (Saar)
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Oberthal highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 31 '  N , 7 ° 5'  E

Basic data
State : Saarland
County : St. Wendel
Height : 349 m above sea level NHN
Area : 23.86 km 2
Residents: 5998 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 251 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 66649
Primaries : 06854 (district Steinberg -ckenhardt: 06852)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : WND
Community key : 10 0 46 116
Community structure: 4 parts of the community
Address of the
municipal administration:
Poststrasse 20
66649 Oberthal
Website : www.oberthal.de
Mayor : Stephan Rausch ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Oberthal in the St. Wendel district
Nonnweiler Nohfelden Freisen Tholey Oberthal (Saar) Marpingen Namborn St. Wendel Rheinland-Pfalz Landkreis Merzig-Wadern Landkreis Saarlouis Landkreis Neunkirchenmap
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View from the Schaumberg to Oberthal , Gronig and Güdesweiler

Oberthal is a Saarland municipality in the St. Wendel district and is located about 35 km northeast of Saarbrücken . With just over 6,000 inhabitants, Oberthal is the smallest municipality in the Saarland.

The Bostalsee is a few kilometers from Oberthal.


With the low moorland Oberthaler Bruch , the densely wooded community has owned one of the largest nature reserves in Saarland since December 1984 . The "Weiherbruch und Rohrbachwiesen" nature reserve with a size of 19.68 hectares has existed in the neighboring municipality of Namborn in the district of Namborn since November 1983 and extends to parts of the municipality of Oberthal (district of Güdesweiler). The “Rohrbacher Wiesen” water protection area of ​​the neighboring municipality of Namborn also has an impact on the area of ​​the municipality of Oberthal (district of Güdesweiler).

The Blies flows through the village , one of its springs is located in the Orletal in the district of Gronig . Therefore, part of the Oberthal community is also affected by an ordinance to protect the floodplain on the Blies.

The entire Oberthal municipality is located in the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park .

Community structure

The municipality is divided into four districts, population figures (EW) as of January 1, 2012: and July 31, 2018:

District EW main residence 01.01.2012 EW total 01/01/2012 EW July 31, 2018
Gronig 1353 1442 1303
Güdesweiler 1306 1350 1204
Oberthal 2701 2872 2747
Steinberg-ceiling hardt 756 787 792
All in all 6116 6451 6046


Until 1814 Oberthal was assigned to the canton of Tholey , in the Moselle department .

The then independent community of Steinberg -ckenhardt did not belong to the Saar area from 1920 to 1935, just like Freisen , Losheim , Nonnweiler , Wadern , Weiskirchen , Perl , Kirrberg and Bruchhof-Sanddorf . After the Second World War, it was incorporated into Saarland on October 1, 1946 (see also the list of municipalities affected by the connection to Saarland in 1946 ).


On January 1, 1974, Gronig , Güdesweiler and Steinberg-ceiling hardt were incorporated.


Local elections 2019
Turnout: 74.6%
(2014: 67.9%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
+ 0.1  % p
-2.2  % p
+ 2.1  % p.p.

Municipal council

CDU 54.2% (- 10.0) 15 seats (- 3)
SPD 36.0% (+ 3.6) 10 seats (+ 1)
LEFT 6.1% (New) 1 seat (+ 1)
GREEN 3.7% (+ 0.3) 1 seat (+ 1)
City Council Oberthal 2014
Political party CDU SPD LEFT
Seats 2019 15th 10 2
Seats 2014 15th 11 1


  • Mayor of Oberthal: Stephan Rausch, CDU
  • Mayor of the Oberthal district: Reiner Burkholz, CDU
  • Mayor of the Gronig district: Björn Gebauer, SPD
  • Mayor of the Güdesweiler district: Timo Backes, CDU
  • Mayor of the Steinberg -ckenhardt district: Inken Ruppenthal, SPD

Parish partnership

A community partnership has existed between Oberthal and Moyenmoutier in the Vosges département of the Grand Est region in France since 1985.

Culture and sights

The little deemed worth seeing wild woman cave , the local museum Millpetersch house and the chapel with good fountain of Celtic in the district Güdesweiler, the remains Ringwallanlage on Momberg in the district Gronig, a mineral archaeological site ( sanguine ) on Leißberg and components of the above local sculptures street .

Regular events

Every year on the first weekend in May, the International Oberthal Pottery and Ceramics Market takes place in the center of Oberthal.


The men's team of Kegelfreunde Oberthal eV is the German record champion in the First Bundesliga . The women were also able to win the title several times.

Sons and daughters of the church


  • Hans Kräber (Red.): In the St. Wendeler Land. Oberthal community. Local history reading material. Vol. 18. Kreissparkasse St. Wendel (ed.), St. Wendel 1978/79
  • Hubert Bier • Johannes Naumann: Linden Castle - A contribution to the aristocratic and cultural history of the Westrichs. Association for History and Local History Oberthal eV 2006
  • Literature about Oberthal in the Saarland Bibliography

Web links

Commons : Oberthal  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Saarland.de - Official population figures as of December 31, 2019 (PDF; 20 kB) ( help ).
  2. Ordinance on the "Oberthaler Bruch" nature reserve of December 10, 1984 ( Memento of the original of June 1, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / sl.juris.de
  3. ^ Ordinance on the "Weiherbruch und Rohrbachwiesen" nature reserve of November 14, 1983
  4. Ordinance on the establishment of a water protection area in the communities of Namborn and Oberthal (water protection area ordinance "Rohrbacher Wiesen") of July 8, 2003
  5. Ordinance on the establishment of the floodplain on the Blies in the area of ​​the municipality of Oberthal, the district town of St. Wendel, the city of Ottweiler, the district town of Neunkirchen and the city of Bexbach of November 11, 2000
  6. ^ Ordinance on the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park of March 1, 2007
  7. Figures and data from the Oberthal community
  8. ↑ Minutes No. 5/18 on the public / non-public meeting of the municipal council on September 5, 2018 in Oberthaler Nachrichten issue 45 2018, p. 8 (PDF; 4314 kB)
  9. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 810 .
  10. Statistical Office Saarland, municipality of Oberthal - municipal council election 2019, final result
  11. ^ Website Oberthal - community partnership
  12. Website of the Kegelfreunde Oberthal ( Memento of the original from October 15, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kegelfreunde-oberthal.de
  13. ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer has completed his astronaut training: handover of the astronaut certificate on September 25, 2018