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Coat of arms of the local parish of Rettersen
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Rettersen highlighted

Coordinates: 50 ° 42 ′  N , 7 ° 30 ′  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 285 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.21 km 2
Residents: 363 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 113 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57635
Area code : 02686
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 094
Community structure: 4 districts
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen
Website :
Local Mayor : Norbert Anhalt
Location of the local community of Rettersen in the Altenkirchen district (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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Rettersen is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld . In the local dialect, the place is rarely called "Retterschen".

Geographical location

The federal road 8 leads through Rettersen . Neighboring towns are Kircheib in the west, Hasselbach in the east, Fiersbach in the southwest and Ersfeld in the south. In the north of the main town the wooded ridge of Leuscheid borders (State Forest Altenkirchen).

The districts of Rettersen, Hahn, Roßberg and Witthecke belong to the community.


Rettersen was first mentioned in a document in 1428. In the “Miracle Book of Hilgenroth ” a resident of “Rethershoven” is mentioned.

1931 was Rettersen own mailroom Class II in the district of the post office Asbach .

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 84
1835 132
1871 157
1905 182
1939 175
1950 202
year Residents
1961 191
1970 219
1987 240
1997 300
2005 382
2019 363


Municipal council

The local council in Rettersen consists of eight council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a majority vote and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


Norbert Anhalt became the local mayor of Rettersen on July 15, 2019. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was elected for five years with 87.78% of the vote. Norbert Anhalt's predecessor was Wolfgang Schmidt, who held the office for 20 years.

coat of arms

Rettersen coat of arms
Blazon : "Red divided by a silver oblique left bar, in front a blue armored and tongued golden leoparded lion turned left, behind a golden oak branch with four infructescences and four leaves."
Justification for the coat of arms: The lion indicates that it belonged to the county of Sayn , the bar symbolizes the old military and trade route that led through the town. The oak branch symbolizes the four districts and indicates the abundance of forests.


It is worth noting that the districts are supplied with drinking water differently. The districts of Hahn and Witthecke are supplied with water from the Biggesee by the Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld community . The district of Rettersen, on the other hand, has its own independent water supply from a spring in the forest. This water is so pure that it does not have to be disinfected with chlorine or ozone .

The Retterserbach , which is called Scherenbach in its upper reaches and Peschbach near Ersfeld, flows through the village .

See also list of cultural monuments in Rettersen

Web links

Commons : Rettersen  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ Theo Winterscheid: From the history of the post in the Windhagener area. In: Windhagen - Ein Heimatbuch , Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994, p. 113.
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Rettersen. Retrieved December 28, 2019 .
  5. Mitteilungsblatt Verbandsgemeinde Altenkirchen: From the constituent meeting of the local council on July 15, 2019. Linus Wittich Medien GmbH, edition 32/2019, accessed on December 28, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 53rd line of results. Retrieved December 28, 2019 .
  7. Water directory of the State Office for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW - GSK3B, edition July 31, 2006 (PDF; 1.1 MB)
  8. Geoexplorer of the Rhineland-Palatinate Water Management Authority ( memento of the original from October 24, 2014 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 /