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Coat of arms of the local community Rothselberg
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Coordinates: 49 ° 33 '  N , 7 ° 36'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Kusel
Association municipality : Lauterecken-Wolfstein
Height : 343 m above sea level NHN
Area : 8.74 km 2
Residents: 625 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 72 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 67753
Area code : 06304
License plate : KUS
Community key : 07 3 36 087
Association administration address: Schulstrasse 6a
67742 Lauterecken
Website :
Local Mayor : Rainer Mohr
Location of the local community Rothselberg in the district of Kusel
Waldmohr Dunzweiler Breitenbach (Pfalz) Schönenberg-Kübelberg Gries (Pfalz) Brücken (Pfalz) Dittweiler Altenkirchen (Pfalz) Ohmbach Frohnhofen Nanzdietschweiler Börsborn Steinbach am Glan Krottelbach Langenbach (Pfalz) Herschweiler-Pettersheim Wahnwegen Henschtal Hüffler Quirnbach/Pfalz Rehweiler Glan-Münchweiler Matzenbach Selchenbach Herchweiler Albessen Konken Ehweiler Schellweiler Etschberg Theisbergstegen Haschbach am Remigiusberg Kusel Blaubach Oberalben Dennweiler-Frohnbach Körborn Thallichtenberg Ruthweiler Reichweiler Pfeffelbach Rathsweiler Niederalben Ulmet Erdesbach Bedesbach Rammelsbach Altenglan Welchweiler Elzweiler Horschbach Bosenbach Rutsweiler am Glan Föckelberg Niederstaufenbach Oberstaufenbach Neunkirchen am Potzberg Jettenbach (Pfalz) Rothselberg Kreimbach-Kaulbach Wolfstein Rutsweiler an der Lauter Eßweiler Oberweiler im Tal Aschbach (Westpfalz) Hinzweiler Oberweiler-Tiefenbach Relsberg Hefersweiler Einöllen Reipoltskirchen Nußbach (Pfalz) Hoppstädten Kappeln (bei Lauterecken) Medard (Glan) Odenbach Adenbach Ginsweiler Cronenberg (bei Lauterecken) Hohenöllen Heinzenhausen Lohnweiler Lauterecken Unterjeckenbach Langweiler (bei Lauterecken) Merzweiler Homberg (bei Lauterecken) Herren-Sulzbach Grumbach (Landkreis Kusel) Kirrweiler (bei Lauterecken) Sankt Julian Hausweiler Wiesweiler Deimberg Buborn Glanbrücken Offenbach-Hundheim Nerzweiler Saarland Landkreis Birkenfeld Landkreis Bad Kreuznach Donnersbergkreis Kaiserslautern Landkreis Südwestpfalz Landkreis Kaiserslautern Landkreis Südwestpfalzmap
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Rothselberg is a municipality in the Kusel district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde Lauterecken-Wolfstein , within which it is the eighth largest local community in terms of population.



Rothselberg is located in the North Palatinate Bergland . Neighboring communities are - clockwise - Rutsweiler an der Lauter , Kreimbach-Kaulbach , Frankelbach , Sulzbachtal , Erzenhausen , Kollweiler , Jettenbach and Eßweiler . The Hasselbacherhof, Sonnenhof and Achtfelderhof residential areas also belong to Rothselberg .

Elevations and waters

The place is at the foot of the 545.1 meter high Selberg .

To the west of the settlement area, the Talbach flows in a south-north direction . The Breitenbach runs right through the village ; its confluence with the Talbach is already beyond the municipal marker.


Rothselberg was first mentioned in a document in 1377. It belonged to the Electoral Palatinate Office Wolfstein and was the place of jurisdiction.

From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , the place was incorporated into the canton of Wolfstein . In 1815 the municipality first belonged to Austria . After the Congress of Vienna , it was added to Bavaria a year later . From 1818 to 1862 Rothseelberg - as it was called at the time - still belonged to the Wolfstein canton and was part of the Kusel Land Commissioner , which was then converted into a district office.

In 1939 the place was incorporated into the Kusel district. After the Second World War , Rothselberg became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first administrative reform in Rhineland-Palatinate , the municipality became part of the Wolfstein Association in 1972 . The place has belonged to the Lauterecken-Wolfstein community since 2014.


The Catholics belong to the diocese of Speyer and are subordinate to the Deanery Kusel , the Evangelicals to the Protestant Church of the Palatinate . On the evangelical side, the parish is the seat of a parish, which also includes the parishes of Essweiler and Kreimbach-Kaulbach.


Municipal council

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


Rainer Mohr became the local mayor of Rothselberg in 2009. Since there was no candidate for the direct election on May 26, 2019, the upcoming election of the mayor was carried out by the council in accordance with the municipal regulations. In June 2019, he unanimously confirmed Rainer Mohr for another five years in his office.

Mohr's predecessor Edgar Klein had held the office for 23 years.


Cultural monuments

Are located on site a total of two objects under monument protection standing, including the Protestant church , which was built in the first half of the 14th century.

Other structures

The so-called Selberg Tower has existed on the Selberg since 1969 .

Economy and Infrastructure


In addition, Rothselberg formed a center of the West Palatinate touring musicians . At times there were more than 200 musicians in the community. On January 11, 2019, the last over 200 years of family-run Gasthaus Hebel, called "Zum Spielmann", opened for six generations. The name probably reminded of the musicality of the first Hebel hosts.


State roads 370 and 372 run through Hinzweiler . Bundesstrasse 270 runs to the east . Rothselberg is connected to the local transport network via the bus route 274 of the Rhein-Neckar transport association , which connects the town with Kusel and Wolfstein . In Kreimbach-Kaulbach there is a stop on the Lautertal Railway .


The Selbergverein operates the lying in Gemeindegebiert Selberghütte that exists since 1962 and has always open on Sundays. After 2010 he emerged from the Rothselberger local group of the Palatinate Forest Association . A previous hut existed from 1914. The Palatinate High Trail also runs through the municipality .


Sons and daughters of the church

People who worked on site

  • Johannes Müller, reformed pastor, son of the Palatinate Baptist Johann Peter Müller (1709–1796), was pastor in Rothselberg from 1707 to 1714
  • Rudolf Henn (1880–1955), sculptor, created the local war memorial


Web links

Commons : Rothselberg  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 98 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  4. a b That is not my weather. Editing on site in Rothselberg. Die Rheinpfalz, June 25, 2016, accessed on May 2, 2020 .
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Lauterecken-Wolfstein, Verbandsgemeinde, 36th line of results. Retrieved May 2, 2020 .
  6. Eric Sayer: Rothselberg: Council re-elects Rainer Mohr as local mayor. Die Rheinpfalz, June 30, 2019, accessed on May 2, 2020 .
  7. Christian Schüler-Beigang (arrangement): Kreis Kusel (=  cultural monuments in Rhineland-Palatinate. Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany . Volume 16 ). Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, Worms 1999, ISBN 3-88462-163-7 .
  8. Rothselberg: Gasthaus of the Hebel family closed after more than 200 years. Die Rheinpfalz, March 4, 2019, accessed on May 3, 2020 .
  9. Paul Engel: The traveling musicians in North and West Palatinate. Local community Eßweiler, accessed on May 3, 2020 (third paragraph).