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|State :||North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Administrative region :||Cologne|
|Circle :||Rhein-Sieg district|
|Height :||222 m above sea level NHN|
|Area :||49.68 km 2|
|Residents:||20,485 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Population density :||412 inhabitants per km 2|
|Postal code :||53343|
|Primaries :||0228, 02225|
|License plate :||SU|
|Community key :||05 3 82 072|
|Community structure:||13 towns|
|Address of the
|Mayoress :||Renate Offergeld ( SPD )|
|Location of the municipality of Wachtberg in the Rhein-Sieg district|
Wachtberg is a municipality with 20,485 inhabitants (December 31, 2019) in the Rhein-Sieg district in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia . It borders directly on the federal city of Bonn and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate .
The community was reorganized on August 1, 1969 as part of the law on the local reorganization of the Bonn area ("Bonn Law") . It was named after a hill ( ) in the center of the community between the villages of Villip and Berkum . The municipality covers an area of 49.68 square kilometers and is divided into 13 districts .
Wachtberg was the seat of numerous embassies ( Burundi , China , Cambodia ) and residences ( Democratic Republic of the Congo , Papua New Guinea , Republic of the Congo , Rwanda , Zambia , Singapore , Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates ) (see also list of diplomatic missions in Bonn ). Today the community is the seat of institutes of the Fraunhofer Society , which previously operated as the Research Society for Applied Natural Sciences ( FGAN ).
The community, also known as Drachenfelser Ländchen, is one of the preferred residential areas in the Bonn area due to its geographical proximity to the city of Bonn and its rural appearance . Therefore, there are many people living in Wachtberg who work in federal authorities and companies based in Bonn. In addition, the community was and is the residence of numerous politicians who were the seat of government at the time of Bonn . The comparatively higher population structure is reflected in the purchasing power index of 124.5 percent of the national average, which was above average for 2017 . In 2015 Wachtberg counted eight income millionaires and thus ranks 72nd out of 278 of all cities and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia for the number of income millionaires per 10,000 inhabitants.
Location between volcanic peaks
The municipality of Wachtberg is located right outside the gates of the federal city of Bonn, 35 kilometers south of Cologne and 40 kilometers northeast of Koblenz . Wachtberg borders directly on the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The municipality is characterized by peaks of volcanic origin, including the Wachtberg ( , between Villip and Berkum), the Stumpeberg (about ), the Hohenberg ( , both near Berkum) and the Dächelsberg between Oberbachem and Niederbachem . Many of these 25 million year old extinct volcanoes were, in part, in Roman times and the Middle Ages, when quarries of trachyte and basalt used and are now under conservation .
The highest point is the hill south of Werthhoven ( ), which also forms the state border and the watershed between the Ahr valley in the south and Mehlemer Bach in the north. There are two small transmitter masts on this inconspicuous hill .
The lowest point is near Mehlemer Straße in the Niederbachem district on the city limits to Bonn ( Mehlem district ), where the Mehlemer Bach leaves the municipality.
The special attraction of the landscape is the view of the Siebengebirge on the right bank of the Rhine . The Drachenfels in particular is decisive . The name " Drachenfelser Ländchen " comes from the knights of Drachenfels, who once owned the area.
Geologists see the former volcanism of the Wachtberg area - with the exception of the Rodderberg - more in connection with the old volcanoes of the Siebengebirge than with the younger volcanoes of the Eifel (including Laacher See , Bausenberg and the mountain cone of Olbrück Castle near Niederzissen ).
Three brook valleys run through the municipality from west to east. All streams flow directly to the Rhine .
- the Arzdorfer Bach with Fritzdorf , Arzdorf , Klein Villip, Holzem , Villip , Villiprott and Pech . From Gudenau Castle in Villip, the stream is then referred to as the Godesberger Bach .
- the Mehlemer Bach , in whose catchment area the districts of Werthhoven , Züllighoven , Berkum , Gimmersdorf , Kürrighoven, Oberbachem and Niederbachem are located.
- the Lannesdorfer Bach , in whose upper catchment area lies the village of Ließem .
Neighboring cities and towns
The following cities and municipalities border the municipality of Wachtberg. With the exception of Remagen and Grafschaft, which are located in the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate , they all belong to North Rhine-Westphalia:
(July 31, 2018)
|Area of the parish
in hectares (1888)
|Adendorf with Klein Villip||1,521||711||893|
|Oberbachem with Kürrighoven||1,098||360||798 (856)|
|Villip with Villiprott||3,563||556||873|
While most of the volcanic peaks of the Wachtberg region, such as the Siebengebirge, date back to 25 million years ago, the Rodderberg is much more recent: The rock dates from 600,000 years ago and the last eruption was around 250,000 BC at the time of an earlier one Ice age .
First human settlement
Before the last Ice Age, Neanderthals lived widely spread across Europe (including around 40,000 BC in the eponymous Neanderthal near Düsseldorf ). For the time after the fall of the last Ice Age around 14,000 BC, people are recorded in Oberkassel .
In the Wachtberg area, the area around today's Adendorf was first populated. Here a settlement is stilt houses from the Neolithic period (about 4000 BC) from the culture of Pottery been proven. The first settlement spread from the loess areas around the Zülpicher Börde .
Other very early traces of settlement have been found near Arzdorf and Werthhoven. The permanent settlement of the areas of Wachtberg near the Rhine took place much later. The first singular find of an ax near Niederbachem (from around 2,000 BC) does not indicate permanent settlement.
Around 1,800 BC the Fritzdorfer gold cup was buried not far from the Fritzdorfer windmill on the Scheid (near Fritzdorf) . Such a richly decorated and elaborately worked vessel is not known from this period in Central Europe . The discovery of the gold cup at this point is very likely an indication of the existence of a Bronze Age long-distance trade route from what was then the center of European high culture in southern Greece to the British Isles , where the important coronation road ran in the course of the Middle Ages . Similar gold vessels were made in Mycenae and Crete at that time . There are comparable finds in the British Isles.
Only around 750 BC were the areas closer to the Rhine, such as Berkum, Niederbachem and Pech, permanently settled, as the harder soils could only be made arable through the advance of the Iron Age . The Celts , in this room especially the Gauls have the technology of the iron plow brought into this space. The name of the Mehlemer Bach (originally Melanbach) and some field names come from the time of the Gallic population .
Since the conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar up to the Rhine around 50 BC. Wachtberg belonged to the Roman Empire . At the beginning and after the Varus Battle (9 AD), which was lost from the Roman point of view , the Wachtberg area was a direct border area for a total of about 500 years.
The fortification of the Roman Empire took place massively at the border and not in the depths of the space. As a result, the Wachtberg area was directly integrated into the border security. It is certain that a quarry was operated by the Romans on Hohenberg, where trachyte was broken for building houses and roads .
The foundations of larger Roman buildings found at the foot of the Dächelsberg near Niederbachem indicate that basalt was already mined on the Dächelsberg in Roman times .
The Wachtberg area was criss-crossed by roads : One road ran in the valley of the Mehlemer Bach, one of the current municipal boundary between Niederbachem and Mehlem to the height of the Rodderberg - from there the military road led directly above the Rhine, which formed the border, over the Heights to the south. “Auf dem Höchst” (name of a ridge on the border between Niederbachem and Oberwinter ) crossed the road that led from the Rhine via Bandorf to the remains of Roman buildings in the valley of the Mehlemer Bach.
The Wachtberg area was also used to supply the Remagen legionary camp , to which it was assigned, with agricultural goods. Villip was particularly important because it served as a hub for distribution to the two larger legionary camps Bonn and Remagen.
The Romans brought with them the knowledge of viticulture , which can be proven especially in Niederbachem from the Franconian times. The gods were worshiped on the heights near Berkum. A matron portrait from Roman times was found.
From 9 AD onwards, a period of more than 250 years was characterized by a calm and secure construction period. From around the year 250 onwards, recurring incursions by the Teutons from the other bank of the Rhine can be proven. Waves of destruction from the east towards Adendorf and further towards Flerzheim (district of Rheinbach ) are followed by reconstruction and renewed destruction.
When Cologne was conquered by the Franks , an amalgamation of the Teutons, around 455 , Roman rule in this area was finally over.
Franconian Period and the Early Middle Ages
The importance of the Wachtberg area in border security between the legionary camps Bonn and Remagen was lost. The sales areas, especially for stones (the Franks built their houses exclusively from wood, clay and straw) collapsed. The significantly reduced population only produced for their own use.
The first documented mentions of today's village names date back to around 800. Fritzdorf and Werthhoven (formerly Pissenheim) were first mentioned in 770: lands near Pissenheim, Fritzdorf, Eckendorf and Remagen, including a servant family, were given to Lorsch Abbey in accordance with a will. The certificate was signed by Gaugraf Angilger as a witness . These possessions were listed in the Lorsch Codex in 1175 .
Niederbachem was mentioned for the first time on July 19, 798: Liudger , the founder of the Reichsabtei Werden near Essen , bought a vineyard in Bachem (at that time an undivided place) for the Werden monastery .
The Kottenforst on the northern edge of the Wachtberg area was the most popular hunting ground of the Franconian kings and was mentioned in a document as early as the 7th century. The forest, the number of leaves used as a symbol for the number of devils , belonged to the imperial estate until 973 , when Otto II transferred the hunting rights to the archbishop of Cologne in the year of his coronation (see also: Ottonian-Salian imperial church system ). Archbishop Anno II gave the forest to Siegburg Abbey in 1064 as the most important founding property. The so-called "four men" included the owners of Adendorf Castle and Odenhausen Castle (as well as the two owners of the Thurmhof and the Binsfelderhof in Friesdorf (Bonn) ). These four vassals of the abbey had wood and grazing rights in the Kottenforst.
Previously (around 820) the noble owner of Oberbachem had been granted the right to drive 30 pigs to acorn fattening in the Kottenforst .
For the Archbishop of Cologne, the monasteries loyal to him were the means for new possibilities of influence on this southern edge of the emerging territory of Kurköln . In the previously less developed areas, such Niederbachem, the monasteries put on their farms, so put as the Cologne pin Sankt Gereon in the 9th century the Fronhof in Niederbachem and soon a church for Niederbachem (in addition to the already existing in Oberbachem Church) on.
In 886 the Broicher mill was mentioned for the first time near Villip . In a precarious contract , the nobleman Hartmann transfers his property in and around Villip, including the Broicher Mühle, to the Prüm Abbey forever and receives lands in Auelgau , Lahngau and Rheinhessen for lifelong use .
On the Scheidt (near Fritzdorf) was the court of the Ahrgau , to which Fritzdorf and Arzdorf belonged in any case. The Bonngau and the Ahrgau were temporarily in the same hand. In between were the Swistgau , to which Adendorf belongs, and the Odangau around Villip, Werthhoven, Ödingen and very probably the Godesburg .
Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
Since 1301 the villages Niederbachem, Oberbachem, Ließem, Kürrighoven, Gimmersdorf, Berkum, Züllighoven and Werthhoven belonged to the Knights of the Electorate of Cologne from Drachenfels (since 1301), which led to the name "Drachenfelser Ländchen" even before the reorganization by the French from 1794 .
Before 1296, the ruler of the court over the whole of Bachem (Oberbachem and Niederbachem) was the owner of the older Fronhof in Oberbachem. This was Gerhard IV von Blankenheim , after he had won this from the Prüm Abbey through a feud .
The Werthhoven court, consisting only of Werthhoven, and the “up dem geuwe” court, the legal association of the villages of Berkum, Gimmersdorf, Ließem, Kürrighoven and Züllighoven, were already under the influence of the Archbishop of Cologne. The archbishop's aim was to further secure these southern border areas. His loyal follower Heinrich von Drachenfels , to whom he would like to leave the security of this area, wanted to build up his own rule . So far had the viscount only the Drachenfels itself and the very lucrative Trachyt - quarry , which, together with stones already for 50 years Cologne Cathedral was built.
The rights of rule over Oberbachem, for example in the center of the entire area, stood in the way of the interests of these two gentlemen. The feud broke out in 1296. The exact course of the feud, the suffering of the population and the reasons for the absence of any allies for the Blankenheims side cannot be ascertained from the sources. However, the outcome of the feud is known:
Gerhard IV. Of Blankenheim was inferior and landed in captivity in the dungeon of the castle Drachenfels. This was widespread at the time in order to extract consent from prisoners or their relatives or allies - release from custody was only granted after consent. (Heinrich von Drachenfels had sat in the dungeon of Count von Berg together with the then Archbishop of Cologne after the battle of Worringen they had lost together .)
Despite von Blankenheim's imprisonment, an agreement dragged on. Against the background of the increased threat to the Archbishop of Cologne from the south on the part of King Albrecht I of Habsburg , an agreement on his part was urgent. In 1301 an agreement was reached in the form of a triangular deal.
Gerhard IV von Blankenheim transferred the judicial rights over the whole of Bachem to the Archbishop of Cologne in return for a payment of 500 marks, but Gerhard IV von Blankenheim retained the income from the Fronhof in Oberbachem and the patronage rights for the church in Oberbachem. The Archbishop of Cologne gave Heinrich von Drachenfels the power of jurisdiction over Bachem, as well as jurisdiction over the courts of Werthhoven and "up dem geuwe", which were then merged with Bachem to form a master's court . In return, Heinrich von Drachenfels released von Blankenheim from his custody.
This regulation was the hour of birth of the subordination of the Drachenfelser Ländchen within Kurköln. At the same time, this regulation lasted for almost 500 years: the subordinate rule of Drachenfelser Ländchen remained unchanged in size during this time and the basic rights of Blankenheims were retained until the French invaded in 1794.
The lordly court of the subordinate met alternately in the Blankenheimer Fronhof in Oberbachem and in the inn in Niederbachem. It was not until the 18th century that the lords of the subordinate rulers moved the court to “neutral ground” in Gimmersdorf. As a result, both Niederbachem and Oberbachem, as well as the Fronhof of the Blankenheimers, lost their importance.
Since 1493 there were inheritance disputes in the Drachenfels gentlemen's family, one branch of which was based at Gudenau Castle and the other at Drachenfels Castle . It was not until 1695 that the barons of Gudenau prevailed.
After this successful formation of a first closed subordinate (1301), the von Drachenfels family made further acquisitions:
On May 13, 1425 Archbishop Dietrich of Cologne pledged the office of Wolkenburg with the city of Königswinter and the village of Ittenbach to the burgrave Göddert von Drachenfels, who was thus able to gain a foothold around his castle for the first time. A dispute broke out and the Wolkenburg Castle was then mortgaged as such to a third party.
The Dingstuhl Villip, consisting of the villages Villip, Villiprott, Holzem and Pech, which belonged to a parish, was part of the County of Are and after the division of the estate (1221) and the construction of Neuenahr Castle, part of the County of Neuenahr .
With the extinction of the Neuenahr line (1358), disputes over succession began that dragged on for several decades. Finally, the Archbishop of Cologne took the opportunity to interfere (destruction of Neuenahr Castle in 1372) and, in view of the ties to his rival Duchy of Jülich , who was, after all, a formal feudal lord of the County of Neuenahr, became co-ruler of the county through the War of the Geldr Succession (1371-1379) push through.
During the court in Merl by the political weakness of the Cassiusstiftes almost like a personal property ( allodium ) was and the Burg Are short time was later attributed to the Archbishop of Cologne again, was acquired Castle Gudenau in this very county Neuenahr, where the Overlord of Drachenfelser , namely the Archbishop of Cologne, became co-lord. The Dingstuhl Villip, in which the Gudenau Castle was the only fortified aristocratic seat, was directly adjacent to the Drachenfelser Ländchen.
From 1794 to 1814 the left bank of the Rhine and with it the villages of today's municipality of Wachtberg were under French influence. The occupiers introduced administrative structures based on the French model. The independent communities Berkum, Gimmersdorf, Holzem, Ließem, Niederbachem, Oberbachem (with Kürrighoven), Pech, Pissenheim, Villip (with Villiprott) and Züllighoven formed the Mairie Villip in the canton Bonn external (canton Bonn-Land). Adendorf, Arzdorf and Fritzdorf belonged with Meckenheim and other communities to the Mairie Adendorf in the canton of Rheinbach . From 1801 to 1814, the Mairies in the Rhein-Mosel-Département were part of the French national territory . On the basis of the resolutions of the Congress of Vienna (1815), the Rhine-Moselle department and with it the administrative units now referred to as mayor's offices were added to the Kingdom of Prussia . In 1927, the mayors were in the Rhine province in offices renamed. The Adendorf office , which like the Villip office had also belonged to the Bonn district since 1932 , was renamed the Meckenheim office in 1935. Due to the law on the local reorganization of the Bonn area (Bonn law) , the offices of Meckenheim and Villip were dissolved on July 31, 1969.
On August 1, 1969, the municipality of Wachtberg was reorganized through the merger of the previously independent municipalities of Adendorf, Arzdorf, Berkum, Fritzdorf, Gimmersdorf, Holzem, Ließem, Niederbachem, Oberbachem, Pech, Villip, Werthoven and Züllighoven.
The municipal council is the local people's representative body for the municipality of Wachtberg. The citizens decide on the composition every five years. The last election took place on May 25, 2014.
- 1969–1969: Sebastian Luhmer ( CDU ) Council representative, honorary
- 1969–1975: Josef Bedorf (CDU), honorary
- 1975–1977: Walter Hausmanns (CDU), honorary
- 1977–1989: Joachim von Heymann (CDU), honorary
- 1989–1999: Peter Schmitz (CDU), honorary
- 1999–2004: Hans-Jürgen Döring ( independent )
- 2004–2014: Theo Hüffel (CDU)
- since 2014: Renate Offergeld (SPD)
Wachtberg maintains a partnership with the municipalities of the former French constituency (canton) of La Villedieu du Clain in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and with the Italian municipality of Bernareggio in the province of Monza and Brianza .
badges and flags
|Blazon : "In blue, a flame-spewing silver dragon."|
|Justification of the coat of arms: The lindworm (dragon) symbolizes the historic Drachenfelser Ländchen, from which the Villip office emerged as a regional body . The colors blue and silver represent the von der Leyen family , who for centuries directed the fortunes of the surrounding villages from Adendorf Castle . The municipality of Wachtberg was granted the right to use a coat of arms in a document dated April 13, 1971.|
The municipality of Wachtberg was also granted the right to fly a flag in a certificate issued by the Cologne District President on April 13, 1971. Description of the flag: "Blue-white-blue, longitudinally striped in a ratio of 1: 2: 1 with a coat of arms."
Culture and sights
There are numerous architectural and ground monuments in the area of the municipality of Wachtberg . The monument protection includes a total of 12 churches and chapels , 61 half-timbered houses and courtyards as well as 55 historical crosses , mostly made of volcanic stone, in the municipality . In addition, there are numerous other half-timbered buildings in Wachtberg, which, however, are not listed.
Evangelical parish of Wachtberg
- Old Church of St. Gereon in Berkum
- Evangelical parish hall in Niederbachem
- Mercy Church in Pech
The Evangelicals in Arzdorf, Fritzdorf and Adendorf traditionally belong to the Evangelical Church Community of Meckenheim.
Catholic parish of St. Marien, Wachtberg
The parish of St. Marien Wachtberg was created on January 1st, 2010 through the merger of the previous six parishes. It belongs to the district dean of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis ( Archdiocese of Cologne ). Until December 31, 2016, she was the parish of the Meckenheim-Rheinbach dean's office .
There are the following places of worship in the community:
- St. Three Kings in Oberbachem
- St. Georg in Fritzdorf
- St. Gereon in Berkum
- St. Gereon in Niederbachem
- St. Margareta in Adendorf
- St. Maria Rosary Queen in Berkum
- St. Simon and Jude in Villip
- To the holy archangels in bad luck
- Antonius Chapel in Arzdorf
- Broichhof Chapel (in Niederbachem, on the edge of the Rodderberg )
- Limbachstift chapel in Berkum
- Lady Chapel in Klein-Villip
- St. James Chapel in Werthhoven
- St. Johannes Nepomuk Chapel (Anton Raaff Chapel) in Holzem (donated by Anton Raaff )
- St. Joseph's Chapel in Gimmersdorf
- St. Mary's Chapel in Ließem
- St. Michael Chapel in Pech
- St. Pius Chapel in Züllighoven
- St. Scholastica Chapel in Kürrighoven
- Slewing gear 17/19 in Adendorf
- Chateau Pech cellar theater
- Laienspielkreis Oberbachem
- Pecher village stage
- Wachtberg studio stage
- Atelier Scheler
- Picture room
- DrehArt Kemp
- Gallery Zauberwald (until 2015)
- Wachtberg art circle
- Tower Gallery Bonn
- Rudolf Huerth
- Exhibition Willi Reiche (2019)
- Local history museum Villip
- In the museum there is a replica of the Fritzdorfer gold cup from the Early Bronze Age (around 1800 BC). The original is in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn .
Gudenau Castle is a two-part moated castle that was built in the early 13th century and its current appearance in the 17th and 18th centuries. Century received. Around 1560, the four-wing main castle with a large park at the rear was expanded, with a Gothic bay window and curved hoods corresponding to the time. One of the four round corner towers has a pointed slate roof, the roofs of the other three corner towers are baroque .
Odenhausen Castle is located on an elevation near Berkum. It was built in the 11th century as a tower hill castle . In the Middle Ages, the fortification was expanded into a moated castle with a front and main castle . In 1560 it was converted into a renaissance complex. It is a rare type of moated castle at high altitude where the moats were fed by springs. The castle was first mentioned in a document in 1316. For centuries it was a fiefdom of Siegburg Abbey, on which knights sat.
Important structures in the municipality are:
- Bedorfer mill near Villip
- Broichhof on the Rodderberg
- Münchhausen Castle near Adendorf
- Forsthaus Schönwaldhaus near Villiprott
- Jesuit court in Berkum
- Köllenhof in Ließem, today a popular meeting place for citizens
- Landhaus Kremmel in Villiprott, which was originally planned as a motorway service station as part of the 565 federal motorway.
- Sheep farm in Adendorf, 12th century
- Sommersberger Hof near Fritzdorf, a knight's seat in the 15th century
- Adendorf moated castle near Adendorf
- Fritzdorf windmill near Fritzdorf
- Windmill tower in Villip
- Music and art school
- Wachtberg studio stage
- Wachtberg memorial
The most famous sports club in Wachtberg is the TTC Fritzdorf . The women's division plays in the table tennis regional league in 2014 . The greatest success was the qualification for promotion to the 2nd Bundesliga , which was rejected for financial reasons.
SV Wachtberg played in the Middle Rhine Football League from 2009 to 2011 . In 2014 the club played in the district league.
The Badminton Club Wachtberg was founded in 1977 and annually takes part in the championship with up to five teams.
In Niederbachem, the Bonn-Godesberg Golf Club in Wachtberg e. V. has an 18-hole golf course on the border with Rhineland-Palatinate.
Landmark of the community
Since September 2019, a three-dimensional iron dragon sculpture on the heavily frequented roundabout in front of the Berkum shopping center has been the new landmark of the municipality, promoting identification with the municipality of Wachtberg and the Drachenfelser Ländchen across all locations . The "Wachtberger Dragon" was created on the initiative of the Friends of Art and Culture in Wachtberg e. V. (KuKiWa) as part of a school project in cooperation with the Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Schule Berkum. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Wachtberg community, the sculpture was inaugurated by KuKiWa on September 26, 2019 and handed over to the Wachtberg community. The Wachtberg artist Willi Reiche has taken care of the technical and artistic design of the art in the roundabout .
Economy and Infrastructure
Wachtberg has an above-average purchasing power index of 126.7 percent of the national average (100 percent) for 2015. In the Rhein-Sieg district, only Bad Honnef exceeds this value with 127.2 percent.
Bus routes connect the Wachtberg localities with the Bonn districts of Alt-Godesberg and Mehlem , with the cities of Meckenheim and Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler , with the municipality of Grafschaft and the city of Remagen with their districts of Oedingen and Kripp .
The nearest train stations are in the northeast Bonn-Bad Godesberg , Bonn-Mehlem and Remagen on the Cologne – Bonn – Remagen– Koblenz - Bingen - Mainz route ( left Rhine route ), in the west Meckenheim on the Bonn– Euskirchen - Bad Münstereifel route ( Voreifelbahn ) and in the south-east of Ahrweiler , Bad Neuenahr and Heimersheim on the route Adenau - Ahrbrück - Altenahr - Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler- Remagen-Bonn ( Ahr Valley Railway ).
The community is connected to several cycle paths :
- The 1,045 km long D-Route 4 ( Mittelland Route ) leads from Aachen via Bonn, Siegen , Erfurt , Jena and Chemnitz to Zittau .
- The 733 km long D-Route 7 ( pilgrim route ) leads from Aachen via Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg , Münster , Osnabrück , Bremen and Hamburg to Flensburg .
- The 524 km long moated castle route connects more than 130 castles on the edge of the Eifel and in the Cologne Bay .
On January 1, 2018, 15,345 motor vehicles were registered in the municipality, including 12,803 passenger cars.
- The official journal of the municipality is the so-called Wir Wachtberger , which appears weekly.
- The local newspaper Blick Aktuell , based in Adenau with a regional edition for Wachtberg, also appears weekly.
- The focus , the regional community newspaper for Meckenheim , Bad Godesberg , Rheinbach , Swisttal , Wachtberg, and the county also appears weekly.
Wachtberg is the seat of two institutes of the Fraunhofer Society , which were founded in June 2009 by the Research Society for Applied Natural Sciences e. V. ( FGAN ) were incorporated into the Fraunhofer Society. The radome belonging to this facility with a diameter of 49 meters is the world's largest radome and forms the landmark of Wachtberg, which can be seen from afar.
The following schools are located in Wachtberg:
- Community elementary school Wachtberg (Adendorf)
- Wachtberg Community Primary School (Berkum)
- Community elementary school "Drachenfelsschule" Wachtberg (Niederbachem)
- Catholic Primary School Wachtberg (Pech)
- Catholic Primary School Wachtberg (Villip)
- Hans-Dietrich-Genscher-Schule - regional school on site - high-profile community secondary school (former name: secondary school Wachtberg ) (Berkum)
Sons and daughters of the church
- Karl Kaspar von der Leyen (1618–1676), Archbishop of Kurtrier
- Paul von Franken (1818–1884), landscape and genre painter
- Heinrich Welsch (1848–1935), teacher in Cologne, committed to disadvantaged working-class children , model for the carnival song En d'r Kayjass number zero : "Un mir woren with the teacher Welsch in de Klass'"
- Maria Schmitz (1886–1996), oldest woman in Germany
- Johann Baptist Welsch (called Tilla ; 1888–1943), well-known Cologne travesty artist in the 1920s and 1930s
Honorary citizen of the community of Wachtberg
- Fred Münch (* 1940, † 2002; appointed 1999), former municipal director. D.
- Hans-Dietrich Genscher (* 1927, † 2016; appointed 2015), former Federal Minister and FDP Chairman
Personalities related to Wachtberg
Hans Riegel, Haribo founder
- Wilhelm V. * July 28, 1516, † January 5, 1592 in Düsseldorf, Duke of Jülich-Kleve-Berg, is connected to the history of Wachtberg.
- Wilhelm von der Leyen * 1650, † 1722, owner of Adendorf Castle , son of Adolf von der Leyen , lived in Adendorf.
- Anton Raaff * May 6, 1714, † May 28, 1797 in Munich , tenor singer, lived in Holzem.
- Franz Karl Movers * 1806, † 1856, theologian and orientalist, pastor in Berkum from 1833 to 1839
- Johannes Adenauer * 1873, † 1937, pastor, brother of Konrad Adenauer , lived in Fritzdorf.
- Hermann Abs * October 15, 1901, † February 5, 1994 in Bad Soden am Taunus , CEO of Deutsche Bank AG, lived in Berkum.
- Gustav-Adolf Kuntzen , born December 23, 1907 in Berlin , † August 15, 1998 in Wachtberg, was a German officer, most recently lieutenant general in the Bundeswehr.
- Eberhard Bethge , born August 28, 1909, † March 18, 2000, Protestant pastor and theologian, lived in Villiprott.
- Johannes Steinhoff * September 15, 1913, † February 21, 1994 in Pech, officer of the German Air Force, Lieutenant General and Inspector of the Air Force of the Bundeswehr, lived in Pech.
- Josef Rommerskirchen * February 16, 1916 in Odenkirchen , † March 9, 2010 in Wachtberg, member of the Bundestag from 1960 to 1976, lived in Niederbachem.
- Carl Cüppers * September 15, 1920, † September 24, 2008 in Bergisch Gladbach , Head of Education in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis, lived in Gimmersdorf.
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- Hans Riegel * January 1, 1923 in Bonn, † October 15, 2013 in Bonn, owner of the confectionery company Haribo , lived in bad luck.
- Hans-Dieter Blatzheim * unknown, † August 14, 1985 on the Nürburgring , building contractor and racing car driver, lived in bad luck.
- Gerd Berendonck * March 5, 1924 in Solingen , former German diplomat and ambassador to Algeria , Cambodia and Pakistan , lives in Villip.
- Werner Schattmann , born April 3, 1924 in Oels, Silesia, † October 31, 2014 in Munich, was a German lawyer and diplomat and lived in Niederbachem.
- Wolf J. Bell , born June 10, 1924 in Kassel , † June 21, 2014, journalist, lived in bad luck.
- Josef Ertl * March 7, 1925, † November 16, 2000 in Murnau am Staffelsee , Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forests, lived in bad luck.
- Heinrich Köppler * November 26, 1925, † April 20, 1980 in Düsseldorf, member of the German Bundestag and the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament, lived in Niederbachem.
- Jürgen Diesel , born January 4, 1926 in Berlin; † November 5, 1993 in Pech, was a German ambassador.
- Günter Kuhfuß * January 31, 1926, † February 2, 2001 in Mainz , local politician, Lord Mayor of Worms, lived in Berkum.
- Siegfried Mann * September 21, 1926 in Stuttgart ; † August 27, 2011 in Wachtberg, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defense , General Manager of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
- Hubert Roer * November 19, 1926, † November 17, 2002 in Villiprott , German biologist, entomologist, bat researcher and conservationist, lived in Villiprott.
- Hans Werner Lautenschlager * January 31, 1927 in Tianjin , China , † June 29, 2019 in Bonn, German diplomat, lived in bad luck.
- Hans-Dietrich Genscher * March 21, 1927 in Halle an der Saale , † March 31, 2016 in Pech; Vice Chancellor, former Federal Foreign and Interior Minister, lived in bad luck.
- Konrad Wünsche * February 25, 1928 in Zwickau , teacher and book author, lived in Fritzdorf.
- Richard Ellerkmann * June 6, 1928 in Duisburg, is a former German ambassador to Uganda, Iraq and Canada, lives in Ließen and was a member of the Wachtberg council and chairman of the school committee and temporarily held the office of arbitrator.
- Helmut Kohl * April 3, 1930 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein , former Federal Chancellor, lived in Pech.
- Jürgen Gehl , born July 6, 1930 in Berlin; † January 25, 2012 in Berkum, was a German lawyer, diplomat and ambassador to Liberia, Mozambique and Bangladesh.
- Richard Giesen * April 11, 1933 in Krefeld , German diplomat, lives in Niederbachem.
- Peter Hartmann * August 18, 1935 in Aachen , Minister of State in the Foreign Office, lived in bad luck.
- Clas Michael Naumann zu Königsbrück * June 26, 1939, † February 15, 2004 in Pech, German zoologist, lived in Pech.
- Helmut Merklein * June 1, 1940, † September 30, 1999 in Adendorf , Catholic theologian, lived in Adendorf.
- Jörg Weigand * December 21, 1940 in Kelheim / Donau , German writer.
- Klaus Miebach * April 19, 1944 in Nuremberg , judge at the Federal Court of Justice, lives in Pech.
- Bernd Pfaffenbach * May 7, 1946 in Kassel, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, lived in bad luck.
- Gabriele Trull * 1947 in Göttingen , former federal chairwoman of the Evangelical Hospital Aid Working Group, lives in Wachtberg.
- Herbert Reichelt * 1951 in Herne † 2012 in Bonn , author and initiator of the Wachtberger Kugel , lived in Wachtberg.
- Ulrike Merten * December 13, 1951 in Bielefeld , member of the German Bundestag, lives in Niederbachem.
- Michael Mertes * March 26, 1953 in Bonn, State Secretary for Federal and European Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia a. D., lives in bad luck.
- Karsten Matthis * December 22, 1959 in Hanover , federal manager of the senior citizens' union in the CDU federal office, lives in Niederbachem.
- Gloria Princess von Thurn und Taxis * February 23, 1960 in Stuttgart , entrepreneur, lived in Adendorf.
- Herbert Müller * May 18, 1960 † 2012 in Bonn, politician and entrepreneur, Secretary General of the CDU Hessen, lived in Villiprott.
- Petra Vieten * September 8, 1964 in Duisburg as Petra Langrock , is a German entrepreneur and presenter and lives at Burg Odenhausen in Berkum.
- Jürgen Kohler * October 6, 1965 in Lambsheim , football player and coach, eligible to play for SV Alemannia Adendorf
- Clint Christian Staak * April 15, 1969 in Frankfurt am Main , German actor, lives in Pech.
- Ralph T. Niemeyer * October 9, 1969 in Berlin, writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, film producer and politician, lived in Niederbachem.
- Till Brönner * May 6, 1971 in Viersen , trumpeter, singer, jazz musician, lived in Berkum.
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