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Coat of arms of the local community Wasenbach
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Coordinates: 50 ° 19 ′  N , 7 ° 58 ′  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Rhein-Lahn district
Association municipality : Diez
Height : 200 m above sea level NHN
Area : 2.4 km 2
Residents: 312 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 130 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56370
Area code : 06432
License plate : EMS, DIZ, GOH
Community key : 07 1 41 133
Association administration address: Louise-Seher-Strasse 1
65582 Diez
Website : www.wasenbach.com
Local Mayor : Pure black
Location of the local community Wasenbach in the Rhein-Lahn district
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Half-timbered house Mühlweg 2

Wasenbach is a municipality in the Rhein-Lahn district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Diez .


Wasenbach is located in a valley basin in the Taunus (western Hintertaunus ) on the border with Einrich, nine kilometers from Limburg an der Lahn and 16 km from Montabaur . The Habenscheid farm belongs to Wasenbach , the remainder of a former village.


Wasenbach was first mentioned in a document on November 13, 1328. The then German Emperor Ludwig IV appointed Johannes and Reinhard von Westerburg as rulers of the Schaumburg rulership and thus over Biebrich , Cramberg , Habenscheid , Steinsberg , Wasenbach and Wenigenhabenscheid . In the case of villages that are mentioned in documents as early as the High Middle Ages, the conclusion is that they had existed for a longer time. It makes sense to date Wasenbach's founding in the time before 1300, a time in which most of the villages in the lower Lahn area initially emerged in floodplains - one of which is Wasenbach - but then as cleared settlements on the plateaus.

Wasenbach's early history is closely linked to the history of the Schaumburg rule . The poor economic situation of the House of Westerburg in the 14th century led to numerous pledges, which ultimately resulted in a long-term sale of a third of the Schaumburg rule to the House of Katzenelnbogen in 1373 and 1378 . The Counts of Katzenelnbogen renewed the pledge in 1435 and 1445. At that time, the village of Wasenbach had already been finally removed from the dominion. 1428 was Mudersbach of Virneburg with Wasenbach invested . As a result, he completely pushed the Westerburg family out of their initial position in Wasenbach.

How modest the living conditions were at that time is shown by a district dispute between the imperial knightly town of Wasenbach and the community of Schönborn, which belongs to Hesse . The main issue was the Wasenbachers' right to graze south of the path leading from Schönborn to their village. During the final arbitration in 1606 it was found that the border of the Hessian sovereignty, under which Schönborn stood, was not affected.

It is uncertain when the Imperial Knights of Kronberg , the next lords of Wasenbach, received the fief. However, they were certainly in its possession at the time of the Thirty Years War . In 1632 Swedish horsemen occupied Wasenbach. Since these were attacked and robbed by Spanish warriors, they believed that the Wasenbach residents had betrayed them to the Spaniards. They demanded damages that the Wasenbach population could not and would not grant. Thereupon they held themselves harmless by looting the place. In the course of these acts of war, the towns of Habenscheid and Wenigenhabenscheid , which belong to the same parish, were completely destroyed. The last Herr von Kronberg resided at Hohlenfels Castle near Hahnstätten . When he died childless in 1704, the fief of Wasenbach became the property of the Barons Boos von Waldeck and Montfort . Around 1790, the Imperial Knights Boos from the Hunsrück belonged to the canton of Mittelrheinstrom with Wasenbach and with Hüffelsheim to the canton of Niederrheinstrom of the knightly district of Rhine . The Imperial Knights Boos von Waldeck and Montfort were the last of the lower nobility to be enfeoffed with Wasenbach. In 1806 the place came to the newly created Duchy of Nassau through the Rhine Federation Act . The government of the Duchy of Nassau granted on June 3, 1818 a compensation pension to Count Boos von Waldeck in the amount of 350 guilders annually. After a complaint by the count, it was increased to 364 guilders from January 1, 1818 and to 444 guilders from 1822.

In the administrative structure of the duchy, the village was initially assigned to the Catzenelenbogen office , which was added to the Diez office in 1816 . Wasenbach stayed there until Nassau was annexed by Prussia in 1866.

As part of the territorial reform of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, Wasenbach was assigned to the Verbandsgemeinde Diez on December 1, 1970 .

The population developed as follows in the 19th and 20th centuries: 1843: 288 inhabitants, 1927: 271 inhabitants, 1964: 314 inhabitants.


Wasenbach is the Roman Catholic parish of St. Bartholomew in Balduinstein assigned and, with this for pastoral space Diez , which in turn the district Limburg in the diocese of Limburg is incorporated.

On the Protestant side, the place is parish Cramberg - Have Scheid in the deanery Diez the provost South Nassau in the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau (EKHN) belong. The church in the Habenscheid district is one of the oldest churches in central Nassau .


Municipal council

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


The local mayor of Wasenbach is Reiner Schwarz. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 81.95% of the vote.


  • former parish church of Habenscheid with Romanesque tower (mentioned in 1198)
  • Half-timbered house Mühlweg 2

See also: List of cultural monuments in Wasenbach

Web links

Commons : Wasenbach  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ Harry Münzing: The mediatization of the former imperial directors and imperial knights in the Duchy of Nassau. Diss., 1980, pp. 121-122, 165-166
  3. ^ Reinhard Güll: On the eventful territorial history of Wasenbach , 2010 homeland yearbook of the Rhein-Lahnkreis
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer of Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Diez, Verbandsgemeinde, 22nd line of results. Retrieved November 9, 2019 .