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Coordinates: 50 ° 44 '  N , 7 ° 56'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Daaden-Herdorf
Height : 466 m above sea level NHN
Area : 8.49 km 2
Residents: 2246 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 265 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57586
Area code : 02743
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 113
Community structure: 2 districts
Association administration address: Bahnhofstrasse 4
57567 Daaden
Website : www.weitefeld.de
Local Mayor : Karl-Heinz Keßler ( SPD )
Location of the community of Weitefeld in the district of Altenkirchen (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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Weitefeld is a municipality in the Altenkirchen (Westerwald) district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Daaden-Herdorf .


Geographical location

Weitefeld lies at an altitude of about 470  m above sea level. NHN in northern Rhineland-Palatinate in the Hohen Westerwald on the northern edge of the Neunkhausen-Weitefeld plateau. The Dreisbach rises in the village, which flows into the Daade at Niederdreisbach , and the Elbbach flows into the Sieg at Schönstein . The Klinglerskopf lies north of Weitefeld, the Steinkopf to the northwest and the Galgenkopf to the east of Oberdreisbach.

Neighboring communities of Weitefeld are Niederdreisbach in the north, Daaden (with Biersdorf ) in the northeast, Friedewald in the southeast, Langenbach bei Kirburg in the south, Neunkhausen in the southwest and Elkenroth in the west.

Community structure

The community consists of the now overgrown districts Weitefeld, Oberdreisbach and the residential areas "Vor dem See" and "Waldhaus".


Weitefeld was first mentioned in 848 as Witafelde (wide field).

In the Middle Ages Weitefeld and Oberdreisbach were part of the Daaden parish in the county of Sayn . After the introduction of the Reformation in County Sayn, the inhabitants became Lutheran and later Reformed . After the division of the County of Sayn in the 17th century, Oberdreisbach and Weitefeld belonged to the County of Sayn-Altenkirchen . In 1770 there was evidence of a mill in the valley near Weitefeld and Oberdreisbach. The county of Sayn-Altenkirchen came to Prussia by inheritance in 1791 and in 1803 was assigned to the Principality of Nassau-Usingen in the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss , which became part of the Duchy of Nassau in 1806 . A participant in the Congress of Vienna made (1815) agreements, the territory of the former saynischen counties was to the Kingdom of Prussia ceded . Under the Prussian administration, both localities were assigned to the Daaden mayor's office in the newly established Altenkirchen district , which from 1822 belonged to the Rhine Province . In 1817 Weitefeld had 286 inhabitants with the Weitefeld mill and Oberdreisbach 158.

School instruction in Weitefeld was first mentioned in 1707. The first school building followed in 1752, which was replaced by a new one in 1874. In 1914 it was replaced again due to lack of space. In the same year both old school buildings burned down. In 1996/1997 the existing building was expanded.

On June 22, 1922, the Weitefeld Volunteer Fire Brigade was founded with over 50 members. In 1923 the place received a fire station .

Today's community was formed on June 7, 1969 from the communities of Weitefeld (then 1,531 inhabitants) and Oberdreisbach (498 inhabitants).

Population development

The development of the number of inhabitants in relation to today's municipal area; the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

Population development of Weitefeld from 1815 to 2017 according to the adjacent table
year Residents
1815 444
1835 669
1871 800
1905 1,092
1939 1.310
1950 1,558
year Residents
1961 1,714
1970 2,065
1987 2,039
2005 2,458
2011 2,371
2017 2,262


Municipal council

The municipal council in Weitefeld consists of 16 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU FWG WfW total
2019 7th - 4th 5 16 seats
2014 6th - 3 7th 16 seats
2009 7th 4th 5 - 16 seats
2004 6th 5 5 - 16 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Group of the community of Weitefeld e. V.
  • WfW = We for Weitefeld e. V.


The local mayor of Weitefeld is Karl-Heinz Keßler (SPD). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in his office with a share of the vote of 83.52%.

coat of arms

Weitefeld coat of arms
Founding of the coat of arms: Since 1982, the local community has had a coat of arms that contains three symbols that have historical references. The double-tailed, looking Sayn lion indicates the former rule of the Counts of Sayn , to which a large part of the Altenkirchen district and thus Weitefeld belonged. The cross formed by nettle leaves is derived from the coat of arms of the Lords of Greifenstein , it can also be found as the "Greifensteiner Kreuz" in the former jury and court seal of Daaden and in the current coat of arms of the Daaden community. These fish symbolize three fish-rich lakes that belonged to Marienstatt Abbey and no longer exist today. Today only corresponding hallway names remind of them.

Economy and Infrastructure


The station Weitefeld was on the railway line Scheuerfeld-Emmerzhausen .


  • Weitefeld primary school. The school authority is the Weitefeld community.

Honorary citizen


  • Günther Langenbach: Eleven hundred and fifty years of Weitefeld. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 41. 1998, pp. 93–97.
  • Peter Lücker: Festschrift for the 1100th anniversary of the Westerwalddorf Weitefeld. Weitefeld 1948.
  • Ortgemeinde Weitefeld (Ed.): Festschrift for the 1150th anniversary of the Weitefeld community. Weitefeld 1998.
  • Horst Walter Overkott: The teachers at the elementary school in Oberdreisbach from 1776 to 1949. In: Daadetaler Geschichtsbriefe 1. 2010, pp. 25–28.
  • Alfred Schneider: 50 years ago: End of the war in Weitefeld. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 39. 1996, pp. 147–148.
  • Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59. 2016, pp. 219–237.
  • Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in the plan. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 58. 2015, pp. 74–80.

See also

Web links

Commons : Weitefeld  - 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. 9 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  3. Daniel Schneider: The development of denominations in the county of Sayn in plan. Pp. 74-80.
  4. ^ Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. P. 231.
  5. On the historical development of the mills in the County of Sayn cf. Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen, pp. 219–239.
  6. Weitefeld primary school ( Memento from August 1, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  7. Chronicle of the FF Weitefeld ( Memento from November 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Official municipality directory 2006 ( Memento from December 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (= State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 393 ). Bad Ems March 2006, p. 200 (PDF; 2.6 MB). Info: An up-to-date directory ( 2016 ) is available, but in the section "Territorial changes - Territorial administrative reform" it does not give any population figures.  
  9. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  10. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Weitefeld. Retrieved November 12, 2019 .
  11. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  12. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Daaden-Herdorf, Verbandsgemeinde, last line of results. Retrieved November 12, 2019 .