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Coordinates: 50 ° 39 '  N , 7 ° 21'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Neuwied
Association municipality : Asbach
Height : 290 m above sea level NHN
Area : 13.11 km 2
Residents: 4196 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 320 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 53578
Primaries : 02645, 02683 (Stockhausen)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : NO
Community key : 07 1 38 077
Community structure: 16 districts
Association administration address: Flammersfelder Strasse 1
53567 Asbach
Website :
Local Mayor : Martin Buchholz ( CDU )
Location of the local community Windhagen in the district of Neuwied
Neuwied Buchholz (Westerwald) Asbach (Westerwald) Windhagen Neustadt (Wied) Rheinbreitbach Unkel Bruchhausen (Landkreis Neuwied) Erpel Vettelschoß Linz am Rhein Kasbach-Ohlenberg Ockenfels Sankt Katharinen (Landkreis Neuwied) Dattenberg Leubsdorf (am Rhein) Bad Hönningen Rheinbrohl Hammerstein (am Rhein) Leutesdorf Isenburg (Westerwald) Kleinmaischeid Großmaischeid Stebach Marienhausen Dierdorf Oberdreis Woldert Rodenbach bei Puderbach Ratzert Niederwambach Steimel Döttesfeld Puderbach Dürrholz Hanroth Raubach Harschbach Niederhofen Dernbach (Landkreis Neuwied) Urbach (Westerwald) Linkenbach Breitscheid (Westerwald) Waldbreitbach Roßbach (Wied) Hausen (Wied) Datzeroth Niederbreitbach Hümmerich Oberhonnefeld-Gierend Oberraden Straßenhaus Kurtscheid Bonefeld Ehlscheid Rengsdorf Melsbach Hardert Anhausen Rüscheid Thalhausen Meinborn Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Landkreis Ahrweiler Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Koblenz Marienhausen Westerwaldkreismap
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St. Bartholomew in Windhagen

Windhagen is a municipality in the Neuwied district in northern Rhineland-Palatinate and is located directly on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia . It belongs to the Asbach community .


Geographical location

The municipality of Windhagen is located on the Asbach plateau at the transition from the Siebengebirge to the Westerwald , which extends to the east , directly on the border with North Rhine-Westphalia . The village extends southeast of the Dachsberg on the north side of a mountain range and includes altitudes between 258  m above sea level. NHN and 322  m above sea level NHN . Parts of the municipality are located in the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park . The highest point of the terrain is almost 322  m above sea level. NHN in the district of Vierwind belonging to the main town Windhagen , the lowest at 165  m above sea level. NHN at the eastern exit of the Hallerbach , which is also called Elsaffer Bach , reached from the district.

Neighboring communities of Windhagen are Bad Honnef (North Rhine-Westphalia) with the municipality of Aegidienberg in the northwest, Asbach in the northeast, Neustadt (Wied) in the southeast, Vettelschoss in the southwest and Erpel , Unkel and Rheinbreitbach in the west. The closest larger cities are Neuwied , Bonn and Siegburg , each about 30 km away.

Community structure

[W] = Windhagen district ; [R] = Rederscheid district; italic: no official part of the municipality

The Adamstal (district Windhagen) and Fischerhaus im Appental (district Rederscheid) residential areas also belong to Windhagen .


According to a manuscript from 1613, a lordship "Wintsan" was mentioned in a deed of donation in the 7th century , which is identified with Windhagen. The place is probably of Celtic origin, in the Franconian times it was on the border of Engersgau , Bonngau and Auelgau . The Gau borders were generally marked by a forest, the so-called "Wendehagen", where the Germanic tribes had to "turn around" (turn around). The dialectal name of the place is "Wänte" or "Wänten", the upper of the district Windhagen "Honneböschel" and the district low Windhagen "Niddichwänte (n)".

Since the 13th century Windhagen belonged to the electorate of Cologne and was under the administration of the Altenwied office . The Altenwied office was divided into three parishes : Asbach, Neustadt and Windhagen. In 1517, the place then called Wynthain appeared in a tithing statement from the Altenwied office as a church village . By order of Archbishop Maximilian Heinrich von Bayern , an inventory of all honors in the Altenwied office was carried out in 1660 . The following were listed for the parish of Windhagen:

  • "Winthahner Honschaft":
Birken, Birkersseifen ( birch soap ) and the "old Hunsberg" (Johannisberg) each have a house; Hunsberg (Hüngsberg) four houses; Hedges and meadows three houses each; Stockhausen ten houses; Winthahn (Windhagen) including the Wittumshof five houses, Niederwinthahn nine houses; Hasenberg an uninhabited farm.
  • "Hohner Honschaft":
Frohnen and Hallerbach two houses each; Gunnerscheidt (Günterscheid) three houses; Hohn, Schweyfeld (Schweifeld) and Redtscheid (Rederscheid) each have five houses. The honor was usually called Rederscheid.

The rule of Kurköln ended in 1803 after more than 500 years with the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss . The Electorate of Cologne area in this region was initially the Wied-Runkel assigned and came in 1806 due to the Act of Confederation, the Duchy of Nassau . The parish of Windhagen with the honnships Windhagen and Rederscheid was then under the administration of the Nassau office of Altenwied . After the treaties concluded at the Congress of Vienna , the area was ceded to the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815 .

The Honschaft Windhagen belonged from 1816 to the then newly formed civil registry district Neuwied (from 1848 district Neuwied ) in the administrative district of Koblenz and was initially administered from 1817 to 1823 by the mayor's office Altenwied , then by the mayor's office Asbach (from 1927 “Amt Asbach”). In 1845 the name was changed to "Gemeinde Windhagen". Extensive population growth began in the 1960s, with Windhagen's population quadrupling. From 1984 to 1988, a new culture, school and sports center for the community was built south of the motorway.


As part of the administrative and territorial reform of Rhineland-Palatinate , the municipality of Windhagen was merged with the previously independent municipality of Rederscheid (728 inhabitants) on November 7, 1970 , and the new local municipality of Windhagen was formed. The districts Adamstal , Birken , Hüngsberg , Johannisberg and Stockhausen belonged to the municipality of Windhagen (without Rederscheid) .

Population development

The development of the population of Windhagen in relation to today's municipal area, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1816 702
1835 984
1871 1,077
1905 982
1939 1,083
year Residents
1950 1,167
1961 1,128
1970 1,588
1987 2,752
2005 4,350


Municipal council

The local council in Windhagen consists of 20 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU Green FDP G-BfW total
2019 4th 7th 3 1 5 20 seats
2014 5 12 2 1 - 20 seats
2009 5 12 1 2 - 20 seats
2004 6th 13 - 1 - 20 seats
  • G-BfW = Together - Citizens for Windhagen e. V.


Martin Buchholz (CDU) became the local mayor of Windhagen in June 2019. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was elected for five years with 51.45% of the vote. His predecessor Josef Rüddel (also CDU) had held this office since 1963, making him the longest-serving and oldest mayor in Germany.

coat of arms

Since May 13th 1986 the local community Windhagen is entitled to use a coat of arms.

Windhagen coat of arms
Blazon : “Shield with a curly red tip, split in a golden fountain, in front of the first field a black cross on a white (silver) background; in the back in the second field a blue wavy bar in a silver field, three 5-petalled roses with red clusters. "
Reasons for the coat of arms: 1st field: Kurköln (formerly belonging to the Archbishopric of Cologne), 2nd field: Family von Schoenebeck (stands for the Johannisberg district, where the family still resident in the Windhagen area today had property), 3rd field: Douwen-Brunnen ( the healing power of this fountain has been popularly known since the early Middle Ages).

Parish partnership

Windhagen has had a partnership with the Pfaffschwende municipality in Thuringia since October 3, 1991 . Regular meetings and events are held by both communities to strengthen this partnership.

Economy and Infrastructure


Junction 34 ( Bad Honnef / Linz ) of the federal motorway 3 is about three kilometers away from the center of Windhagen . The Hambitz rest area of ​​the A3 is located in the municipality of Windhagen .

Windhagen is connected to the local public transport system via bus lines and via collective call taxi (AST), which means that the administrative location of Asbach and the city of Bad Honnef (with train station ) can be reached.

The high-speed line Cologne – Rhine / Main runs through the municipality .

Established businesses

Windhagen is the seat of the mechanical engineering company Wirtgen , which with around 1,400 employees is one of the world's leading companies for the development, manufacture and sale of machines and systems for road construction. In 2017, the Wirtgen Group became the property of the US company John Deere.

The larger companies based in the municipality also include Nölken Hygiene-Products, JK-Ergoline and Geutebrück. In addition, there are numerous small and medium-sized companies in the areas of trade, services, production and wellness.

The trade association "Initiative to strengthen the region around Windhagen", which has been based in Windhagen since 2005, unites numerous companies from the entire region and organizes a trade show every two years with over 100 exhibitors and well over 10,000 visitors.

Public facilities

In addition to a community center with event rooms, the modern "Forum Windhagen" offers space for larger events.

The sporting facilities include a new three-field sports hall and the grass sports field, which was newly renovated in 2014.

Windhagen has a primary school with a single-field sports hall, two day-care centers as well as a youth club and numerous playgrounds in the respective villages.

Cultural monuments



  • Windhagen - Ein Heimatbuch , Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994.

Web links

Commons : Windhagen  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. a b State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the communities and parts of the community. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 48 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. Dieter Ehlen: Roots of Windhagen. In: Windhagen - Ein Heimatbuch , Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994, p. 196.
  4. Helmut Wolff: The Windhagen dialect. In: Windhagen - Ein Heimatbuch , Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994, p. 196.
  5. ^ Günther Muders: The settlement of the home area. In: Windhagen - Ein Heimatbuch , Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994, p. 42.
  6. ^ August Welker: Inventory in the Altenwied office in 1660 , in: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Landkreis Neuwied, 1977, pp. 101-103.
  7. Nassauische Annalen: Yearbook of the Association for Nassau antiquity and historical research. Volume 9-10 . 1868, p. 305.
  8. ^ Erwin Rüddel: School, sports and community center. In: Windhagen - A home book. Economica Verlag, Bonn 1994, pp. 344-351.
  9. 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.  
  10. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  11. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Windhagen. Retrieved February 21, 2020 .
  12. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  13. ^ The State Returning Officer of Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Asbach, Verbandsgemeinde, third line of results. Retrieved February 21, 2020 .
  14. ^ Horst-Dieter Küsters: Mayor passed after 54 years in office. General-Anzeiger Bonn, June 24, 2019, accessed on February 21, 2020 .