|• Mayor||Heike Knop|
|• Total||16.25 km2 (6.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||180 m (590 ft)|
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The parish church is consecrated to Saint Andrew. In 952, Altrich had its first documentary mention – even earlier than the neighbouring town of Wittlich. The first mention in writing came as early as 636 in which it was named as Alta Regia.
The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected by proportional representation at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.
The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Schild Rot und Weiß gespalten, vorne ein weißes Andreaskreuz, hinten 2 (2:1) rote Kugeln.
The saltire (X-shaped cross) on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side stands for Saint Andrew, the local church’s patron saint who was depicted in the old court seal from 1764. The three roundels on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side refer to a knightly family that named itself after Altrich and whose existence in the 14th century is witnessed. The tinctures gules and argent (red and silver) are a reference to the village’s former allegiance to the Electorate of Trier
Altrich was granted the right to bear its own arms in 1971.
Culture and sightseeing
- Remains of a Roman wall near the Neuenhof (outside Altrich towards Klausen)
- The “Cusanus Columns” from the former parish church, now in the parish garden at Andreasstraße 31
- The “Fat Oak” (dicke Eiche) – a roughly 300-year-old natural monument in the village’s southwest (on the Schneidkaul road extension)
Economy and infrastructure
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- Alternativ: St. Andreas Altrich parish with information summary about the municipality (German)
- Municipality’s official webpage (German)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.