Berschweiler bei Kirn
|Berschweiler bei Kirn|
|• Mayor||Karl-Günter Hahn|
|• Total||7.53 km2 (2.91 sq mi)|
|• Density||35/km2 (92/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Berschweiler bei Kirn is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Birkenfeld district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Herrstein, whose seat is in the like-named municipality. Berschweiler bei Kirn is one of two municipalities in the district with the name Berschweiler. The two are distinguished from each other by their geographical “tags”; the other one is called Berschweiler bei Baumholder.
As of 31 December 2010, Berschweiler’s 7.53 km² were by use apportioned thus:
- Agriculture 44.2%
- Woodland 48.4%
- Open water 0.2%
- Settlement and transport 6.9%
- Other 0.2%
Berschweiler’s mayor is Karl-Günter Hahn, and his deputies are Hubert Paal and Arno Lang-Lajendäcker.
Coat of arms
The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per bend azure a bear’s head sinister erased Or langued gules and Or a lion rampant of the third armed and langued of the first.
The charge on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side is the lion borne as an heraldic device by the Waldgraves and Rhinegraves, who held the village in the Middle Ages. The charge on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side, a bear’s head, is canting. “Bear” is Bär – both words are pronounced rather similarly – in German, which sounds like the first three sounds in “Berschweiler”.
The arms have been borne since 16 May 1962.
Culture and sightseeing
- Evangelical church, Hauptstraße 3 – Gothic Revival yellow sandstone block building, 1866-1868, architect Scheepers, Simmern; décor
- Hauptstraße 21 – estate with buildings on three sides of a yard; house, partly timber-frame (plastered), marked 1830, commercial wings newer
Between Berschweiler and Fischbach is the historic Fischbacher Kupferbergwerk, one of Germany’s biggest and most important copper mines. To the south stands a memorial stone to the now vanished village of Staufenberg.