|• Mayor||Monika Schabert|
|• Total||8.22 km2 (3.17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||515 m (1,690 ft)|
|• Density||23/km2 (60/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Börfink 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 Birkenfeld, whose seat is in the like-named town.
Also belonging to Börfink are the outlying homesteads of Einschiederhof, Forellenhof Trauntal and Thranenweier.
Yearly precipitation in Börfink amounts to 1 133 mm, which is very high, falling into the highest tenth of the precipitation chart for all Germany. At 91% of the German Weather Service’s weather stations, lower figures are recorded. The driest month is July. The most rainfall comes in December. In that month, precipitation is 1.5 times what it is in July. Precipitation varies markedly. Only at 23% of the weather stations are higher seasonal swings recorded.
The Kommandobunker Börfink, also known as Bunker Erwin, was brought into service in 1964. This was, among other things, a secret NATO bunker at the Erbeskopf that was used for air surveillance in Central Europe during the Cold War.
On 1 January 1971, the municipality, which had until this time been called Börfink-Muhl, dropped the second part of its name, and has been known ever since as Börfink.
Börfink’s mayor is Martin Döscher, and his deputies are Monika Schabert and Herbert Sicks.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In schräglinksgeteiltem Schild vorne rot-silber geschacht, hinten in Schwarz ein goldenes Köhlerfeuer.
The “chequy” pattern on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side is a reference to the village’s former allegiance to the “Hinder” County of Sponheim, Oberamt of Birkenfeld. The charge on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side, the charcoal maker’s fire, refers to a legend about the village’s founding: On the right bank of the Trau, on what is now Börfink’s location, a man named Balduin Hartmann is said to have built the first charcoal-making operation, named Balduinshäuschen after him.
The arms have been borne since 5 September 1972.
Culture and sightseeing
- Dorfstraße 13 – Quereinhaus (a combination residential and commercial house divided for these two purposes down the middle, perpendicularly to the street) with whole-grain mill and inn, 1865, upper floor, 1878
Economy and infrastructure
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden am 31.12.2012". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2013.
- Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Verzeichnis der Gemeinden und Gemeindeteile, Seite 19 (PDF)
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
- Börfink’s council
- Description and explanation of Börfink’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Birkenfeld district
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.