|• Mayor||Dieter Pilger|
|• Total||8.44 km2 (3.26 sq mi)|
|Elevation||480 m (1,570 ft)|
|• Density||57/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Buhlenberg 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.
The municipality lies three kilometres northwest of the district seat of Birkenfeld in the Schwarzwälder Hochwald (forest) in the Hunsrück, on the edge of the Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück near the Erbeskopf, Rhineland-Palatinate's highest mountain.
Also belonging to Buhlenberg are the outlying homesteads of Berghof, Etzweilerhof, Grenzhof and Waldhof.
Buhlenberg once belonged to the "Hinder" County of Sponheim.
Buhlenberg's mayor is Dieter Pilger, and his deputies are Kurt Müller and Kurt Schulz.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In schräglinks geteiltem Schild vorne rot-silbern geschacht, hinten in Silber über blauem Dreiberg ein blauer Wolfskopf.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per bend sinister chequy of gules and argent and argent issuant from base a mound of three, above which a wolf’s head caboshed, both azure.
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 in base on the sinister (armsbearer's left, viewer's right) side, known in German heraldry as a Dreiberg, is in part canting for the village's name, at least for the last syllable, for Berg means "mountain" in German, and it also refers to the village's high elevation and the Gebück mountain ridge. The wolf's head refers to the Wolfskaul, an area within municipal limits where there was once a wolf-catching pit.
The arms have been borne since 26 August 1963.
Culture and sightseeing
- Brückener Straße 2 – stately Quereinhaus (a combination residential and commercial house divided for these two purposes down the middle, perpendicularly to the street) with half-hipped roof, 1911
- Hauptstraße 10 – Quereinhaus, partly timber-frame (plastered), half-hipped roof, essentially possibly about 1800; gravel paving; walled gardens
- Hochwaldstraße 32 – former school; building with mansard roof and turret typical of its time, 1913
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)
- Bundeslager 2009 in Buhlenberg
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
- Buhlenberg’s council
- Description and explanation of Buhlenberg’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Birkenfeld district
- Municipality’s official webpage (German)
- Buhlenberg in the collective municipality’s webpages (German)
- Brief portrait of Buhlenberg at SWR Fernsehen (German)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.