Kirkel

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Kirkel
Coat of arms of Kirkel
Coat of arms
Kirkel   is located in Germany
Kirkel
Kirkel
Coordinates: 49°17′N 7°14′E / 49.283°N 7.233°E / 49.283; 7.233Coordinates: 49°17′N 7°14′E / 49.283°N 7.233°E / 49.283; 7.233
Country Germany
State Saarland
District Saarpfalz
Government
 • Mayor Frank John (SPD)
Area
 • Total 31.38 km2 (12.12 sq mi)
Elevation 225-381 m (−1,025 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,949
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 66459
Vehicle registration HOM
Website www.kirkel.de

Kirkel is a municipality in the Saarpfalz district, in Saarland, Germany. It is situated approximatively 8 km southeast of Neunkirchen, and 20 km east/northeast of Saarbrücken.

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A rather well-preserved castle ruin is located a few hundred metres from the town centre. The small Kirkel castle was built in 1075 and is the town's landmark. Located on top of a small castle hill, and due to its large tower with 169 steps to the top, it can be seen from a great distance. Kirkel has the densest forest range in whole Saarland region. It attracts many visitors due to its nice picturesque valleys and greenery over the hills. Kirkel celebrates festivals more than any other place in the area.The most famous sight is the "Wurstmarkt" around August,which lasts for 3–4 days with a proper beer festival.

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