|• Mayor||Karl Weiler (CDU)|
|• Total||13.22 km2 (5.10 sq mi)|
|Elevation||350-500 m (−1,290 ft)|
|• Density||26/km2 (68/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The municipality lies in the middle of a volcanic crater, part of which is filled with water and known as the Meerfelder Maar. The municipal area is 64.5% wooded. Meerfeld belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Manderscheid, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.
About 1152, Meerfeld had its first documentary mention as part of the parish of Bettenfeld. The landholders were for centuries the Lords of Malberg. Beginning in 1794, Meerfeld lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1947, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The mayor is Karl Weiler (CDU). He was confirmed in office at the 2009 election with 60.4% of the vote.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Über blauen, durch Wellenschnitt geteilten Schildfuß schräglinks geteilt, rechts in Rot ein aufsteigendes silbernes Vortragskreuz, links in Silber ein rotes Schildchen, which is a description of the Meerfeld Coat of arms.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Over a base wavy azure, party per bend sinister gules issuant palewise from the line of partition John the Baptist’s cross argent and argent an inescutcheon of the second.
The maar gave the municipality the first syllable in its name, Meer—, from an Old High German word meaning “swamp” or “moor”. The wavy base stands for this body of water. Until 1800, the village belonged, within the Duchy of Luxembourg, to the Lords of Malberg whose heraldic bearing was the red shield on a silver field. The church’s and the village’s longtime patron saint is John the Baptist, who is represented by the cross, his attribute. The tinctures gules, argent and azure (red, silver and blue) also recall the old Luxembourgish landholders, as these were the ones that they bore.
Economy and infrastructure
The state-recognized recreational resort (Erholungsort) logged a good 30,000 overnight stays in 2003.
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