Meerfeld

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Meerfeld
Coat of arms of Meerfeld
Coat of arms
Meerfeld   is located in Germany
Meerfeld
Meerfeld
Coordinates: 50°5′39″N 6°45′20″E / 50.09417°N 6.75556°E / 50.09417; 6.75556Coordinates: 50°5′39″N 6°45′20″E / 50.09417°N 6.75556°E / 50.09417; 6.75556
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bernkastel-Wittlich
Municipal assoc. Manderscheid
Government
 • Mayor Karl Weiler (CDU)
Area
 • Total 13.22 km2 (5.10 sq mi)
Elevation 350-500 m (−1,290 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 346
 • Density 26/km2 (68/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 54531
Dialling codes 06572
Vehicle registration WIL
Website www.meerfeld.info

Meerfeld is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 8 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.[2]

Mayor[edit]

The mayor is Karl Weiler (CDU). He was confirmed in office at the 2009 election with 60.4% of the vote.

Coat of arms[edit]

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.[3]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

The state-recognized recreational resort (Erholungsort) logged a good 30,000 overnight stays in 2003.

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.