Mersch

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Mersch
Miersch
Commune
The castle
The castle
Coat of arms of Mersch
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Mersch highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Mersch highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Luxembourg
Canton Mersch
Government
 • Mayor Albert Henkel
Area
 • Total 49.74 km2 (19.20 sq mi)
Area rank 5th of 116
Highest elevation 428 m (1,404 ft)
 • Rank 36th of 116
Lowest elevation 208 m (682 ft)
 • Rank 31st of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,513
 • Rank 12th of 116
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
 • Density rank 44th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00012009
Website mersch.lu

Mersch (Luxembourgish: Miersch) is a commune and town in central Luxembourg, capital of the canton of Mersch. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Alzette, Mamer and Eisch.

As of 2001, the town of Mersch, which lies in the centre of the commune, has a population of 3,345. Other towns within the commune include Beringen, Berschbach, Moesdorf, Pettingen, Reckange, Rollingen, and Schoenfels.

Mersch is the home of the National Literature Centre, Luxembourg's national literary archive. The town is the site of one of the six regional headquarters of the Grand Ducal Police.

Mersch Castle is one of the castles belonging to the Valley of the Seven Castles. Located in the centre of the town, its history goes back to the 13th century. Today the castle houses the administrative offices of the local commune.[1]

Some 3 kilometres (2 mi) north of Mersch, Pettingen Castle in the village of Pettingen is one of the best preserved fortified castles in the country.[2]

Mersch is connected to the centre and north of the country on Line 10 trains serving Mersch railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le château de Mersch", Association des Châteaux luxembourgeois. (French) Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Mersch: Schönfels, Pettingen, Recklingen". Administration communale de Mersch. Retrieved 25 March 2011.

Coordinates: 49°45′N 6°06′E / 49.750°N 6.100°E / 49.750; 6.100