Oberotterbach

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Oberotterbach
Coat of arms of Oberotterbach
Coat of arms
Oberotterbach   is located in Germany
Oberotterbach
Oberotterbach
Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Südliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc. Bad Bergzabern
Government
 • Mayor Fritz Beck
Area
 • Total 15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Elevation 192 m (630 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,163
 • Density 76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76889
Dialling codes 06342
Vehicle registration SÜW
Website www.oberotterbach.de

Oberotterbach is a municipality in Südliche Weinstraße district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany.

Geography[edit]

The village is located between the Palatine Forest biosphere reserve and the Rhine river.

The municipality of Oberotterbach also includes the settlements of Brendelsmühle and Heidenbrunnenhof.[2]

History[edit]

The village was first mentioned in 992 in a deed of grant from emperor Otto III to Selz Abbey located in the Alsace region.

Religion[edit]

In 2007, 55.6 percent of the population were Protestant and 25.4 percent were Roman Catholic. The rest were not registered to pay Church tax. [3]

Politics[edit]

Gemeinderat[edit]

The local council Gemeinderat in Oberotterbach consists of 16 members, who were elected on 7 June 2009 and work for the voluntary mayor as their chairman.

Coat of Arms[edit]

The blazon of the coat of arms are: „Parteed and separated above, documented with the silver heart shield , within a red armoured and defeated blue lion, on top heraldic in black a red armoured and defeated gold lion. On top on the left it is silver and blue lozenged, located at the bottom in green is a silver silberner an angular wave bar aside from silver spheres“.

It was approved by the Bavarian imperial governor in 1938 and dates back to a seal from 1558.[4]

Culture and Sights[edit]

Buildings[edit]

  • Ruin of Guttenberg Castle located in the Mundat Forest; Staeffelsberg Tower (observation tower, 1887)
  • Westwall-Hiking Trail – comprising a ten-kilometre-long hiking trail along blasted bunkers and war trenches established in June 2009.

Famous People[edit]

  • Home of Manuel Peter (scientist)

Weblinks[edit]

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