Siegen-Wittgenstein

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Siegen-Wittgenstein
District
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Country  Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Adm. region Arnsberg
Capital Siegen
Area
 • Total 1,131.47 km2 (436.86 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 274,904
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SI
Website siegen-wittgenstein.de
County of Wittgenstein
Grafschaft Wittgenstein
State of the Holy Roman Empire
1174–1357 Image missing


Coat of arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein

Capital Wittgenstein Castle
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Established 1174
 -  Merged with
    Sayn-Sponheim
 
1357 1357

Siegen-Wittgenstein is a Kreis (district) in the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Olpe, Hochsauerlandkreis, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Lahn-Dill, Westerwaldkreis, Altenkirchen.

History[edit]

In 1816–1817, the two districts of Siegen and Wittgenstein were created as parts of the Prussian province of Westphalia. In 1974, the two districts were merged, and in 1984 the name Siegen-Wittgenstein was adopted.

Geography[edit]

Geographically, it covers the hills southeast of the Sauerland hills, the Siegerland and Wittgensteiner Land.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Siegen-Wittgenstein

The two upper sections show, to the right, the arms of the Dukes of Nassau, who founded Siegen, and to the left, those of the Counts of Sayn-Wittgenstein. At the bottom a miner's lamp and a coppicing hook are depicted, in reference to the mining and charcoal-burning history of the district.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Berleburg
  2. Bad Laasphe
  3. Freudenberg
  4. Hilchenbach
  5. Kreuztal
  6. Netphen
  7. Siegen
  1. Burbach
  2. Erndtebrück
  3. Neunkirchen (Siegerland)
  4. Wilnsdorf

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°55′N 8°10′E / 50.92°N 8.17°E / 50.92; 8.17