Weiswampach

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Weiswampach
Wäiswampech
Commune
Weiswampach.jpg
Coat of arms of Weiswampach
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Weiswampach highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Weiswampach highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Diekirch
Canton Clervaux
Government
 • Mayor Henri Rinnen
Area
 • Total 35.25 km2 (13.61 sq mi)
Area rank 12th of 116
Highest elevation 538 m (1,765 ft)
 • Rank 7th of 116
Lowest elevation 368 m (1,207 ft)
 • Rank 115th of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,282
 • Rank 87th of 116
 • Density 36/km2 (94/sq mi)
 • Density rank 106th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00001007
Website weiswampach.lu

Weiswampach (Luxembourgish: Wäisswampech) is a commune and small town in northern Luxembourg, in the canton of Clervaux.

As of 2005, the town of Weiswampach, which lies in the north of the commune, has a population of 648. Other towns within the commune include Beiler, Binsfeld, Breidfeld, Holler, and Leithum.

Geography[edit]

The commune of Weiswampach is situated in the Ardennes of north Luxembourg. The land is characterized by fields, orchards, and woods. Although it lies partly on a rocky plateau, there is also fertile arable land and pasture.[1]

History[edit]

Although many Celtic and Roman remains have been found in the vicinity, it is generally accepted that Weiswampach was formed in the 8th century, because the name, probably derived from the name of the stream through the village, appears for the first time at the time of the Carolingians.

The locality was stained by the killing of Normans in the 8th and 9th centuries, influenced by the increasingly strong Counts of Vianden and related families in the 11th century when it was ravaged by epidemics and wars. The French Revolution marked a turning point for Weiswampach, when it became a municipality governed by a mayor.

It saw its height in 1871, with 1701 inhabitants. Industrialization and agricultural decline, however, were quick to scatter the population. By the 80s, the population had dropped to 850. The improvement of road infrastructure and the creation of subdivisions, among other things, has since caused an increase in population to 1399 people in 2011.[1] With the population increase has come the building of a new school and a new biological treatment plant.[2]

Tourism[edit]

The main road through Weiswampach, with its connections to Belgium, the Netherlands and North-West of Germany, as well as the favorable geographical location, has caused intense transit, which in turn has resulted in the construction of gas stations, hotels and restaurants. There is also a recreation and holiday center containing 65 hectares, with two artificial lakes and 276 campsites in a natural setting, which has greatly contributed to tourism.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Syndicat d'Initiative" (in French). Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Weiswampach" (in French). Retrieved 2013-02-01. 

See also[edit]

Lancaster Memorial (Weiswampach, Luxembourg)

Coordinates: 50°08′N 6°04′E / 50.133°N 6.067°E / 50.133; 6.067