Wirges

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Wirges
Coat of arms of Wirges
Coat of arms
Wirges   is located in Germany
Wirges
Wirges
Coordinates: 50°28′27″N 7°47′43″E / 50.47417°N 7.79528°E / 50.47417; 7.79528Coordinates: 50°28′27″N 7°47′43″E / 50.47417°N 7.79528°E / 50.47417; 7.79528
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Westerwaldkreis
Municipal assoc. Wirges
Government
 • Mayor Renato Noll (SPD)
Area
 • Total 10.13 km2 (3.91 sq mi)
Elevation 267 m (876 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,212
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 56422
Dialling codes 02602
Vehicle registration WW
Website www.wirges.eu

Wirges is a town in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Wirges lies in a high hollow in the further Westerwald between Köppel and Malberg, roughly 5 km northwest of Montabaur and 20 km northeast of Koblenz. It was granted town rights in 1975. Wirges is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde of Wirges, a kind of collective municipality. The people of Wirges call themselves Wirgeser.

Politics[edit]

Town council[edit]

The council is made up of 22 council members, as well as the honorary and presiding mayor (Stadtbürgermeister), who were elected in a municipal election on 7 June 2009.

Allocation of seats in the municipal council:[2]

CDU SPD FDP FW Total
2009 12 8 2 22 seats
2004 12 9 1 22 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

The escutcheon has the shape of a late Gothic round shield with horizontal upper edge and sides meeting it at right angles. The town’s arms are those once borne in days of yore by the Widergis noble family, whose seat was in Wirges.

Town partnerships[edit]

Wirges has partnership arrangements with these places:

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

East of the town runs Bundesstraße 255 linking Montabaur and Rennerod. The nearest Autobahn interchange is Montabaur on the A 3 (CologneFrankfurt), some 3 km away. The nearest InterCityExpress stop is at Montabaur station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line. The town lies on the Lower Westerwald Railway (Unterwesterwaldbahn) from Limburg to Siershahn.

Sport and culture[edit]

SpVgg EGC Wirges’s first team plays in the football Oberliga Südwest; the A-youth have reached the Regionalliga Süd. The men’s second team play in the Rheinlandliga.

Furthermore, Wirges has several choirs, a band and a music club.

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • 1920: Hans Schweitzer, politician
  • 1948: Harald Schweitzer, politician
  • 1949: Detlef Blettenberg, writer
  • 1951: Gerd Andres, politician


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

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