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Wissen, Deutschland
Coat of arms of Wissen, Deutschland
Coat of arms
Wissen, Deutschland is located in Germany
Wissen, Deutschland
Wissen, Deutschland
Coordinates: 50°46′57″N 7°44′6″E / 50.78250°N 7.73500°E / 50.78250; 7.73500Coordinates: 50°46′57″N 7°44′6″E / 50.78250°N 7.73500°E / 50.78250; 7.73500
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Municipal assoc. Wissen
 • Stadtbürgermeister Michael Wagener (CDU)
 • Total 34.88 km2 (13.47 sq mi)
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,181
 • Density 230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 57537
Dialling codes 02742
Vehicle registration AK
Website www.stadt-wissen.de

Wissen is a town in the district of Altenkirchen, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the river Sieg, approximately 12 km northeast of Altenkirchen.

Wissen is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Wissen.


The name Wissen was first mentioned in the year 1013 in a certificate (State archives Hannover). The settlement-origin was found 1048 in the second settlement period in the grubbing district at the edge of the cologne archdiocese and called "Wisnerofanc".

The house of Arenberg, burgraves of the electorate of Cologne became the maorial in 1176. After they became extinct in the year 1280, the archbishopric of cologne moved the parish of wissen as a completed loan to the left side of the Sieg river. The part of the parish from the right side of the Sieg river remained to the men of Wildenburg, whose line Werther of the House of Hatzfeld later took the part of Wissen which was on the left side as a fief, too.

1803-1815 parts of the parish to Nassau, after that the parish was sworn under Prussian reign and Wissen became a seat of a “Bürgermeisterei”. In the 19th century the traffic connection was hardly improved and bigger industries moved to Wissen. On the 19th of April 1969 Wissen became the city rights. The incorporation of the three until then autonomous communities Elbergrund, Köttingerhöhe and Schönstein followed on the 7th of June 1969.

Statistics on population development

The development of the population, the values from 1871-1987 are based on censuses.

  • 1815 – 2.629
  • 1835 – 3.151
  • 1871 – 4.623
  • 1905 – 6.282
  • 1939 – 7.702
  • 1950 – 8.447
  • 1961 – 9.166
  • 1970 – 8.951
  • 1987 – 8.321
  • 2000 – 8.825

Datenquelle: Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz