|• Mayor||Hans-Josef Schaden (CDU)|
|• Total||3.70 km2 (1.43 sq mi)|
|Elevation||378 m (1,240 ft)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Zettingen is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kaisersesch, whose seat is in the like-named town.
Extent of municipal area
The municipality of Zettingen has a total area of 3.70 km², of which 2.84 km² is cropland and 0.15 km² is wooded.
In the 13th century, the Archbishops of Trier managed to bring into their ownership the so-called “treasury” of Klotten with its outlying countryside, within which lay Zettingen. On 1 October 1251, Archbishop of Trier Arnold II of Isenburg assumed the parish church in Hambuch with its branch churches with approval from the patron of the Rosenthal Monastery community.
In the 15th century, the Lords of Burgbrohl owned an estate in Zettingen that later passed to Georg von der Leyen and Dietrich von Braunsberg. The Lords of Burgbrohl also held the Vogtei as well as the chicken and goose interest. Furthermore, the collegiate foundation at Karden owned meadows, cropland and wild land in Zettingen. In 1804 and 1806, however, once the French had taken over in 1794, these holdings were auctioned off. This was also done in 1808 with all lands held by the Rosenthal Monastery, which lay near Binningen in the Pommerbach valley.
In 1815 Zettingen was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Zettingen early on belonged to what was then the Amt of Kaisersesch, and since 1969 it has been part of the Verbandsgemeinde of Kaisersesch.
Zettingen’s mayor is Hans-Josef Schaden, and his deputies are Josef Schmitt and Dieter Becker.
Coat of arms
The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per pall reversed dexter vert a Roman urn argent, sinister azure a fleur-de-lis Or, and in base Or a plough of the first.
The urn refers to the village’s Roman beginnings, which are inferred from finds made in 1927 of potsherds of Roman origin in various places in Zettingen. The lily stands as a symbol of the Mother of God (Mater admirabilis), the church’s patron saint. The plough stands for the importance of agriculture to the municipality down to the present day. This coat of arms also graces the municipal flag, which was introduced in 1993 and which is raised at all festivals in the municipality.
The arms have been borne since 1986.
Culture and sightseeing
The following are listed buildings or sites in Rhineland-Palatinate’s Directory of Cultural Monuments:
- Mother of God Catholic Parish Church (Pfarrkirche Muttergottes), Kirchstraße 4 – Baroque Revival aisleless church, 1923, architect Joseph Mockenhaupt, Mayen
- Ackerstraße 5 – estate complex, 19th century; whole complex
- Brunnenstraße/corner of Ackerstraße and Kirchstraße – wayside cross, 18th century
- Kirchstraße 3 – timber-frame house, partly solid, 18th century
- On Kreisstraße (District Road) 23 going towards Hambuch – wayside cross, marked 1816
Economy and infrastructure
Since 1982, the municipality of Zettingen has been running, along with the neighbouring municipalities of Brachtendorf, Gamlen and Kaifenheim, a three-group kindergarten in Kaifenheim, which in 2003 was expanded by one group and enlarged with a multipurpose room.
- Municipality’s official webpage (German)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.