Ahrbrück

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Ahrbrück
Coat of arms of Ahrbrück
Coat of arms
Ahrbrück   is located in Germany
Ahrbrück
Ahrbrück
Coordinates: 50°28′57″N 06°59′21″E / 50.48250°N 6.98917°E / 50.48250; 6.98917Coordinates: 50°28′57″N 06°59′21″E / 50.48250°N 6.98917°E / 50.48250; 6.98917
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Ahrweiler
Municipal assoc. Altenahr
Government
 • Mayor Heribert Seul (CDU)
Area
 • Total 12.57 km2 (4.85 sq mi)
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,182
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53506
Dialling codes 02643
Vehicle registration AW
Website www.altenahr.de

Ahrbrück is a municipality in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The municipality comprises the three districts of Ahrbrück (formerly known as Denn), Brück and Pützfeld.

History[edit]

Ahrbrück crystal factory in a refugee operation, April 1952

In 893, Pützfeld was mentioned as a possession of the monastery of Prüm. The rural communities of Bruck and Denn were first documented in 1265. In the 13th Century, the three settlements belonged to the County of Are and by 1246 they were part of the Electorate of Cologne. Pützfeld had a larger castle and by 1681 it's Lady chapel was built next to the river Ahr.

In 1938, the citizens of Denn were evacuated to permit the establishment of an Air Force training area. The town was renamed Ahrbrück when the settlement was re-colonized after the Second World War. The Ahrbrück crystal factory became a refuge for ethnic Germans expelled from Sudetenland.

Today's church was rebuilt on June 7, 1969 after the dissolution of the previously independent municipalities of Ahrbrück (502 inhabitants), Brück (443 inhabitants) and Pützfeld (230 inhabitants).

Population[edit]

Population as of 31. December:[2]

  • 1815: 1936
  • 1835: 2419
  • 1871: 2146
  • 1905: 2309
  • 1939: 560
  • 1950: 592
  • 1961: 1041
  • 1965: 1073
  • 1970: 1179
  • 1975: 1207
  • 1980: 1116
  • 1985: 1032
  • 1987: 551
  • 1990: 1124
  • 1995: 1127
  • 2000: 1185
  • 2005: 1244
Data source: Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate

Politics[edit]

Municipal Council[edit]

The local council in Ahrbrück consists of 16 Council members who were elected by the local elections of 7 June 2009. The council appoints an honorary mayor as chairman.

Distribution of seats in the elected council:[3]

  SPD CDU FDP FWG Total
2009 2 9 1 4 16 seats
2004 2 10 4 16 seats
1999 3 4 9 16 seats

Culture[edit]

St. Katharina in Brück

Notable are the village chapels of St. Rochus in Ahrbrück and of St. Katharina in Brück. Additionally, the baroque shrine Marien-Wallfahrtskapelle (English: Mary shrine) in Pützfeld was restored in 1993.

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