|• Mayor||Thomas Brost|
|• Total||3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||430 m (1,410 ft)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Berenbach is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Vulkaneifel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kelberg, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.
The municipality lies right next to Ulmen in the Vulkaneifel, a part of the Eifel known for its volcanic history, geographical and geological features, and even ongoing activity today, including gases that sometimes well up from the earth.
The council is made up of 6 council members, who were elected by majority vote at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In silbernem Schild ein blauer Wellenbalken, oben ein schwarzes Balkenkreuz, unten ein aufsteigender roter Krummstab.
The village’s allegiance in feudal times to the Electorate of Cologne is symbolized by the black cross on the silver field in the upper part of the escutcheon, as this was Cologne’s armorial bearing. Both the 1774 church and the newer one built in 1933 are under Saint Bridget’s patronage, symbolized in the base of the arms by her staff. The wavy fess (horizontal stripe) stands for the Ueßbach, the river that splits the village into two parts; it is also canting for the placename ending —bach (“brook”).
Culture and sightseeing
- Catholic church at Bergfrieden 16, an aisleless church built between 1933 and 1940.
- Furthermühle – a mill south of the village on the Ueßbach, apparently in historical condition, but fenced off.