|• Mayor||Helmut Theis (SPD)|
|• Total||5.73 km2 (2.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|• Density||78/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Berglangenbach is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Birkenfeld district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Baumholder, whose seat is in the like-named town.
Berglangenbach belongs to the Westrich, an historic region that encompasses areas in both Germany and France, and lies between the Hunsrück and the North Palatine Uplands, near the state boundary with the Saarland. Berglangenbach lies roughly 5 km west of Baumholder and 8 km southeast of Birkenfeld.
Berglangenbach’s municipal area measures 573 ha, of which, roughly, 21 ha is built up, 266 ha is given over to agriculture, 213 ha is wooded, 65 ha is designated greenbelt and 8 ha is areas dedicated to streets, parks and the like.
Also belonging to Berglangenbach are the outlying homesteads of Bächelshöfe and Zinkweilerhof.
Berglangenbach’s mayor is Helmut Theis, and his deputies are Manfred Schmidtberger and Horst Schulz.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Im geteiltem Schild oben in Silber ein wachsender rotbewehrter und rotgezungter blauer Löwe, unten in Grün ein erhöhter, silberener Dreiberg, belegt mit blauem Wellenband.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per fess argent a demilion azure armed and langued gules, and vert a mount of three enhanced of the first surmounted by a fess wavy of the second.
The charge above the line of partition is a reference to the village’s former allegiance to the County of Veldenz. Below the line of partition, the field tincture vert (green) symbolizes the agriculture practised in the municipality, while the “mount of three” (a charge known in German as a Dreiberg) and the wavy fess (horizontal stripe) are canting charges for the municipality’s name (Berg = mountain; Bach = brook).
Culture and sightseeing
- Evangelical church, Kirchenweg – historicized volcanic-rock building, partly plastered, 1906/1907, architect August Senz, Düsseldorf
- Beside Hauptstraße 37 – small smithy, possibly from the early 20th century; equipment
The farmer’s and craftsmen’s market is held each year in September. Also held once a year is the kermis (church consecration festival, locally known as the Kerb).
Economy and infrastructure
Berglangenbach has a village community centre and a market hall.
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Verzeichnis der Gemeinden und Gemeindeteile, Seite 18 (PDF)
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
- Berglangenbach’s council
- Description and explanation of Berglangenbach’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Birkenfeld district