|• Mayor||Peter Schmitt|
|• Total||2.01 km2 (0.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||380 m (1,250 ft)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Ellenberg 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 Birkenfeld, whose seat is in the like-named town.
In 1367, Ellenberg had its first documentary mention in connection with four Sponheim Vogt officials. Versions of the name offered up by history include Elnberg in 1415 and Ellemberg in 1438. The village belonged to the “Hinder” County of Sponheim.
In 2004, Ellenberg finally shed its distinction as the smallest municipality in the Verbandsgemeinde of Birkenfeld. It is now the second smallest with a population in that year of 101.
Ellenberg’s mayor is Peter Schmitt, and his deputies are Norbert Gosert and Ingo Junietz.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Im schräglinks geteilten Schild vorne rot-silbern geschacht, hinten in Grün ein liegender goldener Hammer, darüber drei schräggestellte goldene Ähren.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per bend sinister chequy of gules and argent and vert three ears of wheat bendwise in bend sinister and in base a hammer fesswise, all Or.
The “chequy” pattern on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side is a reference to the village’s former allegiance to the “Hinder” County of Sponheim, Oberamt of Birkenfeld. The charges on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side refer to the village’s primary industries: the hammer to the iron deposit within municipal limits and the ears of wheat to the agriculture that was formerly intensively pursued.
Culture and sightseeing
Economy and infrastructure
Through the village runs Bundesstraße 269, which southwards leads to the Autobahn A 62 (Kaiserslautern–Trier). Serving nearby Neubrücke is a railway station on the Nahe Valley Railway (Bingen–Saarbrücken).
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- Ellenberg’s history
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
- Ellenberg’s council
- Description and explanation of Ellenberg’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Birkenfeld district