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Coat of arms of Enspel
Coat of arms
Enspel   is located in Germany
Location of Enspel within Westerwaldkreis district
Enspel im Westerwaldkreis.png
Coordinates: 50°37′05″N 7°53′11″E / 50.61806°N 7.88639°E / 50.61806; 7.88639Coordinates: 50°37′05″N 7°53′11″E / 50.61806°N 7.88639°E / 50.61806; 7.88639
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Westerwaldkreis
Municipal assoc. Westerburg
 • Mayor Dieter Wisser
 • Total 1.46 km2 (0.56 sq mi)
Elevation 390 m (1,280 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 283
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 57647
Dialling codes 02661
Vehicle registration WW
Website www.enspel.de

Enspel is an Ortsgemeinde – a community belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde – in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.



Enspel lies 10 km northwest of Westerburg on a bank on the west slope of the Stöffel, a basalt mountain. The community’s structure is based on the nearby basalt quarries which were worked beginning about 1900. Worth seeing are the mighty crevices and outcrops in the Stöffel. Since 1972 Enspel has belonged to what was then the newly founded Verbandsgemeinde of Westerburg, a kind of collective municipality.


In 1261, Enspel had its first documentary mention. In the 20th century, the famous Stöffelmaus was found. This was a fossil of a now extinct gliding rodent, Eomys quercyi.


Community council[edit]

The council is made up of 9 council members, including the extraofficial mayor (Bürgermeister), who were elected in a majority vote in a municipal election on 7 June 2009.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]


South of the community runs Bundesstraße 255 leading from Montabaur to Herborn. The nearest Autobahn interchange is Montabaur on the A 3 (CologneFrankfurt). Enspel lies on the Oberwesterwaldbahn (railway) to Limburg and Au (Sieg). From there, the cities of Cologne, Koblenz, Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden may be reached directly. The nearest InterCityExpress stop is the railway station at Montabaur on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line.

Public institutions[edit]

  • Fire brigade
  • "Stöffelhalle" village association house
  • "Am Stöffel" Guesthouse – self-catering
  • Blockhütte (cabin)
  • Jugendraum (“Youth Room”)
  • Football area
  • Two playgrounds
  • Entrance to Stöffel-Park


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