Gerach, Rhineland-Palatinate

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Gerach
Coat of arms of Gerach
Coat of arms
Gerach  is located in Germany
Gerach
Gerach
Coordinates: 49°45′15″N 7°20′27″E / 49.75417°N 7.34083°E / 49.75417; 7.34083Coordinates: 49°45′15″N 7°20′27″E / 49.75417°N 7.34083°E / 49.75417; 7.34083
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Birkenfeld
Municipal assoc. Herrstein
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Juchem
Area
 • Total 2.29 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Elevation 391 m (1,283 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 226
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55743
Dialling codes 06785
Vehicle registration BIR
Website www.vg-herrstein.de

Gerach 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 Herrstein, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

South of Gerach are not only Idar-Oberstein’s extensive municipal area but also the Ortsgemeinden of Hintertiefenbach and Vollmersbach. The Deutsche Edelsteinstraße (“German Gem Road”), which runs by to the north, also links Gerach to the Ortsgemeinden of Veitsrodt, Niederwörresbach and Fischbach as well as to the administrative seat of the Verbandsgemeinde of Herrstein.

Constituent communities[edit]

Also belonging to Gerach is the outlying homestead of Geracher Mühle.[2]

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

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.[3]

Mayor[edit]

Gerach’s mayor is Thomas Juchem, and his deputies are Günter Schmähler and Wolfgang Schüler.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per bend sinister argent a hammer and pick per saltire sable and chequy gules and argent, issuant from base a bishop’s staff of the second.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

The Geracher Wasserschleiferei, a water-driven gem-cutting mill, dates from 1874.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

To the southeast runs Bundesstraße 41. In Fischbach is a railway station on the Nahe Valley Railway (BingenSaarbrücken).

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