Hürtgenwald

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Hürtgenwald
Coat of arms of Hürtgenwald
Coat of arms
Location of Hürtgenwald within Düren district
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Hürtgenwald is located in Germany
Hürtgenwald
Hürtgenwald
Hürtgenwald is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Hürtgenwald
Hürtgenwald
Coordinates: 50°42′36″N 06°22′28″E / 50.71000°N 6.37444°E / 50.71000; 6.37444Coordinates: 50°42′36″N 06°22′28″E / 50.71000°N 6.37444°E / 50.71000; 6.37444
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionKöln
DistrictDüren
Subdivisions13
Government
 • MayorAxel Buch (CDU)
Area
 • Total88.05 km2 (34.00 sq mi)
Elevation
300 m (1,000 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total8,644
 • Density98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
52393
Dialling codes02429
Vehicle registrationDN
Websitewww.huertgenwald.de

Hürtgenwald is a municipality in the district of Düren in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the Eifel hills, approx. 15 km south-west of Düren. Much of the area is covered by forest (Hürtgenwald in literal translation means Hürtgen Forest).

The town hall of Hürtgenwald, located in the village of Kleinhau

Hürtgenwald is composed of the villages Bergstein, Brandenberg, Gey, Großhau, Horm, Hürtgen, Kleinhau, Raffelsbrand, Schafberg, Simonskall, Strass, Vossenack and Zerkall (in alphabetical order). Kleinhau with the town hall is not only the administrational center of the community, but has become the commercial center as well (shops and a few supermarkets).

A landmark: the Burgberg ("Castle Hill") near Bergstein

In World War II, Hürtgenwald was the theater of what is considered one of the most fierce and tragic battles to date. Two large war graves (one in Hürtgen, one in Vossenack) are places to commemorate those who fell.

Nowadays, the pleasing landscape of forested hills, lakes and rivers attracts a lot of people from nearby densely populated areas, e.g. from the Cologne area and the Ruhr Area, for recreational reasons.

View over the landscape, looking from northeast of Kleinhau towards Brandenberg

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2017" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 2018-09-21.