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Coat of arms of Hattgenstein
Coat of arms
Hattgenstein  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°41′55″N 7°09′37″E / 49.69861°N 7.16028°E / 49.69861; 7.16028Coordinates: 49°41′55″N 7°09′37″E / 49.69861°N 7.16028°E / 49.69861; 7.16028
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Birkenfeld
Municipal assoc. Birkenfeld
 • Mayor Rudi Gordner
 • Total 8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi)
Elevation 534 m (1,752 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 261
 • Density 32/km2 (82/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55767
Dialling codes 06782
Vehicle registration BIR

Hattgenstein 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.



The municipality lies at the edge of the Schwarzwälder Hochwald (forest) in the Hunsrück, and 72.2% of the municipal area is wooded. There is a widespread misconception that Hattgenstein, with its average elevation of 534 m above sea level, is the highest place in Rhineland-Palatinate, but this is not true. There are a few places, such as Stein-Neukirch in the High Westerwald and Nürburg in the Eifel, that are higher.[2]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

To the northeast lies Schwollen, and to the south, Oberhambach.

Constituent communities[edit]

Also belonging to Hattgenstein are the outlying homesteads of Helmhof, Waldfriede and Zur Zimmerei.[3]


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.[4]


Since 1984, Hattgenstein’s mayor has been Rudi Gordner, and his deputy is Günter Helm.[5]

Coat of arms[edit]

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Over a base countercompony gules and argent, gules on a mount vert the Hattgenstein Glockenhaus argent with timber framing sable and doors and windows of the field.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]


From the 28-metre-high lookout tower, a view of the Hunsrück countryside is possible

The following are listed buildings or sites in Rhineland-Palatinate’s Directory of Cultural Monuments:[6]

  • Am Brunnen 2 – Quereinhaus (a combination residential and commercial house divided for these two purposes down the middle, perpendicularly to the street), partly timber-frame, partly slated, late 18th or early 19th century
  • Am Brunnen 4 – former winepress house, timber-frame building
  • Flurstraße 3 – Quereinhaus, partly timber-frame, possibly from the earlier half of the 19th century
  • Hauptstraße 13 – so-called Glockenhaus (“Bell House”); partly timber-frame, half-hipped roof, bell turret, 1762; characterizes village’s appearance
  • Hauptstraße 17 – stately Quereinhaus, partly timber-frame, possibly from the early 19th century

The Glockenhaus (“Bell House”) is Hattgenstein’s main landmark. It was built in 1762 as a school building and a dwelling for the beadle.

Natural monuments[edit]

Hattgensteiner Fels, a crag with a lookout tower near the sporting ground, is believed to be the village’s namesake.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]


To the west runs Bundesstraße 269, and to the south, the Autobahn A 62 (KaiserslauternTrier). Available in nearby Neubrücke is a railway station on the Nahe Valley Railway (BingenSaarbrücken).


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