|• Mayor||Rudi Gordner|
|• Total||8.21 km2 (3.17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||534 m (1,752 ft)|
|• Density||32/km2 (82/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
Also belonging to Hattgenstein are the outlying homesteads of Helmhof, Waldfriede and Zur Zimmerei.
Since 1984, Hattgenstein’s mayor has been Rudi Gordner, and his deputy is Günter Helm.
Coat of arms
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
- 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.
Hattgensteiner Fels, a crag with a lookout tower near the sporting ground, is believed to be the village’s namesake.
Economy and infrastructure
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- Elevation misconception
- Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Verzeichnis der Gemeinden und Gemeindeteile, Seite 19 (PDF)
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
- Hattgenstein’s council
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Birkenfeld district
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- Municipality’s official webpage (German)