|• Mayor||Thomas Bäcker|
|• Total||2.40 km2 (0.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||470 m (1,540 ft)|
|• Density||51/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Horperath is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Vulkaneifel district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kelberg, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.
The municipality lies in the Vulkaneifel, a part of the Eifel known for its volcanic history, geographical and geological features, and even ongoing activity today, including gases that sometimes well up from the earth.
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.
Horperath’s mayor is Thomas Bäcker, and his deputy is Josef Gorges.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: Von Silber über Rot geteilt, oben ein schwarzes Balkenkreuz, unten 3 (2:1) goldene Kugeln.
Until the end of feudal times, Horperath, as part of the Amt of Nürburg, was an Electoral-Cologne holding, and the Cross of Cologne in the upper half of the escutcheon recalls this time. The chapel in Horperath was built in 1747. The three bezants stand for Saint Nicholas’s attribute of three golden globes and thus represent the village’s and the chapel’s patron saint.
Culture and sightseeing
- Saint Nicholas’s Catholic Church (branch church; Filialkirche St. Nikolaus), small aisleless church, timber-frame barrel vault, from 1747.
- Im Ollen 6 – solid house, timber-frame gables, from 1836, but possibly essentially older.
- Zum Lindental 2 – long Quereinhaus (a combination residential and commercial house divided for these two purposes down the middle, perpendicularly to the street), from 1869.
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- Horperath’s council
- Fabricius, S. 72, 257
- KD Kreis Mayen 1, S 239
- Pfleiderer, Attribute der Heiligen, Ulm 1898, S. 237
- de Lorenzi II, S. 136)
- Description and explanation of Horperath’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Vulkaneifel district