Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

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Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
20130816 Niederhutstrasse from Marktplatz Ahrweiler.jpg
Coat of arms of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
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Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler  is located in Germany
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Coordinates: 50°32′41″N 7°6′48″E / 50.54472°N 7.11333°E / 50.54472; 7.11333Coordinates: 50°32′41″N 7°6′48″E / 50.54472°N 7.11333°E / 50.54472; 7.11333
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Ahrweiler
Government
 • Mayor Guido Orthen (CDU)
Area
 • City 63.38 km2 (24.47 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • City 27,468
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
 • Metro 27,487
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53474
Dialling codes 02641; 02646
Vehicle registration AW
Website www.bad-neuenahr-ahrweiler.de

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is a renowned spa town in the German Bundesland of Rhineland-Palatinate that serves as the capital of the Ahrweiler district. The A61 motorway connects the town with cities like Cologne and Mainz. Formed by the merging of the towns (now districts) of Bad Neuenahr and Ahrweiler in 1969, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler consists of 11 such districts.

Geography[edit]

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler rests in the Ahr valley (German: Ahrtal) on the left bank of the Rhine river in the north of Rhineland-Palatinate. Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler nestles in the Ahr Hills (German: Ahrgebirge).

The highest hill in the area is the Häuschen at 506 metres (1,660 ft) metres above sea level. Nearby are the hills of Steckenberg, Neuenahrer, and Talerweiterung. There used to be castles on the last two of these hills.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is surrounded by the following villages and towns (clockwise from the north): Grafschaft, Remagen, Sinzig, Königsfeld, Rhineland-Palatinate, Schalkenbach, Heckenbach, Kesseling, Rech and Dernau. The nearest cities are Bonn and Koblenz.

Districts[edit]

Bad Neuenahr is divided into Ortsbezirke which consist of one or more districts. The Ortsbezirke be represented by local councils. The largest district, Bad Neuenahr, was originally made up of three communities, which are still seen as districts.

Population statistics as of 31 March 2013 (main and secondary residence):[2]

Local District Subdivision Population (30 June 2015)
Ahrweiler District: Ahrweiler 7,411
Bachem District: Bachem 1,214
Bad Neuenahr Districts: Beul, Hemmessen and Wadenheim 12,132
Gimmigen District: Gimmigen 735
Heimersheim District: Heimersheim and Ehlingen 3,194
Heppingen District: Heppingen 873
Kirchdaun District: Kirchdaun 368
Lohrsdorf District: Lohrsdorf and Green 672
Ramersbach District: Ramersbach 567
Walporzheim District: Walporzheim and Mareinthal 698

History[edit]

Ahrweiler, St. Laurentius Church
Plaque at Landskron ruin
Thermal Badehaus und Kurhaus from Bad Neuenahr
Casino from Bad Neuenahr
Luxury Steigenberger Hotel in Bad Neuenahr in autumn time

Antiquity[edit]

Discoveries dating to Hallstatt period (1000-500 BC) shows farming activity by local Celts that dwelled in the area. The Gallic Wars (58–50 BC) resulted in the forced relocation of the indigenous Eburones people to the Middle Rhine. From the 1st to 3rd Century, several Roman discoveries were made. Most notable is the Villa Rustica of Bad Neuenahr.

Middle Ages[edit]

In 893 AD, Ahrweiler was mentioned as Arwilre, Arewilre, Arewilere, and later Areweiller in the Prüm Urbar (register of estates owned by Prüm Abbey). The abbey of Ahrweiler owned a manor with 24 farmsteads; 50 acres of farmland and 76 acres of vineyards. The first mention of a parish church occurred in Neuenahr Castle and surrounding county (Newenare) from 1204 to 1225.

Twin towns[edit]

Economy[edit]

  • The German Army's (German: Deutsches Heer) Logistics Centre (main depot) is located in an underground facility.
  • Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler has been home to the traditional mineral water "Heppinger" since 1584.
  • The "Apollinaris" mineral water company was founded in Bad Neuenahr in 1852.

Sport[edit]

Born in Bad Neuenahr[edit]

Ahrweiler Marktplatz 23 Memorial plate birthplace Georg Kreuzberg

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