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Coat of arms of Oberotterbach
Coat of arms
Oberotterbach   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Südliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc. Bad Bergzabern
 • Mayor Fritz Beck
 • Total 15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,142
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76889
Dialling codes 06342
Vehicle registration SÜW
Website www.oberotterbach.de

Oberotterbach is a municipality in Südliche Weinstraße district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany.


The village is located between the Palatine Forest biosphere reserve and the Rhine river.

The municipality of Oberotterbach also includes the settlements of Brendelsmühle and Heidenbrunnenhof.[2]


The village was first mentioned in 992 in a deed of grant from emperor Otto III to Selz Abbey located in the Alsace region.


In 2007, 55.6 percent of the population were Protestant and 25.4 percent were Roman Catholic. The rest were not registered to pay Church tax.[3]



The local council Gemeinderat in Oberotterbach consists of 16 members, who were elected on 7 June 2009 and work for the voluntary mayor as their chairman.

Coat of Arms[edit]

The blazon of the coat of arms are: „Parteed and separated above, documented with the silver heart shield , within a red armoured and defeated blue lion, on top heraldic in black a red armoured and defeated gold lion. On top on the left it is silver and blue lozenged, located at the bottom in green is a silver silberner an angular wave bar aside from silver spheres“.

It was approved by the Bavarian imperial governor in 1938 and dates back to a seal from 1558.[4]

Culture and Sights[edit]


  • Ruin of Guttenberg Castle located in the Mundat Forest; Staeffelsberg Tower (observation tower, 1887)
  • Westwall-Hiking Trail – comprising a ten-kilometre-long hiking trail along blasted bunkers and war trenches established in June 2009.

Famous People[edit]

  • Home of Manuel Peter (scientist)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Verzeichnis der Gemeinden und Gemeindeteile, Seite 101 (PDF; 2,16 MB)
  3. ^ KommWis, Stand: 30. November 2007 Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Karl Heinz Debus: Das große Wappenbuch der Pfalz. Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1988, ISBN 3-9801574-2-3