|• Mayor||Reiner Bonn|
|• Total||4.76 km2 (1.84 sq mi)|
|Elevation||410 m (1,350 ft)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Reich is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (district) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Simmern, whose seat is in the like-named town.
The municipality lies in the Hunsrück, in a hollow in the Biebertal (Bieberbach valley). The rural residential community lies roughly 6 km north-northeast of Kirchberg and 7 km west-northwest of Simmern.
||Wüschheim and Hundheim||Hasselbach||Michelbach and Alterkülz|
In the mid 16th century, Reich had its first documentary mention in a Weistum from the Ravengiersburg Monastery (a Weistum – cognate with English wisdom – was a legal pronouncement issued by men learned in law in the Middle Ages and early modern times). With the monastery’s dissolution and the introduction of the Reformation, the village passed to the Duchy of Palatinate-Simmern, and then in 1673 to Electoral Palatinate. Beginning in 1794, Reich lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
Reich’s mayor is Reiner Bonn.
Coat of arms
Culture and sightseeing
- Auf dem Wasem – memorial site for the victims of the First and Second World Wars; small complex with oaktrees, memorial stone and crosses
- Hauptstraße 20 – former school between Reich and Wüschheim; timber-frame building, partly slated, about 1910
Sport and leisure
Running through the village is the newly built Biebertaler Rundweg (path).
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