Remich

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Remich

Réimech
Skyline of Remich
Coat of arms of Remich
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Remich highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Remich highlighted in orange, and the canton in dark red
Coordinates: 49°32′40″N 6°22′00″E / 49.5444°N 6.3667°E / 49.5444; 6.3667Coordinates: 49°32′40″N 6°22′00″E / 49.5444°N 6.3667°E / 49.5444; 6.3667
Country Luxembourg
CantonRemich
Area
 • Total5.29 km2 (2.04 sq mi)
Area rank102nd of 102
Highest elevation
253 m (830 ft)
 • Rank102nd of 102
Lowest elevation
142 m (466 ft)
 • Rank7th of 102
Population
 (2018)
 • Total3,645
 • Rank46th of 102
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
 • Density rank72nd of 102
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
LAU 2LU0001205
Websiteremich.lu

Remich (Luxembourgish: Réimech) is a commune with town status in south-eastern Luxembourg with a population of 3,645 inhabitants as of 2018. It is the capital of the canton of Remich. Remich lies on the left bank of the Moselle river, which forms part of the border between Luxembourg and Germany. The commune is the smallest in Luxembourg by surface area.

The Moselle valley is dominated by wine-making and many small wine-making towns, of which Remich is one of the most picturesque and frequented by tourists.

History[edit]

In the 5th century, after the withdrawal of Roman troops, the Roman settlement of "Remacum" gradually turned into "Remich".

In the 8th century the King of the Franks, Pepin the Short ceded his crown estate "Hof Remich" to the Benedictine St. Maximin's Abbey in Trier and to Prüm Abbey. In 882, the Normans destroyed the settlement. Fragments of the medieval town fortifications from 952, such as the St. Nicolas gate, are still visible today. Originally the town gate, it is dedicated to the patron saint of fishermen and sailors, and is registered as a national monument today, as is the decanal church, whose rectangular tower is a former defensive tower from the 12th century. In 1687 the town's fortifications were demolished by the army of Louis XIV.

There are still various coats of arms and guild symbols on some of the houses today.

In 1866 the first bridge was built over the Moselle. After its destruction in World War II it was replaced first with a wooden construction, then in 1958 with the bridge that still stands today. Since its canalisation in 1964, it has been possible for boats to sail on the Moselle all year round.

Remich Fuesend Karneval[edit]

Remich annually holds a three-day-long celebration for Carnival (called Fuesend Karneval in Luxembourgish). Remich is notable for two special events in addition to its Fuesend Karneval parades. The first of these is the Stréimännchen, which is the burning of a male effigy from the Remich bridge that crosses the Moselle River separating the Grand Duchy from Germany. The Stréimännchen symbolizes the burning away of winter. The other special event at the Remich Fuesend celebrations is the Buergbrennen or bonfire that closes the celebration.

Communal council[edit]

Current composition[edit]

The communal council is composed as detailed below. The results are those of the most recent communal elections on 8 October 2017.[1]

Party Popular vote Seats Change
Democratic Party (DP) 29% 4 Increase 2
Christian Social People's Party (CSV) 26.4% 3 Decrease 1
The Greens 20.42% 2 Decrease 2
Pirate Party of Luxembourg (PPLU) 14% 1 Increase 1
Luxembourg Socialist Worker's Party (LSAP) 10.18% 1 Steady 0
 Total
11

NB: The "Change" column refers to a party's number of seats gained/lost since the 2011 communal elections.

Past[edit]

Elections of 9 October 2011[2]
Party Popular vote Seats
Christian Social People's Party (CSV) 33.81% 4
The Greens 33.58% 4
Democratic Party (DP) 19.51% 2
Luxembourg Socialist Worker's Party (LSAP) 13.09% 1
 Total
11

List of mayors[edit]

  • Jacques Sitz (2017-)
  • Henri Kox ( 2009-2017)
  • Jeannot Belling (1997-2009)[3]
  • Fernand Kons (1970-1993)
  • Jean-Auguste Neyen (1888-1890)
  • Joseph-Chrétien Gretsch (ca. 1870)[4]
  • Willibrorde Macher (ca. 1849-1856)[5]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remich". Site officiel des élections (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  2. ^ "Résultats" (in French). Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  3. ^ "Ehemaliger Bürgermeister von Remich verstorben". L'essentiel. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  4. ^ Compte-rendu des séances de la Chambre des Députés du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg: Session Législative de 1870-1871. Luxembourg: Buck. 1871. pp. I.
  5. ^ Neyen, Auguste (1860). Biographie luxembourgeoise: Histoire des hommes distingues originaires de ce pays. 1. Luxembourg: Bruck. pp. 390–391.

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