|• Mayor||Josef Max|
|• Total||1.82 km2 (0.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||410 m (1,350 ft)|
|• Density||41/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Saxler 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 Daun, whose seat is in the like-named town.
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.
During drainage works in 1991 north-northwest of Saxler, a Roman settlement was unearthed, as were many potsherds from the 2nd to 4th century.
In 1286, Saxler had its first documentary mention when Johann von Daun was enfeoffed by the Archbishopric of Cologne with Castle Sachsler along with its fishponds and its mill. In 1362, Archbishop Werner of Trier acquired shares in the mill, which by 1479 had become wholly the Archbishopric’s property.
Saxler belongs to the court district of Daun.
Saxler’s mayor is Josef Max.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In blauem Schild ein schrägrechter silberner Balken, belegt mit einer roten, langstieligen Schaufel; oben begleitet von einem silbernen Mühlrad, unten von einem silbernen schrägrechts nach unten gewendeten Fisch.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Azure a bend sinister argent charged with a shovel gules, dexter a waterwheel and sinister a fish bendwise sinister, the head to base, both of the second.
The two charges each side of the bend sinister (that is, diagonal stripe running crosswise to the usual direction for this ordinary) refer to the mill and the fishponds with which Johann von Daun was enfeoffed in the village’s first documentary mention. The long-handled shovel is Saint Wendelin’s attribute, thus representing the municipality’s and the church’s patron saint.
Culture and sightseeing
- Saint Wendelin’s Catholic Church (branch church; Filialkirche St. Wendelin), Dorfstraße 20 – small aisleless church from 1716.
- Dorfstraße – two Heiligenhäuschen (small, shrinelike structures consecrated to a saint or saints), plastered housings, possibly from the 18th century.