A general view of Schorbach
|Intercommunality||CC du Pays de Bitche|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Paul Dellinger|
|Area1||13.36 km2 (5.16 sq mi)|
|• Density||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|INSEE/Postal code||57639 /57230|
273–413 m (896–1,355 ft) |
(avg. 415 m or 1,362 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The village belongs to the Pays de Bitche. As of 2013[update] Schorbach had 551 residents. The residents refer to themselves as Schorbachois, and are also known by the sobriquet Wurschtfresser, a name that refers to the annual Wurschtfescht (sausage feast) that is celebrated on Saint Rémi's day.
Schorbach is in the Département Moselle in the far North of Lorraine, a few kilometres South of the border with the Palatinate, North-east of Bitche. The commune is part of the Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve.
The name Schor-Bach, probably meaning turtle-stream, is first seen in 1210. The place was long part of Zweibrücken-Bitsch.
The church of Saint Rémi, built on the site of a previous church inaugurated in 1143, on a rock overlooking the town, was the central parish church of the Pays de Bitche for many centuries. The founder of the church is unknown, but local history frequently ascribes the foundation to Berthold von Eberstein, whose son Eberhard III resigned his right of patronage at the nearby Sturzelbronn abbey. Eberhard's daughter married Count Henri II of Zweibrücken-Bitsch.
Schorbach is also known for the Ossarium at the entrance of the old churchyard, which dates from Roman times.
- Un sobriquet du pays de Bitche in Les Cahiers Lorrains, n°3, 1960.
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- Schorbach at bitscherland.fr (French)