|• Mayor||Alfred Schwebach|
|• Total||3.90 km2 (1.51 sq mi)|
|Elevation||440 m (1,440 ft)|
|• Density||74/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Wüschheim 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 central Hunsrück some 3 km from the Hunsrückhöhenstraße (“Hunsrück Heights Road”, a scenic road across the Hunsrück built originally as a military road on Hermann Göring’s orders), on the road that leads between Kappel and the Blümlingshof (a homestead in Bell-Völkenroth) eastwards from the Hunsrückhöhenstraße through the so-called Biebertal (Bieberbach valley) by way of Biebern to Simmern. Wüschheim lies roughly 8 km west-northwest of Simmern.
||Völkenroth||the Goßberg, Hundheim and Pydna missile base||Hasselbach and Alterkülz|
|Kludenbach||Reckershausen||Reich, Biebern and Fronhofen|
On the ground floor of the timber-frame house that serves as the municipal centre, a bakehouse, which is still functional today, was built, along with a livestock stable. The stable was converted, half becoming a youth centre and the other half an equipment room for the Wüschheim volunteer fire brigade. The Wüschheim municipal centre was thoroughly renovated in the 1980s and also expanded considerably with a festival hall with kitchen and refrigeration rooms.
The Goßberg, a mountain lying within Wüschheim’s municipal limits, was expanded in the 1980s and was to have served as the main base for the Wüschheim Air Station (or WAS) – the Pydna missile base – after the move from “Metro Tango” – also within Wüschheim’s municipal limits – was completed.
Wüschheim’s mayor is Alfred Schwebach.
Coat of arms
The municipality’s arms might be described thus: vert a timber-frame building with a belltower argent with windows and doors gules, on a base bendy lozengy argent and azure an oakleaf fesswise Or.
The arms have been borne since 1980.
Culture and sightseeing
- Hauptstraße 13 – municipal centre; timber-frame building, partly solid, 1930s
Sport and leisure
On the municipal centre’s ground floor is a youth centre. The former bakehouse at the municipal centre, the Backes, has been converted into a clubhouse pub for the local pheasant club
In the summer of 2006, the former beet washing facility on the Bieberbach (100 m north of the grilling pavilion) was converted into a Kneipp wading bath.
The Biebertaler-Rundweg (path) links the villages of the Bieberbach valley over its 26.5 km length.
At the former missile base, Pydna, not far from Wüschheim and Hasselbach, the electronic music festival Nature One has been held since 1996, lasting several days each year and drawing some 50,000 visitors.
A motorsport driving facility was set up within Wüschheim’s municipal limits in the late 1990s towards the Hunsrückhöhenstraße on lands once used as a munitions depot by the United States armed forces. This is used for driving safety training by several organizations and as a test course by various car manufacturers.
At the edge of the Goßberg, within Hundheim’s limits is an airfield for ultralights.
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