Waldbreitbach

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Waldbreitbach
Waldbreitbach Kirche.JPG
Coat of arms of Waldbreitbach
Coat of arms
Location of Waldbreitbach within Neuwied district
Waldbreitbach in NR.svg
Waldbreitbach is located in Germany
Waldbreitbach
Waldbreitbach
Waldbreitbach is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Waldbreitbach
Waldbreitbach
Coordinates: 50°33′09″N 7°25′06″E / 50.55250°N 7.41833°E / 50.55250; 7.41833Coordinates: 50°33′09″N 7°25′06″E / 50.55250°N 7.41833°E / 50.55250; 7.41833
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictNeuwied
Municipal assoc.Rengsdorf-Waldbreitbach
Government
 • MayorMartin Lerbs (CDU)
Area
 • Total6.39 km2 (2.47 sq mi)
Elevation
140 m (460 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,838
 • Density290/km2 (740/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
56588
Dialling codes02638
Vehicle registrationNR
Websitewww.waldbreitbach.de

Waldbreitbach is a municipality in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated in the Westerwald, on the river Wied, approx. 16 km north of Neuwied.

Waldbreitbach was the seat of the former Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Waldbreitbach.

History[edit]

The place was first mentioned in documents (spelled "Bretpah") in 857. In the following centuries the dominion over the place changed several times between Thuringia, Cologne and Sayn. Between 1806 and 1815 the village belonged to the Duchy of Nassau, then to Prussia.

Population[edit]

In 1815 406 people were living in Waldbreitbach. This number increased to 2118 in 1997 and as of 2018 there were officially 1828 inhabitants.

Waldbreitbach mill[edit]

Waldbreitbach mill

On the Wied stands an oil mill, which started production in 1676. Only four years later it was destroyed by a flood. The mill was rebuilt in 1700 and was in operation until 1948. It is considered the oldest oil mill of this type in the Rhineland. In the 1990s an old half-timbered house was dismantled in nearby Bremscheid and rebuilt next to the mill as a museum of crafts and trade. About 100 meters upstream stands a mill with a water wheel from 1911.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2018 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2019.