Birkenhördt is a municipality in the Südliche Weinstraße district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, and is an officially recognized tourist resort.[2]

Birkenhördt
Coat of arms of Birkenhördt
Coat of arms
Location of Birkenhördt within Südliche Weinstraße district
Birkenhördt in SÜW.svg
Birkenhördt is located in Germany
Birkenhördt
Birkenhördt
Birkenhördt is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Birkenhördt
Birkenhördt
Coordinates: 49°06′54″N 7°55′48″E / 49.11500°N 7.93000°E / 49.11500; 7.93000Coordinates: 49°06′54″N 7°55′48″E / 49.11500°N 7.93000°E / 49.11500; 7.93000
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictSüdliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc.Bad Bergzabern
Government
 • MayorMatthias Ackermann (CDU)
Area
 • Total8.58 km2 (3.31 sq mi)
Elevation
253 m (830 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total630
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
76889
Dialling codes06343
Vehicle registrationSÜW
Websitewww.birkenhoerdt.de
Birkenhördt – "Friedenskapelle" with view of the Village

GeographyEdit

Birkenhördt lies in the Wasgau, which is composed of the southern part of the Palatine Forest and the northern part of the Vosges Mountains.

Neighboring municipalities are - clockwise - Silz, Bad Bergzabern, Dörrenbach, Böllenborn, Erlenbach bei Dahn, and Vorderweidenthal.

The source of the Erlenbach is located in Birkenhördt.

HistoryEdit

In the 1930s Birkenhördt was annexed to the district of Bad Bergzabern. With the local-government reform in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1969 Birkenhördt, along with most communities of the district was incorporated into the newly created district Landau-Bad Bergzabern. This in turn was renamed in 1978 as the Südliche Weinstraße district.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms shows a golden lion on a black field symbolizing Birkenhördt's one-time allegiance to the Palatinate, and a green birch branch as a visual pun on the name "Birkenhördt". They might be heraldically described "Party per bend sinister, sable a lion passant bendwise sinister or crowned armed and langued gules, or a three-leaved birch branch vert."

Culture and sightseeingEdit

There are a total of six cultural monuments in the municipality, including the 1862 parish church of St. Gall.

TransportationEdit

Bundesstraße (Federal Highway) 427 runs through the middle of the town. Birkenhördt is connected by the bus lines to the local transport network. The nearest railway station is located at Bad Bergzabern.

ReferencesEdit

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

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