Erndtebrück is a municipality in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Erndtebrück
Coat of arms of Erndtebrück
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Location of Erndtebrück within Siegen-Wittgenstein district
North Rhine-WestphaliaRhineland-PalatinateHesseBurbachHochsauerlandkreisOlpe (district)Bad BerleburgSiegenNetphenKreuztalBad LaaspheWilnsdorfHilchenbachNeunkirchenFreudenbergErndtebrückErndtebrück in SI.svg
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Erndtebrück is located in Germany
Erndtebrück
Erndtebrück
Erndtebrück is located in North Rhine-Westphalia
Erndtebrück
Erndtebrück
Coordinates: 50°59′20″N 8°15′20″E / 50.98889°N 8.25556°E / 50.98889; 8.25556Coordinates: 50°59′20″N 8°15′20″E / 50.98889°N 8.25556°E / 50.98889; 8.25556
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionArnsberg
DistrictSiegen-Wittgenstein
Subdivisions9
Government
 • MayorKarl-Ludwig Völkel (SPD)
Area
 • Total70.86 km2 (27.36 sq mi)
Elevation
597 m (1,959 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total6,998
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
57339
Dialling codes02753
Vehicle registrationSI
Websitewww.erndtebrueck.de

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

Erndtebrück situated on the river Eder in the Rothaargebirge, approx. 20 km northeast of Siegen.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Erndtebrück borders on Netphen, the communities of Hilchenbach, Bad Berleburg, Bad Laasphe and Kirchhundem in the district of Olpe, and Schmallenberg in the Hochsauerlandkreis.

Constituent communitiesEdit

 
Constituent communities
  • Balde
  • Benfe
  • Birkefehl
  • Birkelbach
  • Röspe
  • Schameder
  • Womelsdorf
  • Zinse

HistoryEdit

Erndtebrück had its first documentary mention in 1256, celebrating 750 years of existence in 2006. The village was first known by the name Ermingardibruggern, and was the seat of a knightly family, and later a customs office with market rights.

PoliticsEdit

Municipal councilEdit

The council's 22 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 30 August 2009:

  • SPD 7 seats
  • CDU 7 seats
  • FDP 5 seats
  • UWG 3 seats

Note: UWG is a citizens' coalition.

MayorEdit

Since the municipal elections in 2004, Karl-Ludwig Völkel (SPD) has been Erndtebrück's directly elected mayor.

Coat of armsEdit

Erndtebrück's civic coat of arms might heraldically be described thus: Party per fess, above in azure a bridge Or, below in argent two pallets sable.

The community was granted these arms in 1958. The bridge in the chief is a canting symbol, referring to Erndtebrück's last syllable (Brücke is "bridge" in German), but also to an actual bridge built over the river Eder at Erndtebrück in 1830. Below in the shield are the arms of the Counts of Wittgenstein.[1]

Town partnershipsEdit

Economy and infrastructureEdit

TransportEdit

The community is connected to its neighbours by Federal Highways (Bundesstraßen) 62 and 480. Furthermore, trains run on the Rothaar Railway to both Siegen and Bad Berleburg, and on the Upper Lahn Valley (Obere Lahntalbahn) to Marburg. Until 1944, there was also a rail connection to Altenhundem with the Erndtebrück-Altenhundem line, but this came to an end late in the Second World War as retreating German Army units blew its bridges up. Some of the tunnels along the line are still preserved.

Public institutionsEdit

Erndtebrück is home to the German Air Force's Reserve Range of Command 2 (Einsatzführungsbereich 2), formerly 5th Teaching Group of Technical School 1 (V. Lehrgruppe der Technischen Schule 1), the Air Force's programming centre for air defence and a health squad to take care of the airmen.

PersonalitiesEdit

Sons and daughters of the communityEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

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