Gossersweiler-Stein is a municipality in Südliche Weinstraße district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany.

Gossersweiler-Stein
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Coat of arms of Gossersweiler-Stein
Coat of arms
Location of Gossersweiler-Stein within Südliche Weinstraße district
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Gossersweiler-Stein is located in Germany
Gossersweiler-Stein
Gossersweiler-Stein
Gossersweiler-Stein is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Gossersweiler-Stein
Gossersweiler-Stein
Coordinates: 49°09′36″N 7°55′50″E / 49.16000°N 7.93056°E / 49.16000; 7.93056Coordinates: 49°09′36″N 7°55′50″E / 49.16000°N 7.93056°E / 49.16000; 7.93056
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictSüdliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc.Annweiler am Trifels
Subdivisions2
Government
 • MayorHanns-Christian Conrad
Area
 • Total8.60 km2 (3.32 sq mi)
Elevation
285 m (935 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,380
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
76857
Dialling codes06346
Vehicle registrationSÜW
Websitewww.gossersweiler-stein.de

GeographyEdit

The municipality lies in the Wasgau region, which comprises the southern part of Pfälzerwald and the northern part of Vosges, in the centre of the Gossersweilerer valley. It consists of the two districts Gossersweiler and Stein.

HistoryEdit

On March 1, 1970, the only independent municipalities of Gossersweiler and Stein were brought together to form a new municipality of Gossersweiler-Stein. Two years later the latter was assigned to the Annweiler association on Trifels .

Population DevelopmentEdit

The development of the population based on the present municipal area of Gossersweiler-Stein; The values from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:[2]

Year Population
1815 876
1835 1.037
1871 993
1905 929
1939 1.116
1950 1.108
Year Population
1961 1.189
1970 1.276
1987 1.308
1997 1.445
2005 1.472
2016 1,380

PoliticsEdit

Town CouncilEdit

The municipal council in Gossersweiler-Stein consists of 16 councillors, who were elected in the municipal elections on 25 May 2014 in a personalised proportional election, with the honorary local mayor as chairman.

Community PartnershipsEdit

Since November 1984, a partnership has been established with the French community of Schoenenbourg.

Economy and InfrastructureEdit

FacilitiesEdit

On the eastern outskirts of Gossersweiler is a commercial area. At the foot of the Engelsmannfelsen, the Gossersweiler-Stein primary school, the Berglandhalle and the local volunteer fire brigade are located just outside the settlement areas of the two districts. The school has around 180 pupils and its catchment area includes the neighbouring municipalities Völkersweiler, Waldrohrbach, Waldhambach, Silz and Münchweiler. There are a total of 24 clubs, including several sports clubs such as SV Gossersweiler-Stein and Gossersweiler Valley.

TourismEdit

Gossersweiler-Stein is a possible starting point for hikes and mountain bike tours in the Pfälzerwald. Four kilometers away are the castle ruins of Lindelbrunn, as well as the ruins Landeck and the Trifels. With the connection to the regional cycling route, day trips to the Southern Wine Route, Alsace or the Dahner Rockland are possible. Other places of interest are the Schuhdorf Hauenstein and the Biosphärenhaus near Fischbach.

MediaEdit

Every Month, as so-called "village newspaper" is produced.

TrafficEdit

The nearest train station is Annweiler am Trifels

PersonalitiesEdit

  • Philip Hammer (1837-1901) - A Catholic Priest, pre-regional preacher and popular speaker
  • Ancestral home to Ron Hansen of New York

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2018 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2019.
  2. ^ Statistisches Bundesamt – number of inhabitants in the municipalities on 31 December 2016.