Nistertal is an Ortsgemeinde – a community belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde – in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Erbach (Nistertal)
Erbach (Nistertal)
Coat of arms of Nistertal
Coat of arms
Location of Nistertal within Westerwaldkreis district
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Nistertal is located in Germany
Nistertal is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates: 50°37′54″N 7°54′11″E / 50.63167°N 7.90306°E / 50.63167; 7.90306Coordinates: 50°37′54″N 7°54′11″E / 50.63167°N 7.90306°E / 50.63167; 7.90306
Municipal assoc.Bad Marienberg (Westerwald)
 • MayorChristian Benner
 • Total3.90 km2 (1.51 sq mi)
320 m (1,050 ft)
 • Total1,192
 • Density310/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02661
Vehicle registrationWW



The community lies in the Westerwald between Limburg and Siegen. Nistertal belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Bad Marienberg, a kind of collective municipality. Its seat is in the like-named town.

Constituent communitiesEdit

Nistertal's Ortsteile are Büdingen and Erbach.


In 1274, Büdingen had its first documentary mention. Erbach's first documentary mention followed in 1353.


The community of Nistertal came into being in 1969 in the course of administrative reform through the merger of the communities of Büdingen and Erbach. For centuries before this, the Große Nister, flowing between the two places, marked not only a political boundary, but a dialectal and religious one, too.


Community councilEdit

The council is made up of 16 council members drawn from two voting communities (Wählergemeinschaften) who were elected in a majority vote in a municipal election on 13 June 2004.

Coat of armsEdit

The two uppermost charges in the community's arms stand for the two constituent communities of Büdingen and Erbach. The hexagon and the miner's hammers symbolize the rich basalt deposits and their exploitation as the community's characteristic industry and livelihood. The alder twig refers to the Ortsteil name Erbach (from ErlenbachErle being German for “alder”). The wavy parting per pale represents the community's location on the Nister, with Büdingen on the left and Erbach on the right. The bridge that fills out the shield's lower portion is a symbol of the Erbach Bridge as well as the roadbridge between the two constituent communities. The tinctures gold and blue were those borne by the Duchy of Nassau. They refer to the community's centuries-long territorial allegiance to that state.

Culture and sightseeingEdit


The railway bridge near Erbach across the river Nister was at the time of its completion in 1911 Germany's biggest concrete bridge. With a length of some 300 m and a height of almost 40 m, at the time still without steel armouring, it was held to be a technological wonder. After the Erbach-Bad Marienberg (Westerwald)-Fehl-Ritzhausen railway line was shut down in 1971, the bridge was preserved as a technological building monument.

Also worthy of mention is the Wasserbrücke (“Waterbridge”). At this bridge, water is borne across the tracks of the Nistertal-Bad Marienberg railway line.

Economy and infrastructureEdit


North of the community runs Bundesstraße 414, leading from Driedorf-Hohenroth to Hachenburg. The nearest Autobahn interchanges are Montabaur on the A 3 (CologneFrankfurt), some 25 km away, and Haiger/Burbach on the A 45 (DortmundHanau), some 27 km away. Nistertal-Bad Marienberg station lies on the Oberwesterwaldbahn railway to Limburg and Au (Sieg). From there, the cities of Cologne, Koblenz, Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden may be reached directly. The nearest InterCityExpress stop is the railway station at Montabaur on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line.


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2019, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2020.

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