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

Oberotterbach
Coat of arms of Oberotterbach
Coat of arms
Location of Oberotterbach within Südliche Weinstraße district
Oberotterbach in SÜW.svg
Oberotterbach is located in Germany
Oberotterbach
Oberotterbach
Oberotterbach is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Oberotterbach
Oberotterbach
Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056Coordinates: 49°04′16″N 7°58′14″E / 49.07111°N 7.97056°E / 49.07111; 7.97056
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictSüdliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc.Bad Bergzabern
Government
 • MayorFritz Beck
Area
 • Total15.37 km2 (5.93 sq mi)
Elevation
192 m (630 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,103
 • Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
76889
Dialling codes06342
Vehicle registrationSÜW
Websitewww.oberotterbach.de

GeographyEdit

The village is located between the Palatine Forest biosphere reserve and the Rhine river.

The municipality of Oberotterbach also includes the settlements of Brendelsmühle and Heidenbrunnenhof.[2]

HistoryEdit

The village was first mentioned in 992 in a deed of grant from emperor Otto III to Selz Abbey located in the Alsace region.

ReligionEdit

In 2007, 55.6 percent of the population were Protestant and 25.4 percent were Roman Catholic. The rest were not registered to pay Church tax.[3]

PoliticsEdit

GemeinderatEdit

The local council Gemeinderat in Oberotterbach consists of 16 members, who were elected on 7 June 2009 and work for the voluntary mayor as their chairman.

Coat of ArmsEdit

The blazon of the coat of arms are: „Parteed and separated above, documented with the silver heart shield , within a red armoured and defeated blue lion, on top heraldic in black a red armoured and defeated gold lion. On top on the left it is silver and blue lozenged, located at the bottom in green is a silver silberner an angular wave bar aside from silver spheres“.

It was approved by the Bavarian imperial governor in 1938 and dates back to a seal from 1558.[4]

Culture and SightsEdit

BuildingsEdit

  • Ruin of Guttenberg Castle located in the Mundat Forest; Staeffelsberg Tower (observation tower, 1887)
  • Westwall-Hiking Trail – comprising a ten-kilometre-long hiking trail along blasted bunkers and war trenches established in June 2009.

Famous PeopleEdit

  • Home of Manuel Peter (scientist)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2018 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2019.
  2. ^ Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz – Amtliches Verzeichnis der Gemeinden und Gemeindeteile Archived 2015-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, Seite 101 (PDF; 2,16 MB)
  3. ^ KommWis, Stand: 30. November 2007 Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Karl Heinz Debus: Das große Wappenbuch der Pfalz. Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1988, ISBN 3-9801574-2-3