Bad Münstereifel

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Bad Münstereifel
St. Chrysanthus und Daria, Burg Münstereifel, Bad Münstereifel-5688.jpg
Coat of arms of Bad Münstereifel
Coat of arms
Bad Münstereifel   is located in Germany
Bad Münstereifel
Bad Münstereifel
Coordinates: 50°33′11″N 06°45′58″E / 50.55306°N 6.76611°E / 50.55306; 6.76611Coordinates: 50°33′11″N 06°45′58″E / 50.55306°N 6.76611°E / 50.55306; 6.76611
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Euskirchen
Government
 • Mayor Sabine Preiser-Marian (CDU)
Area
 • Total 150.84 km2 (58.24 sq mi)
Elevation 434 m (1,424 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 17,367
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53902
Dialling codes 02253, 02257
Vehicle registration EU, SLE
Website www.bad-muenstereifel.de
Bad Münstereifel, view to the Markt
Bad Münstereifel, town hall

Bad Münstereifel is a historical spa town in the district of Euskirchen, Germany, with about 17,000 inhabitants, situated in the far south of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The little town is one of only few historical towns in the very south of North Rhine-Westphalia, and because of this is often overcrowded by tourists throughout Spring and Summer.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

View of the town
Aerial view (2015)

Bad Münstereifel lies about 30 kilometres southwest of Bonn and around ten (both as the crow flies) south of the county town of Euskirchen in the Münstereifel Forest, a part of the Eifel mountains. The River Erft flow through the town, it has a borough of around 151 km² in area at heights of 200 to 586.1 m above sea level (NHN).[2] The latter is the height of the Michelsberg, which is the highest point in the borough and rises in the northwestern part of the Ahr Hills (another region of the Eifel).

The borough is around 60 percent forested, several woods are designated as so-called ancient forest (Urwald), over 200 kilometres of trails enable access to the low mountain uplands, which are about 25 kilometres from the Eifel National Park.

1897 litho-map

Subdivisions[edit]

Arloff, Bergrath, Berresheim, Effelsberg, Eichen, Eicherscheid, Ellesheim, Esch, Eschweiler, Gilsdorf, Hilterscheid, Hohn, Holzem, Honerath, Houverath, Hummerzheim, Hünkhoven, Iversheim, Kalkar, Bad Münstereifel, Kirspenich, Kolvenbach, Kop Nück, Langscheid, Lanzerath, Lethert, Limbach, Lingscheiderhof, Mahlberg, Maulbach, Mutscheid, Neichen, Nitterscheid, Nöthen, Odesheim, Ohlerath, Reckerscheid, Rodert, Rupperath, Sasserath, Scheuerheck, Scheuren, Schönau, Soller, Vollmert, Wald, Willerscheid, Witscheiderhof

Education[edit]

Bad Münstereifel is the seat of SIGNO innovation society Eifel Association, Association of the greatest inventors in Germany. Signo is a project of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Joined the Association is a youth and children's department, may acquire in the children and young people in a club's workshop, the basic knowledge of technology.[3]

Bad Münstereifel has four elementary schools in the main town as well as the subdistricts of Arloff, Mutscheid, and Houverath. A Hauptschule and Realschule share facilities, while the city has two Gymnasium: the public St. Michael-Gymnasium and the diocesan-run St.-Angela-Gymnasium. Furthermore, the Apostolic school of the Legionaries of Christ has its seat in the city.

Since 1976, the city is also home to its own urban community college, with a specialty in law-related professions. There are also several private training facilities in the city, including the Kurt-Schumacher-Academy of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the House of Labor Security of the Trade Association for Electrical and Precision Engineering.[4] There is also a house of the Youth Red Cross as an educational facility for the National Association (North Division).

Bad Münstereifel has a public library with a stock of 16,000 media.[5]

Local council[edit]

The local council has 32 seats, the elections were held in May 2014.

  • CDU: 12 seats
  • SPD: 8 seats
  • FDP: 4 seats
  • UWV: 4 seats
  • Alliance 90/The Greens: 3 seats
  • The Left: 1 seat

Notable people and gatherings[edit]

As of 2013 the folk-singer Heino (born 1938) has lived in the town, from 1996–2012 he operated a cafe there.

Friedrich Joseph Haass, (1780–1853), the "holy doctor of Moscow", was born in Bad Münstereifel.

The unofficial Nintendo fan convention, NCON, was held in the town's St.-Angela-Gymnasium in the early years of the 21st century.

The Portuguese Socialist Party, one of the two main Portuguese parties, was founded here in 1973 with the guidance of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, who wanted to create a political force which will be able to keep Portugal a member of the NATO.[6]

Other personalities associated with the town[edit]

  • Otto Graf Lambsdorff (1926–2009), politician, former Bundesminister für Wirtschaft (Minister of Economic Affairs) and chairman of the FDP, lived in the district of Eschweiler.

International relations[edit]

Bad Münstereifel is twinned with:

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