Bad Bertrich
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Bertrich within Cochem-Zell district
Bad Bertrich
Bad Bertrich
Bad Bertrich
Bad Bertrich
Coordinates: 50°4′14.42″N 7°2′6.30″E / 50.0706722°N 7.0350833°E / 50.0706722; 7.0350833Coordinates: 50°4′14.42″N 7°2′6.30″E / 50.0706722°N 7.0350833°E / 50.0706722; 7.0350833
CountryGermany
StateRhineland-Palatinate
DistrictCochem-Zell
Municipal assoc.Ulmen
Government
 • MayorChristian Arnold
Area
 • Total8.71 km2 (3.36 sq mi)
Elevation
150 m (490 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,046
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
56864
Dialling codes02674
Vehicle registrationCOC
Websitewww.bad-bertrich.de
Bad Bertrich about 1900
Bad Bertrich about 1900
The great bathhouse
The great bathhouse

Bad Bertrich is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Cochem-Zell district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Ulmen, whose seat is in the like-named town. The municipality is a state-owned spa (Staatsbad) and a health resort (Kurort).

Geography

Location

The municipality lies in the southern Eifel in the Üßbach valley near the Moselle.

Constituent communities

Bad Bertrich's Ortsteile are the main centre, also called Bad Bertrich, and the outlying centre of Kennfus.

History

Even as long ago as Roman Emperors Valentinian's and Gratian’s time, stately bathing houses were being built in Bertriacum. In 1097, Bad Bertrich had its first documentary mention in an ownership document from Archbishop Egilbert of Trier. In 1476, the village became an Electoral-Trier state-owned spa. Prince Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony, the last Elector of Trier, had the little Electoral palace built here between 1785 and 1787, and used it as a summer seat and a hunting lodge. Beginning in 1794, Bad Bertrich lay under French rule. In 1815 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna, whereupon it became a Prussian state-owned spa. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On 1 January 1975, the until then self-administering municipality of Kennfus was amalgamated with Bad Bertrich.

2006 FIFA World Cup

For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Bad Bertrich served as the Swiss national football team’s training camp. The Swiss team stayed at the five-star Häcker’s Kurhotel Fürstenhof. This was made possible by, among others, former mayor Günter Eichberg, former president of FC Schalke 04.

Politics

Municipal council

The council is made up of 12 council members, who were elected by proportional representation at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairwoman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:[2]

  SPD CDU WGR Total
2009 12 12 seats
2004 3 5 8 16 seats

Mayor

Bad Bertrich's mayor is Beatrix Lauxen, and her deputies are Gerd Johann, Angelika Simon née Gillenkirch and Christian Arnold.[3][4]

Coat of arms

The municipality's arms might be blazoned thus: Per bend sinister, Or a double arch sable over a dais of the same, and gules an eagle rising, head bowed and wings displayed, argent.

Culture and sightseeing

Buildings

The following are listed buildings or sites in Rhineland-Palatinate’s Directory of Cultural Monuments:

Kennfus

Events

In June and July 2007, the newly founded festival Eifel-Kulturtage (“Eifel Cultural Days”) was held in Bad Bertrich and at Himmerod Abbey. Heading the series of events, with more than 90 artists, was Rainer Laupichler.

Economy and infrastructure

Bergquelle

The Bergquelle (“Mountain Spring”) is an extremely stable healing spring with regard to delivery and content consistency. It is a sodium sulphate bicarbonate hotspring.

Famous people

Sons and daughters of the town

Famous people associated with the municipality

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2019, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2020.
  2. ^ Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009, Gemeinderat
  3. ^ "Bad Bertrich's mayor". Archived from the original on 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  4. ^ Bad Bertrich’s council[permanent dead link]