Homburg (Saar)

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Homburg
Saint Michael Church
Saint Michael Church
Coat of arms of Homburg
Coat of arms
Homburg  is located in Germany
Homburg
Homburg
Coordinates: 49°19′N 7°20′E / 49.317°N 7.333°E / 49.317; 7.333Coordinates: 49°19′N 7°20′E / 49.317°N 7.333°E / 49.317; 7.333
Country Germany
State Saarland
District Saarpfalz
Government
 • Mayor Rüdiger Schneidewind (SPD)
Area
 • Total 82.65 km2 (31.91 sq mi)
Elevation 233 m (764 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 41,974
 • Density 510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 66424 (66401–66424)
Dialling codes 06841, 06848 (Einöd and Wörschweiler)
Vehicle registration HOM
Website Official website

Homburg (German pronunciation: [ˈhɔmbʊʁk]) is a town in Saarland, Germany, the administrative seat of the Saarpfalz (Saar-Palatinate) district. With a population of c. 42,076 inhabitants (June 30th 2016), is the third largest city in its federal state. The medical department of the University of Saarland is situated here. The city is also home to the Karlsberg beer brewery. Major employers include Michelin and Robert Bosch GmbH.

Geography

Homburg is situated in north of the district of Saarpfalz, close to the borders of Saarland with Rhineland-Palatinate and not too far from France. It is 16 km from Neunkirchen and 36 km from Saarbrücken. The villages Beeden, Schwarzenbach, Wörschweiler, Einöd and Ingweiler are situated in or on the Blies valley.

The town counts 9 villages: Beeden, Bruchhof-Sanddorf, Einöd, Erbach, Jägersburg, Kirrberg, Reiskirchen, Schwarzenbach and Wörschweiler.

The village Einöd counts Einöd, Ingweiler and Schwarzenacker. The village Jägersburg counts Jägersburg, Altbreitenfelderhof and Websweiler. Erbach counts also Lappentascherhof and Johannishof.

Populations (October 1st 2017):[2]

Village District Population
Altbreitenfelderhof Jägersburg 125
Beeden Homburg-Mitte 2.803
Bruchhof Homburg-Mitte 1.848
Einöd Einöd 2.633
Erbach Homburg-Mitte 12.298
Homburg   11.839
Ingweiler Einöd 142
Jägersburg Jägersburg 2.700
Kirrberg Kirrberg 2.770
Lappentascher Hof Homburg-Mitte 196
Reiskirchen Homburg-Mitte 1.242
Sanddorf Homburg-Mitte 1.127
Schwarzenacker Einöd 633
Schwarzenbach Homburg-Mitte 1.898
Websweiler Jägersburg 274
Wörschweiler Wörschweiler 278
Complete   42.806

History

Market square

The Hohenburg Castle, nowadays a ruin, was in the 12th Century the seat of the counts of Homburg. In 1330 the village received the town status (Stadtrecht) by Louis the Bavarian.

Population development

[3]

Year 1814 1876 1905 1938 1945 1961 1970 1973 1974 2000 2003 2007 2008 2012 2014
Population 2900 3600 9400 20100 19600 29725 32175 33600 43100 46000 46000 44000 43691 41357 43000
The city from Schlossberg

Politic

Since the administration reform 1974 has Homburg a Lord Mayor, before a Mayor.[4]

Since October 1st 2014 is Rüdiger Schneidewind (SPD) Lord Mayor of Homburg.

Main sights

  • Homburg is home to the Schlossberghöhlen (Schlossberg Caves / Castle Mountain Caves).
  • Homburg is the home of Gutenbrunnen / Schloss Louisenthal (Louisenthal Castle).
  • Homburg is the home of the Schloss Karlsberg (Karlsberg Castle)
  • Homburg is the home of the Kloster Wörschweiler (Wörschweiler Abbey)

Transport

Homburg (Saar) Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the town, served by long-distance and regional trains. By road transport, the town is served by the motorways A6 (exit Homburg) and A8 (exits Limbach and Einöd).

Personalities

International relations

Homburg is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ "Fläche und Bevölkerung - Stand: 31.12.2015 (Basis Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Amt des Saarlandes (in German). July 2016. 
  2. ^ Data and Facts, Population of villages on www.homburg.de (in German)
  3. ^ Daten und Fakten, Bevölkerungsentwicklung auf www.homburg.de (in German)
  4. ^ Verzeichnis der Bürgermeister und Oberbürgermeister von Homburg ab 1798 auf dem Webangebot der Stadt Homburg (in German)

External links

  • Homburg travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • (in German) Homburg official website
  • (in German) Literature about Homburg
  • (in German) Kloster Wörschweiler
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