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The Westerwald is a range of the German Central Uplands and the northernmost region of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, with foothills extending into Middle Hesse and the southeast of North Rhine-Westphalia. It encompasses the county of Westerwaldkreis and the majority of Altenkirchen, parts of Neuwied, and the Hessian counties of Lahn-Dill and Limburg-Weilburg. Its largest town is Montabaur and its highest peak is the Fuchskaute at 657.3 metres above sea level. The Westerwald has natural boundaries in the rivers Lahn, Rhine, Sieg, Heller and Dill. As a natural region, the Westerwald has somewhat different boundaries that do not run as far north, but extend further east. The Westerwald is an economic region and also has a range of local recreation facilities. The area is also important culturally and historically. For example, it was a mining region, it includes the cultural area of the Kannenbäckerland, it was the seat of the counts of Sayn and Wied, it gave rise to its own anthem, the Westerwaldlied, and social reformer, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, grew up here.

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Towns and villages
Market place in Hachenburg

Towns: Altenkirchen (Westerwald)Bad MarienbergBetzdorfDierdorfDillenburgHachenburgHadamarHaigerHerbornHöhr-GrenzhausenMontabaurRansbach-BaumbachRennerodSeltersWesterburgWirgesWissen

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History and tradition
Minute book of Ersfeld village council for the year 1845

General: main article History of the WesterwaldHistory of Montabaur Archaeological sites in the WesterwaldWesterwaldlied

Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: County of SaynCounty of WiedHouse of Nassau-HadamarBarony of WesterburgBarony of WesterwaldDuchy of NassauHerborn AcademySayn-WittgensteinSt. Severus

19th and 20th centuries: Hesse-NassauRegierungsbezirk MontabaurSynagogue District, Neuwied

People and families: Andreas BalzarLouise Juliane of ErbachHatzfeldFrançois Séverin MarceauIsenburgJohn Louis of Nassau-HadamarHenry III of SaynHenry IV of SaynMechthild of Sayn

Historic events: Dernbach FeudGrenzau FeudBattle of AltenkirchenBattle of Kircheib

Religion: Poor Handmaids of Jesus ChristHachenburg AbbeyMaria Katharina KasperLectorium Rosicrucianum

Transport: Brabant RoadCologne High Military and Escort RoadEngers–Au railway Cologne–Frankfurt ICE lineKasbach Valley RailwaySelters–Hachenburg Light RailwayWEG T 23 and 24

Mining: Adolfsburg PitFriedrich PitFüsseberg - Friedrich WilhelmGeorg PitHuth PitLouise PitPetersbach PitSilberwiese Pit

Economy, transport and infrastructure
Wind power as it is generated in the High Westerwald

Air: Ailertchen AirfieldBreitscheid AirfieldEudenbach Glider AirfieldSiegerland Airport

Railway: Westerburg railway stationDaade Valley RailwayEngers–Au railwayHeller Valley RailwayMontabaur railway stationLimburg–Altenkirchen railwayCologne–Rhine/Main high speed railwayLower Westerwald RailwayTrans-Westerwald RailwayBalkan ExpressUlm Valley Railway

Road: A 3A 45A 48B 8B 49B 54B 62B 255B 256B 413B 414

Agriculture and forestry: Waldinteressentenschaft

Companies: FuhrländerHuf HausSparkasse Westerwald-SiegMarienhausMichelbacher MühleRastalRömertopf KeramikSchäfer-ShopWesterwald RailwayVecoplanWesterwald-BrauereiWirtgenWolf-Garten


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Overview map of the Westerwald
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Basalt column on the Hummelsberg

The Westerwald is a low mountain range of the German Central Uplands which lies to the east of the River Rhine in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. It is part of the Rhenish Massif. Its highest peak is the Fuchskaute which is 657.3 m above sea level (NN) and rises in the High Westerwald, the fulcrum of the basalt region. The Westerwald is generally defined as the land between the River Dill in the east, the Lahn to the south, the Rhine to the west, the Sieg to the north and the Heller to the northeast, the ridges in the north of this area, immediately south of the Sieg and Heller, are not counted as part of the Westerwald natural region. The historic region of Westerwald also has slightly different boundaries. → more

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Als Denkmal wurde diese nicht auf der Kerkerbachbahn eingesetzte normalspurige Borsig Lokomotive, Baujahr 1901, in Heckholzhausen aufgestellt

The Kerkerbachbahn Aktien-Gesellschaft existed from 1884 to 1984, operating as an active railway company from 1886 to 1975. The firm was the operator and owner of the Kerkerbach Railway in the southern Westerwald, a railway line that ran from Dehrn über Kerkerbach (a village in the borough of Runkel) in the Lahn valley northwards to Mengerskirchen through the present county of Limburg-Weilburg in Hesse. The Kerkerbachbahn Aktien-Gesellschaft was founded on 12 May 1884 by ten private citizens in Limburg an der Lahn.
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Marienthal Abbey
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That the Westerwald greeting, Hui Wäller, allemol, was coined by Adolf Weiß (1861–1938) of the village of Mademühlen, for the Westerwald Club. In verses he explained how he arrived at it:

The "Hui", that is taught to me by the stormy wind,
as it blows wildy over our heaths,
and "Wäller" is what we always [allemol] are,
we, despite the rain, storm and wind.

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