Diekirch

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Diekirch
Dikrech
General view of Diekirch
General view of Diekirch
Coat of arms of Diekirch
Coat of arms
Map showing, in orange, Diekirch
Map showing, in orange, Diekirch
Coordinates: 49°52′05″N 6°09′24″E / 49.86806°N 6.15667°E / 49.86806; 6.15667Coordinates: 49°52′05″N 6°09′24″E / 49.86806°N 6.15667°E / 49.86806; 6.15667
Country  Luxembourg
District Diekirch
Canton Diekirch
Commune Diekirch
City since 24 February 1843
Government
 • Mayor Claude Haagen (LSAP)
Area
 • Total 12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Highest elevation 396 m (1,299 ft)
Lowest elevation 187 m (614 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 6,896
 • Density 555.23/km2 (1,438.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU2 LU00002004
Website Official website

Diekirch (Luxembourgish: Dikrech; from Diet-Kirch, i.e. "people's church") is a commune with city status in north-eastern Luxembourg, capital city of the canton Diekirch and the district of Diekirch. The city is situated on the banks of the Sauer river.

The National Museum of Military History of Luxembourg is in Diekirch.

Name[change | change source]

Diekirch is mentioned in 938 as Theochirica and then as Diecirke in 1182 and Diekirke in 1221. The word Diekirch means, in Luxembourgish, "people's church".[2]

Geograpy[change | change source]

The Sauer river flows through Diekirch

The town of Diekirch, which lies in the south of the commune, has an area of 12.42 km2 (4.8 sq mi). The altitude is 187–396 m (614–1,299 ft) high. At the church, the altitude is 200 m (660 ft) high.[3]

Diekirch is surrounded by four communes: Tandel (Vianden canton) to the north, Bettendorf to the east, Vallée de l'Ernz to the south, and Erpeldange to the west.

The most important river is the Sauer (German, Luxembourgish) or Sûre (French) that flows through the city.

Population[change | change source]

As of 1 January  2016 (2016 -01-01), there are 6,896 persons living in the commune,[1] for a population density of 555.2 inhabitants/km2.

Mascot[change | change source]

The town's mascot is the donkey.[4] There is a donkey fountain in the centre of Diekirch.

Twin cities[change | change source]

The city of Diekirch has, as twin cities, the following cities:[5]

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Population by canton and municipality 1821 - 2014". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. http://www.statistiques.public.lu/stat/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=397&IF_Language=eng&MainTheme=2&FldrName=1. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  2. (Dutch) Maurits Gysseling, Toponymisch Woordenboek van België, Nederland, Luxemburg, Noord-Frankrijk en West-Duitsland (vóór 1226), Tongres, 1960. ("Online version". http://www.wulfila.be/tw/facsimile/. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  3. "Altitudes of the different localities per cantons (in m)". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. http://www.statistiques.public.lu/stat/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=142&IF_Language=eng&MainTheme=1&FldrName=1. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  4. "The donkey, the mascot of the city". Syndicat d'Initiative de la Ville de Diekirch. http://tourisme.diekirch.lu/en/diekirch/the-donkey-the-mascot-of-the-city/. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  5. "Villes jumelées" (in French). Diekirch.lu. http://www.diekirch.lu/fr/ville/villes-jumelees/. Retrieved 28 April 2014.