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General view of Diekirch.
General view of Diekirch.
Coat of arms of Diekirch
Map showing, in orange, the Diekirch commune
Map showing, in orange, the Diekirch commune
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
Citysince 24 February 1843
 • MayorClaude Haagen
 • Total12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Highest elevation
396 m (1,299 ft)
Lowest elevation
187 m (614 ft)
 • Total6,472
 • Density520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial 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".[3]

Geography[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.[4]

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]

There were 6,472 persons living in the commune in 2017,[2] for a population density of 521.1 inhabitants/km².

Evolution of the population in Diekirch

Mascot[change | change source]

The town's mascot is the donkey.[5] 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:[6]

Gallery[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Surface area of the cantons and municipalities". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Population by canton and municipality 1821 - 2017". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. (in Dutch) Maurits Gysseling, Toponymisch Woordenboek van België, Nederland, Luxemburg, Noord-Frankrijk en West-Duitsland (vóór 1226), Tongres, 1960. ("Online version". Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  4. "Altitudes of the different localities per cantons (in m)". Statistics Portal - Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  5. "The donkey, the mascot of the city". Syndicat d'Initiative de la Ville de Diekirch. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  6. "Villes jumelées" (in French). Diekirch.lu. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2014.