Sankt Wendel (district)

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Sankt Wendel
Flag of Sankt Wendel
Coat of arms of Sankt Wendel
Coat of arms
St Wendel.svg
CapitalSankt Wendel
 • Total476.09 km2 (183.82 sq mi)
 (31 December 2016)[1]
 • Total88,457
 • Density190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationWND

Sankt Wendel is a Kreis (district) in the north of the Saarland, Germany. Neighboring districts are Trier-Saarburg, Birkenfeld, Kusel, Neunkirchen, Saarlouis, Merzig-Wadern.

History[change | change source]

The district was created in 1834 when Prussia bought the Lichtenfeld area from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. After World War I the Saar area came under special rulership of the League of Nations, and the Sankt Wendel district was split into two parts. The northern part, the Restkreis Sankt Wendel, was merged into the district Birkenfeld, the southern part stayed in the Saarland in its smaller size.

Geography[change | change source]

The district is located in the Saar-Hunsrück natural area, a hilly area with elevations between 200 and 600 meters. The main river in the district is the Nahe. The Bostalsee is the biggest tourist lake in the south-west of Germany, covering an area of about 1.2 km².

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms The blue lion represents the counts of Veldenz, a branch of the Wittelsbach family. The silver lion is taken from Nassau-Saarbrücken. The two counties had the most important possessions in the districts. The shield in the middle show a fleur-de-lis taken from the city Sankt Wendel, in the colours taken from the Lorraine.

Towns and municipalities[change | change source]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Sankt Wendel
  1. Freisen
  2. Marpingen
  3. Namborn
  4. Nohfelden
  1. Nonnweiler
  2. Oberthal
  3. Tholey

References[change | change source]

  1. "Fläche und Bevölkerung - Stand: 31.12.2016 (Basis Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Amt des Saarlandes (in German). January 2018.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 49°30′N 7°10′E / 49.5°N 7.17°E / 49.5; 7.17