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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, the Diekirch commune
Map showing, in orange, the Diekirch commune
Country  Luxembourg
Canton Diekirch
Commune Diekirch
City since 24 February 1843
Area
 • Total 12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Highest elevation
396 m (1,299 ft)
Lowest elevation
187 m (614 ft)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total 6,472
 • Density 521.10/km2 (1,349.6/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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

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".

Geography

Diekirch sauer
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.

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

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

Evolution of the population in Diekirch

Mascot

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

Twin cities

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

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