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TownAchenEtting at 1.8 km (5 min)
Insee code57006Kalhausen at 4 km (7 min)
Postcode57410Gros-Réderching at 4.4 km (11 min)
Latitude49.0436640Wiesviller at 4.8 km (7 min)
Longitude7.1817530Woelfling-lès-Sarreguemines at 6.2 km (11 min)
AltitudeFrom 225 to 336 metersBining at 6.4 km (11 min)
Surface12.12 km²Rohrbach-lès-Bitche at 8.3 km (11 min)
Population1034 inhabitantsOermingen at 8.8 km (15 min)
Density85 inhabitants/km²Schmittviller at 8.8 km (16 min)
Chief townMetz (at 88 km, 68 min)Wittring at 9 km (13 min)
DepartmentMoselleSarreinsming at 9 km (17 min)
RegionLorraineSearch another town


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  • History of Achen:
  • The village is mentioned for the first time in a text of 1199, as Aqua (water, river), then in 1246 Acchene, and finally in 1553 Achen, its final form. The village is an ancient parish of the Archdiocese of Hornbach in the diocese of Metz, in the past Rohrbach in 1804. The Church of St. Peter, the collation of the Cistercian Sturzelbronn until 1621, was the mother church of Etting and Kalhausen.
  • From a temporal perspective, the land belonged to the lords of the Petite-Pierre (Lutzelstein) then occupied by the Duke of Lorraine, who met his lordship at the village of Bitche. This is given in the 12th century the son of Frederick II, Reginald, along Blieskastel Count, now in Saarland. Thus, we understand the Treaty of 1246 by which the 2nd Duke Mathieu promises when he has recovered the manor of Bitche, make Achen Count of Little Peter. In the following, Count Hugh seems to be back in fact in possession of Achen since, in 1272, he gave the patronage and tithes to the abbey of Achen Sturzelbronn, who will surrender in 1621, the Duke of Lorraine in exchange for six Maldras salt Dieuze. In 1382, Count Henri Achen claims to hold in fief of the empire.
  • In 1457, Wolter Thann commits its rights, property and people Achen William Fénétrange, whose rights are secondary to his death in 1472 his niece, Barbara Fénétrange, and her husband, Count Nicolas Morse-Sarrewerden . On July 12, 1553, Count of Nassau-Saarbrücken assigns the village of Deux-Ponts Jacques who, in 1297, had acquired the lordship of Bitche. In 1572, the manor was occupied by the Duke of Lorraine, and since that date, Achen sharing the fate of the duchy of Lorraine.
  • The village became a municipality in the canton of Rohrbach-lès-Bitche in 1790.
  • The rugged and varied topography has resulted in the construction of important works of the Maginot Line and in particular that of the High Poirier. The population was evacuated on September 1, 1939 in Charente, in Condac, Jarnac, Bioussac, Poursac and Barro, the mayor having folded Condac. The residents returned to their village on 1 October 1940.
  • Bombed December 7, 1941, the village was liberated by U.S. troops on December 8, 1944. But when the offensive Von Rundstett, the Germans returned to the northern entrance of the town, where fierce fighting is taking place January 3, 1945, rue de Wiesviller. The Germans were finally pushed back the next day, however.
  • The village has preserved some ancient monuments: the church built in 1725 and enlarged on the side of the choir in 1778, memorials of the 18th and 19th Century relocated in the old cemetery surrounding the church until 1966, road and several cross.
  • The old bridge in the center of the village bearing the statue of St. John of Nepomuk and consisting of five arches, rebuilt in 1786, jumped at the bombing. It is replaced by a concrete bridge with one pier.
  • The town is listed in order of Brigade 11 November 1948: "Commune de Lorraine devastated by bombings and fighting have been delivered on its territory, has 9 Achen killed and 8 wounded. Automatically removed from September 1939, the population, on his return in October 1940, was the subject of many annoyances and stresses on the part of the enemy, but she remained loyal to the motherland. Through its attachment to France and its sacrifices, Achen has acquired rights to the recognition of the Country ". This quote includes the award of the Croix de Guerre with bronze star. Achen paid a heavy price during the two world wars: 20 casualties during the First World War, two victims during the Second World War, 14 Although we fallen or not returned to civilian victims of bombings from 1940 to 1945.10, or a common disaster to 48%.
  • Arms:
  • The blazon of the town, by order of the prefect of March 14, 1950, is as follows: Gules a chevron cut bent silver and two golden keys together chevron stitching and gold paid to the Cross of Lorraine gules.
  • The upper part is the crest of the Earl of Little Peter and the lower those of the Earl of Bitche. The two keys are the attributes of St. Peter, patron of the parish.
  • Personalities linked to the municipality:
  • Blaise Illig, commander Achen born in 1851.
  • Rene Sieffert, japonologue Achen born in 1923.
  • Jacques Muller, canon Achen born in 1924.


  • The Church of St. Peter, rebuilt in 1728 (date shown by the portal) to replace a 15th century church, which remains an element of tracery in the south bay of the second level of the bell tower. Enlarged towards the choir after a request from the priest, the aldermen and community leaders to the bishop of Metz, pursuant to an order of Episcopal 1778. Until 1979, the cemetery was located around the church and the oldest graves have been preserved and placed along the south side and a wall north of the building.
  • The Gallo-Roman of Salwa.
  • Many mills, many of them still active in the first half of the 20th century, turned on the stream of Achen:
  • The Walkmühle (a mill) is given to a man named Louis Jacques Muller by Count de Deux-Ponts, lord of Bitche and half Lichtenberg, life lease in 1546. In 1572, Laurent Muller is miller. Ten years later, he was allowed to transfer wheat to the mill village, where he became quite possibly the Neumühle, and the mill is turned into a mill. Mentioned in 1661-1703 as being destroyed, Jean Funfrock obtained May 20, 1733, the Duchess Regent, permission to rebuild it, out to give a tithe of fourteen francs per year. The man named Antoine Muller Sarre-Union takes this authorization. In 1867, the mill belongs to a certain Peter Gross of Achen, whose son returned to him in 1908, its original destination of wheat mill. It is not currently operated by its current owner.
  • The Neumühle, right in the village is mentioned for the first time in 1612 as belonging to John Zoller. This mill was destroyed during the Thirty Years War, was sold after the reconstruction Nicolas Muller, the heir of John Zoller. The mill current residential use.
  • Altmühl inhabited before the Thirty Years War in 1570 by Etienne Muller and finally in 1612 by John Vogel, is completely destroyed during the Second World War.
  • The Oligmühle, 800 m from the Altmühl, is mentioned for the first time in 1729, its original owner is a Wittbrauch. The following owners are Jean Nicolas Schmitt from 1762 to 1782 and then his son John Schmitt. Jean Freyermuth and Eve Herzog their succeeding before moving on to the mill children and grandchildren of the latter, until 1878, when farmers retire to Rahling. The new owner, Stephen Bertran, sold it in 1890 to Charles Gross Bining, the husband of Barbara Hoffmann. The son of the latter, Jean Assant operated until recent years and the mill following the fate of others in 1971.
  • The Gallenmühle owes its name, according to local tradition, a certain Gallen, immigrated from Switzerland. This mill, owned by Philippe Seyler 1725 who bought it for 875 crowns (Taler) to his father, Pierre Seyler, remained property of the family until 1896. The mill is not currently active.
  • The mill disappeared Naumühle is mentioned in 1758.
  • Remains of the Second World War:
  • The work of the High-Poirier, Maginot Line.
  • The Valley Achen includes accommodation of officers and NCOs, built before the war for military 153rd Infantry Regiment stationed at French Achen. The barracks is completely destroyed.


  • Night Carnival organized by the firefighters on the 2nd Saturday of March.
  • People Power (10 km, 20 km) on Ascension organized by the CLED.
  • Open Fire Brigade last Sunday of July.
  • New Year's Eve Party hosted by football players.


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