is a district (Kreis
) in the north of Rhineland-Palatinate
. Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Ahrweiler
, district-free Koblenz
, and Vulkaneifel
The district was created in 1973
when the two districts, Mayen and Koblenz, were merged.
The district has been 'twinned' with the Borough of Waverley in Surrey in southern England since 1977.
The two main rivers of the district are the Rhine
and the Moselle
, which join at the Deutsches Eck
. In the west of the district are the Eifel
mountains. These also include the large lake, the Laacher See
, a volcanic caldera
formed 12000 years ago.
Coat of arms
| The coat of arms combine the elements of the two precursor districts. The tree, a Maie, is taken from the Mayen district. The wavy line represents the two rivers Rhine and Moselle. The crown is a reference to the fact that in Rhens the Councils of Electors took place to choose the emperors and kings of the Holy Roman Empire.
Towns and municipalities