Virneburg is a municipality in the district of Mayen-Koblenz in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. Virneburg Castle is located in the village.


Coat of arms
Location of Virneburg within Mayen-Koblenz district
Coordinates: 50°20′32″N 7°4′44″E
Municipal assoc.Vordereifel
  MayorHerbert Pung
  Total5.42 km2 (2.09 sq mi)
402 m (1,319 ft)
  Density71/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02656
Vehicle registrationMYK


Virneburg is a municipality in the Vulkaneifel. Next towns are Mayen in the East and Adenau in the West. The average height is 402 meters above NN. Virneburg is in a valley surrounded by four mountains. In the middle of Virneburg there is a fifth mountain on which the Virneburg ruin was built.

County of Virneburg

The County of Virneburg lies between Mayen and Adenau, near the city of Koblenz. It is located in what is now called the region of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Counts of Virneburg (ca 1052–1445)

The earliest Counts of Virneburg date back to the eleventh century.[2]

  • Bernhard, Count of Virneburg (died after 1052)
  • Herman I, Count of Virneburg (died after 1112)
  • Herman II, Count of Virneburg (died after 1157)
  • Godfrey, Count of Virneburg (died after 1192)
  • Frederik, Count of Virneburg (died after 1213), brother of Godfrey.
  • Herman III, Count of Virneburg (died after 1238), probably the son of Godfrey, Count of Virneburg.
  • Henry I, Count of Virneburg. Son of Hermann III and Lukardis of Nassau.
  • Robert II, Count of Virneburg (died 1308). Son of Henry I and his wife Ponzetta.
  • Robert III, Count of Virneburg (died 1352). Son of Robert II and Kunigunde von Neuenahr.
  • Gerard, Count of Virneburg (died 1379), son of Robert III.
  • Adolf, Count of Virneburg (died 1384), son of Robert III.
  • Robert IV, Count of Virneburg (died 1445), son of Adolf of Virneburg and Jutta van Randerode.

Other notable members of the Virneburg family:

  • Heinrich II of Virneburg, the sixth son of Count Heinrich of Virneburg. Archbishop of Cologne from 1304 to his death in 1332.
  • Jan van Virneburg (died 23 June 1371) was a bishop of Münster from 1363 to 1364, and bishop of Utrecht from 1364 to 1371. Son of Robert III of Virneburg

Counts of Manderscheid and Virneburg

  • Francis, Count of Manderscheid and Virneburg (b. 1514 – d. 1548)
  • Joachim, Count of Manderscheid and Virneburg (d. 9 Sep. 1582).[3]
    • Anna Salome of Virneburg.
    • Elisabeth of Virneburg. Inherited Virneburg from her sister Anna Salome.

Counts of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg (1611–1812)

  • Christopher Louis, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1611–1618. Eldest son of Louis III, co-heir with his brothers. Became ruler of Virneburg through marriage with its heiress Elisabeth of Virneburg.
  • Frederick Louis , Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1618–1657. Eldest son of predecessor.
  • Louis Ernest, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1657–1681. Eldest son of predecessor.
  • Joachim Frederick, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1681–1689. Eldest son of predecessor.
  • Eucharius Kasimir, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1689–1698. Younger brother of predecessor.
  • Henry Frederick, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1698–1721. Paternal first cousin of predecessor.
  • John Louis Vollrath, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1721–1790. Eldest son of predecessor.
  • John Karl Louis, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Virneburg 1790–1812. Title changed to Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg.


  1. "Bevölkerungsstand 2018 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2019.
  2. Cawley, Charles, Counts of Virneburg, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, on Medieval Lands
  3. Johann Friedrich Schannat, Georg Baersch, Eiflia illustrata oder geographische und historische Beschreibung der Eifel, Volumes 1-2 , Mayer, 1825, p 1058, Google Books
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