Double village - Doppeldorf

The Doppeldorf Saint-Santin d'Aveyron in the department of Aveyron and immediately adjacent Saint-Santin-de-Maurs in the department of Cantal (France).

A double village (also: double village, English: double village; French: village double) is a village type of settlement and is formed from two communal communities. Double villages can be found worldwide.


Double villages are communal units:

A distinction can therefore be made between legal units and factual units. Legal units are often formed or divided by amalgamating or separating towns, provinces, etc. This can be done voluntarily, i.e. with the consent of the population, or involuntarily.



A special case is z. E.g. the double village of Saint-Santin d'Aveyron ( Aveyron department ) and Saint-Santin-de-Maurs ( Cantal department ), which has been separated since 1790 , which historically belongs together and also has some common facilities (school, shopping market, formerly the cemetery, etc.) .), but now insist on the independence of each part and market this for tourism . [5] The writer Jean Anglade (* 1915) was inspired by this double village for the novel Un souper de neige (A dinner in the snow) . [6]

France / Spain

La Jonquera in Spain forms a double village with the French Le Perthus . On the Spanish side there is the tax-privileged area Els Límits . This is very popular with French buyers. On October 21, 2010 the largest brothel in Europe with 80 rooms was opened on the Spanish side with sex workers, especially from Romania ; this against the will of the municipal council and the mayor. The building permit was obtained in court. Brothels are banned in France. [7]


Other double villages are proud of the development to double villages and the similarities, such as: B. Petershagen / Eggersdorf [8] or Bröthen / Michalken [9] and point out this special circumstance. [10]

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Ulrich Möckel , Trinksaifen and Hochofen, a double village in the Bohemian Ore Mountains , collection of historical traditions and episodes from the life of the former German residents of these two places on the southern slopes of the Ore Mountains, self-published, Schönheide 2007.
  2. Jürgen Ritter, Peter Joachim Lapp: The Border, a German Building , 7th Edition, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-86153-560-7 , p. 128.
  3. Formerly: called St. Margrethen-Höchst.
  4. Formerly: called St. Johann-Höchst.
  5. ^ Gérard Foussier, Ein Doppeldorf, Kommunale Teilung as a tourist attraction in Documents / Documents, Journal for the Franco-German Dialogue, 4/2015, p. 7 ff.
  6. ^ Gérard Foussier, Ein Doppeldorf, Kommunale Teilung as a tourist attraction in Documents / Documents, Journal for the Franco-German Dialogue, 4/2015, p. 9.
  7. Europe's largest brothel opened in Spain, October 22, 2010, accessed June 7, 2018.
  8. Petershagen / Eggersdorf , for example, deliberately chose the website domain: .
  9. The Doppeldorf celebrates its festival in ten days, "The Doppeldorf Bröthen / Michalken celebrates the 39th German-Sorbian Village Festival in ten days ...", Lausitzer Rundschau from August 12, 2014.
  10. Lots of newcomers for the Doppeldorf zu Gusow-Platkow in the Märkische Onlinezeitung from February 16, 2015 or a tour with stories from the Doppeldorf zu Ellwürden and Abbehausen , NWZ-Online from December 28, 2015.