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Movile (German: Hundertbücheln) is one of the many dead-end villages in the Harbach Valley, into which the visitor deliberately drives and whose church castle can be seen from afar. The name of the village is derived from the numerous hills on the eastern edge of the village. Until the end of the Second World War, the Transylvanian Saxons were the majority of the village inhabitants. In the course of emigration after 1950 and especially after the fall of the Ceausescu regime in 1989, the number of ethnic Germans decreased rapidly. Movile was first mentioned in documents in 1355. However, it was probably founded at the end of the 12th century. The village is named after the numerous former mud volcanoes on the eastern edge of the village (Büchel = hill). Hundertbücheln belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary and was situated on the Transylvanian royal soil. Thus the inhabitants - originally mainly Transylvanian Saxons - were free farmers.