Bad Dürkheim (district)

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Bad Dürkheim
District
Rhineland-Palatinate DÜW.svg
Country  Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Capital Bad Dürkheim
Area
 • Total 595 km2 (230 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 130,927
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration DÜW
Website kreis-bad-duerkheim.de

Bad Dürkheim is a district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts of Kaiserslautern, Donnersbergkreis and Alzey-Worms, the city of Worms, the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, the city of Neustadt/Weinstraße, the districts of Südliche Weinstraße, the city of Landau (the Taubensuhl/Fassendeich forest part of the city), the district Südwestpfalz, and the city of Kaiserslautern.

History[edit]

The eastern rim of the Palatinate forest has been densely populated since the Middle Ages. Several medieval castles show the significance of the region during the early Holy Roman Empire.

The district was established in 1969 by combining portions of the former districts of Neustadt and Frankenthal.

DIALECT

The dialect of Bad Dürkheim and environs is closer to the Pennsylvania Dutch language -- also known as Pennsylvania German or as Deitsch, the native tongue of the Amish and others -- than any other dialect of German.

Geography[edit]

The district is located on the eastern rim of the Palatinate Forest a line of hills called called the Haardt. The German Wine Road (Deutsche Weinstraße), a scenic road along the best vineyards of the Palatinate wine region, runs through the district from north to south. The district is sometimes called "the heart of the Palatinate".

The best wine-growing area is the Mittelhaardt ("Middle Haardt"), where the Riesling wine is cultivated, which is considered to be one of the best German wines.

It is known for the great wine which they celebrate every year.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms displays:
  • The heraldic lion of the Palatinate
  • Grapes symbolising the Wine Road and the vineyards
  • The heraldic eagle of the former county of Leiningen

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Verband-free towns Verband-free municipality
  1. Bad Dürkheim
  2. Grünstadt
  1. Haßloch
Verbandsgemeinden
  1. Deidesheim1, 2
  2. Forst an der Weinstraße
  3. Meckenheim
  4. Niederkirchen bei Deidesheim
  5. Ruppertsberg
  1. Bobenheim am Berg
  2. Dackenheim
  3. Erpolzheim
  4. Freinsheim1, 2
  5. Herxheim am Berg
  6. Kallstadt
  7. Weisenheim am Berg
  8. Weisenheim am Sand
  1. Battenberg
  2. Bissersheim
  3. Bockenheim an der Weinstraße
  4. Dirmstein
  5. Ebertsheim
  6. Gerolsheim
  7. Großkarlbach
  8. Kindenheim
  9. Kirchheim an der Weinstraße
  10. Kleinkarlbach
  11. Laumersheim
  12. Mertesheim
  13. Neuleiningen
  14. Obersülzen
  15. Obrigheim
  16. Quirnheim
  1. Altleiningen
  2. Carlsberg
  3. Hettenleidelheim1
  4. Tiefenthal
  5. Wattenheim
  1. Elmstein
  2. Esthal
  3. Frankeneck
  4. Lambrecht1, 2
  5. Lindenberg
  6. Neidenfels
  7. Weidenthal
  1. Ellerstadt
  2. Friedelsheim
  3. Gönnheim
  4. Wachenheim1, 2
1seat of the Verbandsgemeinde; 2town

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Coordinates: 49°30′N 8°10′E / 49.5°N 8.17°E / 49.5; 8.17