Dorn-Dürkheim

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Dorn-Dürkheim
Coat of arms of Dorn-Dürkheim
Coat of arms
Dorn-Dürkheim   is located in Germany
Dorn-Dürkheim
Dorn-Dürkheim
Coordinates: 49°46′06″N 8°16′10″E / 49.76833°N 8.26944°E / 49.76833; 8.26944Coordinates: 49°46′06″N 8°16′10″E / 49.76833°N 8.26944°E / 49.76833; 8.26944
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Mainz-Bingen
Municipal assoc. Guntersblum
Government
 • Mayor Claus-Dieter Biegler (CDU)
Area
 • Total 5.60 km2 (2.16 sq mi)
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 911
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67585
Dialling codes 06733
Vehicle registration MZ
Website Verbandsgemeinde

Dorn-Dürkheim is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Dorn-Dürkheim lies between Mainz and Worms, in the “Heart of Rhenish Hesse”. The municipality belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Guntersblum, whose seat is in the like-named municipality.

History[edit]

In 767, Dorn-Dürkheim had its first documentary mention in a document from the Lorsch Abbey. The municipality belonged from the 10th to 12th century to the Bishopric of Worms and passed thereafter as a fief to the Lords of Bolanden. Assigned to the Oberamt of Alzey beginning in 1457, Dorn-Dürkheim was temporarily occupied by the French, before the community, along with the whole province of Rhenish Hesse passed to the Grand Duchy of Hesse. In 1897, Dorn-Dürkheim acquired a railway link on the Osthofen–Gau-Odernheim line.

Since the Second World War, Dorn-Dürkheim has belonged to the newly founded federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, at first in the Alzey-Worms district. The municipality was incorporated into the Verbandsgemeinde of Guntersblum in 1972 and was also assigned to the Mainz-Bingen district.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

Town council[edit]

The council is made up of 13 council members, counting the part-time mayor, with seats apportioned thus:

CDU Wählergruppe Schmitt Total
2004 7 5 12 seats

(as at municipal election held on 13 June 2004)

Coat of arms[edit]

The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per fess sable a demi-lion rampant Or armed, langued and crowned gules, and azure a crozier from base issuant, the crook ending in a rose argent.[2]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

The nearest Autobahn interchange is Biebelnheim on the A 63, some 10 km away.

  • In the neighbouring centre of Hillesheim a railway connection on the Osthofen–Gau Odernheim line was once available. Service ended on 29 September 1974.

Palaeontology[edit]

In 1972, one of Europe’s richest mammalian fossil fields was discovered through pedological investigation at Dorn-Dürkheim, with many species from the Miocene. In an oxbow of the ancient Rhine bone and tooth fragments were recovered from more than 70 mammalian species, among others sabre-toothed cats, hyenas, tapirs, muntjacs, dwarf deer, forest antelopes, forerunners of today’s horses, and proboscids from the time about 8.5 million years ago[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden am 31.12.2012". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2013. 
  2. ^ Description of arms in German
  3. ^ Ernst Probst: Deutschland in der Urzeit, p. 283, Munich 1986)

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.