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Coat of arms of Melsbach
Coat of arms
Melsbach is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°29′27″N 07°28′42″E / 50.49083°N 7.47833°E / 50.49083; 7.47833Coordinates: 50°29′27″N 07°28′42″E / 50.49083°N 7.47833°E / 50.49083; 7.47833
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Neuwied
Municipal assoc. Rengsdorf
 • Mayor Joachim Herzog (SPD)
 • Total 2.80 km2 (1.08 sq mi)
Elevation 170 m (560 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,003
 • Density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 56581
Dialling codes 02634
Vehicle registration NR
winding tower of Melsbach
Kreuzkirche (church-of-the-cross)

Melsbach is a municipality in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Regional parts of Melsbach's surrounding belongs to the well-known air-spa of Rengsdorf.

Until the late 1960s in Melsbach a significant clay-mining was held. Today only a winding tower marks the place where the mines´ entrance has been.

Melsbach was a firm contract partner of the regionally famous pumice-mining corporation Kann-Werke until the late 1980s, when the pumice-fields ran out of containings.

A tourist attraction and popular panorama-motive are the ruins of the Kreuzkirche (church of the cross), situated at the southern entrance of the village.

Village history[edit]

  • 500 BC: a bronze bucket from this time is found in the local area
  • 1267: first documentary mentioning of the village: Graf Gottfried von Eppstein, the Younger, sells his estate
  • 1278: Melsbach becomes the parish of Rengsdorf
  • 1357: Melsbach becomes an important customer's facility
  • 1399: first description of the church-of-the-cross as a place of pilgrimage
  • 1692/1720: Melsbach receives its own school
  • 1747: Melsbach enparts to the parish of Altwied
  • 1789: lignite- and clayfields are found
  • 1786–1880: Digging of alaun in the first alaun-mine of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • 1850: At the Laubach creek blue schist is dug
  • 1863: first kermis in Melsbach, first calling of the regional wine "Melsbacher Goldberg"
  • 1865: year of the foundation of the Burschenverein Melsbach
  • 1907: Foundation of the Auxiliary Fire Brigade


  • Albert Hardt, Im Wiedischen Land, Rengsdorf 1989 – Geschichte der Orte in der Verbandsgemeinde Rengsdorf; therein: Melsbach und seine Geschichte, page 377 ff.


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