Minheim

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Minheim
Minheim Weinberge.jpg
Coat of arms of Minheim
Coat of arms
Minheim   is located in Germany
Minheim
Minheim
Coordinates: 49°51′56″N 6°56′11″E / 49.8655°N 6.9364°E / 49.8655; 6.9364Coordinates: 49°51′56″N 6°56′11″E / 49.8655°N 6.9364°E / 49.8655; 6.9364
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bernkastel-Wittlich
Municipal assoc. Bernkastel-Kues
Government
 • Mayor Werner Mertes
Area
 • Total 5.39 km2 (2.08 sq mi)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 461
 • Density 86/km2 (220/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 54518
Dialling codes 06507
Vehicle registration WIL
Website www.minheim.de
View of Minheim

Minheim is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies on the Moselle in the Trier region. Minheim belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Bernkastel-Kues, whose seat is in Bernkastel-Kues. The location inside a bend in the Moselle has led to the nickname Sonneninsel Minheim (“Sun Island”), especially in connection with tourism.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Neighbouring municipalities are Kesten and Piesport.

History[edit]

Minheim’s existence as a parish was witnessed as early as 1061. Beginning in 1794, Minheim lay under French rule. In 1814 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1947, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 8 council members, who were elected by proportional representation at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:[2]

  Mertes Bollig Total
2009 6 2 8 seats

Mayor[edit]

The mayor is Werner Mertes.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Minheim is one of the biggest winegrowing centres on the Middle Moselle. The municipality’s winegrowing locations (Einzellagen) belong to the winemaking appellation – Großlage – of Michelsberg. Moreover, there are many holiday homes, wine parlours and Straußwirtschaften (seasonal wine taverns run by the winemakers themselves and serving their own products). The so-called Sonneninsel has many hiking trails, inviting visitors on cycling tours.

The caravan park opened in 2000 was named “Park of the Year” in 2007 by readers of the mobile home magazine Promobil.

Minheim has at its disposal four inns.

Transport[edit]

On the other side of the Moselle runs Bundesstraße 53, and to the west runs the Autobahn A 1. In each of Salmtal and Wittlich is a railway station on the Koblenz-Trier railway line.

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