Erpolzheim

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Erpolzheim
Coat of arms of Erpolzheim
Coat of arms
Erpolzheim   is located in Germany
Erpolzheim
Erpolzheim
Location of Erpolzheim within Bad Dürkheim district
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Coordinates: 49°29′21″N 08°13′28″E / 49.48917°N 8.22444°E / 49.48917; 8.22444Coordinates: 49°29′21″N 08°13′28″E / 49.48917°N 8.22444°E / 49.48917; 8.22444
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Freinsheim
Government
 • Mayor Alexander Kurt Bergner
Area
 • Total 3.60 km2 (1.39 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,357
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67167
Dialling codes 06353
Vehicle registration DÜW

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

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies in the Palatinate on the German Wine Route. Erpolzheim belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Freinsheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.

History[edit]

In 781, the municipality had its first documentary mention as Erbholfesheim.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected 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]

SPD CDU FWG Total
2009 5 4 7 16 seats
2004 5 6 5 16 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: Von Blau und Silber gespalten, rechts ein halber rotbewehrter silberner Adler am Spalt, links eine aufgerichtete blaue Weintraube mit grünen Blättern.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per pale azure issuant from the line of partition an eagle displayed argent armed and langued gules, and argent a bunch of grapes slipped proper reversed.

The village’s oldest known seal from the 16th century bears the eagle as a charge, the device also borne by the Counts of Leiningen, who held the local lordship. Late in that same century, the grapes were added to stand for winegrowing. Some later seals, however, showed another plant with three leaves. The current arms are based on seals from the 16th and 17th centuries. They have been borne since 17 July 1952.[3]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Regular events[edit]

Each year in May, a culinary walking tour is held for fruit, asparagus and wine with 16 sampling stops offering homemade treats amidst the blossoming fruit groves and vineyards.

Along the 6.5 km walking circuit one finds, besides asparagus dishes, also other specialities and Erpolzheim wines.

Each year on the second-last weekend in August, the Weinkerwe (wine fair) is held.

At the Erpolzheimer Martinsmarkt (market) in November, artists display their works in the open courtyards.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Wine[edit]

In Erpolzheim, the following wineries and wine estates can be found:

  • Weingut Hubach
  • Winzerhof Horst Koch
  • Weingut Kohl
  • Weingut Herbert Koob & Sohn
  • Winzerhof Ruth Mayer
  • Weingut Veddeler

Bakery[edit]

Bäckerei Sippel selfmade German bread and cake

Transport[edit]

Erpolzheim lies on the single-track Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Bad Dürkheim - Freinsheim – Grünstadt railway line and it has a stop with a lovely railway station building, although it is not used as such, but rather as a house. In the village centre up by the church is a bus stop served by buses on the Busverkehr Rhein-Neckar (BRN) route 453.

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

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