Falkenstein, Rhineland-Palatinate

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Coat of arms of Falkenstein
Coat of arms
Falkenstein  is located in Germany
Location of Falkenstein within Donnersbergkreis district
Falkenstein in KIB.svg
Coordinates: 49°36′27″N 7°52′26″E / 49.60750°N 7.87389°E / 49.60750; 7.87389Coordinates: 49°36′27″N 7°52′26″E / 49.60750°N 7.87389°E / 49.60750; 7.87389
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Donnersbergkreis
Municipal assoc. Winnweiler
 • Mayor Andreas Fischer
 • Total 7.48 km2 (2.89 sq mi)
Elevation 404 m (1,325 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 191
 • Density 26/km2 (66/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67808
Dialling codes 06302
Vehicle registration KIB
Website www.falkenstein-pfalz.de
Falkenstein Castle

Falkenstein is a municipality in the Donnersbergkreis district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The castle was the seat of the Counts of Falkenstein.


In 1255, the Counts of Falkenstein inherited territories of extinct Hagen-Munzenberg. In 1418, the line died out, the territory was passed to Lords of Eppstein and Counts of Solms. Later the Solms portion passed to Isenburg-Budingen by female inheritance. In 1647, there was a siege, shelling and storming of the castle by the French. In 1654 Falkensteiners stormed the building and shot the Lorraine commander Weingart. The last Count of Falkenstein, William Wirich, sold 1667, the impoverished county to the Duke of Lorraine. In 1736 the Imperial House of Habsburg possessed the county through the marriage of Francis Stephen of Lorraine with Maria Theresia. In 1816 Falkenstein was transferred along with the rest of Pfalz to Kingdom of Bavaria as a result of decisions taken at the Congress of Vienna agreements.