Gau-Bickelheim

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Gau-Bickelheim
Coat of arms of Gau-Bickelheim
Coat of arms
Gau-Bickelheim   is located in Germany
Gau-Bickelheim
Gau-Bickelheim
Coordinates: 49°50′08″N 08°01′04″E / 49.83556°N 8.01778°E / 49.83556; 8.01778Coordinates: 49°50′08″N 08°01′04″E / 49.83556°N 8.01778°E / 49.83556; 8.01778
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Alzey-Worms
Municipal assoc. Wöllstein
Government
 • Mayor Friedrich Janz
Area
 • Total 7.99 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Elevation 139 m (456 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,070
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55599
Dialling codes 06701
Vehicle registration AZ
Website www.gau-bickelheim.de

Gau-Bickelheim is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Gau-Bickelheim lies south of the Wißberg (mountain) in the Rheinhessisches Hügelland (Rhenish-Hessian Uplands).

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]

CDU WG Gau-Bickelh. WG Erbenich Gesamt
2009 7 6 3 16 seats

Mayor[edit]

Gau-Bickelheim’s mayor is Friedrich Janz (CDU).

Coat of arms[edit]

The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per fess abased argent three pickaxes palewise in fess, the middle one abased, gules, and gules a wheel spoked of six of the first.

The pickaxes are a canting charge: “Pickaxe” is Pickel in German, which sounds rather like the second and third syllables of the municipality’s name, Gau-Bickelheim. The escutcheon’s base contains the Wheel of Mainz, an historical symbol of Electoral Mainz.[3]

Town partnerships[edit]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

The Kreuzkapelle on the Wißberg near Gau-Bickelheim

Buildings[edit]

  • Pfarrkirche St. Martin (“Saint Martin’s Parish Church”)[4]
  • Kreuzkapelle (“Cross Chapel”)

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

Running through the municipality is Bundesstraße 420. Running nearby from northwest to southeast is the Autobahn A 61. The Gau-Bickelheim interchange (Nr. 52) is not right on Bundesstraße 420, but rather, it can be reached over Bundesstraße 50. The interchange itself is rather a sprawling one and looks somewhat like a half cloverleaf. This came about because the original plan called for there to be an interchange between the A 60 and the A 61 here.[5] In the mid 1990s, an off-highway service centre was built nearby.

Gau-Bickelheim has at its disposal a railway station on the Rheinhessenbahn.

Public institutions[edit]

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Richard Groß, politician

Famous people associated with the municipality[edit]

  • School inspector Franz-Josef-Spang, local historian
  • The writer Arno Schmidt lived for a short while in Gau-Bickelheim after the Second World War as an Umsiedler (member of a mass migration). The municipality is mentioned in passing at the beginning of the narrative Schwarze Spiegel (“Black Mirrors”). The narrative Die Umsiedler gives this time a literary treatment.

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