Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach

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Gleiszellen viewed from Blidenfeldstraße, with the Rhine valley in the background
Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
Coat of arms of Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
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Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach   is located in Germany
Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach
Coordinates: 49°07′45″N 8°00′38″E / 49.12917°N 8.01056°E / 49.12917; 8.01056Coordinates: 49°07′45″N 8°00′38″E / 49.12917°N 8.01056°E / 49.12917; 8.01056
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Südliche Weinstraße
Municipal assoc. Bad Bergzabern
Government
 • Mayor Dr. Klaus Jung (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 5.32 km2 (2.05 sq mi)
Elevation 216 m (709 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 809
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76889
Dialling codes 06343
Vehicle registration SÜW
Website www.gleiszellen-gleishorbach.de

Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach is a municipality in Südliche Weinstraße district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is formed by the two villages of Gleiszellen and Gleishorbach, which, although they nowadays almost touch each other, retain distinct identities. Gleiszellen's first mention in a historical document dates to 1136, whereas Gleishorbach first appeared in a historical record in 1304. Both sit at the bottom of a small mountain called the Hatzelberg, which overlooks the Rhine valley; Gleiszellen now also occupies a good portion of the slopes of the Hatzelberg, having expanded into what were once fields and vineyards. Gleiszellen and Gleishorbach boast picturesque streets at their centers, with many old timberframe houses. The villages are surrounded by vineyards; on their western side, they border the Pfälzerwald, with its extensive forests and hiking paths.

A wintry scene showing St. Dionysius, located on a hill between Gleiszellen and Gleishorbach

Historically, Gleiszellen and Gleishorbach were modest farming communities. Nowadays, wine-making (each village is home to at least half a dozen different wine-making establishments), together with tourism, has brought Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach considerable prosperity. Many of the current residents have chosen to live in Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach because of the beauty and tranquility of the place. They commute to work, for example to Landau or Karlsruhe.

Gleiszellen and Gleishorbach have numerous restaurants, guesthouses, and two hotels, but there are no shops, banks, or a post office. The villages are, however, served by a bus line that connects them with Landau to the north, and Bad Bergzabern and Wissembourg (France) to the south.

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