Kindenheim

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Kindenheim
Coat of arms of Kindenheim
Coat of arms
Kindenheim   is located in Germany
Kindenheim
Kindenheim
Coordinates: 49°36′40″N 08°09′51″E / 49.61111°N 8.16417°E / 49.61111; 8.16417Coordinates: 49°36′40″N 08°09′51″E / 49.61111°N 8.16417°E / 49.61111; 8.16417
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Grünstadt-Land
Government
 • Mayor Albrecht Wiegner (FW)
Area
 • Total 8.96 km2 (3.46 sq mi)
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,021
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67271
Dialling codes 06359
Vehicle registration DÜW
Website www.kindenheim.de

Kindenheim 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 northwest of the Rhine-Neckar urban agglomeration and is a winegrowing centre in the Palatinate near the north end of the German Wine Route. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land, whose seat is in Grünstadt, although that town is itself not in the Verbandsgemeinde.

History[edit]

In 817, Kindenheim had its first documentary mention as Cunerono. Later it was called Cunnenheim or Kinnenheim. Until 1969 it belonged to the now abolished Frankenthal district, and in 1972 it was assigned to the newly formed Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land

Religion[edit]

In 2007, 59.8% of the inhabitants were Evangelical and 12.5% Catholic. The rest belonged to other faiths or adhered to none.[2]

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:

2009 SPD FWG Pro Kindenheim Total
seats 5 7 4 16

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: In Silber auf grünem Grund zwei unbekleidete naturfarbene Kinder, von denen das rechte in der Rechten geschultert eine goldene Hacke, das linke in der Linken ein goldenes Rebmesser (Sesel) hält, während beide mit der anderen Hand zwischen sich eine aufrecht stehende grüne Traube halten.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Argent on a mount vert two naked children proper crined Or, the one in dexter holding in his dexter hand a two-pronged hoe resting on his shoulder of the third, the one in sinister holding in his sinister hand a billhook of the third, both supporting with their free hands a bunch of grapes palewise reversed with leaves of the second.

The arms were approved by the Mainz Ministry of the Interior in 1967 and go back to a court seal from 1544, albeit in modified form. The two children are canting for the municipality’s name, Kind being the German word for “child” and Kinder the word for “children”.[3]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Buildings[edit]

The Kreutzenberger winery can be considered a monument in building form. The Bauhaus architect Otto Prott built the house in the economically hardship-stricken 1920s in the style of Modernity. In 2005, the house was carefully expanded in the style of those times with the addition of a winepress house with a wine tasting parlour on the rooftop terrace. The architect Heribert Hamann earned the Architekturpreis Wein for this.

Regular events[edit]

  • The kermis (church consecration festival, locally known as the Kerwe) is held every year on the first weekend in September.
  • The shooting club holds its local championships each year in the sport and leisure hall.
  • The TV Kindenheim (gymnastic club) yearly stages its sport week at the clubhouse and on the sporting grounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ KommWis, Stand: 31. Dezember 2007
  3. ^ Karl Heinz Debus: Das große Wappenbuch der Pfalz. Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1988, ISBN 3-9801574-2-3

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