Town walls with the Grey Tower
|• Mayor||Klaus Hartmüller (CDU)|
|• Total||26.36 km2 (10.18 sq mi)|
|Elevation||232 m (761 ft)|
|• Density||300/km2 (770/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Kirchheimbolanden, the capital of Donnersbergkreis, is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, south-western Germany. It is situated approximately 25 km west of Worms, and 30 km north-east of Kaiserslautern. The first part of the name, Kirchheim, dates back to 774. It became a town in 1368, and the Sponheim family improved its security with many towers and walls. William, Duke of Nassau, ancestor of the royal families of Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and of the grand-ducal family of Luxembourg, was born in Kirchheimbolanden. It was also ruled by First French Empire between 1792 and 1814 before passing to Kingdom of Bavaria in 1815. It was a rural district centre in the Rheinkreis which was renamed Pfalz (Palatinate) in 1835.
Sons and daughters of the city
Year up to 1900
- Johann II of Nassau-Saarbrücken (1423-1472), nobleman
- Amelia of Nassau-Weilburg (1776-1841), Princess of Anhalt-Bernburg
- Princess Henriette of Nassau-Weilburg (1780-1857), nobleman
- Wilhelm, Duke of Nassau (1792-1839), Duke of Nassau from 1816 to 1839
- Georg von Neumayer (1826-1909), geophysicist and polar explorer, founder and leader of the German naval reserve .
- Eugen Wolf (1850-1912), journalist and researcher
- David Hoffmann (* 1980), bodybuilder
- Sascha Kotysch (* 1988), soccer player
- Max Roser, economist and media critic
- "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
- "Bevölkerungsstand 2017 - Gemeindeebene". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2018.
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