|• Mayor||Ursula Knoll (CDU)|
|• Total||8.07 km2 (3.12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||117 m (384 ft)|
|• Density||180/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Culture and sightseeing
- 5 Economy and infrastructure
- 6 Famous people
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The municipality is a winegrowing centre with a long tradition in the field, and is part of the Rhine-Neckar urban agglomeration. Ruppertsberg belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Deidesheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.
In 1040, Ruppertsberg had its first documentary mention. Most likely it grew out of the Hoheburg (castle) beginning in 800. About 1100, the last Count of the Kraichgau donated the village to the Bishopric of Speyer, which then enfeoffed the Knights of Ruppertsberg with it. In the 14th century, Imperial troops destroyed the castle, whereupon the Knights built a moated castle, the so-called Schloss, in the village’s northeast. After the destruction wrought by the Thirty Years' War, only two families were left in Ruppertsberg.
After the French Revolution, the village became part of the Department of Mont-Tonnerre (or Donnersberg in German), until in 1815, the Congress of Vienna assigned it, together with the rest of the Palatinate, to Bavaria. After the Second World War, the new state of Rhineland-Palatinate was formed. Since 1973, Ruppertsberg has belonged to the Verbandsgemeinde of Deidesheim.
The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:
|Party||Result in %||No. of seats|
|CDU||52.0 (+3.1)||9 (+1)|
|FWG||35.6 (−8.7)||5 (−2)|
|SPD||12.4 (+5.7)||2 (+1)|
Ruppertsberg’s mayor since 2004 has been Ursula Knoll (CDU). At the mayoral election held on 7 June 2009, in which she faced no challengers, she was reëlected with 87.9% of the vote.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In Gold ein in den Ecken gemauerter schwarzer Turm mit vier Zinnen über einer schwarzen Mauer mit je einer Zinnen rechts und links und mit einem offenen Spitztor, darin in Gold eine grünbestielte blaue Traube.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Or a tower embattled of four and masoned at the corners sable on a wall of the same with a merlon at each end, in base a gateway with pointed arch of the field in which a bunch of grapes azure slipped vert.
The arms were approved in 1955 by the Mainz Ministry of the Interior. They replaced the old armorial bearing which bore the letters “BS” flanking a charge that does not seem to be identifiable. It looked like a rake or perhaps a harrow. Many explanations have been put forth (a tool of some kind, a village symbol, somebody’s monogram, a charge from the arms borne by the old feudal lords, and still others). The current arms are meant to represent the Knights’ castle and, with the bunch of grapes, the local winegrowing.
Ruppertsberg fosters partnerships with the following places:
Culture and sightseeing
Saint Martin’s Catholic Parish Church (Katholische Pfarrkirche St. Martin) in Ruppertsberg is a three-naved Late Gothic building from the early 16th century. Particularly worth seeing is the stone pulpit, created about 1510 with its images of saints and prophets.
The former Teehaus (tea house) is Ruppertsberg’s landmark. It was built in 1840 a few hundred metres west of the village in the vineyards on the model of the one at the English Garden in Munich. The former tea house is a big rectangular pavilion with a glazed upper floor.
Of the moated castle (Wasserburg) on the northeast side of the municipality, expanded into a residential castle (Schloss) in the 18th century under Damian Hugo Philipp von Schönborn, two of the original four wings have been preserved. Owing to later conversions, the building’s character as a residential castle has been all but lost.
The Ruppertsberger Weinkerwe (wine fair) is held each year on the last weekend in August. The Sunday of this weekend is also Erlebnistag Deutsche Weinstraße (“German Wine Route Adventure Day”).
Economy and infrastructure
Nearby Deidesheim station on the Pfälzische Nordbahn affords rail links to Bad Dürkheim and Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Moreover, buslines lead to surrounding places. Public transport is integrated into the VRN, whose fares therefore apply.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Eduard Nortz (1868–1939), politician (BBB)
- Edmund Bien (1927–2007), Bundesliga referee
Famous people associated with the municipality
- Johann Kaspar Adolay (1771–1825), politician
- "Gemeinden in Deutschland mit Bevölkerung am 31. Dezember 2015" (PDF). Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2016.
- KommWis, Stand: 31.12.2007
- Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz, zugegriffen am 11. Juni 2009
- Die Rheinpfalz – Mittelhaardter Rundschau, Ausgabe vom 8. Juni 2009
- Karl Heinz Debus: Das große Wappenbuch der Pfalz. Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1988, ISBN 3-9801574-2-3
- Description and explanation of Ruppertsberg’s arms
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