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Coat of arms of Sommerloch
Coat of arms
Sommerloch  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 49°53′N 07°46′E / 49.883°N 7.767°E / 49.883; 7.767Coordinates: 49°53′N 07°46′E / 49.883°N 7.767°E / 49.883; 7.767
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Kreuznach
Municipal assoc. Rüdesheim
 • Mayor Thomas Hasslinger
 • Total 2.53 km2 (0.98 sq mi)
Elevation 246 m (807 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 426
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55595
Dialling codes 06706
Vehicle registration KH

Sommerloch is a municipality in the district of Bad Kreuznach administrative region in Rhineland-Palatinate, in western Germany.

Greeting Sign at Sommerloch



Sommerloch lies 12km northwest of Bad Kreuznach in the vicinity of the Nahe Valley, on the edge of the Soonwalds. The village is surrounded by vineyards. Seven wineries grow about 100 hectares of vines, primarily Riesling grapes. This wine region is not far from the "middle" Rhine River, just 25km from Bingen am Rhein or 33 km from Ingelheim am Rhein.

In the town on Weinbergstraße (Wine Mountain Street) is Saint Aegidius Roman Catholic church built in 1789.

Nearby villages include Sankt Katharinen, Braunweiler and Wallhausen.


A valley, not a summer hole[edit]

In the 1158 Sommerloch was mentioned as managed by the Rupert Monastery of Bingen. Later the location was ruled by the Herrschaft Dalberg.

The name originally referred to the location as being a wet basin or a wet valley. Today the village is situated in a pleasant valley surrounded by hills planted with rows of grapes.

The German newsmedia term Sommerloch refers to a boring time in the summer when news is lacking.

Alternatively, the popular translation of the German word Sommerloch is in English "silly season".

Year Population
1815 175
1835 268
1871 233
1905 261
1939 264
Year Population
1950 319
1961 331
1970 349
1987 386
2005 434


The population of Sommerloch is mostly Roman Catholic. Saint Aegidius is the village church; built in 1789. The church is managed by the church staff of nearby Wallhausen.

St Aegidius Church Interior


The Sommerloch council consists of eight council members. The members are voluntary; the mayor is the council chairman.

Business and infrastructure[edit]

In the south is the Federal Highway 41. In the nearby town of Bad Kreuznach is a station of the railway Bingen-Saarbrücken.

The largest employer of Sommerloch is HUM-Festerbau, a firm that makes and installs windows, doors, garden rooms, metal window shades and similar housing materials.

Industrial Park - includes HUM-Festerbau


External links[edit]

Media related to Sommerloch at Wikimedia Commons

See also[edit]