Weisenheim am Berg

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Weisenheim am Berg
Coat of arms of Weisenheim am Berg
Coat of arms
Weisenheim am Berg   is located in Germany
Weisenheim am Berg
Weisenheim am Berg
Coordinates: 49°30′43″N 08°09′01″E / 49.51194°N 8.15028°E / 49.51194; 8.15028Coordinates: 49°30′43″N 08°09′01″E / 49.51194°N 8.15028°E / 49.51194; 8.15028
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Bad Dürkheim
Municipal assoc. Freinsheim
Government
 • Mayor Georg Blaul (CDU)
Area
 • Total 9.21 km2 (3.56 sq mi)
Elevation 230 m (750 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,718
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 67273
Dialling codes 06353
Vehicle registration DÜW
Website www.weisenheim.de

Weisenheim am Berg (Palatine German: Weisrem, or to distinguish it from Weisenheim am Sand, Weisemberg) 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 on the edge of the Haardt range in the Palatinate. Woods cover 54.7% of the municipal area. Weisenheim am Berg belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Freinsheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Clockwise from the north, these are Bobenheim am Berg, Herxheim am Berg, Leistadt and Altleiningen.

History[edit]

In 771, Weisenheim am Berg had its first documentary mention in the Lorsch codex.

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:[2]

SPD CDU FDP Total
2009 6 9 1 16 seats
2004 6 9 1 16 seats

Coat of arms[edit]

The German blazon reads: Von Silber und Schwarz geteilt, oben die miteinander verschlungenen schwarzen Großbuchstaben WAB, unten ein sechsstrahliger goldener Stern, beseitet von je einer silbernen Rose mit goldenem Butzen.

The municipality's arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per fess argent the letters W, A and B in fess ligatured sable, and sable a mullet Or between two roses of the first seeded of the third.

The arms go back to a village seal from 1764. The charges in the escutcheon's lower half are unclear. They could be a reference to the old local court.

The arms have been borne since 4 April 1984.[3]

Town partnerships[edit]

Weisenheim am Berg fosters partnerships with the following places:

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Ungeheuersee

Natural monuments[edit]

The nearby Ungeheuersee reservoir, surrounded by mixed forest, is protected as a natural monument.

Regular events[edit]

  • At the long weekend around Ascension Day, Weisenheim’s biggest regular event is held, the traditional Partnership, Wine and Homeland Festival.
  • Each year on the next to last weekend in August, the Kerwe, a wine festival, is held.
  • On the Sunday before Volkstrauertag, the Stutzenfest is held at which new citizens are initiated.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

To the east runs Bundesstraße 271, which in the north leads to the Autobahn A 6. In Herxheim am Berg is a railway station on the Pfälzische Nordbahn. From Bad Dürkheim runs the Rhein-Haardtbahn to Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Public transport is integrated into the VRN, whose fares therefore apply.

Education[edit]

Weisenheim has one kindergarten and one primary and regional school.

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

References[edit]

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