Weisenheim am Berg
|Weisenheim am Berg|
|• Mayor||Georg Blaul (CDU)|
|• Total||9.21 km2 (3.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||230 m (750 ft)|
|• Density||190/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Culture and sightseeing
- 5 Economy and infrastructure
- 6 Famous people
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
In 771, Weisenheim am Berg had its first documentary mention in the Lorsch codex.
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:
Coat of arms
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 have been borne since 4 April 1984.
Weisenheim am Berg fosters partnerships with the following places:
- Plaus (Italian pronunciation: [ˈplaus]), South Tyrol, Italy
- Saint-Gengoux-le-National, Saône-et-Loire, France
- Niederdorla, Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Thuringia
Culture and sightseeing
- 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
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.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Otto Georgens, auxiliary bishop in the Bishopric of Speyer
- Municipality’s official webpage (German)