Bornheim (Rheinhessen)

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Coat of arms of the local community Bornheim
Bornheim (Rheinhessen)
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Bornheim highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 47 '  N , 8 ° 4'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Alzey-Worms
Association municipality : Alzey Land
Height : 177 m above sea level NHN
Area : 4.45 km 2
Residents: 925 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 208 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 55237
Area code : 06734
License plate : AZ
Community key : 07 3 31 012
Association administration address: Weinrufstrasse 38
55232 Alzey
Website :
Mayoress : Renate Stephanie Steingaß
Location of the local community Bornheim in the Alzey-Worms district
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Bornheim ( listen ? / I ) is a municipality in the Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Alzey-Land association. Audio file / audio sample


Bornheim is known in Rheinhessen as the "gateway to Rheinhessen Switzerland ".

Bornheim nestles in a valley under the protection of the Oswaldshöhe.

In Bornheim there is the large Adelberg vineyard .


Bornheim was first mentioned in a document in 767/768 in the Lorsch Codex . Early forms of the name are Bruniheim , Brunnenheim and Brunheim . Finds show that the place existed earlier. For example, fire graves and a Franconian row grave cemetery from around 500 AD were found in the village . The Oswaldshöhe probably already served as a meeting place for the Germans.

The church was first mentioned in 1241 and partially destroyed by French troops in 1690. In particular, the tower with wall paintings from the 13th century was preserved. It also houses the oldest bell in Rheinhessen.

Like the surrounding communities, Bornheim belonged to the Wildgraves in the early Middle Ages and from 1671 to their related Rhinegraves . After the Napoleonic wars, the community fell to the Grand Duchy of Hesse as part of Rheinhessen in 1816 .

On December 31, 1871, the railway came to the place. Passenger traffic on the Armsheim - Bornheim - Flonheim - Wendelsheim route ( Wiesbachtalbahn ) was discontinued in 1966. It has now been completely shut down.

After the First World War, French troops set up an ammunition depot "Auf dem Kissel" right next to the railway line.

Half a year before the seizure of power, the municipality granted Adolf Hitler honorary citizenship on June 2, 1932 . According to current law, these honorary citizenship rights automatically expire upon death. Furthermore, the local council has expressly distanced itself from granting Hitler honorary citizenship.
During the Second World War, several bombs fell in the area, but luckily they did not cause any major damage.

As the village of roses and wine , the place became known after 1961. At that time, 5,000 climbing roses had been planted. This was certainly one of the reasons why the community won gold in the national competition “ Our village should be more beautiful ” in 1973 and was long considered the most beautiful community in Rheinhessen.

Statistics on population development

The development of the population of Bornheim, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 289
1835 408
1871 417
1905 440
1939 439
year Residents
1950 569
1961 533
1970 552
1987 538
2005 740


Municipal council

The council in Bornheim consists of twelve council members, who in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a majority vote were elected, and the volunteer local mayor as chairman. In the 2014–2019 electoral period, two groups were temporarily represented in the council: Guckenbiehl and Matheis.

Local mayor

  • Bernhard Beck (2004 to 2014)
  • Renate Stephanie Steingaß (since 2014)

Nobody ran for the office of mayor in the 2019 local elections. Therefore, the new municipal council has the task of making the election.

coat of arms

Bornheim coat of arms
Blazon : “Split by silver and black; on the right a shaded blue shot ladder, on the left a red-tongued silver lion. "
Justification of the coat of arms: The lion refers to the Wild and Rhine Counts, feudal lords in Bornheim since the Middle Ages; the shot ladder, also called wine ladder , is a symbol of 1200 years of viticulture in Bornheim.

Culture and sights

Cuckoo Tower on the Oswaldshöhe
  • Church, choir tower around 1200, with wall paintings from the 13th century and Stumm organ
  • Village fountain
  • Old handle pump of a well
  • Kuckucksturm , vineyard and observation tower on the Oswaldshöhe

See also:

Economy and Infrastructure


  • Motorway connection Bornheim A 61
  • State road 408


Web links

Commons : Bornheim  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Minst, Karl Josef [transl.]: Lorscher Codex (Volume 3), Certificate 1891, 767 or 768 - Reg. 338. In: Heidelberger historical stocks - digital. Heidelberg University Library, p. 335 , accessed on February 23, 2016 .
  3. ^ Hitler deleted as an honorary citizen in Allgemeine Zeitung Alzey on March 2, 2012
  4. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: City Council Election 2019 Bornheim. Retrieved September 7, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  7. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: direct elections 2019. see Alzey-Land, Verbandsgemeinde, sixth result line. Retrieved September 7, 2019 .