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Coat of arms of the local community Dudenhofen
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Coordinates: 49 ° 19 '  N , 8 ° 23'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Rhine-Palatinate District
Association municipality : Römerberg-Dudenhofen
Height : 104 m above sea level NHN
Area : 12.95 km 2
Residents: 6061 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 468 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 67373
Area code : 06232
License plate : RP
Community key : 07 3 38 007
Association administration address: Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 6
67373 Dudenhofen
Website : www.dudenhofen.de
Local Mayor : Jürgen Hook ( SPD )
Location of the local community Dudenhofen in the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis
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Dudenhofen is a municipality in the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate . It is the administrative seat of the Römerberg-Dudenhofen community . Dudenhofen, which has around 6000 inhabitants, is designated as a basic center according to state planning .


Geographical location

Dudenhofen lies in the Rhine plain in the Palatinate region . The municipality borders the city of Speyer to the east . The Speyer forest extends to the north of the district . The large cities of Ludwigshafen am Rhein and Mannheim are about 15 kilometers northeast of Dudenhofen. Dudenhofen also includes. the residential areas Atzelhof, Falkenhof, Ruppertsäckerhof, Waldhaus and Zwölfmannsgarten. Neighboring communities are - clockwise - Schifferstadt , Speyer, Römerberg , Harthausen , Hanhofen and Böhl-Iggelheim .


Both the Speyerbach and its tributary Woogbach flow through the middle of the settlement area. The Hainbach passes under the former and flows as Krebsbächel into the Woogbach.


In 1156 Dudenhofen was first mentioned in a document by Friedrich Barbarossa in the spelling "Tutenhoven". The current spelling has been proven since 1392. Finds in the area around Dudenhofen show the remains of settlements from Roman times and the time of the Franconian conquest of the land , so that the founding of the settlement at the time of the documentary mention was certainly several centuries ago. The burial gift of a Franconian tumbler is attributed to the 8th century AD.

974 was founded by Emperor Otto II. The jurisdiction of the towns of Speyergaus on which the settlement is to be expected due to their proximity to the town of Speyer, the Diocese of Speyer assumed. Until the dissolution of the existing rule in 1797 through the annexation to the French Republic , Dudenhofen belonged to the Speyer bishopric and was there at last under the Deidesheim office . This affiliation was not always undisputed, since its political independence in 1294, the city of Speyer claimed sovereignty over Dudenhofen, but never tried to enforce this claim.

From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , Dudenhofen was incorporated into the Canton of Speyer and had its own Mairie . In 1815 the place had a total of 700 inhabitants. In the same year it was added to Austria . Just one year later, Dudenhofen, like the entire region, moved to the Kingdom of Bavaria and its Rhine district . From 1818 to 1862 the community belonged to the Landkommissariat Speyer ; from this the district office of Speyer emerged.

From 1939 the place was part of the district of Speyer . After the Second World War , Dudenhofen became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform , the place moved to the district of Ludwigshafen am Rhein , which has been called Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis since 2004 . In 1972 Dudenhofen became the seat of the newly created association of the same name . The place has been part of the Römerberg-Dudenhofen community since 2014 .


Town hall in Dudenhofen

Municipal council

The municipal council in Dudenhofen consists of 22 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU GREEN FDP FWG total
2019 6th 8th 4th 2 2 22 seats
2014 4th 12 2 2 2 22 seats
2009 4th 12 2 2 2 22 seats
2004 3 12 3 2 2 22 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Group Dudenhofen


The honorary local mayor is directly elected for five years. Peter Eberhard (CDU) has held office since 2009. He was replaced by Jürgen Hook (SPD) in 2019.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Dudenhofen
Blazon : "In blue a silver cross, the upper arm of which is elongated anddrawn out to the rightto form a stylized curve ."
Justification of the coat of arms: It was approved by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the Interior in 1962 and goes back to a court seal from 1744. However, the "crooked creutz" was already used around 1715 on Dudenhofen boundary stones . The coat of arms had previously been introduced in 1845, but with the arbitrarily defined colors black and silver. Since the place belonged to the bishopric of Speyer for a long time, its colors silver and blue were chosen. The flag is square in blue and white.

Parish partnership

Dudenhofen's partner municipality has been the South Tyrolean municipality of Martell since 1974 .

Culture and sights

Cultural monuments

Listed St. Gangolf Church

There are a total of eleven objects on site that are listed , including the St. Gangolf Church .


The nature reserve Woogwiesen extends partly over the municipality area. The only natural monument on site are the horse chestnuts with stone cross and plant . There is also a 97 hectare area within the community that has been declared a DBU natural heritage area.

Economy and Infrastructure


From 1921 Dudenhofen owned a station on the 1956 disused local line Speyer – Neustadt . In the meantime, the bus line 507 operated by PalatinaBus runs through the town and creates a connection to Neustadt and Speyer. Bundesstrasse 39 and Landesstrasse 537 run right through the town .


As the seat of the association , Dudenhofen is home to its administration. There is also the regional school Dudenhofen / Römerberg on site .


Dudenhofen cycling track

Dudenhofen is known for its cycling track , called the "bathtub". Since 2000 this has been the venue for the international four-lane tour . The FV Dudenhofen also exists on site .

Children's hospice

The only children's hospice in Rhineland-Palatinate is located in Dudenhofen. An extension was inaugurated in 2015.


The PWV hut Im Bolig, inaugurated in 2005, is located on the eastern edge of the settlement area . The From Rhine to Wine cycle path and the Franconia-Hesse-Kurpfalz long-distance hiking trail marked with a red cross also run through the municipality .


Daughters and sons of the church

Personalities who have worked on site

  • Werner Adler (* 1946), former Bundesliga soccer player, was a coach at FV Dudenhofen.
  • Jürgen Creutzmann (* 1945), member of the Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament from 1989 to 2009, vice-president of the state parliament from 2001 to 2006 and member of the European parliament from 2009 to 2014. Member of the municipal council in Dudenhofen for 40 years
  • Edward Duyker (* 1955), Australian writer and historian. In his biography, François Péron wrote about the occupation of Dudenhofen in 1793.
  • Jan van Eijden (* 1976), former track cyclist, Olympic starter in Sydney 2000 , coach of the British national track bike team. He started as an active player for RV 08 Dudenhofen.
  • Isidor Markus Emanuel (1905–1991), Catholic theologian, Bishop of Speyer, was a chaplain in Dudenhofen.
  • Georg Gölter (* 1938), politician, former Minister of Culture of Rhineland-Palatinate, lives in Dudenhofen.
  • Uli Gsell (* 1967), sculptor with work on the Sculpture Path in Dudenhofen.
  • Clemens Körner (* 1959), politician, former association mayor of Dudenhofen, district administrator of the Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis .
  • Johannes Kriebitzsch (1857–1938), glass painter, designed the windows of St. Gangolf in Dudenhofen.
  • Theodor Nauerz (1909–2007), Catholic theologian, victim of Nazi persecution, was a chaplain in Dudenhofen.
  • Johannes Pfeiffer (1886–1965), Catholic theologian, professor at the University of Santiago de Chile, was previously a pastor in Dudenhofen.
  • Paul Schädler (* 1930), politician, former district administrator and district president of Rheinhessen-Pfalz , lives in Dudenhofen
  • Michael Scheurer (* 1975), former track cyclist, German champion, started for the RV 08 Dudenhofen.
  • Niels Schlotterbeck (* 1967), former Bundesliga soccer player, was a player-coach at FV Dudenhofen.
  • Olaf Schmäler (* 1969), former Bundesliga soccer player, was a youth coach at FV Dudenhofen.
  • Meinolf Schmid , holder of the Order of Merit of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Werner Schramm (1933-2004), Protestant theologian, Church President of the Protestant Church of the Palatinate , died in Dudenhofen.
  • Nikolaus von Weis (1796–1869) Catholic theologian, Bishop of Speyer, was a pastor in Dudenhofen.

Web links

Commons : Dudenhofen  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 104 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  4. Dudenhofen municipality , accessed on March 4, 2014.
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  7. Results of the direct elections in the VG Römerberg-Dudenhofen at the regional returning officer
  8. ^ Fritz Klotz: Local history of the community Dudenhofen / Pfalz. 1964.
  9. ^ Dudenhofen, partnerships