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Coat of arms of the former municipality of Erfenbach
Coordinates: 49 ° 28 ′ 51 ″  N , 7 ° 42 ′ 42 ″  E
Height : 230 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.3 km²
Residents : 2875  (Jun. 30, 2018)
Population density : 456 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 7th June 1969
Postal code : 67659
Area code : 06301
Erfenbach (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Location of Erfenbach in Rhineland-Palatinate

Erfenbach is a district of Kaiserslautern with around 2800 inhabitants. Until 1969 it was an independent community.



Erfenbach is on the edge of the Palatinate Forest . Immediately to the north is the North Palatinate Uplands . The place borders on the community Otterbach and its district Sambach and the districts of Kaiserslautern Erzhütten-Wiesenthalerhof and Siegelbach . The place is framed in the south by forest and in the north by agricultural land. Erfenbach also has two districts, Stockborn in the north and Lampertsmühle in the east.


In the center Erfenbachs is the cone-shaped, 275 meters above sea level high Stöffelsberg . The name of the elevation in today's spelling came about when the Palatinate was subordinated to the Kingdom of Bavaria after the end of the Napoleonic era in 1816 . When mapping the Palatinate, the Bavarian officials translated the word Stewwelsberch , which was heard in the local dialect , into written German as they understood it - Stöffelsberg . In reality the name means Stiefelberg . The 281.5 meter high Rotenberg extends northwest of the settlement area .


The Stockborner Bruch is located north of the core town . In the northeast, the district is bounded by the Lauter . The Frauenwiesbach grazes the northern edge of the settlement area. The Kohbach runs further north in the Stockborn area ; the Eimerbach forms the boundary to Katzweiler .


Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach lies within the temperate climate zone with precipitation in all seasons. Compared to other regions in Germany , Erfenbach has a very warm and very sunny climate. Due to the location in the lee of the Hunsrück and Eifel , precipitation is usually withheld in north-west weather conditions.

month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum (average value) 04 ° C 05 ° C 10 ° C 13 ° C 19 ° C 22 ° C 25 ° C 25 ° C 20 ° C 15 ° C 09 ° C 05 ° C
Minimum (average value) −1 ° C −2 ° C 02 ° C 03 ° C 08 ° C 12 ° C 14 ° C 13 ° C 09 ° C 06 ° C 03 ° C 01 ° C


Under different spellings such as Ervenpach, Erpfenbach, Erffenbach , the place was first mentioned in 1143 in files of the Höningen monastery . Around 1800 the name Erfenbach caught on. In the course of its eventful history , the place belonged temporarily to Lorraine , the Lords of Hoheneck and until the end of the 18th century to the Electoral Palatinate .

From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , Erfenbach was incorporated into the canton of Kaiserslautern and was subordinate to the Mairie Weilerbach . In 1815 the community had a total of 298 inhabitants. In the same year the municipality of Austria was struck. Just one year later, the place, like the entire Palatinate, changed to the Kingdom of Bavaria . From 1818 to 1862 he was a member of the Land Commissioner in Kaiserslautern ; from this the district office of Kaiserslautern emerged.

In 1937 the neighboring village of Stockborn was incorporated into Erfenbach. From 1939 the community was part of the Kaiserslautern district . After the Second World War , Erfenbach became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first administrative reform in Rhineland-Palatinate , the community was incorporated into the independent city of Kaiserslautern on June 7, 1969, leaving the district of the same name.


Erfenbach town hall


A local district was formed for the Erfenbach district . The local council consists of 15 members, the chair of the local council is chaired by the directly elected mayor .


Mayor is Reiner Kiefhaber (SPD). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 81.91% of the vote.

Herbert Heil (SPD) was mayor until his death in spring 2009. In June 2009, his party friend Reiner Kiefhaber was elected as his successor.

Local advisory board

Since the local elections on May 26, 2019, seven of the 15 seats have been assigned to the SPD , five to the FWG and three to the CDU . The SPD has thus lost its previous absolute majority in the council.

For more information on the local council, see the results of the municipal elections in Kaiserslautern .

coat of arms

Erfenbach coat of arms
Blazon : "In a blue field sprinkled with golden shingles above a lowered silver wave bar, a floating golden mill wheel."

The coat of arms was approved on December 5, 1922.


Cultural monuments

Exist locally a total of ten properties under conservation are


On the top of Stöffelsberg was once which was Huneburg . The castle was destroyed by fire in the 15th century. In 1909 there were still some hewn stones, remains of lime mortar and fire-blackened hollow bricks on the hilltop; today there is nothing left of the castle.


There are a total of 14 clubs in Erfenbach. The most important of them is the Turn- und Sportverein Erfenbach 1894 e. V. It currently has about 1100 members.

Economy and Infrastructure


The main employer in Erfenbach is the Lampertsmühle spinning mill . There are also a number of local handicraft businesses and service providers, numerous shops and inns. There are also farms, some of them full-time, but some of them also as part-time jobs. There is also a newly created industrial area (IG-Nord).


The local community is growing continuously through the development of further new development areas. There are two kindergartens, one Protestant and one municipal, as well as a primary school in the village. Medical care is guaranteed by a general practitioner, a dentist, a physiotherapist and a masseur. There is also a station for the Kaiserslautern fire department on site .


The place is north of the federal highway 6 and directly next to the federal highway 270 . State road 387 runs through Erfenbach .

From 1912 to 1972 Erfenbach was connected to the rail network via the so-called Bachbahn , which ran from the Lampertsmühle-Otterbach station to Weilerbach and from 1920 to Reichenbach. With the buses of line 108 (formerly 17 and 8) of Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern, SWK (formerly Technische Werke Kaiserslautern, TWK) and line 140 (formerly 6510) of Saar Pfalz Bus (formerly Regionalbus Saar Westpfalz, RSW), a subsidiary in the group of Deutsche Bahn AG, there is a connection to local public transport. The bypass road was opened in 2004, which has reduced traffic congestion in the town.


Sons and daughters of the place

People who worked on site

  • Gustav Adolf Bernd (1869–1942), sculptor and stonemason, designed the local war memorial
  • Hans Beckmann (* 1959), politician (SPD), sits on the local advisory board
  • Manfred Plath (* 1961), soccer player, played for TuS Erfenbach from 1968 to 1979
  • Andreas Rahm (* 1967), politician (SPD), worked as branch manager of the Sparkasse Kaiserslautern-Erfenbach until 2016

Web links

Commons : Erfenbach  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics / core city & districts. City of Kaiserslautern, July 9, 2018, accessed on July 6, 2019 .
  2. ^ Wilhelm Volkert (ed.): Handbook of Bavarian offices, communities and courts 1799–1980 . CH Beck, Munich 1983, ISBN 3-406-09669-7 , p. 490 .
  3. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 167 (PDF; 2.8 MB).
  4. ^ City of Kaiserslautern: main statute. (PDF) § 9 by July 14, 2019, accessed on October 23, 2019 .
  5. City of Kaiserslautern: Announcement of the results of the elections of May 26, 2019 of the local councilors in the city of Kaiserslautern in accordance with Section 65 of the local electoral code (KWO). (PDF) June 6, 2019, accessed October 23, 2019 .
  6. a b Jürgen Keddigkeit u. a .: Palatinate Castle Lexicon. Vol. 2. F – H , Kaiserslautern 2002, pp. 445–447 (= contributions to Palatine history, published by the Institute for Palatinate History and Folklore).