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Coat of arms of the local community Filsen
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Coordinates: 50 ° 14 '  N , 7 ° 35'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Rhein-Lahn district
Association municipality : Loreley
Height : 75 m above sea level NHN
Area : 1.88 km 2
Residents: 640 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 340 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56341
Area code : 06773
License plate : EMS, DIZ, GOH
Community key : 07 1 41 042
Association administration address: Dolkstrasse 3
56346 St. Goarshausen
Website :
Local Mayor : Ottmar Schnitzius
Location of the local community Filsen in the Rhein-Lahn district
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View of Filsen (seen from Boppard), in the foreground the foothills of Boppard
Watchport Filsen (1611)

Filsen (formerly Vilze , Filzen ) is a municipality in the Rhein-Lahn district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Loreley community .


Filsen is located in the middle of the largest Rhine loop on the Middle Rhine opposite Boppard .


Filsen was first mentioned in a document as Vilze in 1230. This first documentary mention documents a donation of vineyards to the Eberbach monastery . On February 6, 1276, a church in Vilzene consecrated to Saint Gallus was first mentioned in a document.

The name is derived from the Latin villicinus ( villa = country estate and vicinius = neighboring).

Filsen was initially part of the Boppard Empire . When the free imperial city of Boppard lost its imperial immediacy in 1327 and was pledged by King Heinrich VII to his brother, Archbishop Baldwin of Trier , Filsen also came to the electorate.

Until 1792 Filsen belonged to the Boppard office in the Electorate of Trier . After the French conquered the area on the left bank of the Rhine in 1794, the remains of the Boppard office on the right bank of the Rhine were incorporated into the Wellmich office based in Camp (today Kamp-Bornhofen ). Filsen came to Nassau-Weilburg through the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803 . In 1806 Nassau-Weilburg and Nassau-Usingen were united to form the Duchy of Nassau . With the annexation of the Duchy of Nassau by Prussia in 1866, Filsen became Prussian and from its founding in 1868 until its dissolution in 1944 it belonged to the Prussian province of Hessen-Nassau and from 1944 to 1945 to the province of Nassau . After the invasion of the Americans on March 25, 1945 Filsen came first to the province of Saarland-Palatinate-South Hesse and in 1946 to the newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

On April 1, 1886, the Filsen community was incorporated into the newly formed Sankt Goarshausen district , and from 1946 on the Sankt Goarshausen district. This was renamed the Loreley Circle in 1962 . As a result of the district reform in 1968, the Loreley district and the Unterlahn district were merged to form the Rhein-Lahn district . The community belonged to the Braubach community from 1972 to 2012 .


Municipal council

The local council in Filsen consists of twelve council members, who were elected by a majority vote in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


The local mayor of Filsen is Ottmar Schnitzius. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, there were no applicants. In this case, the municipal ordinance provides for an election by the municipal council, which could finally take place on October 16, 2019. Schnitzius is the successor to Markus Daniel (mayor since June 20, 2018) and his predecessor Berthold Dorweiler, who had held the office for 19 years.


In February 2018 the ten formerly independent parishes St. Martin ( Osterspai ), St. Margaretha (Filsen), St. Nikolaus ( Kamp-Bornhofen ), St. Jakobus the Elder ( Dahlheim ), St. Georg ( Kestert ), St. Martin ( Wellmich ), St. John the Baptist ( St. Goarshausen ), St. Nikolaus ( Kaub ), St. Peter and Paul ( Nastätten ) and St. Florin ( Strüth ) to the newly founded Roman Catholic parish “Heilige Elisabeth von Schönau ”, based in Kamp-Bornhofen, is part of the Limburg diocese .

Culture and sights


The many half-timbered buildings , especially the "Wachport", are worth seeing in Filsen .

The old town hall of Filsen was built in 1611 over a medieval gate of the former fortification, the so-called Wachport (also known as the old gate ). The former community baking house is attached to the old quarry stone work of the archway. The night watchman once stood on the platform, to which a wide stone staircase led. The village school teacher lived in the apartment above the archway. The town hall on the 2nd floor was a school hall until 1881, behind it was the municipal archive.

An inscription above the gate clearly summarizes the historical functions of the building:

I am called the Wachport,
as a university I am known in the village,
The watchman blew the hour at night, He
also announced fire and water.

A historic inn at the Old Gate from 1879 was also a butcher's shop until 2005.

In 1879 the construction of St. Margaretha Church in Gothic style was completed, replacing the old church dedicated to St. Gallus.

See also: List of cultural monuments in Filsen

Sights close-by

Filsen embedded in the loop of the Rhine, seen from the opposite mountain Gedeonseck

The " enemy brothers " with Liebenstein Castle and Sterrenberg Castle near Kamp-Bornhofen and the Loreley near St. Goarshausen , Marksburg and Lahneck Castle .


Filsen is located directly on Bundesstraße 42 , which runs through the Rhine Valley on the right bank of the Rhine.

The connection between Filsen and Boppard on the left bank of the Rhine is established by ferry traffic through the ferry Stadt Boppard .

Filsen train station is on the right-hand side of the Rhine and connects the town in local public transport with trains on the RB 10 Rheingau line ( Neuwied - Koblenz-Stadtmitte - Koblenz Hbf - Filsen - St. Goarshausen - Wiesbaden Hbf - Frankfurt-Höchst - Frankfurt-Hauptbahnhof ) a.


Web links

Commons : Filsen  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. 725 years church in the village of Vilzene 1276–2001 ( Memento from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF)
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2019 Filsen. Retrieved November 2, 2019 .
  4. ^ The State Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Loreley, Verbandsgemeinde, sixth result line. Retrieved November 2, 2019 .
  5. Information from the Loreley community - official announcements: Greetings from the new local mayor. Edition 43/2019. Linus Wittich Medien GmbH, accessed on November 2, 2019 .
  6. ^ Rhein-Lahn-Zeitung: An era ends: Berthold Dorweiler ends as local chief. April 8, 2018, accessed November 2, 2019 .
  7. Founding service: Parish "Heilige Elisabeth von Schönau" has its seat in Kamp-Bornhofen. In: Rhein-Zeitung. February 5, 2018, accessed on February 15, 2018 (paid link).