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Coordinates: 49 ° 48 '  N , 7 ° 30'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Bad Kreuznach
Association municipality : Kirner Land
Height : 190 m above sea level NHN
Area : 12.62 km 2
Residents: 1690 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 134 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 55606
Area code : 06752
License plate : KH
Community key : 07 1 33 046
Community structure: 3 districts
Association administration address: Bahnhofstrasse 31
55606 Kirn
Website : www.kirn-land.de
Local Mayor : Hans Helmut Döbell ( SPD )
Location of the local community Hochstetten-Dhaun in the Bad Kreuznach district
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From left to right: St. Johannisberg, Hochstetten and Hochstädten
Dhaun Castle, view from the Kellenbachtal

Hochstetten-Dhaun is a municipality in the Bad Kreuznach district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Kirner Land association. Hochstetten-Dhaun is a state-approved resort .


Hochstetten-Dhaun is located in the Nahe valley between the Hunsrück in the north and the Palatinate in the south .

Community structure

Hochstetten-Dhaun consists of the three districts

  • Hochstetten (north of the Nahe) with the hamlets and residential areas Karlshof, St. Johannisberg, Waldeck and Waldhof; the Karlshof is one of the last Dhauner Höfe on the heights north of the Nahe;
  • Hochstädten (south of the Nahe); Formed a unit with Hochstetten until the end of the 18th century;
  • Dhaun Castle with the Heinzenberger Gesellschaftsmühle residential area.


Dhaun castle ruins , engraving by Caspar Scheuren , 1834

Numerous burial mounds in the municipality testify that this area was already settled in prehistoric times.

The place name is first mentioned around 1100 in a Mainz document for the Disibodenberg monastery , in which a certain "Ludovicus de Hosteden" (Ludwig von Hochstetten) donated goods to the monastery that he owned in the village of Merxheim . The prefix of the place name "Hoch" has nothing to do with the geographical location of both districts, since Hochstetten and Hochstädten are in the near lowlands. The place name goes back to the basic form "Hofstätte" and describes the place where a landowner once owned an estate.

The district of Hochstetten on the left side of the river used to be officially called “Next Hochstetten”, while today's district of Hochstädten on the other side of the river was called “Überhochstetten”. The additions “next” and “over”, used for centuries, refer to the location of both villages near Dhaun Castle , in order to distinguish the “next Hochstetten” located near Dhaun from the “Überhochstetten” on the other side. Both villages were part of the Dhaun and Rhine County's office and formed the court or the Hochstetten mayor's office .

After the so-called "Dhauner feud" between the Wild Count Johann von Dhaun and the Trier Elector Baldwin had ended for the Wild Count in a defeat of his village Hochstetten in 1342 had to Kurtrier assign, for its part, again the Waldgraves so belehnte and thus its Allegiance assured. The Counts of Veldenz also had certain goods and rights in Hochstetten that they had given to their followers.

In 1426 Vogt Johann von Simmern had half the village and court in Überhochstetten from the Dhauner Wildgrafen as a fief. In 1515, the wildgraves' office Dhaun consisted of the castle, the village of Dhaun, the village and the Bailiwick of Simmern under Dhaun , the villages of Über- and Nachbar-Hochstetten and the Dhaun'schen shares in Kirn , Bergen , Rhaunen and Hausen .

In 1794 the Left Bank of the Rhine was occupied during the First Coalition War , and in 1798 the area was reorganized by the French directorate based on the French model. The Nahe formed the border between two departments here . The municipalities "Weiterhochstetten" (Hochstetten) and Dhaun were assigned to the Mairie Kirn and the canton Kirn and belonged to the arrondissement de Simmern in the Rhine-Mosel department ; "Überhochstetten", renamed "Hochstädten" at the time, belonged to the Mairie Merxheim in the canton of Meisenheim , which was assigned to the arrondissement de Birkenfeld in the Saardépartement . The Protestant parish “St. Johannisberg ”lost its independence and was subordinated to the Meckenbach parish.

After the end of French rule in the area on the left bank of the Rhine (1814), the region was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna , which took possession of it in April 1815. The municipalities Hochstetten and Dhaun came in 1816 for mayor Kirn (renamed Office Kirn-Kand 1927) in the district of Kreuznach in Koblenz . The area south of the Nahe was ceded to the Landgrave of Hessen-Homburg in 1816 . Hochstädten became part of the Meisenheim Oberamt , which existed until 1866 and became part of the Prussian Meisenheim district. Hochstädten belonged to the mayor's office of Meddersheim (renamed to Amt Meddersheim in 1927). The Meisenheim district was incorporated into the Kreuznach district in 1932, thus ending the different district affiliations of the three communities Dhaun, Hochstädten and Hochstetten. After the dissolution of the Meddersheim office, Hochstädten also came to the Kirn-Land office in 1940, from which the Kirn-Land association was formed in 1968 .

Today's local community Hochstetten-Dhaun was created as part of the municipal territorial and administrative reform through the voluntary amalgamation of the previously independent communities Dhaun (then 208 inhabitants), Hochstädten (322) and Hochstetten bei Kirn (835) on June 7, 1969.


Municipal council

The municipal council in Hochstetten-Dhaun consists of 16 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU FWG total
2019 9 1 6th 16 seats
2014 10 2 4th 16 seats
2009 10 2 4th 16 seats
2004 7th 2 7th 16 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Association Hochstetten-Dhaun e. V.


The local mayor is Hans Helmut Döbell (SPD). In the local elections on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in office with 60.26% of the votes.

Districts and mayors

Hochstetten-Dhaun has two local districts, which are defined in the main statute as follows:

  • District of Schloss Dhaun: includes the former municipality of Dhaun and the Karlshof.
  • Hochstädten district: the area of ​​the former Hochstädten municipality.

Since the municipality refrains from electing local councils, only the two local councilors had to be determined in the municipal election on May 26, 2019. These are:

  • Dhaun Castle District: Lars Reidenbach (SPD), elected with 64.00% of the votes.
  • Hochstädten district: Karl-Friedrich Schmidt (FWG), elected with 89.33% of the votes.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Hochstetten-Dhaun
Blazon : "Split shield, two gold crossed hammers in front in green, behind in gold a red, blue-armored and tongued lion."
Foundation of the coat of arms: The two hammers are the characteristic symbol of the stone industry in the municipality. The lion refers to the former belonging to the Wild and Rhine County .

The communities of Dhaun, Hochstädten and Hochstetten bei Kirn had their own coats of arms until their dissolution on June 6, 1969. The council of the newly formed community Hochstetten-Dhaun decided on August 8, 1969 to continue the previous coat of arms of the community Hochstetten. The draft submitted by the graphic artist Brust, Kirnsulzbach, was accepted by the municipal council on July 6, 1964 and approved by the Ministry of the Interior in Mainz on February 15, 1965. The Ministry of the municipality of Hochstetten-Dhaun issued the approval for the continuation of the coat of arms on October 2, 1969.

Culture and sights


  • Dhaun Castle , seat of the Wild and Rhine Counts
  • St. Johannisberg Collegiate Church with grave monuments
  • Near Skywalk, a steel viewing platform built in 2014 in the St. Johannisberg district, which offers a very good view of the Nahe valley.

See also: List of cultural monuments in Hochstetten-Dhaun

People who worked on site

  • Johann Philipp Roos (* 1754; † after 1823) from Dhaun, lawyer, historian and archivist, 1781 to 1796 as a law firm, later as a clerk at Merxheim in "Rheingrafen-Dhaun"
  • Hedwig Bienkowski-Andersson (1904–1984), German essayist and writer, in Hochstetten from 1949 to 1984
  • Ingrid Wagner-Andersson (1905–1970), German painter, lived in Hochstetten from 1949 to 1970

Web links

Commons : Hochstetten-Dhaun  - 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. 14 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  4. Wilhelm Schneegans: Historical images and legends from the Nahethal. Schmithals, Kreuznach 1878, p. 282 ( online at dilibri ).
  5. Official municipality directory 2006 ( Memento from December 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (= State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 393 ). Bad Ems March 2006, p. 179 f . (PDF; 2.6 MB). Info: An up-to-date directory ( 2016 ) is available, but in the section "Territorial changes - Territorial administrative reform" it does not give any population figures.  
  6. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: City Council Election 2019 Hochstetten-Dhaun. Retrieved September 22, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  8. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: direct elections 2019. see Kirn-Land, Verbandsgemeinde, eighth result line. Retrieved September 22, 2019 .
  9. ^ Hochstetten-Dhaun municipality: main statute. (PDF) § 2. Hochstetten-Dhaun municipality, June 24, 2019, accessed on September 22, 2019 .
  10. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: direct elections 2019. see Kirn, association-free municipality, ninth and tenth line of results. Retrieved September 22, 2019 .
  11. ^ Statistical folders, Verbandsgemeinde Kirn-Land, 2009