Königsbach on the Wine Route

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Königsbach on the Wine Route
Former municipality coat of arms of Königsbach
Coordinates: 49 ° 23 ′ 7 "  N , 8 ° 9 ′ 33"  E
Height : 150 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.21 km²
Residents : 1144  (Jan. 12, 2012)
Population density : 356 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 7th June 1969
Postal code : 67435
Area code : 06321
Königsbach (red) in the north of the urban area of ​​Neustadt
The townscape of Königsbach, in the background the quarry
The townscape of Königsbach, in the background the quarry

Königsbach an der Weinstrasse is a Palatinate wine-growing village . It was on June 7, 1969 as a district in the 5km south to county-level city Neustadt an der Weinstraße ( Rheinland-Pfalz incorporated).



Königsbach is located in the Vorderpfalz at an altitude of 150  m above sea level. NHN on the eastern edge of the Palatinate Forest , the Haardt . The Upper Rhine Plain connects to the east .

Due to the location in the lee of the 554  m high wine region and the 496  m high Stabenberg , the average annual precipitation is only about 500 mm. More than 1800 hours of sunshine a year result in a mild climate.


Up until the early modern era, Königsbach belonged to the Lords of Hirschhorn . After their extinction, the place moved to the Speyer monastery in 1632 , where it remained until the end of the 18th century, and was there under the Deidesheim office . From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , Königsbach was incorporated into the canton of Neustadt (Donnersberg) and had its own Mairie . In 1815, the place Austria was added and one year later, like the entire Palatinate, changed to the Kingdom of Bavaria . From 1817 to 1862 the community belonged to the Landkommissariat Neustadt ; from this the district office of Neustadt emerged.

From 1939 Königsbach was part of the Neustadt an der Weinstrasse district . After the Second World War , the place within the French occupation zone became part of the administrative district of Palatinate in the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate . As part of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform , Königsbach was incorporated into the independent city of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on June 7, 1969.


Population development

In 1815 Königsbach had a total of 625 inhabitants. The place has seen a steady increase in its population over the past 40 years. At the time of incorporation (1969) it had around 1000 inhabitants, but due to the expansion of residential development, especially on the western slopes, the number rose to 1231 by 2009. In January 2012, Königsbach had 1144 inhabitants.


Klaus chapel

In the Catholic parish church of St. Johannes Baptist and Sebastian there is the calvary altarpiece from the 15th century. Until 1958 there was also a monastery of the Discalced Carmelites on site .

The Klausenkapelle - alternatively the Catholic pilgrimage chapel of St. Fourteen Holy Helpers - is already in the Ruppertsberg district; A pilgrimage route with stations of the cross leads to it from the parish church into the forest west of Königsbach.

On the south-eastern edge, however, in the Gimmeldinger district, is the Hildenbrandseck monastery , which was the motherhouse of the Catholic Hildegardis sisters from 1959 to 2004 .


Local advisory board

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

For the composition of the local advisory board, see the results of the local elections in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse .


The head of the village is Alexandra Schaupp (CDU). In the direct election on May 26, 2019, it was confirmed with 88.95% of the vote. She has been in office since January 1, 2018 and is the successor to Dieter Eckel (CDU), who was previously mayor of Königsbach for 29 years.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Königsbach an der Weinstrasse
Blazon : "Split, on the right in gold a red deer pole, on the left divided by a slanting silver bar of red and black, top left one, bottom right two silver lilies placed one after the other, each with a golden whorl."


Cultural monuments

There are a total of 35 objects on site that are listed , including the observation tower on the Stabenberg.


The Haardtrand - Am Klausental nature reserve extends above Königsbach .

Regular events

The summer parade is held annually on Sunday Laetare . In June the Königsbacher Weinkerwe takes place, in July the pilgrimage to the Klausenkapelle in the forest is carried out as thanks for the mild outcome of a famine in the 18th century.

Economy and Infrastructure


Vineyard within Königsbach

The favorable climatic conditions allow the cultivation of wine - well-known locations are Ölberg , Reiterpfad , Jesuitengarten and Idig - and allow almonds , chestnuts , figs and citrus fruits to ripen. The VR Bank Mittelhaardt operates a local branch. There is a quarry in the Königsbach forest area, but it is no longer used.


The supraregional transport connection to Königsbach takes place (through the southeastern Mußbach an der Weinstrasse ) via the federal motorway 65 (junction 12 Neustadt-Nord in the directions Ludwigshafen am Rhein and Karlsruhe ). Via Gimmeldingen the connecting road leads to Neustadt, via the northeastern small town Deidesheim you reach the federal road 271 to Bad Dürkheim .

The Königsbach station of the same name, located on the single-track Palatinate Northern Railway , was shut down in the 1960s due to its remote location (1 km from the town center). Since then, public transport has been guaranteed by BRN bus lines , which provide a transition to the rail network at Neustadt main station and Deidesheim station .


Königsbach is on the German Wine Route . The Palatinate Almond Trail and the German Wine Route cycle path also lead through the village .


Sons and daughters of the place

Memorial plaque for Pastor Jakob Martin on the outside wall of the church

People who worked on site

  • Jakob Martin (1880–1938), Catholic parish priest, was arrested by the National Socialists in 1933 and seriously injured by being beaten and kicked. In 2019 the place at the church was named after him.
  • Ludwig Fellner (1917–2006), painter, died on site.
  • Erika Köth (1925–1989), soprano and chamber singer
  • Norbert Buschlinger (* 1957), football coach at TSV Königsbach from 2002 to 2007

Web links

Commons : Königsbach an der Weinstrasse  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. www.neustadt.eu: Numbers-Data-Facts.
  2. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 173 (PDF; 2.8 MB).
  3. ^ Website of the city of Neustadt.
  4. Parish church, 360 ° interior view.
  5. Klausenkapelle, 360 ° interior view.
  6. ^ City of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse: main statute. (PDF, 134 kB) § 3 to August 5, 2019, accessed on October 19, 2019 .
  7. City of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse: Head of the district in Königsbach 2019. Accessed on October 19, 2019 .
  8. ^ Metropol News: Neustadt: Senior mayor Dieter Eckel adopted. December 19, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2019 .
  9. ↑ Badly mistreated by the National Socialists. In: The Pilgrim . September 4, 2019, accessed August 25, 2020 .