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Coat of arms of the local community Kamp-Bornhofen
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Coordinates: 50 ° 14 '  N , 7 ° 37'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Rhein-Lahn district
Association municipality : Loreley
Height : 69 m above sea level NHN
Area : 11.37 km 2
Residents: 1581 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 139 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56341
Area code : 06773
License plate : EMS, DIZ, GOH
Community key : 07 1 41 066
Association administration address: Dolkstrasse 3
56346 St. Goarshausen
Website : www.kamp-bornhofen.de
Local Mayor : Frank Kalkofen ( SPD )
Location of the local community Kamp-Bornhofen in the Rhein-Lahn district
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Kamp-Bornhofen from a bird's eye view
Kamp-Bornhofen with the "Enemy Brothers"
Oil painting "The hostile brothers near Bornhofen am Rhein with monastery and village view" by the 21-year-old Karl Bodmer . Around 1830, privately owned. The picture shows the former Capuchin monastery with the pilgrimage church of Bornhofen, a procession, the Rhine and the castles Sterrenberg and Liebenstein . Since Sterrenberg Castle had belonged to the Electoral Trier district since 1320 , it was strongly fortified against the nearby Liebenstein Castle; this later led to the legend of the enemy brothers.

Kamp-Bornhofen is a municipality in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in the Rhein-Lahn district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Loreley community . Well-known buildings are the Enemy Brothers and the Bornhofen pilgrimage monastery .


Kamp-Bornhofen is located on the Rhine in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley .


Bornhofen was first mentioned in documents in 949, the district of Kamp in the 11th century as "Cambo". In the early 11th century, Emperor Konrad II transferred a “Hof zu Kamp” to the canons of Limburg an der Lahn . The Marien-Pilgrimage Monastery Bornhofen has existed since 1224.

When the neighboring free imperial city of Boppard lost its imperial immediacy in 1327 and was pledged by King Henry VII to his brother, Archbishop Baldwin of Trier , the place also came to the electorate due to its affiliation to the Boppard Empire , which it until Napoleon's invasion as part of the Boppard office remained. After the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss 1803 and the associated dissolution of spiritual areas - including Kurtrier - Kamp came to the newly founded Duchy of Nassau . After the Congress of Vienna , the place finally came to Nassau , which in turn was annexed by Prussia in 1866 .

On March 25, 1945 the place was occupied by American troops. After the war, Kamp belonged to the French occupation zone .

It was not until 1936 that the name change from Camp to Kamp (official spelling 1939 Kamp (Rhine) ). The place has been part of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate since 1947 . In 1948 the municipal council applied for the name to be changed to Kamp-Bornhofen , and in 1949 an application for town charter was rejected.

The community belonged to the Braubach community from 1972 to 2012 , and since then it has been part of the Loreley community. Furthermore, Kamp was part of the Loreley district until 1969 and has been part of the Rhein-Lahn district since then.


Municipal council

The municipal council in Kamp-Bornhofen 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 WfKB FBL total
2019 10 - 6th - 16 seats
2014 11 3 - 2 16 seats
2009 11 3 - 2 16 seats
2004 10 4th - 2 16 seats
  • WfKB = WE for Kamp-Bornhofen e. V.
  • FBL = Free Citizens List Kamp-Bornhofen


The local mayor of Kamp-Bornhofen has been Frank Kalkofen (SPD) since 2006. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 81.90% of the vote. Kalkofen was succeeded by Roger Lewentz , who held the position from 1994 to 2006.

coat of arms

The blazon of the coat of arms reads: "Under a silver shield head with a blue oblique left stream, on the right in gold a lowered blue anchor, on the left in blue a silver lily". It was approved in 1949.

Community partnerships

A partnership has been maintained with the French Urzy since 1996 .


In February 2018 Kamp-Bornhofen became the seat of the newly founded Roman Catholic parish "Saint Elisabeth von Schönau " in the Diocese of Limburg , to which the ten formerly independent parishes of St. Martin ( Osterspai ), St. Margaretha ( Filsen ) and St. Nikolaus became (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 ( Naststätten ) and St. Florin ( Strüth ) have merged. The new parish looks after around 8100 Catholics.

Culture and sights


In 1194 vineyards are attested as fiefdoms of the Counts von Katzenelnbogen owned by Konrad Wolf in Kamp. The donor picture of the Kamp-Bornhofener winged altar, created in 1435 and now in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn , shows the only natural image of a Count of Katzenelnbogen, Count Philip the Elder of Katzenelnbogen .


The Flösser- und Schiffermuseum has existed since 1968 and shows exhibits from the rafting and steamship industry . The museum is sponsored by the Flösser- und Schifferverein Kamp-Bornhofen eV, founded in 1888 . V.


Liebenstein Castle and Sterrenberg Castle , called Enemy Brothers , are located directly on the right bank of the Rhine above Bornhofen. Sterrenberg, the more northerly of the two plants, was built in the 11th century. The younger Liebenstein Castle was only built between 1284 and 1290, possibly initially as a Vorwerk zu Sterrenberg.

There is a legend that here two brothers fought with their swords for the love of a woman. Heinrich Heine set a literary monument to the two brothers in his poem Two Brothers . The Franziskanerkloster Bornhofen with Marien's pilgrimage church is visited annually by around 200,000 pilgrims, including the participants in a ship procession, for which Guido Görres wrote the famous pilgrimage song Escort through the wave faithfully and gently , which Caspar Aiblinger set to music. The Marienkirche was first mentioned in a document in 1224. Today's two-aisled pilgrimage church was built between around 1400 and 1435. Special pieces of equipment are the portrait of Mary from the 15th century and the marble high altar built in 1765. The Franciscans have been running the monastery since 1890.

See also: List of cultural monuments in Kamp-Bornhofen

Hiking trails and tourism

Castle hiking trail and Rheinsteig . One of the few open-air swimming pools in the Middle Rhine Valley is located in Kamp-Bornhofen.


Born in Kamp-Bornhofen

  • Christian Roos (1826–1896), theologian, bishop of the Limburg diocese and archbishop of the Freiburg archbishopric

Connected with Kamp-Bornhofen

  • Franz Klomp (born February 7, 1865 - † February 14, 1946) German-Dutch architect of historicism, died in Kamp-Bornhofen
  • Roger Lewentz (* 1963), politician (SPD), Interior Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, lives in Kamp-Bornhofen
  • Georg Weimer (born September 24, 1909; January 30, 1999), full-time mayor of Kamp from 1948 to 1950

See also


  • Winfried Monschauer: Kamp-Bornhofen: The Chronicle . Kamp-Bornhofen 2000


Web links

Commons : Kamp-Bornhofen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. Dr. Winfried Monschauer: The Chronicle of Kamp-Bornhofen .
  3. Christoph Waldecker: The development of Limburg from the 10th to the beginning of the 13th century in Limburg an der Lahn , 2nd edition 2011, p. 7; ISBN 978-3-7954-2559-3
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Kamp-Bornhofen. Retrieved November 2, 2019 .
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  6. ^ The State Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Loreley, Verbandsgemeinde, seventh line of results. Retrieved November 2, 2019 .
  7. www.rhein-zeitung.de: Founding service: Parish "Heilige Elisabeth von Schönau" has its seat in Kamp-Bornhofen , accessed on February 6, 2018.
  8. Flösser and Schiffer Museum in Kamp-Bornhofen