Bad Dürkheim district

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Coat of arms of the Bad Dürkheim district Map of Germany, position of the Bad Dürkheim district highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 27 '  N , 8 ° 7'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
Administrative headquarters : Bad Dürkheim
Area : 594.76 km 2
Residents: 132,671 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 223 inhabitants per km 2
License plate : DÜW
Circle key : 07 3 32
Circle structure: 48 parishes
Address of the
district administration:
Philipp-Fauth-Straße 11
67098 Bad Dürkheim
Website :
District Administrator : Hans-Ulrich Ihlenfeld ( CDU )
Location of the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate
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The Bad Dürkheim district is a regional authority in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region . The seat of the district administration is the association-free city of Bad Dürkheim , the most populous municipality is the association-free community Haßloch .



The Bad Dürkheim district is located in the Palatinate between Ludwigshafen am Rhein in the east and Kaiserslautern in the west. The west of the district is part of the Palatinate Forest , the east still belongs to the Upper Rhine Plain , the middle is part of the hilly landscape on the German Wine Route , which stretches from north to south over a length of a good 30 km through the district.

Structure and boundaries

The district extends from north to south from Bockenheim to Haßloch , in an east-west direction from Frankenstein to Ellerstadt . It reaches its greatest extent with 42 km (as the crow flies) between Elmstein in the southwest and Dirmstein in the northeast.

Neighboring areas

The district borders clockwise in the north, starting with the district of Alzey-Worms , the independent city of Worms , the Rhine-Palatinate district , the independent city Neustadt an der Weinstrasse , the district Südliche Weinstrasse , an exclave of the independent city Landau in the Palatinate , to the district of Südwestpfalz , to the district and the independent city of Kaiserslautern and to the Donnersbergkreis .

cities and communes

(In brackets: residents on December 31, 2019)

Association-free cities and municipalities

Association communities with associated cities and local communities

The administrative seat of each municipality is marked with *.

Bad Dürkheim Grünstadt Grünstadt Haßloch Meckenheim (Pfalz) Niederkirchen bei Deidesheim Ruppertsberg Forst an der Weinstraße Deidesheim Wattenheim Hettenleidelheim Tiefenthal (Pfalz) Carlsberg (Pfalz) Altleiningen Ellerstadt Gönnheim Friedelsheim Wachenheim an der Weinstraße Elmstein Weidenthal Neidenfels Lindenberg (Pfalz) Lambrecht (Pfalz) Frankeneck Esthal Kindenheim Bockenheim an der Weinstraße Quirnheim Mertesheim Ebertsheim Obrigheim (Pfalz) Obersülzen Dirmstein Gerolsheim Laumersheim Großkarlbach Bissersheim Kirchheim an der Weinstraße Kleinkarlbach Neuleiningen Battenberg (Pfalz) Neuleiningen Kirchheim an der Weinstraße Weisenheim am Sand Weisenheim am Sand Weisenheim am Sand Erpolzheim Bobenheim am Berg Bobenheim am Berg Dackenheim Dackenheim Freinsheim Freinsheim Herxheim am Berg Herxheim am Berg Herxheim am Berg Kallstadt Kallstadt Weisenheim am Berg Weisenheim am Berg Landkreis Alzey-Worms Worms Ludwigshafen am Rhein Frankenthal (Pfalz) Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis Landkreis Germersheim Neustadt an der Weinstraße Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße Landau in der Pfalz Kaiserslautern Landkreis Kaiserslautern Donnersbergkreis Kaiserslautern Landkreis SüdwestpfalzAssociation municipalities in DÜW.svg
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  1. City of Deidesheim * (3705)
  2. Forest on the Wine Route (775)
  3. Meckenheim (3393)
  4. Niederkirchen near Deidesheim (2385)
  5. Ruppertsberg (1447)
  1. Bobenheim am Berg (839)
  2. Dackenheim (431)
  3. Erpolzheim (1333)
  4. City of Freinsheim * (4884)
  5. Herxheim am Berg (704)
  6. Kallstadt (1227)
  7. Weisenheim am Berg (1699)
  8. Weisenheim am Sand (4286)
  1. Elmstein (2400)
  2. Esthal (1310)
  3. Frankeneck (816)
  4. City of Lambrecht (Palatinate) * (4050)
  5. Lindenberg (1058)
  6. Neidenfels (767)
  7. Weidenthal (1722)
  1. Altleiningen (1731)
  2. Battenberg (Palatinate) (395)
  3. Bissersheim (454)
  4. Bockenheim an der Weinstrasse (2194)
  5. Carlsberg (3454)
  6. Dirmstein (3056)
  7. Ebertsheim (1261)
  8. Gerolsheim (1750)
  9. Grosskarlbach (1165)
  10. Hettenleidelheim (3073)
  11. Children's home (994)
  12. Kirchheim an der Weinstrasse (1919)
  13. Kleinkarlbach (835)
  14. Laumersheim (907)
  15. Mertesheim (402)
  16. Neuleiningen (776)
  17. Asphalt (712)
  18. Obrigheim (Palatinate) (2806)
  19. Quirnheim (776)
  20. Tiefenthal (844)
  21. Wattenheim (1623)
  1. Ellerstadt (2388)
  2. Friedelsheim (1446)
  3. Gönnheim (1574)
  4. City of Wachenheim an der Weinstrasse * (4592)

The local community Ungstein was incorporated into the city of Bad Dürkheim on April 22, 1972. On March 16, 1974, the local community of Duttweiler became a district of the urban district of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse .

For lists of the term "area changes" see area reforms in Rhineland-Palatinate


The district of Bad Durkheim was born on June 7, 1969 as part of the administrative reform in Rhineland-Palatinate from parts of the two resolved counties Frankenthal (Palatinate) and Neustadt on the Wine Route (formerly Neustadt an der Haardt ) and the municipality Rodenbach from the dissolved district Kirchheimbolanden formed . On March 16, 1974, Duttweiler was incorporated into the urban district of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse . The two old districts were created by the Kingdom of Bavaria , to which today's district area belonged from 1816. In 1946, both districts became part of the then newly created state of Rhineland-Palatinate and initially belonged to the administrative region of Palatinate , and from 1968 to Rheinhessen-Palatinate .

Population development

year Residents source
1970 115,700
1980 116,000
1990 124,400
2000 133,800
2010 132,757
2018 132,660

Denomination statistics

According to the 2011 census , 42.5% of the population in 2011 were Protestant , 29.1% Roman Catholic and 28.4% were non-denominational , belonged to another religious community or did not provide any information. The number of Protestants and Catholics has fallen since then. Currently (as of May 31, 2020) of the 135,394 inhabitants, 48,525 (35.8%) are Protestant, 34,972 (25.8%) Roman Catholic and 38.4% are non-denominational or belong to another religious community.


District council

Allocation of seats in the Bad Dürkheim District Assembly 2019
7th 10 6th 14th 
A total of 46 seats
Election for the Bad Dürkheim District Assembly 2019
Participation: 67.2% (+ 8.5% p)
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
± 0.0

The district council of the Bad Dürkheim district consists of 46 elected members and the district administrator as chairman.

Because of the special features of the Rhineland-Palatinate electoral system in local elections (personalized proportional representation), the percentages given are shown as weighted results that only represent the voting behavior in arithmetic.

The district assembly elections had the following results:

Parties and groups of voters %
CDU 29.2 14th 37.2 18th
SPD 20.7 10 27.8 13
GREEN 15.7 7th 8.9 4th
FWG 13.5 6th 12.1 6th
AfD 10.6 5 5.1 2
FDP 6.7 3 4.3 2
THE LEFT. 2.7 1 2.7 1
Others 0.9 0 2.0 0
total 100.0 46 100.0 46
Voter turnout in% 67.2 58.7

District administrators

Since 2001, the office of District Administrator, the highest administrative officer in the district, has been awarded by majority vote . An electoral term lasts eight years.

time Surname Political party Remarks
1969-1979 Hermann Scherer SPD
1979-1988 Hermann-Josef German CDU early withdrawal
1988-1990 Herbert Gustavus SPD as 1st district member provisionally
1990-2001 Georg Kalbfuss SPD
2001–2012 Sabine Röhl SPD Elected by direct vote in 2001 and 2009, died
in December 2012 after a two-year illness.
2012-2013 Erhard Freunscht CDU as 1st district member provisionally
2013– Hans-Ulrich Ihlenfeld CDU

Hans-Ulrich Ihlenfeld was elected in the runoff election on April 7, 2013 with a share of the vote of 59.8%, after none of the original three applicants had achieved a sufficient majority in the direct election on March 17, 2013.

badges and flags

The Bad Dürkheim district has a coat of arms as well as a hoist and banner flag .

Coat of arms of the Bad Dürkheim district
Blazon : “Split by a silver pole covered with two blue, green-stemmed grapes with green leaves: on the right in black a left-facing, red-armed golden lion; on the left in blue a silver eagle armored in red. "
The reason for the coat of arms: The Palatinate Lion stands for the Electoral Palatinate , which ruled the southern district from the Middle Ages to modern times , and the eagle for the Lords of Leiningen , who owned the northern area. The silver post symbolizes the German Wine Route , which leads through the district, for whose two large wine-growing regions Mittelhaardt-Deutsche Weinstrasse and Südliche Weinstrasse the two grapes stand. The coat of arms was awarded on January 22, 1973.


For the district of Starnberg in Bavaria have existed since 1980 "friendly relations". In 1990 a formal partnership with the district of Stadtroda in Thuringia was decided, which in 1994 became part of the Saale-Holzland district . The most recent partnership has existed since 2000 with the Polish district of Kreuzberg OS . The district of Bad Dürkheim also oversees the partnership between the German Wine Route and the South Tyrolean Wine Route, which has existed since 1968 .

Economy and Infrastructure


Wine- growing on around 7200 hectares of vineyards is typical for the district , but fruit and vegetables are also planted. Thanks to the mild climate, almonds , figs , oranges and lemons , for example , grow .

In addition to agriculture, tourism is another source of income for many residents of the district. In the Palatinate Forest Nature Park you will find the Kurpfalz Park , a wildlife protection park above the town of Wachenheim . The Holiday Park near Haßloch also attracts thousands of visitors to the Palatinate every year.

A pipeline for natural gas from Creos Deutschland GmbH and the NATO “Speyer – Fürfeld” pipeline run through the district .


The Bad Dürkheim district is well connected in terms of transport. The federal highway 6 (Mannheim – Saarbrücken) runs through the northern district area, the federal highway 65 (Karlsruhe – Ludwigshafen) grazes the southern district area near Haßloch. The Bundesautobahn 61 (Speyer – Ludwigshafen – Koblenz) passes just a few kilometers east of the district border and crosses both the A 6 and the A 65.

Local public transport is part of the Rhein-Neckar transport association . The important railway line of the Palatinate Ludwigsbahn Mannheim - Saarbrücken (- Paris ) and the Palatinate Northern Railway ( Neustadt an der Weinstrasse -) Bad Dürkheim – Grünstadt (- Monsheim ) run through the district . The Rhein-Haardtbahn (RHB) runs from Bad Dürkheim to Ludwigshafen and Mannheim, where it is networked with the tram thanks to the same gauge. On the other hand, the Lambrecht- Elmstein cuckoo barn is only served in museum traffic.

License Plate

When the new district was formed on June 7, 1969, the distinctive sign DÜW was assigned. It is derived from Bad Dürkheim and Weinstrasse and is still issued today.


  • Georg Peter Karn, Rolf Mertzenich: Bad Dürkheim district. City of Bad Dürkheim, municipality of Haßloch, municipalities of Deidesheim, Lambrecht, Wachenheim (=  cultural monuments in Rhineland-Palatinate. Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany . Volume 13.1 ). Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, Worms 1995, ISBN 3-88462-119-X .
  • Georg Peter Karn, Ulrike Weber (arrangement): Bad Dürkheim district. City of Grünstadt, Union communities Freinsheim, Grünstadt-Land and Hettenleidelheim (=  cultural monuments in Rhineland-Palatinate. Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany . Volume 13.2 ). Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft, Worms 2006, ISBN 3-88462-215-3 .

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Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. p. 158
  3. Statistical Yearbook for the Federal Republic of Germany 1972
  4. Statistical Yearbook for the Federal Republic of Germany 1981
  5. Statistical Yearbook for the Federal Republic of Germany 1992
  6. Statistical Yearbook for the Federal Republic of Germany 2002
  7. ^ State Chancellery Rhineland-Palatinate: Population. Retrieved April 13, 2020 .
  8. District Bad Dürkheim Religion , 2011 census .
  9. Bad Dürkheim district statistics , accessed on June 13, 2020.
  10. Explanation by the Land Returning Officer on weighted results.
  11. ^ Result of the election at the regional returning officer Rhineland-Palatinate
  12. ^ Morgenweb : Bad Dürkheim: District Administrator Röhl has passed away. December 7, 2012, accessed December 7, 2012 .
  13. Pfalz-Express: New district administrator elected for Bad Dürkheim: Hans-Ulrich Ihlenfeld is now taking off! April 7, 2013, accessed November 30, 2019 .
  14. ^ Bad Dürkheim district: Partnerships of the Bad Dürkheim district ( Memento from August 2, 2010 in the Internet Archive )