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Coordinates: 50 ° 14 '  N , 7 ° 49'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Rhein-Lahn district
Association municipality : Nasta
Height : 210 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.84 km 2
Residents: 302 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 79 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56357
Area code : 06772
License plate : EMS, DIZ, GOH
Community key : 07 1 41 084
Association administration address: Bahnhofstrasse 1
56355 Nastätten
Website :
Local Mayor : Daniel Kupp
Location of the local community Marienfels in the Rhein-Lahn district
Lahnstein Lahnstein Arzbach Bad Ems Becheln Dausenau Fachbach Frücht Kemmenau Miellen Nievern Braubach Dachsenhausen Filsen Kamp-Bornhofen Osterspai Burgschwalbach Flacht Hahnstätten Kaltenholzhausen Lohrheim Mudershausen Netzbach Niederneisen Oberneisen Oberneisen Schiesheim Auel Bornich Dahlheim Dörscheid Dörscheid Kaub Kestert Lierschied Lykershausen Nochern Patersberg Prath Reichenberg (Rheinland-Pfalz) Reitzenhain (Taunus) Sankt Goarshausen Sauerthal Weisel (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Weyer (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Altendiez Aull Balduinstein Birlenbach Charlottenberg Cramberg Diez Dörnberg (Lahn) Eppenrod Geilnau Gückingen Hambach (bei Diez) Heistenbach Hirschberg (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Holzappel Holzheim (Aar) Horhausen (Nassau) Isselbach Langenscheid Laurenburg Scheidt (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Steinsberg (Rheinland-Pfalz) Wasenbach Allendorf (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Berghausen (Einrich) Berndroth Biebrich (bei Katzenelnbogen) Bremberg (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Dörsdorf Ebertshausen Eisighofen Ergeshausen Gutenacker Herold (Rheinland-Pfalz) Katzenelnbogen Klingelbach Kördorf Mittelfischbach Niedertiefenbach Oberfischbach Reckenroth Rettert Roth (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Schönborn (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Attenhausen Dessighofen Dienethal Dornholzhausen (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Geisig Hömberg Lollschied Misselberg Nassau (Lahn) Obernhof Oberwies Pohl (Nassau) Pohl (Nassau) Schweighausen Seelbach (Nassau) Singhofen Sulzbach (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Weinähr Winden (Nassau) Zimmerschied Zimmerschied Berg (Taunus) Bettendorf (Taunus) Bogel Buch (Taunus) Diethardt Ehr Endlichhofen Eschbach (bei Nastätten) Gemmerich Hainau Himmighofen Holzhausen an der Haide Hunzel Kasdorf Kehlbach (Rheinland-Pfalz) Lautert Lipporn Marienfels Miehlen Nastätten Nastätten Niederbachheim Niederwallmenach Oberbachheim Obertiefenbach (Taunus) Oberwallmenach Oelsberg Rettershain Ruppertshofen (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis) Strüth Strüth Weidenbach (Taunus) Welterod Winterwerb Hessen Landkreis Mainz-Bingen Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Westerwaldkreis Koblenz Landkreis Mayen-Koblenzmap
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Marienfels is a local community in the Taunus in the Rhein-Lahn district in Rhineland-Palatinate on the former Upper German Limes . A small Roman fort with bathing facilities was located here. Marienfels is a member of the Nastaeten community .


Marienfels is located in the Miehlener Grund in the western Hintertaunus in the valley of the Mühlbach . Marienfels also includes the Fasanenhof, Haus im Seien, Käsmühle and Kaltenbornermühle residential areas .

Neighboring towns are Hunzel (northeast), Miehlen (south), Ehr (west), Geisig (northwest) and Berg (north).


The place was first mentioned in 915 as comitatus Marvels (County Marienfels). At that time the place consisted of the Niederdorf, called Denighofen, and the Oberdorf, whose name Marienfels was later carried over to the entire settlement. Presumably the place was the seat of the counts of the Einrichgau and thus a central place for the surrounding area. In 1052 the count's seat was relocated to Arnstein Castle near Nassau. In the course of the disintegration of the district of Einrich in the 12th century and several area shifts in the 13th century, Marienfels became part of the Vierherrengebiet , whose place of execution the place was. In the 16th century, the judicial district began to be reduced in size with a view to lower jurisdiction. Until the 17th century, Marienfels seems to have remained the seat of high jurisdiction in the quadrilateral. With the division of the quadrilateral at the end of the 18th century, the judicial function ceased.

From an ecclesiastical point of view, the Martinskirche, which was located directly next to the court and was a separate church of the counts of the Einrichgau, also had a central function early on as the seat of a deanery and country chapter. In addition, it was the seat of a small parish to which Miehlen , Berg , Hunzel , Bachheim and Dachsenhausen belonged, at times also Dornholzhausen , Dessighofen and Geisig . The church tower probably dates from the 12th century, but a house of worship stood here much earlier. The patronage right passed from the counts first to the Isenburg house , then to the Stein zu Nassau . In 1538 the Reformation was introduced in the Vierherrischen, whereby the deanery and land chapter were dissolved. A separate school building was built in 1596 for the entire parish.

In Denighofen, at the end of the 12th and 13th centuries, a nobility family from the Nassau ministry is mentioned. By the 17th century at the latest, Denighofen was considered part of Marienfels.

When clashes between Hessen-Kassel and Hessen-Darmstadt broke out in 1626 as part of the Thirty Years' War, Marienfels was also affected, as did when the Swedes marched through the facility in the 1630s and besieged the Ehrenbreitstein near Koblenz. Marienfels came to the "Dreiherrischen", ie to Nassau, in the Second Nastatter Trial of December 9, 1775. During the first coalition war, French, Austrian and Prussian troops alternately quartered themselves in Marienfels, which also resulted in looting. Marienfels was taken over by the Duchy of Nassau in the course of the Napoleonic reorganization through the Rhine Confederation Act in 1806 and incorporated into the newly created office of Nastätten. After the annexation by Prussia , the place was part of the Prussian province Hesse-Nassau from 1866 until the end of the Second World War . In 1885 Marienfels came to the St. Goarshausen district. As a result of the First World War , French troops occupied the place in 1918/1919. On March 27, 1945, the place was liberated by American troops. He came to the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1946 .

The construction of a mill in Marienfels can be documented for the first time in 1672, a second mill construction in 1693. Both mills are called "Käßmühle". Later there were reports of other mill buildings, although it is difficult to differentiate between the individual plants and thus quantify the total number of mills today.

Population development

The development of the population of Marienfels, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

Population development of Marienfels from 1815 to 2017 according to the table below
year Residents
1526 16 fireplaces
1583 21 house seats
1634 9 residents hearths
1681 78
1771 34 house seats
1815 263
1835 287
1871 311
1905 304
year Residents
1939 304
1950 325
1961 310
1970 294
1987 304
1997 368
2005 352
2011 309
2017 301

A Jewish resident was first guaranteed in 1695.


Municipal council

The municipal council in Marienfels consists of eight 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 Marienfels is Daniel Kupp. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was re-elected with 78.21% of the vote.


The village church stands on a rock that rises next to the Mühlbach. In the small, formerly Catholic and now Protestant church, there are numerous medieval wooden panel paintings and the well-known Maria with the porcini mushroom , which she carries in her hand and which was considered a symbol of fertility.

See also: List of cultural monuments in Marienfels


Marienfels is located on the L 335 Lahnstein - Nastätten - Hessen .

The Rhein-Lahn district is a member of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel (VRM), whose public transport tariff area covers a large part of northern Rhineland-Palatinate.

The German Limes Cycle Path runs through Marienfels . It follows the Upper German-Raetian Limes over 818 km from Bad Hönningen on the Rhine to Regensburg on the Danube .


In Marienfels there was a monument to the Waffen SS , erected in 1971 and destroyed by unknown persons in 2004 , which has been the target of several right-wing extremist rallies and marches since 2003 . At the beginning of 2006 the stored memorial hit the headlines again when a planned reconstruction on the private property of the neo-Nazi Thorsten Heise in Fretterode became known.


  • Richard Heimann: Marienfels - the myth of a place: from ancient times to our days . Marienfels 2006.
  • Richard Heimann: Marienfels, the Roman town behind the Limes . In: Rhein-Lahn-Kreis (Ed.): Heimatjahrbuch 2005 . Rhein-Lahn-Kreis, Bad Ems 2005, p. 56 ff.
  • Robert Menche, Richard Heimann: Marienfels - history of the village. Marienfels 1990, ed. Marienfels parish.
  • Hellmuth Gensicke : On the local history of Nassau: The parish of Marienfels. In: Nassauische Annalen 1980 , pp. 284-297.

Web links

Commons : Marienfels  - 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 (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 67 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. ^ Johann Martin Cremer: Origines Nassoicae . II, Schirmer, Wiesbaden 1779, p. 56.
  4. ^ A b Alfred Menche, Richard Heimann: Marienfels history of the village . Ed .: Local community Marienfels. 1st edition. Marienfels 1990, p. 210 .
  5. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: City Council Election 2019 Marienfels. Retrieved November 6, 2019 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Nastätten, Verbandsgemeinde, 16th row of results. Retrieved November 6, 2019 .