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Coat of arms of the local community of Marnheim
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Marnheim highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 38 '  N , 8 ° 2'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Donnersbergkreis
Association municipality : Kirchheimbolanden
Height : 207 m above sea level NHN
Area : 9.95 km 2
Residents: 1692 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 170 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 67297
Primaries : 06352, 06351
License plate : KIB, ROK
Community key : 07 3 33 045
Association administration address: Neue Allee 2
67292 Kirchheimbolanden
Website :
Local Mayor : Tim Mühlbach
Location of the local community of Marnheim in the Donnersbergkreis
Obermoschel Niedermoschel Unkenbach Finkenbach-Gersweiler Waldgrehweiler Schiersfeld Sitters Alsenz Oberndorf (Pfalz) Mannweiler-Cölln Winterborn (Pfalz) Kalkofen (Pfalz) Niederhausen an der Appel Münsterappel Oberhausen an der Appel Gaugrehweiler Seelen Rathskirchen Teschenmoschel Bisterschied Ransweiler Stahlberg Bayerfeld-Steckweiler Sankt Alban (Pfalz) Gerbach Würzweiler Ruppertsecken Dielkirchen Katzenbach (Donnersbergkreis) Schönborn (Pfalz) Dörrmoschel Reichsthal Gundersweiler Gehrweiler Imsweiler Rockenhausen Höringen Schweisweiler Falkenstein (Pfalz) Winnweiler Lohnsfeld Wartenberg-Rohrbach Münchweiler an der Alsenz Gonbach Sippersfeld Breunigweiler Imsbach Börrstadt Steinbach am Donnersberg Ramsen (Pfalz) Kerzenheim Eisenberg (Pfalz) Göllheim Dreisen Standenbühl Lautersheim Biedesheim Ottersheim Bubenheim (Pfalz) Zellertal Einselthum Immesheim Albisheim (Pfrimm) Rüssingen Weitersweiler Marnheim Bennhausen Jakobsweiler Dannenfels Bolanden Kirchheimbolanden Mörsfeld Kriegsfeld Oberwiesen Orbis Morschheim Ilbesheim (Donnersbergkreis) Bischheim (Donnersberg) Rittersheim Stetten (Pfalz) Gauersheim Landkreis Bad Kreuznach Landkreis Alzey-Worms Landkreis Kusel Landkreis Kaiserslautern Landkreis Bad Dürkheimmap
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The townscape of Marnheim

Marnheim is a municipality in the Donnersbergkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Kirchheimbolanden community . It is popularly referred to as the gateway to the Zellertal .



Marnheim is located in the immediate vicinity of Kirchheimbolanden at the transition from the Rheinhessen table and hill country to the North Palatinate highlands . A few kilometers to the east is Worms . Marnheim also includes the hamlets and residential areas Berghof, Elbisheimerhof , Froschauerhof , Mittelmühle, Riedenmühle, Rothenbergermühle, Sandbrunner Häuschen and Steinmühle.

Elevations and waters

The Hungerberg range of hills extends to the north of the district . Marnheim itself is on the Pfrimm ; the latter takes on the Gerbach from the left .


In 774 Marnheim was first mentioned in the Lorsch Codex as Mawenheim . The place is probably even older as a settlement area, as finds in the area show. In 1135 Marnheim was then called Mouwenheim , as a document from a certain Arnold von Mouwenheim attests.

In the Middle Ages, Marnheim belonged to the Bolanden rule for a long time , later to the Electoral Palatinate and its office Bolanden and then until the end of the 18th century to Nassau-Weilburg , where it was subordinate to the Oberamt Kirchheim .

From 1798 to 1814, when the Palatinate was part of the French Republic (until 1804) and then part of the Napoleonic Empire , Marnheim was incorporated into the canton of Kirchheim in the Donnersberg department and formed an iegnee Mairie . In 1815 the place had a total of 785 inhabitants. In the same year it was added to Austria . Just one year later, the place, like the entire Palatinate, changed to the Kingdom of Bavaria . From 1818 to 1862 Marnheim belonged to the Land Commissioner Kirchheim - later Kirchhheimbolanden ; from this the district office of Kirchhheimbolanden emerged.

In connection with the revolutionary struggles of 1849, the then Prince of Prussia, later Emperor Wilhelm I , signed the “ Declaration of the Rhine Palatinate in War ” , which is controversial under international law . The table on which this happened is preserved as a historical piece of furniture in the Heimatmuseum in Kirchheimbolanden.

From 1939 the place was part of the Kirchheimbolanden district . After the Second World War , Ramsen became part of the then newly formed state of Rhineland-Palatinate within the French occupation zone . In the course of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform , Marnheim moved to the newly formed Donnersbergkreis in 1969 ; three years later, the community was incorporated into the also newly created community of Kirchheimbolanden .


On October 22, 1940, the Jews living in Marnheim were deported as part of the Wagner-Bürckel campaign . By the end of 2015, Marnheim was a Catholic branch of the parish of Bolanden. Since 2016 the parish has belonged to the parish of St. Anna located in Kirchheimbolanden .


Municipal council

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

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU FWG WGB total
2019 3 5 6th 2 16 seats
2014 3 4th 7th 2 16 seats
2009 3 4th 7th 2 16 seats
2004 3 4th 5 4th 16 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Group Marnheim e. V.
  • WGB = Voting Community Becker


Local mayor is Tim Mühlbach. In the local election on May 26, 2019, he was elected with 59.7% of the vote in the first ballot. He succeeds Klaus Duwensee, who was no longer confirmed after 25 years in office.

coat of arms

Marnheim coat of arms
Blazon : "In silver over a blue wave shield foot a red bar, above an eight-spoke red wheel standing on the bar."
Justification of the coat of arms: According to a seal from 1626, the coat of arms expresses the bailiwick rights of adult local lords of the Lords of Bolanden and von Wartenberg . The base of the wave shield represents the awl that flows through Marnheim.

The coat of arms was approved in July 1930 by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior in Munich.

Culture and sights

Cultural monuments

Remnants of the Pfrimm Valley Viaduct

The main street is designated as a monument zone .

In addition, there are a total of 15 individual objects that are listed , including the following structures:

On the outskirts are the remains of the Pfrim Valley Viaduct , a railway bridge that was blown up in 1945 and connected the Zellertal Railway with the Donnersberg Railway . The townscape is shaped by the gray tower , a free-standing former church tower from the 16th century, whereby the associated church burned down at the beginning of the 20th century.


The local community has a sports and leisure center with a sauna, two bowling alleys, a sports field, three tennis courts and a shooting range.

Regular events

The Kerwe takes place on the second weekend in September.

Economy and Infrastructure


The traffic connection for the car is very good with the nearby A 63 with connection in Kirchheimbolanden, in addition the B 47 leads past the place. State road 401 runs through the community . State road 449 leads south to Kerzenheim . The county road 54 connects the community with Bolanden. Marnheim has a train station on the Zellertalbahn Langmeil - Monsheim . Until 1945, the Donnersbergbahn , which now ends in Kirchheimbolanden, also ran to Marnheim, which once made the community a railway junction.

Public facilities

The place has a kindergarten as well as a children's playground, a barbecue area, citizens' room and a bookstore.


There is a primary school in Marnheim. The Weierhof grammar school is also in the immediate vicinity .


Marnheim is the western end point of the Zellertal cycle path , which leads to Worms.


Sons and daughters of the church

People who have worked in the community

  • Rafik Schami (* 1946), writer, lives and works in Marnheim.


  • Karl Lessweng, Georg Hapke: Marnheim: 774 to 2004 - 1230 years - published on the occasion of the 1230 year celebration of Marnheim on May 15, 2004 . Heimatverein Marnheim, Marnheim 2004, ISBN 3926306416

Web links

Commons : Marnheim  - 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. 143 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: City Council Election 2019 Marnheim. Accessed August 31, 2019 .
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  5. Local mayor election. Retrieved September 1, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Rheinpfalz: Constituent municipal council meeting 2019 Marnheim. August 28, 2019, accessed August 31, 2019 .