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Coat of arms of the former municipality of Maximiliansau
Coordinates: 49 ° 1 ′ 55 ″  N , 8 ° 17 ′ 20 ″  E
Height : 105 m above sea level NHN
Area : 10.47 km²
Residents : 7265  (Jun 30, 2015)
Population density : 694 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : June 10, 1979
Postal code : 76744
Area code : 07271
Maximiliansau (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Location of Maximiliansau in Rhineland-Palatinate

Maximiliansau is a district of the city of Wörth am Rhein and is located in the district of Germersheim in the southeast of Rhineland-Palatinate . Maximiliansau has around 7200 inhabitants.


Maximiliansau is located directly on the Rhine directly opposite the city of Karlsruhe , or rather the Karlsruhe district of Maxau , which was once called Maximiliansau itself, but was then shortened to “Maxau”. A road and a railway bridge cross the river at river kilometer 362. The core city of Wörth is northwest of Maximiliansau, the city of Hagenbach southwest.


Until November 23, 1938, the community was called Pfortz . With the construction of the first ship bridge in 1840, a hamlet with various buildings (bridge houses, customs buildings, industrial settlements, restaurants, etc.) was created north of Pfortz ; the settlement traded under the name "An der Wörther-Knielinger Schiffbrücke". At the request of the residents, the name Maximiliansau was given in 1858 by King Maximilian II of Bavaria. At that time the Palatinate belonged to the Kingdom of Bavaria as the Rhine District . However, this hamlet always remained part of the Pfortz community. The first railway ship bridge was built in 1865 at the confluence of the railway line from Winden to the Rhine. In 1938 the local council decided to rename Pfortz to Maximiliansau. On March 21, 1945, the Rhine bridge near Maxilimiliansau was destroyed when an American artillery shell hit a detonator, triggering the demolition of the bridge prepared by the Germans (see Operation Undertone ).

Since 1972 Maximiliansau belonged to the Verbandsgemeinde Wörth , so since then the administration was housed in Wörth. On June 10, 1979, the local community Maximiliansau was dissolved and combined with Wörth, Schaidt and Büchelberg to form the city of Wörth am Rhein .

The Deutsche Linoleum-Werke (DLW), the Schenck company (wood processing, chipboard and sleeper production) and the Rheinpfalz glassworks in Maximiliansau used to have economic importance . All factories closed in the 1970s.

In colloquial language, the place name is often shortened to "Max'au".

In Maximiliansau in 1870 and 1871, the Gehrlein company built the famous wooden ship designed by Max von Siebert for the floating Rhine circus .

Population development

year Residents
1802 534
1849 1,114
1861 1,145
1871 1,325
1939 2,730
1979 5,981
2010 7,215
2014 7,260
2018 6,880
  1. ^ "Population" as defined by the State Statistical Office
  2. a b Main and secondary residences

In 1871, 968 out of a total of 1,325 inhabitants were Catholic (73 percent) and 357 Protestant (27 percent).



The district of Maximiliansau is one of four districts of the city of Wörth am Rhein and has its own local advisory board and a local councilor .

Local advisory board

The local council consists of 15 members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the local advisory board:

choice SPD CDU Green total
2019 9 6th - 15 seats
2014 8th 7th - 15 seats
2009 7th 8th - 15 seats
2004 5 9 1 15 seats

Mayor (until 1979)

Mayor of the municipality of Pfortz until 1938, of the municipality of Maximiliansau from 1938 to 1979:

  • 1912–1918 / 9? Fäth
  • 1918–1933: Rudolf Müller
  • 1933–1937: Georg Dreyer
  • 1937: Jakob Wahl (Mayor for Pfortz, Maximiliansau, Wörth in Wörth)
  • 1945–1946: Philipp Kraus ("Board of Directors Local Committee")
  • 1946–1958: Josef Müller (innkeeper at Gasthaus zum Anker, CDU)
  • 1958–1970: Hans Eiswirth (full-time from 1960, CDU)
  • 1970–1979: Otto Schneider (SPD)


  • 1979–1982: Alfred Meier (CDU)
  • 1982–1989: Heinz Heimbach (CDU)
  • 1989–1999: Franz Nachbar (SPD)
  • 1999-2014: Heinz Heimbach (CDU)
  • since 2014: Jochen Schaaf (SPD)

In the direct election on May 26, 2019, Jochen Schaaf was confirmed in his office for another five years with a share of 61.52% of the votes.

Municipal partnerships

The district has had a partnership with Cany-Barville in Normandy since 1967 .



  • Cany-Barville course with mini golf course

Nature reserve

NSG Goldgrund

Regular events

  • Boule mulled wine tournament on the first Sunday of the year
  • Women's fair of the KFD two weeks before carnival
  • Pentecostal Church
  • Linden blossom festival in June
  • Pfortzer Kerwe on the last weekend in August with a photo exhibition by the FoKuS home association
  • Annually on October 3rd "New Wine Festival" of the SPD on and in the community center
  • Autumn concert by the Musikverein on the 2nd Saturday in November

Economy, culture and infrastructure


Railway (right) and road bridge near Maximiliansau

At Maximiliansau there is a road and a railway bridge over the Rhine . The A65, the B9 and the B10 meet at Maximiliansau at the Wörther Kreuz . A second Rhine bridge for road traffic is planned north of Maximiliansau (see also Rhine bridge Maxau ). In 1864 the place was connected to the railway network when a line from Winden to Maximiliansau was built. The place has two stops on the Winden – Karlsruhe railway ( Maximiliansau West and Maximiliansau Eisenbahnstraße ) and one stop on the Wörth – Strasbourg railway ( Maximiliansau Im Rüsten ).

Established businesses

The Daimler AG uses in Maximiliansau spaces for those produced in Wörth commercial vehicles.


Numerous local companies are organized in the local trade association "G-Max".

To the north of the village, on the site of a former linoleum factory, there has been a specialist retail center since 2007, the "Maximiliancenter". From 2011 it was expanded and enlarged.

Public facilities

  • Bürgerhaus (opened in 1986)


The most popular daily newspaper is “ Die Rheinpfalz ” (Ludwigshafen with the regional section Landau), followed by the “ Badische Neuesten Nachrichten ” (Karlsruhe).


The Tulla primary school is located in the village.

The following kindergartens are also located here:

The CJD operates a training park in Maximiliansau with a focus on “professional training” and “integration”. The entire activities of the CJD at all locations in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland are controlled from Maximiliansau .


  • Otto Rudolph: Maximiliansau through the ages: Chronicle of the local community Maximiliansau , local community Maximiliansau, Maximiliansau 1975 (available from the Wörth city administration)
  • Focus on the illustrated book Maximiliansau - Publisher of the Heimatverein FoKuS Maximiliansau

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Figures, data, facts - ( Memento of the original from November 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Statistics of the German Reich, Volume 450: Official municipality directory for the German Reich, Part I, Berlin 1939; Page 269
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 183 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  4. ^ A b c Official directory and statistics of the Royal Bavarian Government District of the Palatinate, 1863, p. XXXI of the appendix
  5. a b Results of the census in the Kingdom of Bavaria from December 1, 1871 according to individual communities, 1873, p. 65
  6. Official municipality register for the German Reich based on the 1939 census, 2nd edition 1941, p. 171
  7. Official municipality directory 2006 ( Memento from December 22, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) (= State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 393 ). Bad Ems March 2006, p. 202 (PDF; 2.6 MB). Info: An up-to-date directory ( 2016 ) is available, but in the section "Territorial changes - Territorial administrative reform" it does not give any population figures.  
  8. : Numbers - Data - Facts, accessed on June 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Main statute of the city of Wörth am Rhein. (PDF) § 2 and 3 July 20, 2019, accessed on April 26, 2020 .
  10. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local Advisory Council election 2019 Maximiliansau. Retrieved April 26, 2020 .
  11. Local Advisory Board Maximiliansau 2014. Wörth City Administration, accessed on April 26, 2020 .
  12. Local council election 2009 Maximiliansau. (PDF, 2.93 MB) In: Wörth Official Gazette, Volume 37, Week 25/2009. City administration Wörth am Rhein, June 18, 2009, accessed on April 26, 2020 .
  13. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local Advisory Council election 2004 Maximiliansau. Retrieved April 26, 2020 .
  14. ^ The Regional Returning Officer for Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Wörth am Rhein, community-free municipality, second line of results. Retrieved April 26, 2020 .