Mettenheim (Rheinhessen)

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Coat of arms of the local community Mettenheim
Mettenheim (Rheinhessen)
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Mettenheim highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 44 '  N , 8 ° 20'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Alzey-Worms
Association municipality : Calibration
Height : 87 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.41 km 2
Residents: 1659 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 259 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 67582
Area code : 06242
License plate : AZ
Community key : 07 3 31 045
Association administration address: Hauptstrasse 26
67575 Eich
Website :
Local Mayor : Wilfried Eichner (FWG)
Location of the local community of Mettenheim in the Alzey-Worms district
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The town hall in Mettenheim
Old ravine on the mountain slope in Mettenheim

Mettenheim is a municipality in the Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Eich Verbandsgemeinde .


The community is about ten kilometers north of Worms . Neighboring communities are Alsheim in the north, Eich and Gimbsheim in the east, Osthofen in the south and Bechtheim in the southwest. The Sandwoogbrücke residential area also belongs to Mettenheim .


The annual precipitation is 558 mm. The rainfall is low. They are in the lower quarter of the values ​​recorded in Germany. Lower values ​​are registered at 12% of the measuring stations of the German Weather Service . The driest month is January, the most precipitation falls in July. In July there is twice more rainfall than in January. The rainfall varies moderately. Lower seasonal fluctuations are recorded at 51% of the measuring stations .


In Carolingian times, Mettenheim estates were transferred to the following Lorsch abbots during the reigns of Pippin the Younger , Charlemagne and Louis the Pious : Gundeland (765-778), Richbod (784-804), Adalung (804-837) and Titroch (864 / 865-876). In the copy book of the Lorsch Codex , 13 donations and two sales to the Lorsch Monastery are noted.

The oldest mentions date from 765 to 766, exact dates are not known:

  • Helmgar donated a vineyard in Mettenheim (certificate 1829)
  • Hegleduin donated a vineyard in Mettenheim (certificate 1834)

The following prices could be achieved for the two sales at that time:

  • Erlefrid and Rucher received eight schillings in cash for a vineyard, around 770 (certificate 1830)
  • Heribald received half a pound of silver for a vineyard, July 16, 826 (certificate 1832)

The vineyards of that time consisted of only a few lines.

Three counts had property in Mettenheim, which is documented with donations:

  • On July 1st, 784, Count Gerold ( Gerold von Anglachgau ) and Mrs. Imma donated their extensive possessions in Worms, Laden-, Angel-, Kraich- and Ufgau and thus also their undetermined property in Mettenheim (certificate 1880). - Gerold and Imma are in-laws of Charlemagne through their daughter Hildegart.
  • Count Rubert IV. ( Robert the Brave ) son of Count Rubert III. ( Rutpert III. (Oberrheingau) ) donated two court rides with Huben in 836, 48 yoke of arable land, 13 days of vine planting and meadows for six loads of hay (certificate 1826).
  • Count Mengoz (Megingoz in Wormsgau ) and nephew Uodo handed over a riding court in 876 (certificate 1835).

The village originally belonged to the possessions of the bishops of Worms , but was already given to the Counts of Leiningen as a fief in early times , who later counted it to the family estates of their house. In 1393 a castle in Mettenheim is mentioned, which its owner, the eunuch and knight von Fleckenstein , sold to the city of Worms .

Towards the end of the 17th century, the village and the castle came into the possession of the Frankfurt merchant Canpoing, and from him back into the hands of the Counts of Wartenberg ( Kolb von Wartenberg ) in 1709 . The castle was destroyed by French revolutionary troops in 1793 .

Mettenheim remained in the possession of the Counts of Wartenberg until the end of the 18th century. From 1798 to 1814 the place belonged to the canton of Bechtheim in the French department of Donnersberg . Due to the agreements reached at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and a state treaty concluded in 1816 between the Grand Duchy of Hesse , Austria and Prussia , the region and thus also Mettenheim came to the Grand Duchy of Hesse and was assigned to the Province of Rheinhessen by this . After the dissolution of the Rhine-Hessian cantons, the place came in 1835 to the newly established Worms district , to which it belonged until 1969.

In May 1958, the Mettenheim wine village celebrated a beer festival in memory of Jacob Best , the ancestor and founder of the largest American beer company. Its group has bottled 100 million kegs of beer this year since it was founded.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 596
1835 851
1871 720
1905 734
1939 834
1950 1,031
1961 989
year Residents
1970 1,015
1987 919
1997 1,288
2005 1,559
2011 1,508
2017 1,672
2019 1,659


Municipal council

The municipal council in Mettenheim 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 CDU FWG WGR 1 WGR 2 total
2019 5 11 - - 16 seats
2014 7th 9 - - 16 seats
2009 2 6th 2 6th 16 seats
2004 2 5 7th 2 16 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Community Mettenheim e. V.


  • Christoph Reichert
  • ...
  • 1979–1989: Georg Thomas
  • 1989-2014: Leo Jugenheimer (SPD)
  • 2014–2019: Maximilian Abstein (CDU)
  • since 2019: Wilfried Eichner (FWG)

In the local elections on May 26, 2019, Wilfried Eichner was elected with 77.79% of the vote, making him the successor to Maximilian Abstein, who was no longer running.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Mettenheim
Blazon : "In silver, a bird's claw rising obliquely to the left."
Justification of the coat of arms: This picture shows the oldest Mettenheim court seal (imprint from 1574 and 1588) and the inscription S (IGEL) M (ETTENHEIM) dated 1624 (picture and description by Menninger, who found it from the eagle coat of arms of the local lords, the Counts of Leiningen, explained). An interpretation as an independent place symbol with regard to parallel cases (Griesheim, Groß-Zimmer, Guntheim, Undenheim) seems more likely. This coat of arms was officially re-awarded to the municipality in 1929.

Community partnerships

Partnerships exist with the municipality of Mettenheim in Bavaria and with the municipality of Pupillin in France.

Culture and sights


In 2007, after the renovation, the crypt of the Counts of Wartenberg was opened to the public under the Protestant church . In 1921, Professor Otto Linnemann from Frankfurt created glass windows for the church

See also: List of cultural monuments in Mettenheim

Economy and Infrastructure


About half of the agricultural area of ​​540 hectares in Mettenheim is planted with vines. The vineyards are sheltered from the wind on sloping terraces of the Wonnegau . 34 full-time businesses live from viticulture. Mettenheim is located in the Nierstein area of ​​the Rheinhessen wine-growing region and has the names of the locations : Michelsberg, Schloßberg and Goldberg. On the mountain slopes there are still many old ravines that offer a special habitat for rare plants and animals.


The Mettenheim stop

The federal highway 9, which connects Ludwigshafen am Rhein with Mainz , runs in the immediate vicinity of the community .

Mettenheim has a stop on the Mainz – Mannheim railway line . It was opened in 1853 as a train station together with the line from the Hessian Ludwig Railway. In 1899 an electric, automatic section block was installed here. Today the trains of the S 6 of the S-Bahn RheinNeckar to Mainz and Mannheim run every 30/60 minutes .


  1. Johann Kasimir Kolb von Wartenberg (1643–1712) established his residence in Mettenheim in 1707 after the individual properties were combined to form a county, ⚭ March 22, 1696 Anna Katharina Rickers (* January 12, 1670 Gelderland, † March 19, 1734), imperial countess from 1699, six children.
    1. Friedrich Kasimir Kolb von Wartenberg (born January 9, 1697 Berlin, † October 19, 1719 Frankfurt am Main), Rittmeister.
    2. Kasimir Kolb von Wartenberg III. (1699–1772), ⚭ February 11, 1724 Maria Sophie Wilhelmine Eleonore von Solms-Rödelheim (* July 4, 1698 Frankfurt, † October 1, 1766 Mettenheim), four children.
      1. Friedrich Karl Kolb von Wartenberg (April 3, 1725, † May 8, 1784), Colonel of the Infantry, Postmaster General 1772–1784, ⚭ December 28, 1751 Carolina Polixena von Leiningen-Dagsburg-Hardenburg (* July 4, 1728, † 1782 ), five children.
        1. Ernst Ludwig Kolb von Wartenberg (born October 14, 1752, † March 10, 1818 Rot an der Rot ), ruling Imperial Count von Wartenberg-Roth, Bavarian Lieutenant General, Postmaster General 1784–1792, last male descendant; In 1793, after the Mettenheim castle was destroyed in 1792 by French revolutionary troops, he inherited the property to his relatives Erbach-Erbach , in 1804 plundered by locals.
        2. Charlotte Luise Polixena Kolb von Wartenberg (* November 27, 1755, † May 20, 1844), ⚭ 1785 Count Franz I. zu Erbach-Erbach (his second marriage) (* October 29, 1754 Erbach (Odenwald) , † 8. March 1823 Erbach (Odenwald)), art collector.
        3. Christina Eleonore Kolb von Wartenberg (* February 10, 1757, † February 14, 1763)
        4. Christina Maria Luise Kolb von Wartenberg (* August 5, 1758, † September 5, 1821), ⚭ Moritz Gustav Adolf von Salm-Kyrburg (* September 27, 1761, † February 17, 1813)
        5. Karoline Luise Kolb von Wartenberg (* July 1762, † February 12, 1763)


in alphabetical order by authors / editors

  • Karl Johann Brilmayer : Rheinhessen in the past and present. Giessen 1905, pp. 304-305.
  • Heinrich Beckenbach: The emergency and heyday of the village of Mettenheim. In: Heimatjahrbuch des Landkreis Worms, Der Wonnegau. 1962, pp. 117-120.
  • Dieter Krienke and Ingrid Westerhoff: Alzey Worms district. Verbandsgemeinden Eich, Monsheim and Wonnegau = monument topography Federal Republic of Germany . Cultural monuments in Rhineland-Palatinate 20.3. Wernersche Verlagsgesellschaft , Worms 2018. ISBN 978-3-88462-379-4 , pp. 77–86.
  • Karl Anton Schaab : The History of the Grand Duke. hess. Rhine Province. In: History of the City of Mainz. 4th vol., 2nd department, Mainz 1851, pp. 216-217.

Web links

Commons : Mettenheim  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, 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. 133 (PDF; 3 MB).
  3. ^ Karl Josef Minst : Lorscher Codex III, Lorsch 1970, documents no. 1236, 1825–1837, 1880
  4. Willi Alter: Gerold and one sons Adrian and Eribo, in Mitt. Des Histor. Association of the Palatinate, Speyer 2000, pp. 83–96
  5. ^ Georg Dehio : Handbook of German Art Monuments. Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland , Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich 1984, p. 673; ISBN 3-422-00382-7
  6. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate: My village, my city. Retrieved May 8, 2020 .
  7. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: Municipal Council Election 2019 Mettenheim. Retrieved September 8, 2019 .
  8. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  9. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: direct elections 2019. Accessed on September 8, 2019 (see Eich, Verbandsgemeinde, fifth row of results).
  10. ^ Karl Ernst Demandt and Otto Renkhoff : Hessisches Ortswappenbuch. C. A. Starke Verlag, Glücksburg / Ostsee 1956, p. 123.
  11. ^ Eisenbahndirektion Mainz (Ed.): Collection of the published official gazettes from July 29, 1899. Volume 3, No. 33. Announcement No. 334, p. 255.
  12. Helmut Schmahl: Rheinhessische Brauer in Milwaukee in: Transplanted, but not uprooted: The emigration from Hessen-Darmstadt (province of Rheinhessen) to Wisconsin in the 19th century . Frankfurt / Main (among others) 2000 (Mainz Studies on Modern History, 1)
  13. Genealogia of the Pistons von Wartenberg, Berlin 1718