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Coat of arms of the local parish Orbis
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Orbis highlighted

Coordinates: 49 ° 42 '  N , 8 ° 0'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Donnersbergkreis
Association municipality : Kirchheimbolanden
Height : 327 m above sea level NHN
Area : 5.68 km 2
Residents: 690 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 121 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 67294
Area code : 06352
License plate : KIB, ROK
Community key : 07 3 33 057
Association administration address: Neue Allee 2
67292 Kirchheimbolanden
Website : www.kirchheimbolanden.de
Local Mayor : Peter Schmitt ( SPD )
Location of the local parish Orbis 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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Orbis on the road from Bechenheim

Orbis is a municipality in the Donnersbergkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate . Together with 15 other municipalities, it belongs to the Kirchheimbolanden community .



The community is located about 40 km southwest of Mainz in the hill country between Rheinhessen and the North Palatinate Uplands . The Leithof residential area also belongs to Orbis . Neighboring communities are Morschheim in the east, the Kirchheimbolandener district of Haide in the south and Oberwiesen in the west.

Elevations and waters

The 357.8 meter high Eichelberg and the 356.9 meter high Koppelberg extend in the south of the district . The river Selz , which flows into the Rhine at Ingelheim , has its source in the Orbis area .


Local history

Until the end of the 18th century the community belonged to Nassau-Weilburg and was there under 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 , Orbis was incorporated into the canton of Kirchheim and was the seat of a mairie that also included Oberwiesen . In 1815 the place had a total of 369 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 Orbis was a member of the Kirchheim Land Commissioner - later Kirchhheimbolanden ; from this the district office of Kirchhheimbolanden emerged. On June 14, 1849, the community was partially the scene of the battle near Kirchheimbolanden , when it was occupied by Prussian troops without a fight.

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 administrative reform in Rhineland-Palatinate , Orbis moved to the newly formed Donnersbergkreis in 1969 ; three years later, the community was incorporated into the also newly created community of Kirchheimbolanden .

The place name through the ages

  • 1200-1209 Horbeiz
  • 1214 Orberz (read Orbeiz)
  • 1215 Orbez
  • Orbeiz mid-13th century
  • 1260 Urbis
  • 1280 Orbeitz, Orbes
  • 1323 Domina de Orbeiz
  • 1365 Ürbeyß
  • 1398 Orbess
  • 1408 bite
  • 1416 Urbess
  • 1421 to Orwisse in the village and mark
  • 1432 Urbis
  • 1494 Urbass
  • 1497 pitting
  • 1490 Urbs
  • 1554 Urbess
  • 1560 Orbite
  • 1575 Orbisheim
  • 1581 Orbissheim
  • 1824 Orbis


Municipal council

The municipal council in Orbis consists of twelve 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 WGR total
2019 7th 5 12 seats
2014 7th 5 12 seats
2009 by majority vote 12 seats


Local mayor is Peter Schmitt. In the local elections on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in office with 85.93% of the votes.

coat of arms

Orbis coat of arms
Blazon : "Split by silver and blue, on the right between two growing green fir trees an upright red key, on the left a red armored and tongued golden lion."

It was approved on February 17, 1964 by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of the Interior in Mainz.

Justification of the coat of arms: The coat of arms of Orbis is a new creation without a seal template. With the Nassauer lions of the 18th century to the local government by the end of reference, the firs correspond to the interpretation of the name as a dense forest and the key recalls the Kaplaneikirche St. Peter to Orbis, the King Friedrich II. In 1214 the Holy digging Monastery in Speyer . Also Albisheim , whose care was one Orbis since 1614, had before the Reformation Peter -Patrozinium.

Culture and sights

Listed residential building

Are located on site a total of three properties under conservation are, including the Protestant church .

Economy and Infrastructure


District road 19 runs through Orbis and connects the town with Kirchheimbolanden, Bechenheim and Offenheim . In the middle of the village, the district road 22 branches off to Morschheim.

The A 63 ( Kaiserslautern - Mainz ) runs south-east . In Kirchheimbolanden there is a train station of the Donnersbergbahn .


Orbis is the starting point of the Selztal cycle path . The Staudernheim-Soultz-sous-Forêts long-distance hiking trail, marked with a blue bar, also runs through the village .


Sons and daughters of the church

People who worked on site

  • Fritz Heß (1879–1938), politician (NSDAP), helped on December 1, 1923 with the preparations for an arson attack on a local barn that belonged to Franz Josef Heinz
  • Manfred Fluhr, owner of the Freiherr vom Stein plaque since 2013


Web links

Commons : Orbis  - 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 1, 2017 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 91 (PDF; 1.9 MB).
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: City Council Election 2019 Orbis. Retrieved August 30, 2019 .
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  5. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: direct elections 2019. see Kirchheimbolanden, Verbandsgemeinde, third from last line of results. Retrieved August 30, 2019 .