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Coat of arms of the local community Schneppenbach
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Coordinates: 49 ° 51 '  N , 7 ° 24'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Bad Kreuznach
Association municipality : Kirner Land
Height : 424 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.3 km 2
Residents: 224 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 68 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 55608
Area code : 06544
License plate : KH
Community key : 07 1 33 204
Association administration address: Bahnhofstrasse 31
55606 Kirn
Website :
Local Mayor : Markus Fey
Location of the local community Schneppenbach in the Bad Kreuznach district
Bad Kreuznach Kirn Biebelsheim Pfaffen-Schwabenheim Pleitersheim Volxheim Hackenheim Frei-Laubersheim Neu-Bamberg Fürfeld Tiefenthal (Rheinhessen) Traisen (Nahe) Norheim Altenbamberg Hochstätten Feilbingert Hallgarten (Pfalz) Niederhausen (Nahe) Oberhausen an der Nahe Duchroth Bad Sobernheim Auen (Hunsrück) Bärweiler Daubach (Hunsrück) Ippenschied Kirschroth Langenthal (Hunsrück) Lauschied Martinstein Meddersheim Merxheim (Nahe) Bad Sobernheim Monzingen Nußbaum Odernheim am Glan Rehbach (bei Sobernheim) Seesbach Staudernheim Weiler bei Monzingen Winterburg Bretzenheim Dorsheim Guldental Langenlonsheim Laubenheim Rümmelsheim Windesheim Daxweiler Dörrebach Eckenroth Roth (bei Stromberg) Schöneberg (Hunsrück) Schweppenhausen Seibersbach Stromberg (Hunsrück) Waldlaubersheim Warmsroth Kirn Bärenbach (bei Idar-Oberstein) Becherbach bei Kirn Brauweiler (Rheinland-Pfalz) Bruschied Hahnenbach Heimweiler Heinzenberg (bei Kirn) Hennweiler Hochstetten-Dhaun Horbach (bei Simmertal) Kellenbach Königsau Limbach (bei Kirn) Meckenbach (bei Kirn) Oberhausen bei Kirn Otzweiler Schneppenbach Schwarzerden Simmertal Weitersborn Abtweiler Becherbach (Pfalz) Breitenheim Callbach Desloch Hundsbach Jeckenbach Lettweiler Löllbach Meisenheim Raumbach Rehborn Reiffelbach Schmittweiler Schweinschied Allenfeld Argenschwang Bockenau Boos (Nahe) Braunweiler Burgsponheim Dalberg (bei Bad Kreuznach) Gebroth Gutenberg (bei Bad Kreuznach) Hargesheim Hergenfeld Hüffelsheim Mandel (Gemeinde) Münchwald Oberstreit Roxheim Rüdesheim (Nahe) Schloßböckelheim Sankt Katharinen (bei Bad Kreuznach) Sommerloch (bei Bad Kreuznach) Spabrücken Spall Sponheim Waldböckelheim Wallhausen (bei Bad Kreuznach) Weinsheim (bei Bad Kreuznach) Winterbach (Soonwald) Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis Landkreis Birkenfeld Landkreis Mainz-Bingen Hessen Landkreis Alzey-Worms Landkreis Kusel Donnersbergkreismap
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View of Schneppenbach
The Teufelsfels (568 m)
Catholic chapel
Schmidtburg ruins

Schneppenbach is a municipality in the Bad Kreuznach district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Kirner Land association.


Schneppenbach is located in the southern Hunsrück , on the western edge of the Lützelsoon and east (above) the Hahnenbach valley . To the south, Bruschied , west Bundenbach and north is Woppenroth . The next larger cities are Idar-Oberstein and Simmern .


Since the Middle Ages, Schneppenbach, first mentioned in a document in 1044, belonged to a larger manor of the imperial abbey of St. Maximin in front of Trier . In addition to the Blickersau and Kaffeld settlements, which later became desolate , the manor included the villages of Woppenroth , Bundenbach , Schneppenbach, Bruschied and the main courtyard and parish of Hausen near Rhaunen .

For centuries, the fate of the place was closely linked to the Schmidtburg built on its area . The castle, the history of which can be traced back to the year 926, is one of the oldest castles in the Nahe and Hunsrück regions and was probably the ancestral seat of the Counts in the Nahegau , the Emichons . As their partial heirs and legal successors, the Wildgraves took over the castle. However, internal family disputes between the Wildgraves meant that the castle passed into the possession of the Archbishop of Trier and Elector Baldwin of Luxembourg around 1330 . Under Baldwin the expansion of the Schmidtburg took place, which later became the seat of the Electorate of Schmidtburg .

While Bundenbach was the only place of the office that was under the sole sovereignty of Kurtrier , Bruschied and Schneppenbach formed a condominium and jointly belonged to Kurtrier and the Knights of Wildberg. Around 1650, the knight Cratz von Scharffenstein appears as the local lord of Schneppenbach.

In 1563 there were nine households in Schneppenbach, five in 1684 and eleven in 1715. Although the residents of Bruschied and Schneppenbach owned a chapel, they attended the main church service in Bundenbach . As the Office Schmidtburg before 1554 at the kurtrierischen magistrate Nicholas of Schmidtburg was pledged, this led to 1561 temporarily, the reformed confession. As early as 1626, the places were Catholic again.

In 1794 the Left Bank of the Rhine was occupied during the First Coalition War , and in 1798 the area was reorganized by the French directorate based on the French model. The village of Schneppenbach was assigned to the newly formed Mairie Kirn in the Simmern arrondissement , which belonged to the Rhine-Mosel department .

The community stayed there until the end of French rule (1814) and came to the Kingdom of Prussia in 1815 due to the resolutions made at the Congress of Vienna . Under the Prussian administration, Schneppenbach belonged to the mayor's office of Gemünden in the Prussian district of Simmern from 1816 .

In the course of an administrative reform in Rhineland-Palatinate, Schneppenbach was assigned to the community of Kirn-Land . In 2020 the place came to the Verbandsgemeinde Kirner Land .

The robber captain Schinderhannes is of particular importance for Schneppenbach . On February 25, 1799, at five o'clock in the morning, the gendarmerie stormed the house of the rustic beauty Budzliese-Amie in Schneppenbach and was able to arrest Schinderhannes there. The miller from the Römermühle gave the hot tip.

"In the Schneppenbacher Forste, the devil goes around dibum ...", so it says in Carl Zuckmayer's Schinderhanneslied from the play Schinderhannes .

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 225
1835 278
1871 293
1905 278
1939 280
1950 285
year Residents
1961 272
1970 294
1987 284
1997 288
2005 261
2019 224


Municipal council

The council in Schneppenbach consists of six council members, who in the local elections on May 26, 2019 in a majority vote were elected, and the honorary mayor as chairman.


The local mayor is Markus Fey. No candidate ran in the local elections on May 26, 2019, so his election was made by the local council on July 2, 2019.

coat of arms

Schneppenbach coat of arms
Blazon : "Under a silver shield head covered with a red cross, in green a gold clasp covered with four red and four blue points alternating, accompanied by two silver diamonds."
Justification for the coat of arms: The shield head refers to the former belonging to Kurtrier . The clasp refers to the Schenk von Schmidtburg family . The diamonds indicate the former slate industry in the municipality. The green color symbolizes the abundance of forests. The municipal council commissioned the graphic artist Brust, Kinrsulzbach, to develop a design for a municipal coat of arms.

At its meeting on August 13, 1971, the Council adopted the draft presented. After approval by the State Archives, the Ministry of the Interior in Mainz granted permission on October 8, 1981 to use one's own coat of arms.

Culture and sights


See also: List of cultural monuments in Schneppenbach


The population speaks the Hunsrück dialect in a Moselle-Franconian form. The place is together with the neighboring communities just north of a famous European language border, the so-called das-dat line . (To the south of it they speak Rhine Franconian .)

Linguistic peculiarities represent a special legacy from the High Middle Ages, which, for example, in the case of "Die Bach" or "der Butter", preserved the Middle High German language of Walther von der Vogelweide's time. The words “Scheeslong” (sofa), “Canape”, “Trottwa” (sidewalk) and “Portmonnee”, as well as “Bobbeschees” (doll's pram) and “Kinnerschees” (pram) come from the time of French rule.

Soil monuments


Web links

Commons : Schneppenbach  - 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. a b c statistical maps, Verbandsgemeinde Kirn-Land, 2009
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: City Council Election 2019 Schneppenbach. Retrieved September 22, 2019 .
  5. The Regional Returning Officer RLP: Direct elections 2019. see Kirn-Land, Verbandsgemeinde, 21st line of results. Retrieved September 22, 2019 .
  6. Information sheet Kirn-Land for the area of ​​the Verbandsgemeinde: Minutes of the meeting of the local council Schneppenbach on July 2nd, 2019. Edition 29/2019, official notices and communications from the local congregations. Retrieved September 23, 2019 .
  7. painted coat of arms: State Archives Koblenz Dept. 54 S No. 226