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Coordinates: 49 ° 57 '  N , 7 ° 7'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Bernkastel-Wittlich
Association municipality : Traben-Trarbach
Height : 110 m above sea level NHN
Area : 31.35 km 2
Residents: 5664 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 181 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56841
Area code : 06541
License plate : WIL, BKS
Community key : 07 2 31 124
City structure: 8 districts
Association administration address: Am Markt 3
56841 Traben-Trarbach
Website :
City Mayor : Patrice Langer ( SPD )
Location of the city of Traben-Trarbach in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich
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Traben-Trarbach is a town on the Middle Moselle in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich , Rhineland-Palatinate and the administrative seat of the association of the same name . The city is a state-approved spa and designated as a medium-sized center according to state planning .


Geographical location

Traben-Trarbach is located about 40 km northeast of Trier and about 60 km southwest of Koblenz in the valley of the Middle Moselle; north of the city is the Moselschleifenberg Mont Royal . The Hahn Airport in Hunsrück lies about 10 km (each a straight line ) from the east. The urban area extends over a total area of ​​3135 ha with a large proportion of forest. This makes Traben-Trarbach the largest city on the Middle Moselle in terms of area.

The Traben district is to the left of the Moselle at the foot of the former Mont Royal fortress and Trarbach to the right of the river on the Hunsrück side. While Traben lies on a large width on the banks of the Moselle, Trarbach stretches oblong between the rather steep mountains, especially into the Kautenbach valley. There is a spring in the Bad Wildstein district, the water of which emerges from the depths of the slate at a temperature of 33 ° and is used by a thermal bath .

City structure

Districts are Kautenbach ( local district ), Bad Wildstein, Traben-Trarbach, Corveyer Werth, Dollschied, Fischteiche, Gonzlay, Gräffsmühle, Haus Corveyer Wäldchen, Haus Kallenborn, Hödeshof, Litzig, Rissbach, Starkenburgermühle, Wolf (local district), Evangelical youth court Martin Luther King and Koppelberg.

District views
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Panorama of Trarbach (left), Traben (right) and the Moselle
The district of Trarbach
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Wolf district


The Aacher Hof
Trarbach (foreground) with the Grevenburg and Traben (background); Aquatint by Karl Bodmer , around 1831
Trarbach - town and castle; Engraving by G.  Bodenehr , 1704
Trarbach around 1860; Wood engraving after Bligny

The Aacher Hof was mentioned in a document as early as 830. Emperor Ludwig the Pious (814-840), son of Charlemagne , gave Traben with all his righteous and appendages Traben, Litzig, Rissbach, Irmenach and Beuren to the cathedral of Aachen ( Aachen Marienstift ), in which the German kings were crowned.

Due to the affiliation to the rear county of Sponheim, the Reformation was introduced in Trarbach and Traben in 1557 , so that the place is predominantly evangelical to this day , even if the proportion of the Catholic population increased significantly due to immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries is. The leadership of the Protestant church in the Hinteren Grafschaft Sponheim was initially exercised by the Birkenfeld chancellery , then in 1672 a Lutheran consistory from Hintersponheim was set up in Trarbach , whose tasks were transferred to the consistory in Zweibrücken from 1776 .

All today's districts (with the exception of a part of Kautenbach) belonged to the Hinteren Grafschaft Sponheim , the main town of which was Trarbach even after the counts died out, although the two ruling lords (the county was a Palatinate-Baden condominium ) resided elsewhere within the county had, namely in Birkenfeld and in Kastellaun . At the same time, however, Trarbach was also the main town of the Oberamt of the same name. In 1815 the area around Trarbach was incorporated into Prussia and Trarbach became the seat of a mayor's office . Contrary to expectations, however, Zell and not Trarbach became the district town, although Trarbach was the largest town in the new Zell district . The mayor's office in Trarbach was dissolved in 1884. Trarbach no longer belonged to any mayor's office and from then on was administered in personal union with the new mayor's office in Traben.

The Trarbach Synod was established in 1818, the main town of which was Trarbach until 1972. Because of its size - the synod includes the districts of Bernkastel , Zell and Trier  - it was divided in 1825. Curiously, the district of Wolf belonged to the Trier Synod until 1892, which until 1843 was called "Synod Wolf" after the superintendent's place of residence.

In the major fire of July 21, 1857, almost all of Trarbach fell victim to the flames. Of the 1700 inhabitants, 1400 were left homeless.

At the end of the 19th century, Traben and Trarbach were, besides Bad Reichenhall, the first places in Germany to have electric street lighting built by the Edison company, today's AEG , instead of gas lamps , after individual streets in Berlin had previously been equipped with them.

In 1898 the first bridge between the two locations was built based on a design by the architect Bruno Möhring . This bridge, which was blown up in the last days of the war in 1945, was also the first road bridge between Bernkastel and Koblenz . The next bridges were not built until 1924 in Cochem and 1951–1953 in Zell.

In 1904 the municipality of Traben and the city of Trarbach were finally merged to form the new city of Traben-Trarbach. The next changes occurred on June 7, 1969, when the communities of Kautenbach and Wolf were incorporated into Traben-Trarbach. A year later the Traben-Trarbach Association was re-established. It has its administrative seat in the city, Traben-Trarbach is a community member.

The Bundeswehr had two properties in Traben-Trarbach, the Mont Royal barracks and the Wildstein barracks . There were the geoinformation department of the Bundeswehr , the Military Geophysical Office and Telecommunications General Headquarters (German Nalla) stationed.


City council

The city ​​council in Traben-Trarbach consists of 22 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary city ​​mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the city council:

choice SPD CDU GREEN FDP FWG total
2019 7th 8th 3 1 3 22 seats
2014 9 7th 2 1 3 22 seats
2009 6th 10 - 2 4th 22 seats
2004 5 11 - 2 4th 22 seats
  • FWG = Free Voting Group Traben-Trarbach e. V.


For city mayor on May 25, 2014 Patrice Langer (SPD) was elected directly with 57.09 percent of votes cast. He replaced Heide Pönnighaus (CDU) in this office. In the 2019 local elections, he was re-elected with 72.07 percent of the votes cast.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of Traben-Trarbach
Blazon : "Geschacht of red and silver, above trotting stallion , down on green shaft base a golden round tower with black conical roof, Silver Bow Gate, about six silver window to two rows."
Justification of the coat of arms: The red and silver chessboard comes from the coat of arms of the rear county of Sponheim . It symbolizes the district of Traben, whose Celtic name "traven" means a small settlement. The tower is the city tower of the city of Trarbach.

Town twinning

The town of Traben-Trarbach maintains a town partnership with the municipality of Wangen bei Olten in Switzerland and the Verbandsgemeinde Traben-Trarbach has a partnership with the French town of Selles-sur-Cher .

Culture and sights


See also: List of cultural monuments in Traben-Trarbach


  • For decades motorboat races were held on the Moselle ; the 32nd event took place in 1996. Numerous world and European champions were crowned, including the Berlin racing driver and engine builder Dieter König in 1964 . Organizers have found themselves for 2014 who have revived the motorboat race in the narrow Moselle valley. Old successes were quickly built on, with around 8,000 spectators following the various racing series. In 2015, several World Championship and European Championship races were held. In 2016, the race was canceled after the fatal accident of Italian driver Massimo Rossi .
  • Since 2011, the underground MOSEL-WEIN-NIGHT MARKET has been held in nine vaulted cellars and three other event locations on the Advent weekends until New Year's Day .

Economy and Infrastructure


The tourism is an important economic factor in the region. In addition to the wine and active tourism in particular is here health tourism to name. Despite structural changes in the traditional spa and bathing system in the 1990s, combined with less approved spa therapy measures, the health tourism offer is becoming increasingly important again due to demographic change . The Moselsteig leads through the city.


In addition to tourism, the region lives from viticulture in particular. Traben-Trarbach has 135 hectares of vineyards. Of these, 87.4% are planted with white wine grape varieties and 12.6% with red wine grape varieties. Most of the Traben-Trarbacher vineyards are steep slopes. The most famous locations include:

  • Trarbacher Hühnerberg
  • Trarbacher Ungsberg
  • Trarbacher Schlossberg
  • Trarbacher Burgberg
  • Trarbach pigeon house
  • Traben Würzgarten
  • Traben herb house
  • Trabener Koenigsberg


Rail transport

The Moselle Valley Railway, called "Saufbähnchen" , ran through Traben-Trarbach until December 31, 1962 . The station building on the Trarbach side was demolished when the B 53 was expanded.

The terminus of the Moselwein-Bahn (Bullay - Reil - Kövenig - Traben-Trarbach) is located in the Traben district (left bank of the river ). Here, the trains on the RB85 line run every hour according to the Rhineland-Palatinate cycle. Due to the location of Traben-Trarbach in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, the tariff of the Verkehrsverbund Region Trier applies to bus and train journeys ; for journeys with a start / destination station in the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Mosel , its tariff is also valid as a transitional tariff. The old station building, built in 1904 based on the model of old Traben half-timbered houses, is still preserved today and now serves as the seat of the mayor and as an event center. The new stop was relocated 150 m down the Moselle to the area of ​​the former freight station. Furthermore, the construction of a further train stop Traben-Trarbach Schule is planned.

Traben-Trarbach, airfield

Air traffic

In 1956 a sports airfield was built on the Trabener Berg Mont Royal ( ICAO code: EDRM).



  • Dietmar Flach, Günter Böse (Ed.): Traben-Trarbach. History of a twin city . Traben-Trarbach 1984.
  • Johann Hofmann: Trorbach honor column . Facs.-repr. the edition Stuttgart 1669. Caesar, Traben-Trarbach 1968.
  • Arne Houben (Ed.): With Carl Bodmer from Trier to Koblenz. A trip to the Moselle around 1830 ; Alf / Mosel: Rhein-Mosel-Verlag, 2006; ISBN 978-3-89801-033-7 (The book contains 31 color reproductions of colored aquatints by Karl Bodmer , the originals of which are in the Middle Moselle Museum Traben-Trarbach).
  • Ernst Schütz: Trarbach in the old days. Images from the history of the city from the Reformation to the laying down of Grevenburg ; Traben-Trarbach, 1909
  • Albert Rosenkranz (Ed.): The Evangelical Rhineland. A Rhenish parish and pastor's book , Volume 1: The parishes ; Series of publications by the Association for Rhenish Church History, 3; Düsseldorf: Church in Time, 1956.

Web links

Commons : Traben-Trarbach  - 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 of Rhineland-Palatinate
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 93 (PDF; 3 MB).
  4. ^ Traben-Trarbach volunteer fire brigade ( Memento from October 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) August 15, 2007
  5. 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. 197 (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.  
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local elections 2019, city and municipal council elections
  7. House of Icons
  8. Tourist Information Traben-Trarbach: 8th Moselle Wine Night Market in Traben-Trarbach. Retrieved December 12, 2018 .
  9. TV city check: tourists want to do something for their health while on vacation . In: Trierischer Volksfreund , May 13, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  10. ^ Traben-Trarbach / Bad Wildstein - climatic health resort on the Moselle ( Memento from January 31, 2015 in the Internet Archive ). Rhineland-Palatinate Tourism website. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  11. ^ Association meeting, 55th meeting. (PDF; 8.52 MB) (No longer available online.) In: TOP 3. SPNV Nord , p. 6 , formerly in the original ; Retrieved September 26, 2016 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /