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Coat of arms of the local community Windesheim
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Coordinates: 49 ° 54 '  N , 7 ° 49'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Bad Kreuznach
Association municipality : Langenlonsheim-Stromberg
Height : 165 m above sea level NHN
Area : 10.17 km 2
Residents: 1753 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 172 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 55452
Area code : 06707
License plate : KH
Community key : 07 1 33 114
Association administration address: Naheweinstrasse 80
55450 Langenlonsheim
Website :
Local Mayor : Volker Stern (Pro Windesheim)
Location of the local community Windesheim 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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Windesheim, view from the west

Windesheim is a municipality in the Bad Kreuznach district in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the Langenlonsheim-Stromberg community .


The place was first mentioned in a document in 1019 as Windense , today's Protestant church was first mentioned in 1147.

What the name Windesheim can be traced back to is controversial. Kaufmann, a place name researcher, derives the name from Franconian. After that, Windesheim would be the "home of a Franconian named Windin". König, a Celtic researcher, is of the opinion that the name must be derived from the Celtic. According to this, the original form would be "Windon-issa", which means something like the possessions of a Celt called "Windonis".

Celtic body burial graves and Celtic fortifications on the Römerberg in any case bear witness to a settlement long before Christ. The Romans also lived in the area of ​​today's Windesheim. During construction work in the new building area Im Setzling , masonry of Roman origin was also found, as was the gold mine in the locality .

Windesheim was from 1019 to the 12./13. In the 18th century it was owned by Deutz Abbey , after which it came under the rule of the Wild and Rhine Counts . From 1390 to 1524 half of the village was pledged to Kurmainz . The Electoral Palatinate had as patron 1/4 of the court. Since 1701/07 Windesheim belonged to the Counts (1739 Prince) of Salm-Salm as heirs of the Rhine Counts .

After the Left Bank of the Rhine was taken by French revolutionary troops , Windesheim belonged to the French canton of Stromberg in the Department of Rhin-et-Moselle from 1798 to 1814 . Windesheim became the chief town ( chef-lieu ) of a Mairie . After the Congress of Vienna , the region came to the Kingdom of Prussia , the mayor Windesheim in 1816 the newly built district Kreuznach in Koblenz assigned that from 1822 to the Rhine province belonged. In 1939, the Windesheim Office, which was created in 1927 from the mayor's office, was dissolved and the Windesheim community was assigned to the Langenlonsheim Office , which later became the Langenlonsheim Association in 1968 .

Windesheim had a Jewish community whose last members were deported in 1942. The synagogue was built in the second half of the 19th century. It was desecrated during the November pogroms in 1938 and had to be forcibly sold to a non-Jewish private citizen in the same month. The building was demolished in 1982 due to dilapidation.

Statistics on population development

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

year Residents
1815 678
1835 968
1871 1,059
1905 1.105
1939 1,093
year Residents
1950 1,334
1961 1,371
1970 1,531
1987 1,732
2005 1,901


Municipal council

The municipal council in Windesheim consists of 16 council members, who were elected in a personalized proportional representation in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

The distribution of seats in the municipal council:

choice SPD CDU FDP GREEN Per week total
2019 3 4th 1 2 6th 16 seats
2014 5 5 1 1 4th 16 seats
2009 5 4th 1 1 5 16 seats
2004 5 4th 1 - 6th 16 seats
  • Pro Wi = Pro Windesheim e. V.

Local mayor

  • 1974–1994: Wolfgang Walther
  • 1994-2004: Günter Henrich
  • 2004–2019: Claudia Kuntze (SPD)
  • from 2019: Volker Stern (Pro Windesheim)

In the local elections on May 26, 2019, Volker Stern was elected with a 77.15% share of the vote and is the successor of Claudia Kuntze, who was no longer running.

Culture and sights


The clock museum displays more than 1,600 clocks.

The Organ Art Museum opened in 2001. The instrument collection of the Oberlinger family forms the basis for the museum in Windesheim, which is now known throughout Europe.

The museum building erected in 2001 comes from an initiative of the organ builder Wolfgang Oberlinger , who then together with his cousin Helmut Oberlinger, with the help of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and the support of the Bad Kreuznach district, within a newly founded sponsorship consisting of the local community, association community and district, realized this project. The design idea of ​​the building director of the Bad Kreuznach district, Hans Bergs, was chosen for the conception of the building. The architects Anja Oberlinger and Wolfgang Oberlinger carried out the design and implementation planning. Jürgen Rothenberger was entrusted with the construction management by the Oberlinger office. In addition to the financial commitment in the construction of the building, the Oberlinger families made their collection of instruments and a 10,000 m² private property available.

Wolfgang Oberlinger was the founding director of the museum from 2001 to 2006. From 2006, Hans Bergs took over management of the museum as a representative of the Bad Kreuznach district administration.


There are many musically active clubs in Windesheim. For example the KKM Big Band, the Protestant trombone choir, the men's choir and others.


The special sights include several baroque half-timbered buildings from the 18th century and the town hall with a bell tower, which was built during the Prussian period in office in the mid-19th century. The master builder and royal building inspector Johann Claudius von Lassaulx was responsible for its design, the same architect who also designed the famous church in the diocese of Trier in Vallendar in 1821 , which is the largest next to Trier Cathedral.

The Protestant church (formerly St. Michael) is first mentioned in 1147, when Pope Eugene II confirmed its possessions to the Deutz Abbey (Cologne). The Romanesque tower of the current building still dates from this time. The church was destroyed in 1504 and re-consecrated in 1517. Today's ship corresponds to the then new building. The sacristy was added in the 18th century. The remains of a medieval ceiling painting with various signs of the cross and rich arabesques are particularly worth seeing. The church houses a baroque organ with a beautifully designed prospect. The organ came from the Stumm workshop, Rauhnen-Sulzbach, the prospectus from the carpenter Jakob Oberlinger (1776). During the restoration of the church in the 1980s, the organ was moved from the Gothic choir to a newly drawn-in western gallery and expanded by the Oberlinger brothers.

The Catholic parish church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a neo-late Gothic quarry stone building from 1897/98. The fixtures such as the high altar, side altars and the painting, but also the windows, create a neo-Gothic harmony. The organ, newly built in 2004 by the Oberlinger brothers on the west gallery, has a modern design with echoes of the neo-Gothic style and blends in very harmoniously with the building. The church has fantastic acoustics and is particularly suitable for choir or organ concerts.

The “Kapellchen” on the Römerberg is particularly picturesque.

See also: List of cultural monuments in Windesheim


Windesheim has an outdoor swimming pool, a soccer field and tennis courts. The local shooting club maintains one of the largest shooting ranges in the district. There is a football club, a gymnastics club with a table tennis department, a tennis club and a diving club.

Regular events

Every year on the first weekend in September the "Windesheimer Curb" takes place at the town hall. The KKM Big Band also invites you every year on Father's Day to their spring festival in the parish garden of the Kath. Church a. The fire brigade festival takes place annually on April 30th. The swimming pool festival during the bathing season in summer also has a permanent place in the calendar. Since the 1980s, the village's theater group has performed a play (usually a farmer's play or a boulevard play) in the Römerberghalle in Windesheim at the beginning of each year. It is not yet clear whether the actors will be active again after a break.

The Windesheim cycle race also takes place regularly on October 3rd. This event is already an integral part of the Windesheim event calendar. Here amateur drivers and professionals from all over the region compete against each other on a circuit of almost 1 km in length.

Economy and Infrastructure


Windesheim is characterized by viticulture and belongs to the Nahe wine-growing region . The organ building company Oberlinger with a family organ building tradition that goes back to the year 1775 has its headquarters right next to the Organ Art Museum in Windesheim. There is also a flour mill , restaurants and a hotel. The brewery President Pils (formerly the Fuchs brewery ) was based in Windesheim.

Leading wineries

Deeg winery, Claudius Eckes winery, Eckes and Eckes winery, Reinhold Großmann winery, Großmann-Bergmann winery, Heinrich Gundlach winery, Gutenberger winery, Schmidt-Kunz winery, Hans-Werner Ohler winery, Theobald winery


A railway line ( Hunsrückquerbahn ) runs through Windesheim . There used to be a gatekeeper and a small guard house to open and close the barriers. Today, goods traffic through Windesheim is rarely carried out, so the train drivers close and open the barriers themselves using a hand crank.


  • The Nahelandschule (school with a special focus on learning) in Windesheim was closed on July 31, 2010. It used to function as a normal primary school before the primary schools in Windesheim and Guldental were merged and the special school was created. The primary school children from Windesheim attend the primary school in Guldental.

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

Commons : Windesheim  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ History of the Jewish Community. In: alemannia-judaica , accessed December 25, 2017.
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer RLP: Local council election 2019 Windesheim. Retrieved September 15, 2019 .
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Municipal elections 2014, city and municipal council elections
  6. The regional returning officer RLP: direct elections 2019. see Langenlonsheim, Verbandsgemeinde, last line of results. Retrieved September 15, 2019 .
  7. public meeting of the Bad Kreuznach district council on January 18, 2010  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /