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Kirchheim an der Weinstraße Overview
The municipality lies in the northwest of the Rhine-Neckar urban agglomeration. It sits at an elevation of just under 150 m above sea level near the north end of the German Wine Route. To the west rises the Haardt at the Palatinate Forest’s eastern edge, and to the east stretches the Upper Rhine Plain. Through the municipality, from west to east, flows the Eckbach, regionally known as die Eck. Kirchheim an der Weinstraße belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land, whose seat is in Grünstadt, although that town is itself not in the Verbandsgemeinde.
Things to See in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße
Saint Andrew’s Church – Kirchheim’s landmark is the Protestant St.-Andreas-Kirche, which in the main has its roots in the Late Gothic, although – especially in its tower – there have been Baroque additions and expansions. Inside stands, along with the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne from the Middle Ages, one of the Palatinate’s oldest altars. In the Hartung organ from 1750, which was restored by the firm Mönch (Überlingen) in 1993, the church has at its disposal an instrument with 24 stops.
Protestant Parish House – The Protestantisches Pfarrhaus next door is a Late Baroque building with hipped gables and parts in timber framing; it dates from the late 18th century.
Friedrich-Diffiné-Haus – The Friedrich-Diffiné-Haus building complex across the street from Saint Andrew’s consists of a Baroque building with a Mansard roof from 1732/1737 and a Classicist outbuilding from 1844. It serves as a village community centre. Moreover, it also accommodates the Volkshochschule Kirchheim-Bissersheim (folk high school).
Worms Monastery Estate – The Wormsischer Klosterhof, whose name refers to the old Prince-Bishopric of Worms, is a three-sided estate with a Renaissance stair tower; it has been witnessed since 1617.
Old Town Hall – The Altes Rathaus exhibits decorative timber framing with motifs from the Gothic and the Renaissance; it had documentary mentions in 1574 and 1595.
Schoolhouse – The Schulhaus to the west, next door to the Friedrich-Diffiné-Haus was built in 1903 and 1904 to plans drawn up by Mannheim architect Albert Friedrich Speer (Nazi architect Albert Speer’s father) as a late historical plaster building. It nowadays houses the local primary school.
Eckbach mills – Along the Eckbach runs the Eckbach Mills Cycling and Hiking Path. On the brook, many mills were once run; within municipal limits, the Kandelmühle (or Oligmühle), the Eselsmühle (“Ass’s Mill”) and the Gräfliche Leininger Mühle (“Comital Leiningen Mill”) are still more or less well preserved. The last was originally called the Kochsche Mühle; its customary name owes itself to its ownership history. In 1751 and 1752 it was owned by Countess Christiane Wilhelmine zu Leiningen, whom Carl Friedrich Wilhelm zu Leiningen, the first Leiningen to be raised to prince, had married in 1749.
A widely known local cultural highlight each year since 1990 has been the Kirchheimer Konzertwinter. At Saint Andrew’s Church six concerts are held from September to March, each with a thematic focus. At the fore stand chamber music works and, often, the rediscovery of forgotten composers. The concert series was founded and is led by bass-baritone and Bach Prize winner Dominik Wörner.
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More about the History of Kirchheim an der Weinstrasse
Down on the Eckbach floodplain lay the municipality’s beginnings. It was here that the seeds were sown that grew into the village on the Eckbach’s right (south) bank, spreading up from there. On the other hand, archaeological finds make it clear that this place was settled as early as the Bronze Age.
Until 1952, the village’s name was Kirchheim an der Eck and it belonged to the district of Frankenthal, until this was abolished in 1969. After Kirchheim’s reassignment to the new district of Bad Dürkheim had been completed that same year, it was also assigned in 1972 to the likewise newly formed Verbandsgemeinde of Grünstadt-Land.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Kirchheim an der Weinstraße (or Kirchheim an der Weinstrasse) is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
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