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Osthofen Overview

The town lies in Rhenish Hesse where the river Seebach, a very short river that rises in neighbouring Westhofen and flows for only 9 km, empties into the Rhine.

Things to See in Osthofen

The Evangelical Bergkirche (“Mountain Church”) is believed to have stemmed from a chapel to Saint Remigius built in the 6th century beside which grew into an estate fortified with a castle over the course of the ages. Today’s church grew out of the castle and the chapel, with the churchtower, it is further believed, standing on the old keep’s foundations. The castle was converted many times, acquiring its current shape after a fire in the 19th century.

Saint John’s Catholic Church (Johanniskirche) had its beginnings in a temple of the Order of Saint John, and in 1713 it was transferred to the Catholic parish (the Order is Protestant), which radically converted the building in 1792. The church’s altar was originally to be found in the Carmelite church in Worms (Worms vacation rentals | Worms travel guide).

The Town Hall (Rathaus) was built in 1902 as a financial office.

The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) was built in 1739 as the town’s second town hall.

Into the so-called “Little Church” (Kleine Kirche), which directly neighbours the Old Town Hall, parts of the first town hall from 1581 have been incorporated.

The Waterworks (Wasserwerk) from 1906 has a striking façade with Art Nouveau and Baroque Revival elements.

The Jewish graveyard on Mettenheimer Chaussee was laid out in 1832 and is a memorial to the town’s Jewish community.

Since 1949, the Wonnegauer Winzerfest (“Wonnegau Winemakers’ Festival”) has been held yearly in Osthofen. Among this days-long event’s highlights are a great parade, the crowning of the Wonnegau Wine Queen and the traditional Monday wine tasting.

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More about the History of Osthofen

Archaeological finds have established that the Osthofen municipal area was already settled at least four thousand years ago. The town had its first documentary mention in the Lorsch (Lorsch vacation rentals | Lorsch travel guide) codex as Ostowa in a document dated to 784. It is believed that Osthofen was founded by people from either the now amalgamated village of Mühlheim or the Merovingian royal palace that once stood in Worms-Neuhausen.

On Osthofen’s Goldberg (mountain), a chapel to Saint Remigius might have been built as early as the 6th century. This is where the first major estate was, which by 1195 had grown into an Imperial castle. In Mühlheim, the Knights Templar likewise built a castle in 1215. Osthofen was raised to town on 24 October 1970.

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Osthofen is a Verband-free town – one belonging to no Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the middle of the Wonnegau in the Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate.

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