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Bad Duerkheim (district)

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State:Rhineland-Palatinate
Adm. Region:Rheinhessen-Pfalz
Capital:Bad Dürkheim[?]
Area:595 km²
Inhabitants:135,000 (2000)
pop. density:227 inh./km²
Car identification:DÜW
Website:kreis-bad-duerkheim.de (http://www.kreis-bad-duerkheim.de/)
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Bad Dürkheim is a district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts of Kaiserslautern, Donnersbergkreis and Alzey-Worms, the city of Worms, the district of Ludwigshafen, the city of Neustadt/Weinstraße[?], the districts of Südliche Weinstraße, the city of Landau (the Taubensuhl/Fassendeich forest part of the city), the district Südwestpfalz, and the city of Kaiserslautern[?].

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History

The eastern rim of the Palatine Forest has been densely populated since the Middle Ages. Several medieval castles show the significance of the region during the early Holy Roman Empire.

The district was established in 1969 by combining portions of the former districts of Neustadt and Frankenthal.

Geography

The district is located on the eastern rim of the Palatine Forest[?] (Pfälzer Wald), called the Haardt. The Weinstraße ("Wine Road"), a scenic road along the best Palatine vineyards, runs through the district from north to south. The district is sometimes called "the heart of the Palatinate".

The best wine-growing area is the Mittelhaardt ("Middle Haardt"), where the Riesling wine is cultivated, which is considered to be one of the best German wines.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:
  • The heraldic lion of the Palatinate
  • Grapes symbolising the Wine Road and the vineyards
  • The heraldic eagle of the former county of Leiningen

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bad Dürkheim[?]
  2. Grünstadt[?]
    Verbandsgemeinden
  1. Deidesheim[?]1
  2. Freinsheim[?]1
  3. Grünstadt-Land[?]
  4. Hettenleidelheim[?]
  5. Lambrecht[?]1
  6. Wachenheim[?]1
1 includes city of the same name
    Free Municipalities
  1. Haßloch[?]

External links

Official website (http://www.kreis-bad-duerkheim.de/) (German)



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