Frankenthal (Pfalz)

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Wappen der Stadt Frankenthal Lage der kreisfreien Stadt Frankenthal (Pfalz) in Deutschland
base data
Land of the Federal Republic: Rhineland-Palatinate
district: Circle-free city
surface: 43.78 km ²
inhabitants: 47.368 (31. October 2005)
Population density: 1,082 inhabitants for each km ²
postal zip code: 67227
preselection: 06233
geographical situation:
Coordinates: 49° 32′n. Break, 8° 21 ′ o. L.
49° 32 ′ n. Break, 8° 21 ′ o. L.
Height: 96 m and. NN
Topografi map: TK25 sheet. 6416 Mannheim northwest
Kfz characteristics: FT
municipality key: 07 3 11 000
of the city administration:
Town hall square2 - 7
67227 Frankenthal (Pfalz)
E-Mail address:
mayor: Theo again (CDU)
Erkenbertruine in the city centre

the circle-free city Frankenthal (Pfalz) lies in the northeast of the Pfalz between the cities Worms and Ludwigshafen in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to area to the most steeped in tradition cities in the Rhine - Neckar - and developed in the spell circle of the old cultural centers Worms, Heidelberg and Speyer.

Frankenthal belonged to the “compression chamber Rhine Neckar” and forms with a large number of neighbouringMunicipalities as Rhine Neckar triangle admitted marketing area.

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of corner points

772 first documentary mention as Franconodal
1119 establishment of the Augustiner Chorherrenstifts
1562 address of 58 calvinistischen refugee families in Frankenthal
conclusion of a “Capitulation” concerning this with cure prince Friedrich III.
1577 award of municipal rights
1718 beginning of the city attachmentunder cure prince Karl III. Philipp
1755 establishment of the Porzellanmanufaktur (Frankenthaler porcelain)
1772 - 81 building of a channel to the Rhine (1955 filled up)
1919 incorporation of Flomersheim, rotten and Studernheim
1943 with a bomb attack destruction of the city center too about90%
1969 incorporation of Eppstein


in a document of the monastery Lorsch from the year 772 become the municipality, those Franconodal were called original and a Frankish establishment from late 5. Century is for the first time mentioned. Toin 12. Century remains the place however off the large happening.

Only the establishment of a Augustiner Chorherrenstifts by the Wormser noble Erkenbert in the year 1119 and a woman pin by its wife Richlindis six years later leads to a fundamental change of thevillage life. Above all choir gentleman pin develops very fast to an economical and cultural center, which radiates into the entire region. Frankenthal experiences its first bloom time. Of special importance the Skriptorium of the monastery is, in that numerous art-historically valuable Handwriting develops.

While that woman pin already in 15. Century is closed, exists that choir gentleman pin to in 16. Century. 1562 become it however by cure prince Friedrich III. waived and a group of flämischer refugees made available, those their homeland because of their reformed faith had had to leave. The small municipality, among whose members numerous painters, gold and silver silberschmiede, Gobelinwirker, textile manufacturers and buyers are, prosperiert fast and is already raised in the year 1577 to the city.

But theseUpswing continues not too for a long time. End 16. and at the beginning 17. Century to the strongest linksrheinischen fortress of the Kurpfalz developed, Frankenthal comes fast into confusions of the dreissigjährigen war and the Pfälzi succession war and becomes in September 1689 ofFrench troops into fire been and nearly completely destroys.

However soon new upswing follows the fall. In 18. Century Frankenthal third capital of the Kurpfalz and been promoted to the experimentation field national merkantilistischer promotion of economy development. Over 20 Manufakturen develop in the city. Itmanufacture above all Galanteriewaren. Among them is in addition, a bell foundry, to which the today's metalworking enterprises of the city decrease/go back. Special meaning attained also the 1755 established Porzellanmanufaktur, which has only 45 years existence, to their productsbut this very day world-wide call to be enjoyed and as valuable antiques acted. A channel, 1781 with perfection, connects Frankenthal with the close Rhine.

Confusions of the French revolution prepare also this third bloom time a sudden end. From 1798 to 1815 are Frankenthal under French administration and are canton capital in the Département Mont Tonnerre. After the Viennese congress becomes the Pfalz Bavarian, Frankenthal however remains long time a “insignificant land small town”, as a contemporary observer notes.

Only with that New upswing adjusts itself Industriellen revolution. By the establishment of the companies KKK, Albert, CCB and Bettinger & Balcke in the years 1859 - 1899 become the city an important center of the metalworking industry. In Frankenthalmanufactured pumps, turbine boiler and printing machines enjoy world-wide call. Also the number of the inhabitants rises rapidly: 1850 is it 4,767, fifty years later 16,899, today about 50.000.

In the first half the 18. Century established and long tooclose Stadtmauer become becomes around the turn 20. Century up to small remainders eliminates, which cultivate city center closely. 1919 becomes the three close of the city of lying villages Flomersheim, rotten and Studernheim in in common December. Development areas and new industries develop.

To 23.September 1943 is destroyed Frankenthal by bombs strongly and loses a majority of its older land development. The city can tie their economic and urbanen traditions in the 1950er and 1960er years however very fast.

In the context of the local regional reorganization in Rhineland-Palatinate Eppstein becomes in the year 1969 in in common December.

Frankenthal, then schwärmte the poet August von Platen in the year 1815, is “a so beautiful-built small town”, one the most beautiful in the whole Pfalz. Whether this is still correct today, may doubtedbecome, the city was developed nevertheless after the war like many cities in typical post-war architecture.

to Frankenthal today

see the self-manifestation on the homepage the city Frankenthal

objects of interest

  • on the Gemarkung of the city liesthe deepest point of the Pfalz (87.3 m). This is only few hundred meters far away from the Rhine on a potato field of the Klosgartenhofes, a agricultural enterprise in the northeast suburb rotten at the border to the Ludwigshafener quarter Pfingstweide.
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Coat of arms

description: In black a red-reinforced, - more bezungter and - bekrönter golden lion, which carries a golden realm apple in the raised right paw and with the left red sign. In the sign is more triangularly, with the point upwardto see turned golden cornerstone.
Reason: That coat of arms sign with the cornerstone is the young city Frankenthal 1570 of cure prince Friedrich III. lent of the Pfalz its. The interpretation is disputed and varies between three-gentleman stone and representative plowshare, the latterwith reference to the oldest land register Frankenthals of 1597. A theological interpretation is more probable: In accordance with the motto of the reformed faith refugees “Christ is de some Sthen, darup syne Gemeente prepare” or in accordance with the foreign exchange “God is our cornerstone”. Furthermore becomesit later as reference to the three Frankenthaler church municipalities, which Netherlands, the wallonische and the German reformed, interpreted.


administrative arrangement

the city Frankenthal consist of the city Frankenthal and four local districts

Frankenthal city: 1.427,7hectar/39,539 inhabitants
Frankenthal Eppstein: 719.2 hectars/2,740 inhabitants
Frankenthal Flomersheim: 481.5 hectars/2,828 inhabitants
Frankenthal rotten: 1.327, 1 hectar/3,412 inhabitants
Frankenthal Studernheim: 422.9 hectars/1,491 inhabitants

entire: 4.378, 4 hectars, number of inhabitants: Conditions31. May 2002

town councillor

Wahlergebnis of the choice to the town councillor to 13. June 2004:

  1. CDU 50.8% (+3,9) - 23 seats (+1)
  2. SPD 25.6% (- 10.9) - 11 seats (- 6)
  3. FWG 8.5% (+2,2) - 4 seats (+1)
  4. GRÜ 6.1%(+1,5) - 2 seats (=)
  5. REP 4.7% (+2,1) - 2 seats (+2)
  6. FDP 4.3% (+1,6) - 2 seats (+2)

list of the mayors

  • Theo again (CDU): 2000 - today
  • Peter Popitz (SPD): 1990 - 1999
  • yokes Riebel (CDU):1984 - 1989
  • Günter bald mountain (CDU): 1972 - 1983
  • Berno Zeissler (SPD): 1964 - 1972
  • Dr. Jürgen cock (SPD): 1959 - 1964
  • Dr.Dr.h.c. Emil Kraus: 1949 - 1959
  • Adam Kroll (CDU): 1949
  • Karl Breyer (SPD): 1947 - 1948
  • Karl Carpenter(SPD): 1946 - 1947
  • Dr. Hermann Strasser: 1921 - 1933; 1945




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