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The Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis is a district (Kreis) in the east of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) the district-free city Worms, the district Bergstraße, district-free Mannheim, Frankenthal and Ludwigshafen, Rhein-Neckar, district-free Speyer, the districts Karlsruhe, Germersheim, Südliche Weinstraße and Bad Dürkheim.


  • History 1
  • Partnerships 2
  • Geography 3
  • Coat of arms 4
  • Towns and municipalities 5
    • Verband-free municipalities 5.1
    • Verbandsgemeinden 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The district was created in 1886 under the name Bezirksamt Ludwigshafen, one of the last acts of king Ludwig II of Bavaria. The population in the area around Speyer had grown significantly, which made the splitting of the Bezirksamt Speyer necessary. In 1969, the Speyer and Ludwigshafen districts and parts of the Frankenthal and Neustadt districts were merged again to form the new Ludwigshafen district.

On May 19, 2003 the district parliament passed a resolution to rename the district "Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis" starting in 2004.


The district started it first partnership in 1964 with the municipalities Schnals and Naturns in Italy. The Speyer district had a partnership with Schlanders and Martell, also in Italy, which were taken over after the merging of the district. As part of the partnership of Rhineland-Palatinate with Rwanda the district has a partnership with the municipality of Kinyami starting in 1983. After the German reunification the district supported the Saalkreis in Saxony-Anhalt in modernzing the administration to western standard, which resulted in a friendship between the two districts. In 1991 a partnership with the district Radviliskis in Lithuania was started, and in 2002 with the Polish district Opole in Silesia.


The district is located in the valley of the Rhine river, both the actual river valley and the Vorderpfälzer Tiefland, formed by the sediments of the rivers of the Palatinate hills. The district has a very warm climate, together with the fertile loess soil it makes the area favourable for growing vegetable. However the rainfall is comparatively low, thus irrigation is needed.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms

The wavy line from the bottom-right to the top-left symbolizes the Rhine river.

The lion in the left is the lion of the Electorate of the Palatinate, to which the largest part of the district belonged historically.

The silver cross in the right part is taken from the State of Speyer, taken from the coat of arms of the Speyer district.

The shield in the middle show water lily leaves, a typical symbol for the district, as this plant grows in the old arms of the Rhine river.

Towns and municipalities

Verband-free municipalities

Bobenheim-Roxheim 9 967 inhabitants 20.5 km²
Böhl-Iggelheim 10 533 inhabitants 32.8 km²
Limburgerhof 10 834 inhabitants 9 km²
Mutterstadt 12 576 inhabitants 20.5 km²
Stadt Schifferstadt 19 392 inhabitants 28 km²


13 022 inhabitants 33.2 km²
7 033 inhabitants 15.3 km²
3 113 inhabitants 9.7 km²
2 876 inhabitants 8.2 km²
15 987 inhabitants 37.68 km²
Beindersheim 3 054 inhabitants 5.7 km²
Großniedesheim 1 391 inhabitants 3.8 km²
Heßheim 3 060 inhabitants 5.8 km²
bei Frankenthal
1 272 inhabitants 5.8 km²
Kleinniedesheim 942 inhabitants 3.9 km²
Lambsheim * 6 268 inhabitants 12.8 km²
12 687 inhabitants 16.9 km²
Birkenheide 3 192 inhabitants 2.9 km²
Fußgönheim 2 484 inhabitants 6.7 km²
Maxdorf * 7 011 inhabitants 7.4 km²
20 498 inhabitants 54.98 km²
Dudenhofen * 5.812 inhabitants 13 km²
Hanhofen 2 410 inhabitants 5.8 km²
Harthausen 3 082 inhabitants 8.4 km²
Römerberg 9 194 inhabitants 27.9 km²
23 706 inhabitants 51.28 km²
Altrip 7 808 inhabitants 10.5 km²
Neuhofen 7 207 inhabitants 12.3 km²
Otterstadt 3 361 inhabitants 15.6 km²
Waldsee * 5 330 inhabitants 12.9 km²

*seat of the Verbandsgemeinde


External links

  • Official website (German)

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