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Erpolzheim

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Country  Germany
District  Bad Dürkheim
Postal codes  67167
Area  3.6 km²
Local time  Tuesday 5:43 PM
Dialling code  06353
State  Rhineland-Palatinate
Time zone  CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Dialling codes  06353
Population  1,330 (31 Dec 2008)
Postal code  67167
Municipal assoc.  Freinsheim
Erpolzheim
Weather  8°C, Wind W at 11 km/h, 72% Humidity

Erpolzheim 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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Map of Erpolzheim, Germany

Location

The municipality lies in the Palatinate on the German Wine Route. Erpolzheim belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Freinsheim, whose seat is in the like-named town.

History

In 781, the municipality had its first documentary mention as Erbholfesheim.

Municipal council

The council is made up of 16 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following results:

Coat of arms

The German blazon reads: Von Blau und Silber gespalten, rechts ein halber rotbewehrter silberner Adler am Spalt, links eine aufgerichtete blaue Weintraube mit grünen Blättern.

The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Per pale azure issuant from the line of partition an eagle displayed argent armed and langued gules, and argent a bunch of grapes slipped proper reversed.

The village’s oldest known seal from the 16th century bears the eagle as a charge, the device also borne by the Counts of Leiningen, who held the local lordship. Late in that same century, the grapes were added to stand for winegrowing. Some later seals, however, showed another plant with three leaves. The current arms are based on seals from the 16th and 17th centuries. They have been borne since 17 July 1952.

Regular events

Each year in May, a culinary walking tour is held for fruit, asparagus and wine with 16 sampling stops offering homemade treats amidst the blossoming fruit groves and vineyards.

Along the 6.5 km walking circuit one finds, besides asparagus dishes, also other specialities and Erpolzheim wines.

Each year on the second-last weekend in August, the Weinkerwe (wine fair) is held.

At the Erpolzheimer Martinsmarkt (market) in November, artists display their works in the open courtyards.

Wine

In Erpolzheim, the following wineries and wine estates can be found:

  • Weingut Hubach
  • Winzerhof Horst Koch
  • Weingut Kohl
  • Weingut Herbert Koob & Sohn
  • Winzerhof Ruth Mayer
  • Weingut Veddeler
  • Bakery

    Bäckerei Sippel selfmade german bread and cake

    Transport

    Erpolzheim lies on the single-track Neustadt an der Weinstrasse - Bad Dürkheim - Freinsheim – Grünstadt railway line and it has a stop with a lovely railway station building, although it is not used as such, but rather as a house. In the village centre up by the church is a bus stop served by buses on the Busverkehr Rhein-Neckar (BRN) route 453.

    Sons and daughters of the town

  • Georg Ludwig von Maurer (1790–1872), jurist, legal historian and politician.
  • References

    Erpolzheim Wikipedia


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