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Title: Niederheimbach  
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Subject: Mainz-Bingen, Rhein-Nahe, Champtoceaux, West Rhine Railway, Wheel of Mainz, List of railway stations in Rhineland-Palatinate, Burg Sooneck
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Coat of arms

Coordinates: 50°02′04″N 07°48′28″E / 50.03444°N 7.80778°E / 50.03444; 7.80778Coordinates: 50°02′04″N 07°48′28″E / 50.03444°N 7.80778°E / 50.03444; 7.80778

Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
Municipal assoc.
 • Mayor Heinz Wagner
 • Total 7.38 km2 (2.85 sq mi)
Elevation 80-618 m (−1,948 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 762
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 55413
Dialling codes 06743
Vehicle registration MZ

Niederheimbach is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

The winegrowing centre belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Rhein-Nahe, whose seat is in Bingen am Rhein, although that town is not within its bounds. Since 2003, Niederheimbach has been part of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Niederheimbach lies between Koblenz and Bingen, right on the Rhine Gorge, only a short way northwest of the Rhine Knee. The place, which is found beneath or east of Bingen Forest (Binger Wald), has a built-up area stretching from 80 to 140 m above sea level. The highest mountain in the municipal area, at 618 m above sea level, is the heavily wooded Franzosenkopf (“Frenchman’s Head”), found south of the built-up area in Bingen Forest.


Municipal council

The council is made up of 13 council members, counting the part-time mayor, with seats apportioned thus:

2004 2 3 5 2 12 seats

(as at municipal election held on 13 June 2004)

Town partnerships

Coat of arms

The municipality’s arms might be described thus: Per bend sinister wavy, a bendlet sinister wavy argent surmounting the partition, gules in dexter an abbot’s staff per bend surmounted by a bishop’s mitre, in chief a wheel spoked of six of the first, sable in sinister a bunch of grapes per bend slipped and a grapeleaf in bend sinister Or and issuant from base a lion rampant of the fourth armed, langued and crowned of the second.

Culture and sightseeing


  • Sooneck Castle Burg Sooneck, (also called Saneck or Sonneck) stands on a steep slope in the Soonwald (forest) above the municipality. It can be visited on guided tours.
  • Another castle, Heimburg, (also called Burg Hoheneck) lies above the municipality. It is privately owned today and cannot be visited.

Regular events

Until its closure in the 1990s, the Märchenhain (“Fairytale Grove”) was a tourist attraction. A great number of the fairytale figures were nonetheless restored and have found a new place along an idyllic pathway near the community. There one can see many fairytales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and others along the Kuhweg (“Cow Way”).

Economy and infrastructure



  • Picture of Niederheimbach from J.F. Dielmann, A. Fay, J. Becker (draughtsman): F.C. Vogels Panorama des Rheins, Bilder des rechten und linken Rheinufers, Lithographische Anstalt F.C. Vogel, Frankfurt 1833
  • Heimburg ruins


External links

  • Municipality’s official webpage (German)
  • Tourist information (German)

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