German Wine Route: Bad Duerkheim

Bad Dürkheim is a town with 19000 inhabitants and an area of 102 km².

Lookout point Flaggenturm near Bad Dürkheim

Celtic tribes settled in the area of Bad Dürkheim around 1200 BC, the Heathen Wall (Heidenmauer), a celtic settlement with a 2,5 km long fortification wall and numerous artifacts and grave sites have been found in and around Bad Duerkheim.

Bad Duerkheim was first documentary mentioned as "Turnesheim" on 1th June 778 in the Lorsch Codex, a document created by monks in the Abbey of Saint Nazarius in Lorsch.
In a fiefdom letter by the bishop of Speyer from 946 the town is named "Thuringeheim". About 1030 the construction of Limburg Abbey started.

Vineyards between Bad Duerkheim and Wachenheim

The town ordinances that where conferred on 1th january 1360 where detracted in 1471 when prince elector Friedrich from the Electoral Palatinate captured the town and caused massive destruction. After slow reconstruction Bad Duerkheim went into the possession of the counts of Leiningen.

In 1689 Bad Duerkheim was almost completely destroyed when french troops burned down the Electoral Palatinate in the War of the Palatinate Succession. This time the reconstruction was faster, so Count Johann Friedrich of Leiningen conferred town privileges again in 1700.

On the end of the 18th century, when the french revolution reached the south western part of Germany, Bad Duerkheim was part of the french Department Donnersberg. In 1816, after the wars of Napoleon Bonaparte, the town went under the reign of the Kingdom of Bavaria.

Due to its seven mineral springs Duerkheim had the addition "Solbad" (=Mineral spring, spa) in its name, 1904 it was renamed in Bad Duerkheim.

 

Vineyards between Bad Duerkheim and Wachenheim

 

Vineyards of Bad Duerkheim, Bad Dürkheimer Weinlagen