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Oestrich-Winkel German pronunciation: ˈøːstʁɪç ˈvɪŋkəl is a town with roughly 12,000 inhabitants in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany


  • 1 Geography
    • 11 Location
    • 12 Neighbouring municipalities
    • 13 Territorial structure
  • 2 History
  • 3 Politics
    • 31 Mayors
    • 32 Town council
    • 33 Town partnerships
    • 34 Coat of arms
  • 4 Culture and sightseeing
    • 41 Wine culture
    • 42 Sightseeing
    • 43 Regular events
    • 44 Rheingau Musik Festival
  • 5 Economy and infrastructure
    • 51 Education
    • 52 Transport
  • 6 Famous people
    • 61 Sons and daughters of the town
    • 62 Others with links to the town
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
    • 81 Documents



Oestrich-Winkel, which culturally belongs to the Rheingau region, lies on the Rhine River, 19 km westsouthwest of Wiesbaden and 17 km west of Mainz It is, as a part of the Rheingau wine region, the largest wine growing town of Hesse

The coordinates 50°N, 8°E lie right in the stadtteil of Winkel, whose name, coincidentally, is German for “angle”

Neighbouring municipalitiesedit

Oestrich-Winkel borders in the north on the town of Lorch and the municipalities of Welterod Rhein-Lahn-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Heidenrod and Schlangenbad; in the east on the town of Eltville; in the south, across the Rhine, on the town of Ingelheim Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate and in the west on the town of Geisenheim

Territorial structureedit

Oestrich-Winkel as a municipality consists of four Stadtteile:

  • Hallgarten
  • Mittelheim
  • Oestrich seat of municipal administration
  • Winkel

Hallgarten as the only one of these has the status as a Ortsbezirk


Oestrich-Winkel was founded on the 1st of July, 1972 by the merger of the municipalities of Mittelheim, Oestrich and Winkel; it was further enlarged by incorporation of Hallgarten in 1977 by law From the very beginning Oestrich-Winkel was entitled by state government to lead the designation Stadt town

The double-barrelled name Oestrich-Winkel already has had a long tradition as name of the only train station for the East Rhine Railway between Geisenheim and Hattenheim



Michael Heil CDU was elected in 2013 for mayor with 51,3 % of the vote2

  • Former mayors:
  • 1995 - 2013: Paul Weimann CDU
  • 1989 - 1995: Heinz-Dieter Mielke SPD
  • 1972 - 1989: Klaus Frietsch SPD

Town counciledit

The municipal election held on 26 March 2006, yielded the following results:

Parties and voter communities %
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 434 16 479 18
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 296 11 311 11
GREENS Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 191 7 108 4
FDP Free Democratic Party 79 3 43 2
FWG Freie Wählergemeinschaft 60 2
Total 1000 37 1000 37
Voter turnout in % 515 602

Town partnershipsedit

The town of Oestrich-Winkel maintains partnerships with the following two places and one military unit:

  • Tokaj, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary
  • Denicé, Rhône, France
  • 2/ Fernmeldebataillon 283 roughly, “signal corps” in Lahnstein

Coat of armsedit

The town’s arms might be described thus: Gules a Z reversed with cross stroke argent between two mullets of six Or

The Z is a variant of a common German heraldic charge known in German as a Wolfsangel or Doppelhaken, and its appearance here apparently refers to its use for dealing with wolves in earlier times the Wolfsangel is believed to have been used as a wolf trap The arms themselves go back to the 17th century

Culture and sightseeingedit

Wine cultureedit

Weingut H T Eser in Oestrich-Winkel

Oestrich-Winkel is characterized by winegrowing The following places are cultivated:

  • Oestrich: Lenchen, Doosberg, Klosterberg, Pfaffenberg
  • Mittelheim: Edelmann, St Nikolaus, Goldberg
  • Winkel: Dachsberg, Hasensprung, Gutenberg, Jesuitengarten, Bienengarten, Schloß Vollrads
  • Hallgarten: Jungfer, Würzgarten, Schönhell, Hendelberg, Mehrhölzchen


Oestrich Crane

The Oestricher Kran, Oestrich-Winkel’s main landmark, is a former wine-loading crane from the 18th century for loading and unloading ships Completed in 1745, it was working until 1926 Inside the crane are two treadmills in each of which two men used their body weight to work a winch, which could then lift loads onto or off ships It is the last preserved wine-loading crane on the Rhine’s right bank There were once also such cranes in Lorch, Eltville and Rüdesheim These cranes can still be found in existence along the Rhine at Andernach stone; loaded tuff, millstones and wine barrels and Bingen wood, loaded mainly wine barrels

In Mittelheim is found one of Germany’s oldest stone churches, St-Aegidius-Basilika “Saint Giles’s Basilica”

In Winkel stands Germany’s oldest stone house, the Graues Haus “Grey House” For a long time it was believed that Rabanus Maurus lived and in 856 died there Schloss Vollrads, outside Winkel, with its ancient watertower likewise belongs among the noteworthy sights On the town’s northeast limit near Hattenheim stands Schloss Reichartshausen founded in the 12th century with its outbuildings, which about 1900 were remodelled to look like follies It nowadays houses the European Business School In the middle of the community stands the Brentanohaus Here, Goethe spent some time in 1814 as a guest of the Frankfurt banking family Brentano The family’s children were Clemens, Gunda and Bettina Brentano Karoline von Günderrode, a poet and one of Bettina’s friends, stabbed herself here in Winkel in 1806 on the Rhine’s bank out of lovesickness and life weariness Since 2003, the barn across from the Brentanohaus has hosted the cultural and event venue Brentanoscheune Scheune means “barn”

Regular eventsedit

These include the Lenchenfest a wine festival,3 the Dippemarkt a market with a funfair4 the Christmas market Weihnachtsmarkt and Jazz Week Jazzwoche

Rheingau Musik Festivaledit

The Rheingau Musik Festival has its office in Oestrich in a former winery, the presshouse Kelterhalle converted to a hall for intimitate concerts and events5 Festival concerts have taken place in the basilica St Aegidius, such as a recital of Elisabeth Scholl6

Economy and infrastructureedit


Since 1980 Oestrich-Winkel has been the seat of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht Further educational institutions are, among others, the Clemens-Brentano-Schule primary school and Hauptschule, the Rabanus-Maurus-Schule primary school and Hauptschule with orientation level and Hallgarten primary school


Oestrich-Winkel lies right on Bundesstraße 42, which is particularly well developed towards the east, and which seamlessly feeds into the A 66 near Wiesbaden The town lies on the Frankfurt am Main–Wiesbaden–Oestrich-Winkel–Koblenz railway line and belongs to the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund Furthermore, between 6:00 and 21:00, a ferry shuttles across the Rhine between Mittelheim and Ingelheim, where there is a link with the A 60

Famous peopleedit

Sons and daughters of the townedit

  • Richard von Greiffenklau zu Vollrads 1467–1531, Archbishop and Elector of Trier, was born at Schloss Vollrads
  • Peter Spahn 1846–1925, German politician ZENTRUM, Member of the Reichstag, Member of the Landtag Prussia, Prussian Justice Minister, was born in Winkel

Others with links to the townedit

Rabanus Maurus, left, Alcuin, center, Martin of Tours right
  • Rabanus Maurus d 856, important Carolingian academic, died in Winkel
  • Karoline von Günderrode 1780–1806, Romantic poet, committed suicide in Winkel
  • Andreas Joseph Hofmann, 1752-1849, Metternich’s teacher, revolutionary, France’s agent in London, and in 1793 German history’s first Parliamentary president in the Rhenish-German National Convention


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden" Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt in German August 2016 
  2. ^ Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt: Direktwahlen in Oestrich-Winkel
  3. ^ Information about the Lenchenfest Archived March 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Information about the Dippemarkt, Archived September 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Kelterhalle des Rheingau Musik Festivals, Oestrich on the Rheingau Musik Festival website German/English
  6. ^ St Aegidius, Mittelheim on the Rheingau Musik Festival website German/English

External linksedit

  • Town’s official website German
  • Historisches Ortslexikon
  • Oestrich-Winkel at DMOZ German


  • Bild von Oestrich aus JF Dielmann, A Fay, J Becker Zeichner: FC Vogels Panorama des Rheins, Bilder des rechten und linken Rheinufers, Lithographische Anstalt FC Vogel, Frankfurt 1833
  • Bild von Mittelheim aus JF Dielmann, A Fay, J Becker Zeichner: FC Vogels Panorama des Rheins, Bilder des rechten und linken Rheinufers, Lithographische Anstalt FC Vogel, Frankfurt 1833

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