Bad Hönningen

Bad Hönningen (German: [baːt ˈhœnɪŋən] (About this soundlisten)) is a municipality in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, approx. 15 km (10 mi) northwest of Neuwied, and 30 km (20 mi) southeast of Bonn.

Bad Hönningen
Aerial view
Aerial view
Coat of arms of Bad Hönningen
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Hönningen within Neuwied district
Bad Hönningen in NR.svg
Bad Hönningen is located in Germany
Bad Hönningen
Bad Hönningen
Bad Hönningen is located in Rhineland-Palatinate
Bad Hönningen
Bad Hönningen
Coordinates: 50°31′04″N 7°18′31″E / 50.51778°N 7.30861°E / 50.51778; 7.30861Coordinates: 50°31′04″N 7°18′31″E / 50.51778°N 7.30861°E / 50.51778; 7.30861
Municipal assoc.Bad Hönningen
 • MayorUlrich Elberskirch (Ind.)
 • Total20.09 km2 (7.76 sq mi)
65 m (213 ft)
 • Total6,009
 • Density300/km2 (770/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes02635
Vehicle registrationNR
The Hohe Haus (high house), a 15th-century living and defensive tower

Bad Hönningen is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Bad Hönningen. The town contains three other districts called Ariendorf, Girgenrath and Reidenbruch.


Bad Hönningen Arenfels castle

Archeological findings suggest that the first settlers lived here over 1800 years ago when the Romans occupied the Rhineland.

The limes ran between Bad Hönningen and Rheinbrohl, opposite the Vinxtbach, the border between Germania Inferior and Superior. At this point the limes crossed the Rhine and continued on the eastern bank. On this site a small castellum was built. In 1972 a Roman watchtower was reconstructed from archeological finds.

In 1019, the town was documentary mentioned as "Besitztum Hohingen" for the first time.

During Thirty Years' War in 1632 Bad Hönningen burned down except twelve houses.

The first bathhouse for medical treatment opened in 1895. Because of this, the town is legitimated to have the title "Bad" since 1950.

On July 12, 1969, it was granted the privileges of a town.

Population developmentEdit

The data 1871-1987 comes from census results.[2]

  • 1782: 1.398
  • 1871: 1.794
  • 1939: 4.312
  • 1970: 5.732
  • 1987: 5.454
  • 2005: 5.733


The castle in Bad Hönningen is called Schloss Arenfels and was built in 1258/59 by "Gerlach von Isenburg".

During its history, the architectural style converted several times.

In 1848, it was changed by its new owner "Ludolf Friedrich von Westerholt" into a neo-gothic castle.

Partner TownEdit

  • Saint Pierre lès Nemours (France) since 1980.


  • Castles:

"Schloss Arenfels" in Bad Hönningen "Burg Ariendorf" in Ariendorf (built 1840, neo-gothic)

  • The "Hohe Haus" which was built in 1438 by the archbishop Raban von Helmstatt. Today a museum of the town is in there.
  • The limes began near the city limit of Bad Hönningen. Today there is a museum called "Limes Center".

On July 15, 2005 the UNESCO made this area a World Heritage Site.

  • The Schlossberg of Bad Hönningen is the biggest vineyard in Middle Rhine (9 hectare).


Reconstruction of a Roman watchtower, Bad Hönningen


Tourism is the main branch of the economy.

Because of its beautiful landscape, several cycling and hiking paths (such as Rheinsteig) go through Bad Hönningen.

In the summer times you can visit the town during a trip with one of the distinctive white ships which travel the Rhine.

The town also organizes many events such as funfair and several festivals.


Born in Bad HönningenEdit

  • August Schoop (1858-1932), historian
  • Karl-Heinz Thielen (born 1940 in Ariendorf district), football player

Connected to Bad HönningenEdit

  • Willi Fischer (1920-1991), politician; 1958-1963 official mayor in Bad Hönningen
  • Hermann Ilaender (born 1933), politician, civil servant and forestry association official, 1983-1999 mayor of the municipality
  • Heinz Schwarz (born 1928 in Leubsdorf) former interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand 2019, Kreise, Gemeinden, Verbandsgemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz (in German). 2020.
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