Rhens ( / ʁe ː ns / ) is a town in the district of Mayen- Koblenz in Rhineland -Palatinate and administrative center of the municipality Rhens, which it also belongs. Rhens is a nationally recognized tourist and reported as a basic center in accordance with state planning.

  • 4.1 Points Rhens
  • 4.2 Regular events
  • 5.1 Viticulture
  • 7.1 documents


The city's location on relatively flat west bank of the Rhine is characterized by the contrast to the steep slopes of the eastern side, over which - diagonally opposite the city - perched Mark Burg. Rhens heard since 2002 a UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Default traffic Rhens is well served by the railway and the B 9, and lead into the hilly hinterland of the two routes Rheingoldstraße.

To Rhens consists of the quarters megalithic field and Schauren.


The first written mention of the village was carried out on 29 September 874, when the Archbishop of Trier Bertolf the Cunibert pin in Cologne possession of goods in Boppard, Spay, Oberspay and Rhens confirmed.

The advocacy of Rhens 1174 was owned by the Counts of Saffenburg, which they sold for 200 marks to the Archbishop of Cologne. Since that time belonged to the Electorate of Cologne Rhens. The most significant event in the history of the city was in 1338 the formation of the Kurverein to Rhense in which the seven electors agreed on the future arrangements for the election of a German king and the pope, the claimed collusion from him approval rights. This event is commemorated to this day the king chair of Rhens.

On June 11, 1346, Charles IV was elected in Rhens Roman-German king.

As early as 1370 had Rhens city rights.

1400 Wenzel, son of Emperor Charles IV was, as a Roman king of the three ecclesiastical electors and of Ruprecht III. , The Count Palatine of the Rhine, voted on the Lahneck in Oberlahnstein. Ruprecht was subsequently elected in Rhens the new king.

It should be noted that the king chair before 1929 stood directly on the Rhine and is now located on a hill towards the forest Esch.

Witch Trials: In the 17th century it also came in Rhens to witch hunts. The incarceration and torture took place in the " sharp tower" ( part of the city wall, directly on the Rhine ) instead. The executions took place in at least two different places.

On a long tradition, and the Rhenser mineral wells may rely. First mentioned in the 16th century, industrial mineral water is bottled here for over 150 years. The company is one of the most important suppliers of mineral water and sweet drinks in Germany. It provides, inter alia, to the brands " Rhenser ", " Perling " and " Silvetta ".

On 7 November 1970, the area was part Kripp umgemeindet with 248 inhabitants to Koblenz. Since September 6, 1984 Rhens has again the municipal law.

The development of the population of Rhens, based on the current urban area; the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 based on population censuses:


City ​​council

The council Rhens consists of 20 council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 a proportional representation, and the honorary mayor as chairman city.

Allocation of seats in the elected City Council:

Coat of arms

The coat of arms shows in its left half of the black cross Electorate of Cologne and in his right half of two golden city key.


Since 1984, the city Rhens has partnered with the City of Bramley in the UK.

Culture and sights

Attractions in Rhens

  • King chair - " On Saddle Wall" in Rhens (from about 1400)
  • Sharp Tower - from 1396 directly built as a customs tower on the Rhine. Later used as a prison. 1645/46 detention and torture of 10 alleged witches and warlocks. Major overhaul end of the 80 years since use as a function room.
  • Town hall on the market square. The ground floor is taken about the year 1500, his upstairs with gable was set up in 1600.
  • Deutsches Haus - built from 1566 -1570 directly on the River Rhine, particularly impressive half-timbered buildings directly connected to the Rhine Gate; in the 19th century headquarters of the Rhenish relationship of the painter Wilhelm von Kügelgen (see monuments of the Rhine Province in 1944, page 278). The German House has a large historic vaulted cellar. It's all about the legend that Napoleon in his flight before moving up the Allied troops stopped off there while the troops of Blucher New Year's Eve 1813/14 the Rhine at Kaub crossed.
  • Historical center ( " spots " ) - redesigned with marketplace, " Ochsenbrunnen " and many half-timbered houses
  • City wall - around the old town with numerous gates
  • Parish Church of St Dionysius - the cemetery, first mentioned in 873, building fabric, with a predominantly baroque interior, newly renovated in the 11th century, with magnificent paintings
  • Parish Church of St. Theresa - directly at the center

See also: List of cultural monuments in Rhens

Historical center


Gate overlooking the old city hall

St. Dionysius the cemetery

St. Theresa

King chair as a reminder of the Kurverein of Rhense 1338

View from Rhenser bank of the Rhine to the Mark Castle

View of the old city hall

Regular events

  • Rhine in Flames - Great fireworks and boat parade on the 2nd Saturday in August from Spay to Koblenz.
  • City Festival - in the historic center on the second weekend in September
  • Middle Rhine Marathon - major sporting event of Oberwesel and Koblenz in June
  • Tal Total - held every year big event, available exclusively to non-motorized traffic in parts of the Middle Rhine Valley
  • Rhenser Rhein- Hunsrück MTB Marathon, an annual mountain bike event on routes 35, 50 and 80 km, with participants from all over Europe.

Economy and infrastructure


Rhens part of the " wine field Loreley" in the growing area Middle Rhine. In place two wineries operate, the area under vines is 2 ha Approximately 90 % of the cultivated wine are white wine varietals ( 2007). In 1979, twelve companies were still active, the vineyard was 10 acres


  • Bruno Schüller (1925-2007), Jesuit priest and moral theologian
  • Adolf Weiland ( born 1953 ), politician