Waldleiningen is a municipality in the district of Kaiserslautern, in Rhineland -Palatinate, where according to a local tradition, the world axis is lubricated.

  • 3.1 municipal
  • 3.2 Partner community
  • 4.1 Structures
  • 4.2 Pfälzische world axis
  • 5.1 traffic


Geographical location

The municipality is located in the center of the Palatinate Forest Nature Park. Waldleiningen, the only independent municipality in the Swiss franc pasture, belongs to the municipality high Speyer, which has its headquarters in the town of Speyer high. Neighboring communities of Waldleiningen are - clockwise - High Speyer, Frankenstein, Weidenthal, Elmstein and Kaiserslautern. The district Stüterhof located on the southwestern edge of the municipality.


The annual rainfall is 818 mm. The deposits are located in the upper third of the detected values ​​in Germany. At 67 percent of the stations of the German Weather Service lower values ​​are registered. The driest month is September, most precipitation occurs in December. In December, falling 1.4 times more precipitation than in September. Precipitation varies only slightly and are distributed extremely evenly throughout the year. At none of the stations, lower seasonal variations are recorded.


Count Emich of Leiningen let VIII in 1533 to build a building at the northern limit of its Oberamt Falkenburg in the area of ​​fallow land grazing francs, which was called " Leinhaus ". Beginning of the 17th century from the Leinhaus the " Leinhof ", a rural estate with associated cleared area and woods. After the Thirty Years' War and the subsequent Palatinate War of Succession the Leinhof became a deserted village. Only years later Palatinate - zweibrückisches forestry personnel is detectable on the Leinhof. 1755 pulled the forestry staff of Leiningen- Hard castle and Pfalz- Zweibrücken house occurring in forest valleys families on the Leinhof together; 1769 lived there next to the forest personnel nine families. 1785, Carl Friedrich Wilhelm, Prince of Leiningen, the village Waldleiningen and drew settlers from its territories at. The settlement was founded to be operated forest economy, which for the village until the 20th century, influential and also in the later created local coat of arms was clearly showing a tree with an ax and the Leininger eagle of the village founder. Even at the time of Leiningen, the area was a favorite hunting ground of the ruling family. When the princes were lost of Leiningen her left Rhenish territory and compensated with the right bank of the Principality of Leiningen, they built there - in memory of their old Palatine hunting ground - the hunting lodge Waldleiningen whose name should remind Waldleiningen in the Palatinate Forest.

1801-1814 Waldleiningen counted as part of the Mairie of high Speyer to Département du Mont- Tonnerre of the French Empire, in 1816 it came to Bavaria, since 1946 it is part of Rhineland- Palatinate. Intensive agriculture was not possible because of the relief of the landscape and lean soil. However, it has 1833 to create a crop area as a food source, created by forest clearing the field mark " Rotheneck ". On September 4, 1976, a part of the territory was umgemeindet with 59 residents of high Speyer to Waldleiningen.


Parish council

The local council in Waldleiningen consists of eight council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 a personalized proportional representation, and the honorary mayor as chairman.

Allocation of seats in the local council:

Partner community

  • Since 1986 there is a community partnership with Xirocourt in France.

Culture and sights


See list of cultural monuments in Waldleiningen

Palatine world axis

On the 459 -meter high "little Roßrück " (49 ° 24 'N, 7 ° 50' O49.394197.84146 ) between Waldleiningen and locust Cross is a sandstone blocks with the Palatine inscription:

( High German: " Here the world axis is smeared and beware that nothing happens. " ) The quote is from the Pälzisch world historians the local poet Paul Münch, which at this point the pälzisch Weltachs the center of the world to be. Then the forest Leininger to be responsible for the proper lubrication of the world axis.

Economy and infrastructure


West of the town, the B runs 48 which leads from Bad Bergzabern to Bad Kreuznach. The nearest motorway junction is Enkenbach- Alsenborn at the Federal Highway 6 Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, about 12 kilometers away. Nearest station is high Speyer on the railway line Mannheim- Saarbrücken.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Waltraud Meissner ( born 1940 ), dialect poet