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Coordinates: 50°2′27″N 8°5′5″E / 50.04083°N 8.08472°E / 50.04083; 8.08472Coordinates: 50°2′27″N 8°5′5″E / 50.04083°N 8.08472°E / 50.04083; 8.08472
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis
  Mayor Winfried Steinmacher (SPD)
  Total 12.35 km2 (4.77 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 4,106
  Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65399
Dialling codes 06123
Vehicle registration RÜD

Kiedrich is a community in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany.


Kiedrich lies in the Rheingau on the south slope of the Taunus, approximately 2 km north from the town of Eltville am Rhein and 3 km from the banks of the Rhine. Kiedrich borders on the community of Schlangenbad in the north, and on the town of Eltville in the east, south, and west.


Fränkische Dorfschmiede

Kiedrich is first mentioned in a document of the Archbishopric of Mainz. Although the document is not dated, it is known to have originated during the time of Archbishop Frederick (937-954). About 1160 building work began on Scharfenstein Castle. Winegrowing in Kiedrich was first mentioned as early as 1131.

Kiedrich belonged to Electoral Mainz (the Archbishopric), and passed, in 1806, to the Duchy of Nassau. In 1866 it was absorbed by Prussia. The community avoided amalgamation with other municipalities during Hesse’s municipal restructuring.


Through political activities in the three Kiedrich active parties (SPD, CDU, FDP), Kiedrichers have been involved with the framework of the local Agenda 21.

The office of mayor in Kiedrich is currently held by Winfried Steinmacher (SPD), who was directly elected through the first vote system in November 2005, with 77.7% of the vote.

Election results

Results of the municipal election held on 26 March 2006:

Parties and voter communities %
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 28.4 6 33.4 8
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 60.5 14 57.5 13
FDP Free Democratic Party 11.1 3 9.1 2
Total 100.0 23 100.0 23
Voter turnout in % 49.5 65.9


Saint Valentine’s Catholic parish church
Interior of Saint Valentine
Church and chapel


The organ in the parish church, with approximately 950 pipes, dates from the Late Gothic period, and is one of Germany’s oldest playable organs. The choir of boys and men (lately including girls), the Kiedricher Chorbuben, has, according to documents, been practicing a special Mainz choral dialect of liturgical Latin plainsong at services since 1333 dialect the dialect is only preserved here. The choir performs a Latin mass most Sundays except during school vacations.[2] Countertenor Andreas Scholl was a member of the choir, his sister Elisabeth Scholl was the first girl to be accepted.[3]

The oldest bell dates from 1389. The Gothic architecture of the building is accompanied by the sound of that period in music and bells.



former villa of John Sutton and now Robert Weil wine estate

Owing to its Gothic churches, Kiedrich is also called Schatzkästlein der Gotik ("Little Treasure Chest of Gothic").

Landmarks are:




High-grade wines are grown in Kiedrich. The vineyards (or 'Weinlagen') Gräfenberg, Wasseros, Klosterberg, Sandgrub and Turmberg, and the larger wine-growing area ('Großlage') Heiligenstock are said to be the Rheingau’s top wines. The Kiedrich winemakers’ wine-growing tradition originates in the year 1480, when wine was already being grown by the winemaker’s house that is still exists today, under the name 'Adelsgut Langenhof'. The local winemakers’ cooperative has existed since 1893, making it the oldest in the Rheingau.

Public institutions

St Valentinushaus, psychiatric hospital founded in 1884, today also a nursing home.


Notable people

Further reading


  1. "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). August 2016.
  2. Die Kiedricher Chorbuben at the Boys Choirs and Soloists directory (English/German)
  3. "Elisabeth Scholl (Soprano)". 2001. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  4. Winery Robert Weil on the Rheingau Musik Festival website (German/English)
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