Sinzig Castle

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 50°32′43″N 7°15′07″E / 50.54528°N 7.25194°E / 50.54528; 7.25194Coordinates: 50°32′43″N 7°15′07″E / 50.54528°N 7.25194°E / 50.54528; 7.25194
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Ahrweiler
  Stadtbürgermeister Wolfgang Kroeger (CDU)
  Total 41.02 km2 (15.84 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 17,330
  Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53489
Dialling codes 02642, 02636 (Ortsteil Franken)
Vehicle registration AW
Church St. Peter
Jewish cemetery
Protestant church
Bad Bodendorf War Cemetery

Sinzig is a town in the district of Ahrweiler, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the river Rhine, about 5 km south-east of Remagen and 25 km south-east of Bonn, and it has approximately 20,000 inhabitants (2004).


Sinzig received its first official recognition in 762 A.D. On 10 July that year, King Pippin the Younger, the father of Charlemagne, presented a certificate of his decree in the Palace of Sinzig (Sentiaco Palacio), officially recognizing the town as "Sentiacum." Sinzig first received its rights as a town on 9 October 1267.

Because of the influence Emperor Frederick Barbarossa had on the town, it is nicknamed a "Barbarossa town".

Twice, the medieval town, which since 1300 has been protected by a massive wall, was almost entirely destroyed by fires, one in 1583 and another in 1758. Little of the wall now remains, as industrialization and urban development led to its nearly complete loss at the end of the 19th century. After World War II, Sinzig experienced a population explosion and soon evolved into an industrial town.

With the district reform of 1969, Bad-Bodendorf, Franken, Koisdorf, Löhndorf, and Westum became provinces of Sinzig. Today, Sinzig, together with the town of Remagen, have developed a modern consumer centre, with multiple schools and shopping centres.


There is no point in the "Golden Mile" where the defining icon of Sinzig, the parish church of Saint Peter, cannot be seen. The late Roman Basilica is one of the most meaningful pieces of Roman architecture, reason enough for the church to be added to the United Nations' list of "World Culture Heritage" artifacts.

The Sinziger Schloss (Sinzig Castle) was built in the period of the Rhine Romantic. Between 1854 and 1858, a businessman, Gustav Bunge of Cologne, ordered the erection of a summer villa in Sinzig in the style of a neo-gothic palace. Surrounding the palace is a garden, constructed in the style of a Romantic park. The castle has now been turned into a museum.

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Town song

In 1945 it hosted one of the Allied Rheinwiesenlager
Heimattreue (Faith in the Homeland)
Draußen im Lande ein Mädel ich fand,
mit hellblondem Haar und feinzarter Hand
und sie hat Augen so klar wie der Wein:
sag Mädel die Heimat, sag bist du vom Rhein!
sag Mädel die Heimat sag bist du vom Rhein!
Wo die Ahr zum Rhein hinfließt,
heilend Wasser der Erd entsprießt,
wo Mädchenaugen sind so blau,
mitten in der goldnen Au.
An dies Städtchen denk ich gern,
bin ich denn auch noch so fern,
an dich denk ich immer dar,
Sinzig Rhein und Ahr.
Statue of Frederick I Barbarossa
Ferne am Strande des weiten Meeres,
steht eine Frau, schwer ist ihr ums Herz.
Und sie singt leis` in die Wolken hinein:
Grüßt mir die Heimat, mein Städtchen am Rhein!
Grüßt mir die Heimat, mein Städtchen am Rhein!
Schon Barbarossa hat Sinzig erkannt,
als eines der schönsten Städtchen im Land.
Und er befahl seinem Kaisertross:
Wir rasten in Sinzig und wohnen im Schloss!
Wir rasten in Sinzig und wohnen im Schloss!


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