Unkel seen from the left bank of the Rhine

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 50°36′03″N 07°12′54″E / 50.60083°N 7.21500°E / 50.60083; 7.21500Coordinates: 50°36′03″N 07°12′54″E / 50.60083°N 7.21500°E / 50.60083; 7.21500
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Neuwied
Municipal assoc. Unkel
  Mayor Gerhard Hausen (SPD)
  Total 8.16 km2 (3.15 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 5,075
  Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 53572
Dialling codes 02224
Vehicle registration NR
Website www.unkel.de (in English)
Rhine in Unkel, view towards Remagen

Unkel is a town in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine, near Remagen, about 20 km southeast of Bonn.

Unkel is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Unkel.


Unkel is mainly Roman Catholic. Approximately 55% of the inhabitants are Roman Catholic and 15% Protestant. 18% of the residents do not belong to a religious denomination, 8% are Muslim.



The town is located at the edge of the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park in the middle Rhine Valley, its centre is about 4 km away from the border to North Rhine-Westphalia.

Neighbouring settlements

Unkel is surrounded from north to south by the settlements of Rheinbreitbach, Bruchhausen, Windhagen, Linz, Erpel und Remagen.


Unkel has three subdistricts: Unkel, Scheuren and Heister.


The most important sight is the "Freiligrathaus", which is located at the Rhine promenade. It is a baroque palace, built in 1760. Ferdinand Freiligrath lived there from 1839 until 1841.

The rich-featured Catholic parish church "St. Pantaleon" accommodates a feretory (a receptacle for the relics of saints). Additionally, most of the old town wall is well preserved.

Twin town

Famous townsfolk


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