History. Short and sweet
Would you like to inform yourself shortly about the history of Rheinhessen? May I help you!
Rheinhessen has been a cultural landscape on the Rhine since Roman times. From Charlemagne to Barbarossa to Maximilian, significant diets took place here. The cathedrals in Mainz and Worms, Hildegard von Bingen, the Nibelungenlied and Gutenberg's printing press are representative of its relevance at the time.
Under Napoleon, the region came to France. After its defeat, Europe was reorganized at the Congress of Vienna. The Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt had to cede territories to Prussia and in return received the northern part of the department of Donnersberg with Bingen, Mainz, Worms and Alzey. On July 8, 1816, the "Acquisition Certificate" of Grand Duke Ludwig I was published. A short time later, his new province on the left bank of the Rhine received the name "Rheinhessen".
After the Second World War, Rheinhessen was separated from the border between French and American occupation zone of Hesse and came in 1946 as a government district to Rhineland-Palatinate.