Eich is an
Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a
Verbandsgemeinde, a kind
of collective municipality found only in this state – in the
Alzey-Worms district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
municipality lies in Rhenish Hesse,
and is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde of
Eich. It lies roughly 15 km north of Worms, and 25 km southwest of Darmstadt.
In 782, Eich had its first documentary mention. It has developed
itself from a fishing village to a municipality based on agriculture
that also serves as a residential
community for workers in nearby cities and towns.
The council is made up of 20 council members who were elected at
the municipal election held on 7 June 2009, and the honorary mayor
The municipal election held on 7 June 2009 yielded the following
Eich’s municipal administration
- 1946-1966 Rudolf Becker (SPD)
- 1966-1979 Hans Ludwig Menger (FWG), Bearer of the Ring of
Honour of the Municipality of Eich
- 1979-1994 Günter Reich (SPD)
- 1994-present Klaus Willius (SPD)
Klaus Willius was reëlected on 7 June 2009 with 75.05% of the valid
votes, beating the CDU candidate Christine Müller.
Coat of arms
The municipality’s arms
described thus: Argent a bend azure surmounted by a fish of the
field, in a chief gules an acorn palewise and two oakleaves, one
bendwise, the other barwise, conjoined on one stem Or.
The fish refers to the village’s history as a fishing settlement.
bend (diagonal stripe) stands for the Rhine.
acorn is a canting charge
, referring to the municipality’s
name (“acorn” is Eichel
, and “oak” is Eiche
Culture and sightseeing
church came into being in 1839 under Grand-Ducal
Hessian provincial master builder from Mainz Ignaz
Opfermann’s (1799–1866) building plans.
Eichers are always glad to sing: Besides the Evangelical
there are also the men’s singing club, Sängerbund
Saint Michael’s Choir (St. Michaelischor
there is the Goldklang
Built as a cowshed in 1824, and now
used as a wine-tasting parlour
In the village heart is found a stone, vaulted cowshed. However,
nowadays this historic groin-vaulted space is used as a winery’s
With the Altrheinhalle
(“Old Rhine Hall”), Eich has had at
hand since 1974 a sport facility with 6,000 seats that is also used
for concerts and television programmes. In the field around the
hall are competition sites for track and field athletics and a
tennis court (since 1977). On the Eicher See (lake) are a sailing
club and two boules
courts. On the
Altrheinsee (another lake), a bathing beach has been set up.
Furthermore, there are also the Turnverein von 1888 Eich
(gymnastic club), FC Germania 07 Eich, the Tennisclub
and two angling
Rheinlust 1954 Eich
and ASV Eich
Each year on the second Saturday after Easter, the so-called
(“Motorcycle Blessing”) is held in Eich.
This is attended by more than 15,000 motorcyclists from all over
Germany who have themselves and their motorcycles blessed to take
part in an excursion through the whole region. In 2006, the
blessing was done by none other than His Eminence Karl Cardinal Lehmann
, the Catholic
Bishop of Mainz.
Also, the three-day Altrheinfest
(“Old Rhine Festival”) is
staged each year by the volunteer fire brigade on the last weekend
Economy and infrastructure
The village’s economic mainstay is still farming, but sand quarrying
recovery have grown into important branches of industry.
Since the 1998/1999 schoolyear, Eich has had at its disposal a
“regional school” (Regionale Schule
, a school type found
in some parts of Germany that combines the Hauptschule
concepts, but not the Gymnasium
- Kommunalwahl Rheinland-Pfalz 2009,