From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Coat of arms of Kelheim
Coat of arms
Kelheim is located in Germany
Location of Kelheim within Kelheim district
Kelheim in KEH.svg
Coordinates: 48°55′N 11°52′E / 48.917°N 11.867°E / 48.917; 11.867Coordinates: 48°55′N 11°52′E / 48.917°N 11.867°E / 48.917; 11.867
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Lower Bavaria
District Kelheim
 • Mayor Horst Hartmann (SPD)
 • Total 76.76 km2 (29.64 sq mi)
Elevation 343 m (1,125 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total 16,716
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 93301–93309
Dialling codes 09441
Vehicle registration KEH

Kelheim is a town and municipality in Bavaria, Germany. It is the capital of the district Kelheim and is situated at the confluence of Altmühl and Danube. Kelheim has a population of around 15,750.


Engraving of the Befreiungshalle, or Hall of Liberation, one of Kelheim's best-known landmarks, just after its construction.

Kelheim is the site of a large Iron Age oppidum from the La Tène period, which has been tentatively identified with the Celtic city of Alcimoennis mentioned by Ptolemy in his Geography. The ramparts of the fort cross the promontory between the rivers Altmühl and Danube. There is an inner defensive line enclosing 60 ha near the confluence, then a long outer rampart enclosing an enormous area of 630 ha. A small promontory fort on the other bank of the Danube has a series of short linear ramparts protecting a settlement in the bend of a meander. This is aligned with the end of the outer rampart on the far bank, dominating traffic on the river. Kelheim has given its name to the pfostenschlitzmauer style of rampart construction characterized by vertical wooden posts set into the stone facing.

Kelheim was first mentioned in the 9th century. At this time it was the seat of a count (Graf). According to a tradition of Braunau in Rohr Abbey Kelheim has got borough rights in 1151.

G. Schneider & Sohn has a large weissbier brewery in the city.

Panorama view.

Culture and sights

The Hall of Liberation

Born in Kelheim


  1. ^ "Fortschreibung des Bevölkerungsstandes". Bayerisches Landesamt für Statistik und Datenverarbeitung (in German). September 2018.

External links

  • Official website (in German)
  • - Virtual 360° Panoramic Tour of old Town Kelheim
Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Kelheim"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA