Flag of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Coat of arms of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Coordinates: 49°22′00″N 8°44′00″E / 49.366666666667°N 8.7333333333333°E / 49.366666666667; 8.7333333333333
Adm. regionKarlsruhe
 • District admin.Stefan Dallinger (CDU)
 • Total1,061.7 km2 (409.9 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total548,233
 • Density520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHD

The Rhein-Neckar-Kreis is a district in the northwest of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The administrative headquarters are based in the city Heidelberg, which is a district-free city. As of 2019, the district is the most populous in Baden-Württemberg.


The district was created in 1973 by merging the previous districts of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Sinsheim.


The district is named after the two main rivers which flow through the district, the Rhine and Neckar. The highest elevation is 580 m near the 584 m tall peak of the Odenwald mountain Stiefelhöhe, located near Heiligkreuzsteinach. The lowest elevation with 92 m is in Ilvesheim, located in the Neckar valley.


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Dilsberg Bergfeste Dilsberg is a castle on a mountain over the Neckar River in Neckargemünd.
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Eberbach The historic old town with its four towers, many timber-frame houses and some town wall remnants, is a magnet for tourists.
Hockenheim The Hockenheimring is the home of the Formula One German Grand Prix.
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Ladenburg Ladenburg has an old town from the Late Middle Ages. Its history dates back to Celtic and Roman ages.
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Neckargemünd Neckargemünd still keeps its medieval charm.
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Schwetzingen Schwetzingen Castle was the summer residence of the Electors Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore.
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Sinsheim Sinsheim's main tourist attraction is the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, displaying a collection of historic vehicles to over 1 million visitors per year.
Weinheim Weinheim is situated on the Bergstraße ("Mountain Road") on the western rim of the Odenwald.


The district is governed by a district assembly (Kreistag) and a district executive (Landrat). The eligible voters of the district elect the Kreistag every 5 years. This body in turn elects the Landrat every 8 years. The Landrat is the legal representative of the district as well as the speaker of the Kreistag and its committees. The Landrat manages the office of the Landrat (Landratsamt) and is the chief official of the district. The duties of the Landrat include the preparation of the district assembly meetings and its committees. The Landrat calls the meetings, acts as speaker, and carries out the decisions made. In the Kreistag, the Landrat has no vote. The Landrat has a second, called the first district official (Erste Landesbeamte).

Landrat of the district Heidelberg 1945–1972:

Landrat of the district Mannheim 1945–1972:

Landrat of the district Sinsheim 1945–1972:

Landrat of Rhein-Neckar-Kreis since 1973:

Coat of arms

The wavy line in the left of the coat of arms represent the two rivers Rhine and Neckar. The lion in the right side is the symbol of Palatinate, as the area belonged to that area historically.

Cities and towns

Städte (Cities)
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COA Eberbach Baden.svg
Eberbach 15 258 81.2 km2
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Eppelheim Wappen.svg
Eppelheim 14 629 5.6 km2
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Wappen Hemsbach Bergstrasse.svg
Hemsbach 12 230 12.9 km2
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COA Hockenheim.svg
Hockenheim 21 031 34.8 km2
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COA Ladenburg.svg
Ladenburg 11 473 19 km2
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DEU Leimen (Baden) COA.svg
Leimen 26 932 20.6 km2
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COA Neckarbischofsheim.svg
Neckarbischofsheim 3 946 26.4 km2
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Wappen Neckargemuend.svg
Neckargemünd 14 032 26.2 km2
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COA Rauenberg-Kraichgau.svg
Rauenberg 7 631 11.1 km2
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COA Schönau (Odenwald).svg
Schönau 4 696 22.5 km2
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COA Schriesheim.svg
Schriesheim 14 855 31.6 km2
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Wappen Schwetzingen.svg
Schwetzingen 22 159 21.6 km2
Sinsheim in HD.png
Wappen Sinsheim.svg
Sinsheim 35 517 127 km2
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COA Waibstadt.svg
Waibstadt 5 659 25.6 km2
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DEU Walldorf (Baden) COA.svg
Walldorf 14 774 19.9 km2
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Weinheim 43 692 58.1 km2
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COA Wiesloch.svg
Wiesloch 25 897 30.3 km2
Gemeinden (Municipalities)
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Altlußheim 5 296 16 km2
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COA Angelbachtal.svg
Angelbachtal 5 002 17.9 km2
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COA Bammental.svg
Bammental 6 498 12.2 km2
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COA Brühl.svg
Brühl 14 256 10.2 km2
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Dielheim 8 933 22.7 km2
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COA Dossenheim.svg
Dossenheim 12 008 14.1 km2
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COA Edingen-Neckarhausen.svg
Edingen-Neckarhausen 14 127 12 km2
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Epfenbach 2 517 13 km2
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Eschelbronn 2 572 8.2 km2
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COA Gaiberg.svg
Gaiberg 2 427 4.2 km2
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COA Heddesbach.svg
Heddesbach 494 8.2 km2
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COA Heddesheim.svg
Heddesheim 11 566 14.7 km2
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COA Heiligkreuzsteinach.svg
Heiligkreuzsteinach 3 054 19.6 km2
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Wappen Helmstadt-Bargen.svg
Helmstadt-Bargen 3 793 28 km2
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COA Hirschberg an der Bergstraße.svg
Hirschberg an der Bergstraße 9 405 12.4 km2
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COA Ilvesheim.svg
Ilvesheim 7 768 5.9 km2
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Ketsch 12 808 16.5 km2
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COA Laudenbach-Bergstrasse.svg
Laudenbach 6 110 10.3 km2
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COA Lobbach.svg
Lobbach 2 401 14.9 km2
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COA Malsch (bei Wiesloch).svg
Malsch 3 401 6.8 km2
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Wappen Mauer Baden.svg
Mauer 3 919 6.3 km2
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Meckesheim 5 343 16.3 km2
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Mühlhausen (Kraichgau) 8 218 15.3 km2
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Neidenstein 1 820 8.5 km2
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Neulußheim 6 675 3.4 km2
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COA Nußloch.svg
Nußloch 10 734 13.6 km2
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COA Oftersheim.svg
Oftersheim 10 686 12.8 km2
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COA Plankstadt.svg
Plankstadt 9 559 8.4 km2
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Wappen Reichartshausen.svg
Reichartshausen 2 015 10 km2
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Reilingen 7 068 16.4 km2
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COA Sandhausen.svg
Sandhausen 14 336 14.6 km2
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DEU Schönbrunn (Baden) COA.svg
Schönbrunn 2 987 34.5 km2
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COA Spechbach.svg
Spechbach 1 720 8.5 km2
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COA St Leon-Rot.svg
St. Leon-Rot 12 539 25.6 km2
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Wappen Wiesenbach (Baden).svg
Wiesenbach 3 092 11.1 km2
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DEU Wilhelmsfeld COA.svg
Wilhelmsfeld 3 293 4.8 km2
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Zuzenhausen 2 138 11.6 km2

International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Rhein-Neckar-Kreis is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2020" [Population by nationality and sex as of December 31, 2020] (CSV). Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). June 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  2. ^ "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-12-26.

Coordinates: 49°22′N 8°44′E / 49.367°N 8.733°E / 49.367; 8.733