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Roßdorf
Coat of arms of Roßdorf
Roßdorf is located in Germany
Roßdorf
Coordinates 49°51′0″N 08°45′0″E / 49.85°N 8.75°E / 49.85; 8.75
Administration
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Darmstadt-Dieburg
Local subdivisions Roßdorf and Gundernhausen
Mayor Christel Sprößler (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 20.60 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Elevation 197 m  (646 ft)
Population 12,169  (30 June 2007)
 - Density 591 /km2 (1,530 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal code 64380
Area codes 06154, 06071
Website www.rossdorf.de
Location of Roßdorf within Darmstadt-Dieburg district
Map

Roßdorf is a municipality in the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg, in Hesse, Germany. It has a population of 12,169 (as of 2007). It is situated 8 km east of Darmstadt.

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Geographic Situation

Neighbouring Towns and Municipalities

Roßdorf borders in the north and east on the municipality of Groß-Zimmern, in the southeast on the town of Reinheim, in the south on the town of Ober-Ramstadt, and in the west on the city of Darmstadt.

Structure of the Municipality

The Municipality of Roßdorf is divided into two parts: Gundernhausen and Roßdorf.

Demographic Development

Inhabitants:

  • 1575: 500
  • 1635: 50
  • 1814: 200
  • 2003: 12,114
  • 2005: 12,434
  • 2007: 12,169

History

The first official mention of Roßdorf is in the year 1250. At this time, Abbot Heinrich vested Counts Diether and Eberhardt I of Katzenelnbogen with the villages of Roßdorf and Gundernhausen. In 1479, the family line died out and the inheritance went to Landgrave Heinrich III of Hesse.

In 1621, Bavarian soldiers took up quarters in Roßdorf and plundered the town. In addition, witch-hunts took place, during which the inhabitants were accused of witchcraft. The worst period for Roßdorf was in the years 1634/35, during the Thirty Years' War. The forces of the Holy Roman Empire and Sweden opposed each other in the region, each in turn laying waste to and scavenging the entire countryside and heavily decimating the population. In the summer of 1635, the plague broke out, reducing the number of inhabitants to 50. In 1672, during the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV's troops took up quarters. In 1814, Russian soldiers passed through on their way to France.

In 1852, Roßdorf was incorporated into the district of Darmstadt. Since 1977, amalgamated with its neighbour Gundernhausen, it has belonged to the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg.

Politics

Municipal Council

The communal election of 26 March 2006 returned the following result (compared to the result from 2001):

Parties and groups of independent candidates %
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 51.8 16 55.6 17
CDU Christian Democratic Union (Germany) 26.6 8 30.2 9
GRÜNE Alliance '90/The Greens 13.7 4 14.3 5
FDP Free Democratic Party (Germany 7.9 3
Total 100.0 31 100.0 31
Voter turnout in % 51.9 56.4

Mayor

  • Heinrich Kloß (SPD, 1954-1982)
  • Alfred Jakoubek (SPD, 1982-1997)
  • Manfred Pfeiffer (SPD, 1997-2003)
  • Christel Sprößler (SPD, since 2003)

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms consists of a shield with blue background. At the centre is a silver moon, over which a golden horseshoe hangs. Underneath these, there is a silver rose, the centre of which is blue. The remaining free space is taken up by seven golden stars (five in the upper area, two in the lower area). The coat of arms was approved by the president of the regional government in 1952.

The coat of arms is based on the seal of the combined village court of Roßdorf and Gundernhausen. An imprint of this seal can be found on the so called "Mansfeld Catalogue of Damages" from 1625, which is kept in the National Archive in Darmstadt. This Catalogue lists the losses suffered by the subjects of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen during the Thirty Years' War. In the 1950s, a face was added to the moon on the coat of arms, a move which has been criticised by many of Roßdorf's inhabitants.

Twinnings

Culture and Tourist Attractions

The Protestant church in Gundernhausen
  • In Roßdorf, there is a catholic and a Protestant church; in Gundernhausen there is a Protestant church
  • The historic town hall (Rathaus) dates from the year 1575
  • The Museum of Skilled Trades in Southern Hesse (Südhessische Handwerksmuseum) is located in the old train station (Alter Bahnhof)
  • From the summit cross of the "Rehberg", one can take in the view for a great distance in the directions of Aschaffenburg and Frankfurt
  • Roßdorf has a large heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Adjoining the outdoor swimming pool, there is a roller skating rink, which is used in winter as an ice rink

Roßdorf is famous for horse breeding and in recent years has produced several prize-winning riders.

Clubs and Associations

The largest club in Roßdorf is the Sport and Cultural Association (Sport- und Kulturgemeinde - SKG - Roßdorf 1877 e.V.)

Roßdorf is also the headquarters of the Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Science (Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften - GWUP).

Transport Infrastructure

Roßdorf is connected to the Bundesstraße B 26 by three slip roads. (The B 26 has interchanges in Darmstadt with the Autobahns A 5 and A 67 and in Aschaffenburg with the A 3). Roßdorf is also the starting point of the B 38.

In addition, a number of bus routes serve Roßdorf:

  • K 55: Darmstadt - Roßdorf - Reinheim - Ueberau/Groß-Bieberau - Niedernhausen
  • K 56: Darmstadt - Roßdorf - Ober-Ramstadt - Rohrbach - Asbach/Lichtenberg
  • 672: Darmstadt - Roßdorf - Gundernhausen - Groß-Zimmern - Dieburg
  • 673: Darmstadt - Roßdorf - Gundernhausen Stetteritz
  • 693: Darmstadt - Roßdorf - Reinheim - Gr.-Bieberau - Brensbach - Reichelsheim - Fürth (not all buses serve Fürth)

The rail line between the "Darmstadt Ost" and "Bessunger Forsthaus" halts is still occasionally used for historical train rides. The rest of the line between Darmstadt and Groß Zimmern has been dismantled.

Notable people

  • Georg Christian Bonhard (1770 in Gundernhausen - 1836), physician
  • Christian Sartorius (1796 in Gundernhausen - 1872 in Mirador, Mexico), theologist, pedagogue and author, as well as sugar cane plantation owner in Mexico
  • Heinz Friedrich (1922 - 2004), journalist, publisher and author
  • Klaus Teuber (born 1952), inventor of The Settlers of Catan; probably the best known German board game designer
  • Lisa Edling (born 1980), "Wine Queen" of the Bergstraße Region 2002/2003, "German Wine Princess" 2003
  • Flix (Felix Görmann, born 1976), comic book artist
  • Yannick Lebherz (born 1989), swimmer

Literature

Mein Dorf, Heinz Friedrich, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-442-72052-4, (available only in German language)

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Roßdorf is a village in Hesse, one of the states of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Understand

Roßdorf has about 13,000 inhabitants. It's 9 km south of Darmstadt and 44 km south of Frankfurt.

Get in

Several buses run from Darmstadt Main Station to Roßdorf. The ride takes about 15 minutes.

  • The old city hall, established in 1575 in the Frankish framework style.
  • The old railroad station. From 1897 to 1982, it was the station for the railroad line from Darmstadt/East - large rooms. Since 1988 it has housed the South Hessian handicraft museum and gallery.
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