Freigericht

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Freigericht
Coat of arms of Freigericht
Coat of arms
Freigericht is located in Germany
Freigericht
Freigericht
Coordinates: 50°08′30″N 09°07′40″E / 50.14167°N 9.12778°E / 50.14167; 9.12778Coordinates: 50°08′30″N 09°07′40″E / 50.14167°N 9.12778°E / 50.14167; 9.12778
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Main-Kinzig-Kreis
Subdivisions 5 villages
Government
 • Mayor Joachim Lucas (UWG)
 • Governing parties No overall control
Area
 • Total 33.42 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Elevation 200 m (700 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,288
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 63579
Dialling codes 06055
Vehicle registration MKK
Website www.freigericht.de

Freigericht is a town in the Main-Kinzig district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated 15 km east of Hanau, close to the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region at the foothills of the Spessart, directly at the Hesse-Bavaria border. More than 40% of the area is forested.

Geography[edit]

Geographic position[edit]

Freigericht has an elevation of 140 to 371 m in a side valley of the Kinzig river.

Geology[edit]

In the southern parts of the town several pre-historical cairns have been found. On 19 June 1930 a tooth of a 40,000 year-old mammoth was discovered during building works in Somborn. It was transferred to the county seat Gelnhausen. Since the opening of Freigericht's local museum several attempts have been made to get the tooth back, none of which was successful.

Neighbouring towns[edit]

Freigericht borders the municipalities of Hasselroth to the north, Linsengericht to the east and Rodenbach to the west. South of Freigericht (already belonging to the Bavarian district of Aschaffenburg are the town of Alzenau, the municipalities of Mömbris and Geiselbach, as well as the unincorporated area of Geiselbach Forest.

Town divisions[edit]

Freigericht is divided into five villages, which have been independent villages until 1970.

  • Altenmittlau
  • Bernbach
  • Horbach (since 1968 styled a climatic spa)
  • Neuses
  • Somborn

On 1 January 1970 the five villages voluntarily incorporated into a new municipality named Freigericht. The name Freigericht (lit. Free Court) had been unofficially used for the villages for several centuries. According to legend, it states that farmers from the areas between the rivers Main and Kinzig stood and defended their Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa), during a surprise ambush. As a reward, the Kaiser granted them with "free jurisdiction", hence the name "Freigericht".

Politics[edit]

The town council consists of 37 members, all of which are elected for a five-year term. The CDU has been the leading party in Freigericht, although it has suffered severe losses in the recent elections. Independent groups, which have been strong prior to the incorporation of Freigericht, get a higher share.

Parties and Groups 2011 2006 2001 1997
 % Seats  % Seats  % Seats  % Seats
CDU Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands 27,9 10 47,9 18 59,0 22 45,3 17
SPD Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands 19,3 7 28,3 10 24,2 9 28,8 11
FDP Freie Demokratische Partei 1,8 1 2,6 1
GRÜNE Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 13,3 5 7,6 3 8,9 3
UWG Unabhängige Wählergemeinschaft Freigericht 22,9 8 21,3 8 9,2 3 17,0 6
BfF Bürger für Freigericht 12,4 5
Die Unbestechlichen Die Unbestechlichen - Liste freier Bürger 2,4 1
total 100,0 37 100,0 37 100,0 37 100,0 37
Turnout in % 51,6 48,4 52,2 68,4

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