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Coat of arms of Hösbach
Coat of arms
Hösbach   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°00′N 9°12′E / 50.000°N 9.200°E / 50.000; 9.200Coordinates: 50°00′N 9°12′E / 50.000°N 9.200°E / 50.000; 9.200
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Unterfranken
District Aschaffenburg
Subdivisions 6 Ortsteile
 • Mayor Robert Hain (CSU)
 • Total 30.59 km2 (11.81 sq mi)
Elevation 144 m (472 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 13,093
 • Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 63768
Dialling codes 06021, 06024
Vehicle registration AB
Website www.hoesbach.de

Hösbach is a market community in the Aschaffenburg district in the Regierungsbezirk of Lower Franconia (Unterfranken) in Bavaria, Germany.



The community lies in the Vorspessart, 5 km from Aschaffenburg, roughly 70 km from Würzburg and roughly 50 km from Frankfurt am Main.

Constituent communities[edit]

Hösbach’s Ortsteile are Hösbach-Bahnhof, Feldkahl, Rottenberg, Wenighösbach and Winzenhohl.


In 1189, Hösbach had its first documentary mention as Hostebach: a Hermann de Hostebach and his son Conrad were named in a document from Archbishop Konrad of Mainz as witnesses. In 1218 the Schmerlenbach convent (in today’s constituent community of Winzenhohl) was endowed by the family von Kugelberg and it was granted the right of patronage over the Hösbach church. In the 13th century, the noble family of Hostebach was lost, but the name Hösbach remains. Beginning in the 14th century, Forsthuben – a kind of woodland estate – were set up in Hösbach, which over the course of time further grew into great farms.

In 1781 there were only 120 houses with 591 inhabitants. These figures rose over the following decades only very slowly. Only in 1895 did the population figure surpass 2,000. In the years thereafter, Hösbach’s growth came about more quickly through industrialization, especially in nearby Aschaffenburg, so that in 1905 there were already 2,518 people registered in the community, and by 1933 this had reached 3,388. War refugees during the Second World War swelled the population to 4,517 by 1946. Steady growth continued for many years. Through municipal reforms in 1972 and 1978 the community of Hösbach expanded its land area by 1 981 ha and its population by 4,500. At this time, the formerly self-administering small communities of Wenighösbach (1 January 1972), Feldkahl (1 July 1972), Rottenberg (1 May 1978) and Winzenhohl (1 May 1978) were amalgamated.

Hösbach gained special fame in 1980 as the founding place of the rock band Böhse Onkelz.

On the occasion of its 800-year jubilee, Hösbach was raised to market community on 29 September 1989.

Coat of arms[edit]

The community’s arms might be described thus: Party per pale gules a churchtower argent, argent a spur vert palewise above which an oak leaf of the third on whose stem bendwise an acorn Or.

Hösbach’s landmark, with its characteristic tower, is Saint Michael’s Parish Church. The tower was included as a charge in the arms on the community’s wishes, although in heraldically simplified form. The tinctures argent and gules (silver and red) refer to the community’s former allegiance to the Archbishopric of Mainz. The Archiepiscopal forest officials, who oversaw things in the Spessart region on horseback, had their seat in Hösbach. The existence of this seat in Hösbach can be confirmed from the 14th century onwards. The charges on the escutcheon’s sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side are attributes of this service, with the oak leaf and acorn representing the forest, and the spur the mounted officials themselves.

The arms have been borne since 1970.


Community council[edit]

The council is made up of 25 council members, counting the mayor.

CSU SPD Greens FW Total
2008 13 4 3 5 25 seats

(as at municipal election held on 2 March 2008)

School centre[edit]

Hösbach is seat of the school centre of the Aschaffenburg district, which comprises the following, nearby schools:

The primary schools in Rottenberg and Winzenhohl are also connected to this one.

Near the school centre are found many sport facilities and halls as well as an indoor swimming pool, which is also used for sport instruction. In the Hanns-Seidel-Gymnasium and Realschule (An der Maas) building complex, the great district library is to be found. There is also an outdoor swimming pool in the constituent community of Rottenberg.

Famous people[edit]

Honorary citizens[edit]

  • Adam Link (b. 1850; d. 1917), clergyman, conferred 17 June 1900
  • Franz Haslauer (b. 1838; d. 1907), apothecary, conferred 22 July 1906
  • Jakob Seus (d. 1920), headteacher, conferred 2 January 1917
  • Burkhard Weissenberger (b. 1885; d. 1962), spiritual adviser, conferred 16 June 1961
  • Dr. Albert Frank (b. 1914; d. 1996), deputy mayor, conferred 6 April 1989
  • Ernst Pfahler (b. 1924; d. 1999), mayor, conferred May 1994
  • Siegmund Simon (b. 30. December 1935 in Langendorf), curate, conferred 23 September 2007
  • Karl Seitz (b. 1911; d. 1967) honorary citizen of former community of Wenighösbach, clergyman, conferred 12 January 1958
  • Viktor Mayer (b. 1908; d. 2006) honorary citizen of former community of Winzenhohl, mayor, conferred 29 April 1978
  • Georg Göring (b. 1928; d. 2005) honorary citizen of former community of Winzenhohl, clergyman, conferred 29 April 1978

Others linked to the community[edit]


External links[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.