Niedenstein

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Niedenstein
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Coat of arms of Niedenstein
Coat of arms
Niedenstein   is located in Germany
Niedenstein
Niedenstein
Coordinates: 51°14′N 09°19′E / 51.233°N 9.317°E / 51.233; 9.317Coordinates: 51°14′N 09°19′E / 51.233°N 9.317°E / 51.233; 9.317
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Kassel
District Schwalm-Eder-Kreis
Subdivisions 5 Ortsteile
Government
 • Mayor Werner Lange (SPD)
Area
 • Total 30.61 km2 (11.82 sq mi)
Elevation 337 m (1,106 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,225
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 34305
Dialling codes 05624 / 05603
Vehicle registration HR
Website www.niedenstein.de

Niedenstein is a small town and an officially recognized climatic spa in the Schwalm-Eder district in northern Hesse, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Niedenstein's main settlement lies to the southeast of the Habichtswald Nature Park, right on the western slope of the Langenberge, a low mountain range reaching 557 m. The nearest city is Kassel, about 15 km to the northeast.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

In the north, Niedenstein abuts Schauenburg, in the east beyond the Langenberge it adjoins Baunatal and Edermünde, and in the southeast its constituent community of Metze on Gudensberg. In the south, the constituent community of Kirchberg, through which flows the river Ems, borders on Fritzlar, whose main town lies about 11 km away from Niedenstein. In the west, Niedenstein borders on Bad Emstal.

Constituent communities[edit]

The town has five centres. Besides the main town, also called Niedenstein, there are Ermetheis, Metze (about 1000 inhabitants), Kirchberg (about 900 inhabitants) and Wichdorf.

History[edit]

Niedenstein Castle had its first documentary mention in 1254.

Politics[edit]

Town council[edit]

Niedenstein's town council is made up of 23 members.

  • SPD 11 seats
  • CDU 5 seats
  • FWG (citizens' coalition) 5 seats
  • Greens 2 seats

(as of municipal elections held on 26 March 2006)

Town partnership[edit]

Niedenstein maintains a partnership with one place:

It lies about 80 km northwest of Paris in Picardy.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Museums[edit]

Niedenstein is home to the Heimatmuseum Kirchberg ("Kirchberg Homeland Museum")

Buildings[edit]

  • Evangelical Village Church
  • Altenburg; a settlement built up on a basalt crag, once a pre-Germanic castle village that was forsaken even before the Christian Era, making its earlier identification with the Chatti's capital Mattium unfounded. There are many archaeological finds on show from the Altenburg at the Hessian State Museum in Kassel.

Natural monuments[edit]

  • Niedensteiner Kopf (475 m above sea level)
  • Tanz- und Gerichtslinde ("Dance and Court Linden", on the way out of town to the west)

Personalities[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

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