Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis

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Rheingau-Taunus
District
Hesse rued.png
Country  Germany
State Hesse
Adm. region Darmstadt
Capital Bad Schwalbach
Area
 • Total 811.11 km2 (313.17 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 181,190
 • Density 220/km2 (580/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration RÜD
Website http://www.rheingau-taunus.de

Rheingau-Taunus is a Kreis (district) in the west of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Limburg-Weilburg, Hochtaunuskreis, Main-Taunus-Kreis, district-free Wiesbaden, Mainz-Bingen, Rhein-Lahn.

History[edit]

The district was created in 1977 by merging the Rheingau and Untertaunus districts.

Geography[edit]

The district covers the western part of the Taunus mountains. The river Rhine forms the district's border in the south.

Politics[edit]

District council[edit]

The district election held on 27 March 2011 yielded the following results:[2]

Parties and voter communities %
2011
Seats
2011
%
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union 35,8 22 39,8 24 39,1 28
SPD Social Democratic Party 30,8 19 33,6 20 37,2 26
GRÜNE Alliance '90/The Greens 18,9 12 10,3 6 10,0 7
FDP Free Democratic Party 5,0 3 6,1 4 6,5 5
DIE LINKE The Left 2,3 1 - - - -
FWG Freie Wähler Gemeinschaft Rheingau-Taunus (Independent Voters Community) 7,2 4 7,5 5 4,5 3
REP The Republicans - - 2,7 2 2,7 2
Total 100,0 61 100,0 61 100,0 71
Voter turnout in % 51,4 50,0 55,6

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms combine the coat of arms of the two former districts - in the bottom right the Mainz wheel taken from the Rheingau district, in the top left the lion of Nassau from the former Untertaunuskreis.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Schwalbach
  2. Eltville
  3. Geisenheim
  4. Idstein
  5. Lorch
  6. Oestrich-Winkel
  7. Rüdesheim
  8. Taunusstein
  1. Aarbergen
  2. Heidenrod
  3. Hohenstein
  4. Hünstetten
  5. Kiedrich
  6. Niedernhausen
  7. Schlangenbad
  8. Waldems
  9. Walluf

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°08′54″N 8°04′24″E / 50.148403°N 8.073267°E / 50.148403; 8.073267