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Hesse hr (1).png
Country  Germany
State Hesse
Adm. region Kassel
Capital Homberg (Efze)
 • Total 1,538.46 km2 (594.00 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 179,429
 • Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration HR

Schwalm-Eder is a Kreis (district) in the north of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Kassel, Werra-Meißner, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Vogelsbergkreis, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Waldeck-Frankenberg.


In 1821 districts were created in Hessen, including the districts Fritzlar, Homberg, Melsungen and Ziegenhain. In 1932 the districts Fritzlar and Homberg were merged; in 1974 the three districts Fritzlar-Homberg, Melsungen and Ziegenhain were merged into the Schwalm-Eder district.

The district has partnership with the Finnish city Kajaani, the British district Sedgemoor, the Polish district Pila and the Rayon Rostov (Yaroslavl Oblast) in Russia.


The two rivers Schwalm and Eder gave the district its name. After they merge near Felsberg the Eder enters the Fulda at the north of district. In the southeast of the district are the hills of the Knüll, with the highest elevation being 634 m. North of it are the hills of the Homberger Hochland. The center of the district is largely rural, and is surrounded by the mountains of the Knüll, the Stölzinger Gebirge and the Kellerwald with the 675 meter-high Wüstegarten mountain.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms shows the lion of Hesse in the top. Below are wavy lines which symbolize the three main rivers in the district, Schwalm, Eder and Fulda.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Map of towns and municipalities in Schwalm-Eder-Kreis
Towns Municipalities
  1. Borken
  2. Felsberg
  3. Fritzlar
  4. Gudensberg
  5. Homberg
  6. Melsungen
  7. Neukirchen
  8. Niedenstein
  9. Schwalmstadt
  10. Schwarzenborn
  11. Spangenberg
  1. Bad Zwesten
  2. Edermünde
  3. Frielendorf
  4. Gilserberg
  5. Guxhagen
  6. Jesberg
  7. Knüllwald
  8. Körle
  9. Malsfeld
  1. Morschen
  2. Neuental
  3. Oberaula
  4. Ottrau
  5. Schrecksbach
  6. Wabern
  7. Willingshausen


External links[edit]

Media related to Schwalm-Eder-Kreis at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°02′N 9°22′E / 51.033°N 9.367°E / 51.033; 9.367