Volkmarsen

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Volkmarsen
Coat of arms of Volkmarsen
Coat of arms
Volkmarsen   is located in Germany
Volkmarsen
Volkmarsen
Coordinates: 51°23′N 9°7′E / 51.383°N 9.117°E / 51.383; 9.117Coordinates: 51°23′N 9°7′E / 51.383°N 9.117°E / 51.383; 9.117
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Kassel
District Waldeck-Frankenberg
Subdivisions 5 Ortsteile
Government
 • Mayor Hartmut Linnekugel (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 67.47 km2 (26.05 sq mi)
Elevation 259 m (850 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 6,755
 • Density 100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 34471
Dialling codes 05693
Vehicle registration KB
Website www.volkmarsen.de

Volkmarsen is a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in northern Hesse, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Volkmarsen lies on the northern edge of the Waldecker Tafel (Waldecker Shield (geology)) where it flattens out into the Diemel Valley, some 28 km northwest of Kassel and 7 km northeast of Bad Arolsen.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Volkmarsen borders in the north on the town of Warburg (Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia), in the east on the community of Breuna and the town of Wolfhagen (both in Kassel district), in the south and west on the town of Bad Arolsen and in the northwest on the town of Diemelstadt (both in Waldeck-Frankenberg).

Constituent communities[edit]

Besides the main town, which bears the same name as the whole, the town of Volkmarsen consists of the centres of Ehringen, Herbsen, Hörle, Külte and Lütersheim.

History[edit]

Volkmarsen's first documentary mention came in 1155. In a safe-conduct from Pope Gregory IX in 1233, Volkmarsen was first described as a town.

Politics[edit]

Town council[edit]

The town council's 31 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held in 2006:

CDU 13 seats
SPD 9 seats
FWG 5 seats
Greens 2 seats
FDP 2 seats

Note: FWG is a citizens' coalition.

Coat of arms[edit]

Volkmarsen's oldest seal dates from 1272. Like the current coat of arms, it shows two men, but sitting on a bench, the Count of Everstein and the Abbot of Corvey, the town's two overlords at the time. Another seal from the mid 14th century shows the now familiar church with two windows with religious figures in each one, believed to have been the Archbishop of Cologne and once again the Abbot of Corvey, reflecting the new ruling arrangement over the town. The two figures in the arms nowadays, however, are Saint Peter (holding the key) and Saint Paul (holding the sword). This became the arms in the 19th century.[1]

Town partnerships[edit]

Volkmarsen maintains partnership links with the following:

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Buildings[edit]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Transport[edit]

Volkmarsen lies on Autobahn A44 DortmundKassel and on the Korbach – Kassel railway line.

Established businesses[edit]

  • Henkelmann - genuine Waldeck sausage specialities
  • Phönix Armaturen-Werke Bregel GmbH
  • Semtek - lighting, show technology, set-up rental
  • Wellmass - Mobile Wellness, Ayurveda and Massage.
  • Volkmarsen fire brigade

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]