Wald-Michelbach

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Wald-Michelbach
Coat of arms of Wald-Michelbach
Coat of arms
Wald-Michelbach   is located in Germany
Wald-Michelbach
Wald-Michelbach
Coordinates: 49°34′0″N 8°50′0″E / 49.56667°N 8.83333°E / 49.56667; 8.83333Coordinates: 49°34′0″N 8°50′0″E / 49.56667°N 8.83333°E / 49.56667; 8.83333
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Bergstraße
Government
 • Mayor Joachim Kunkel
Area
 • Total 74.36 km2 (28.71 sq mi)
Elevation 343 m (1,125 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,425
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 69479–69483
Dialling codes 06207
Vehicle registration HP
Website www.wald-michelbach.de

Wald-Michelbach is a community in the Bergstraße district in Hesse, Germany.

Through Wald-Michelbach runs the now disused Überwaldbahn (railway).

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The community lies in the Odenwald, 12 km east of Weinheim.

Geology[edit]

Odenwald#Geology

Hardberg[edit]

In the area of Wald-Michelbach’s outlying centre of Siedelsbrunn is found the Hardberg, at 593 m above sea level the Odenwald’s third highest mountain. On the Hardberg’s peak is a 135 m-tall Hessischer Rundfunk radio and television transmission mast. From each side of the Hardberg there is a unique view over the Odenwald and the Rhine valley.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Wald-Michelbach borders in the north on the community of Grasellenbach, in the east on the community of Mossautal, the town of Beerfelden and the community of Rothenberg (all three in the Odenwaldkreis), in the south on the town of Eberbach (outlying centre of Brombach) and the communities of Heddesbach and Heiligkreuzsteinach (all three in the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in Baden-Württemberg) and in the west on the communities of Abtsteinach, Mörlenbach and Rimbach.

Constituent communities[edit]

Wald-Michelbach’s Ortsteile are Siedelsbrunn, Gadern, Affolterbach, Kreidach, Aschbach, Ober-Schönmattenwag, Unter-Schönmattenwag, Hartenrod, Kocherbach, Ober-Mengelbach, Stallenkandel and Wald-Michelbach

Development of municipal area[edit]

Amalgamations[edit]

On 1 December 1970, Hartenrod was amalgamated with Wald-Michelbach. Gadern and Kreidach followed on 1 January 1971 and Aschbach on 1 October of the same year. On 1 January 1972, Siedelsbrunn, Ober-Schönmattenwag and Unter-Schönmattenwag became parts of Wald-Michelbach, with Affolterbach and Kocherbach joining them on 1 August 1972.

Politics[edit]

Community council[edit]

Town Hall in the heart of the community

The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:

Parties and voter communities %
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 38.9 14 37.3 14
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 34.1 13 37.3 14
GREENS Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 6.0 2 4.0 2
FDP Free Democratic Party 2.1 1 1.1 0
FW Freie Wählervereinigung 9.1 3 9.9 4
AKB Affolterbach-Kocherbacher-Bürgervereinigung 9.9 4 9.3 3
Die Tierschutzpartei The Animal Welfare Party 1.1 0
Total 100.0 37 100.0 37
Voter turnout in % 46.3 53.0

Mayor[edit]

Since 2000, the community’s mayor has been Joachim Kunkel.

Town partnerships[edit]

Signpost in Wald-Michelbach pointing the way to Montmirail

Economy[edit]

The community’s and surrounding area’s biggest employer is the firm Coronet (household appliances).

Education[edit]

Wald-Michelbach has at its disposal two primary schools, one special school, one Hauptschule-Realschule and one Gymnasium. Since 2007 there has also been an open private school based on Maria Montessori’s methodology.

Main community[edit]

  • Adam-Karrillon-Schule (primary school)
  • Mary-Anne-Kübel-Schule (school for pupils with learning difficulties)
  • Eugen-Bachmann-Schule (Haupt- und Realschule)
  • Überwald-Gymnasium
  • Drachenschule Odenwald - open school (1st to 6th class)

Outlying centres[edit]

  • Grundschule Unter-Schönmattenwag (primary school)

Leisure and sport facilities[edit]

Wald-Michelbach has an outdoor swimming pool that was renovated in 2003. Furthermore, the community has at its disposal an artificial-turf football pitch, which in 2000 replaced the former cinder pitch. It is used by SG Wald-Michelbach and SV Eintracht Wald-Michelbach. There is also a sport hall used by both men and women team handball players from SG Wald-Michelbach and TV 02 Siedelsbrunn as well as the ÜSC Wald-Michelbach women volleyball players.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Bücherbrunnen
Einhaus (back)
Evangelical church
Catholic church

Libraries[edit]

Library at the Überwald-Gymnasium[edit]

In autumn 2007, the Überwald-Gymnasium opened its new library MIZ (Medien- und Infozentrum – “Media and Infocentre”). This may be used not only by students, but as of April 2008 also by all citizens of the surrounding municipalities.

Museums[edit]

Heimatmuseum[edit]

The Heimatmuseum (local history museum) has been housed since 1988 at the old town hall (Altes Rathaus) right in the heart of the community. The building was built in 1594. On display here are not only items from Wald-Michelbach’s historical development but sometimes also special exhibits.

Stoewermuseum[edit]

The Stoewermuseum was opened in 2002 and is housed in the building that formerly housed the old savings bank, near the heart of the community. On show here is a collection of products from the Stoewer works in Stettin (now Szczecin, Poland). The museum’s centrepiece is the array of cars on display on the ground floor. Most have been restored and are in operating condition. Furthermore, more of the Stoewer company’s products, such as sewing machines, typewriters and bicycles, can also be seen. The museum is run privately by a collector who was born in Stettin. In 2005, in honour of the owner and his dedication, a street in the main community was christened Stoewerstraße.

Buildings[edit]

The Überwälder Einhaus was completed in 2005 by the Überwälder Museums- und Kulturverein (“Überwald Museum and Culture Club”) and unpaid help. The name Einhaus (“Onehouse”) refers to how such buildings were formerly used: a single building contained a dwelling, a storage cellar, a stable and a barn. Today, though, this one houses a civil wedding venue and a sizeable multipurpose room used by the community’s clubs for social occasions. In 2006, the Bücherbrunnen (“Book Fountain”) was also built before the Einhaus. On that spot, until the 19th century, when it was torn down, once stood a town tower in which, in Adam Karrillon’s novel Michael Hely was the hero’s home. The books displayed at the fountain are meant to remind one of the spot’s literary importance.

Regular events[edit]

  • Heimatfest (“Homeland Festival”, first weekend in July)
  • Fumaba
  • Gassenmarkt (“Lane Market”)
  • Kerwe (church consecration festival, next to last Sunday in August)
  • Weihnachtsmarkt (“Christmas Market”)
  • Kommunales Kino (“Municipal Cinema”, second Saturday each month)

Healthcare[edit]

On the Hardberg’s slope in outlying centre of Siedelsbrunn lies the Buddhist monastery "Buddhas Weg" ("Way of Buddha"). It offers a variety of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese therapies as well as spiritual seminars.

The "Systelios" clinic for people suffering from the Burnout syndrome is also located in Siedelsbrunn.

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Adam Karrillon (1853–1938), writer and physician (honorary citizen 1921)
  • Lothar Mark (1945–    ), SPD politician
  • Heinrich Schlerf (1890–1970), founder of the Coronet works
  • Dr. Rudolf Wünzer (1862–1929), honorary citizen: 16 September 1913
  • Karl Kübel (1909–2006), founder of the Karl Kübel-Stiftung.
  • Eugen Bachmann (1913–1975), Member of the Landtag (CDU) and former mayor of Wald-Michelbach (1948–1975)

Others[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter W. Sattler: Festschrift zur 750-Jahrfeier der Gemeinde Wald-Michelbach am 28. Mai 1988. Gemeindevorstand Wald-Michelbach, Wald-Michelbach 1988.

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.