|• Mayor||Peter Hillebrandt|
|• Total||96.48 km2 (37.25 sq mi)|
|Elevation||257 m (843 ft)|
|• Density||47/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Waldkappel lies between Hessisch Lichtenau in the west and Eschwege in the east, where the town is found in the North Hesse Upland between the Meißner-Kaufunger Wald Nature Park neighbouring it to the north and the Stölzinger Gebirge (range) in the south, in the Wehre valley.
Waldkappel borders in the north on the community of Meißner, in the east on the community of Wehretal, in the south on the town of Sontra (all three in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis), in the southwest on the community of Cornberg and the town of Rotenburg an der Fulda (both in Hersfeld-Rotenburg) and in the west on the towns of Spangenberg (in the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis) and Hessisch Lichtenau (in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis).
Waldkappel’s Stadtteile, besides the main town, also called Waldkappel, are Bischhausen, Burghofen, Eltmannsee, Friemen, Gehau, Harmuthsachsen, Hasselbach, Hetzerode, Kirchhosbach, Mäckelsdorf, Rechtebach, Rodebach, Schemmern and Stolzhausen.
In 1226, Waldkappel had its first documentary mention, and it was granted town rights in 1414.
The town experienced its economic heyday in the Late Middle Ages from lying on the old trade road durch die langen Hessen, which ran from the Wetterau to Thuringia and on to Leipzig. Bearing witness to the town’s earlier, wealthier times is a Late Gothic church standing in the middle of the community.
The Thirty Years' War put an abrupt end to Waldkappel’s prosperity; the town could never again reach its former importance.
In the course of municipal reform, the communities of Waldkappel, Bischhausen, Burghofen, Friemen, Gehau, Kirchhosbach, Mäckelsdorf, Rechtebach, Rodebach and Schemmern from the former Eschwege district merged. They were joined by Harmuthsachsen and Hasselbach from the former Witzenhausen district, as well as by Stolzhausen from the Melsungen district. In 1974, the greater community reached its full extent with the amalgamation of Eltmannsee and Hetzerode.
The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:
|Parties and voter communities||%
|CDU||Christian Democratic Union of Germany||32.2||7||24.9||8|
|SPD||Social Democratic Party of Germany||51.4||12||49.7||15|
|GREENS||Bündnis 90/Die Grünen||–||–||6.8||2|
|Voter turnout in %||58.1||63.4|
Economy and infrastructure
- Peter Griess (1829–1888), industrial chemist, born in Kirchhosbach
- Christian Schütz (1526–1592), Evangelical theologian
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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