Wixhausen

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Wixhausen
Stadtteil of Darmstadt
Coat of arms of Wixhausen
Coat of arms
Wixhausen is located in Germany
Wixhausen
Wixhausen
Coordinates: 49°55′52″N 8°38′59″E / 49.93111°N 8.64972°E / 49.93111; 8.64972Coordinates: 49°55′52″N 8°38′59″E / 49.93111°N 8.64972°E / 49.93111; 8.64972
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Urban district
City Darmstadt
Area
 • Total 6.29 km2 (2.43 sq mi)
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
Population (2011-03-31)
 • Total 5,747
 • Density 910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64291
Dialling codes 06150
Wixhausen Baroque Protestant church

Wixhausen is northern-most borough of the City of Darmstadt in southern Hesse, Germany. Covering an area of 23.247 km², in 2006 it had 5,772 inhabitants and 1,310 houses.[1] Its main claim to fame is the GSI heavy-ion research laboratory located there.

The district of Darmstadt-Arheilgen is just South of Wixhausen. The city of Erzhausen is just to the North of Wixhausen.

History[edit]

By the Bronze Age Wixhausen was populated. The first signs of colonization of the Wixhausen district has been found to be approximately 1400 BC. In 780 AD Wixhausen district was incorporated into the Frankish kingdom. In 1172 is the first mention of Wixhausen by name, as a "Wickenhusen" which means "houses on the pond. The most historic site in Wixhausen, built in 1774-1776 is the Baroque Protestant church.

As part of local government reform in Hesse the community Wixhausen incorporated into Darmstadt in 1977.

Coat of arms[edit]

In gold with a lion, with the right paw clutching a silver and red flag. Registered in the Hessian State Archives in 1962.

Boroughs of Darmstadt[edit]

Darmstadt has 9 official 'Stadtteile' (boroughs). These are, alphabetically:[2]

Wixhausen Rail station

Transportation[edit]

Wixhausen has a small rail station on the Main-Neckar Railway, from which an S3 S-Bahn line, S-Bahn train has connections to the Darmstadt Station on regional services trains stops. Wixhausen and Arheilgen are both on the S3 line. The Darmstadt Station (Hauptbahnhof) has connections to Trams in Darmstadt. Buses: Bus WX and 662 also serve Wixhausen. The main road through the town is the B3. The Bundesautobahn 5 freeway is to the West of town.

Map of Darmstadt, with Wixhausen at the top
Bridge over little creek near Wixhausen

References[edit]

  1. ^ Darmstadt-Wixhausen (PDF) (from the Darmstadt city website)
  2. ^ Statistischer Ueberblick ('Statistical overview', from the official city website, in German)