Dieburg

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Dieburg
Coat of arms of Dieburg
Coat of arms
Dieburg   is located in Germany
Dieburg
Dieburg
Coordinates: 49°54′0″N 08°51′0″E / 49.90000°N 8.85000°E / 49.90000; 8.85000Coordinates: 49°54′0″N 08°51′0″E / 49.90000°N 8.85000°E / 49.90000; 8.85000
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Darmstadt-Dieburg
Government
 • Mayor Werner Thomas (CDU)
Area
 • Total 23.11 km2 (8.92 sq mi)
Elevation 144 m (472 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,500
 • Density 670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64801–64807
Dialling codes 06071
Vehicle registration DA, DI
Website www.dieburg.com

Dieburg is a small town in southern Hessen, Germany. It was formerly the seat of the district ("Kreis") of Dieburg, but is now part of the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg.

History[edit]

The town of Dieburg was first named in 1492 in the tax books of the archbishopric of Hessen-Nassau. The city's name is derived from the Middle High German words diot, meaning "people," and burg, meaning "castle." Dieburg therefore refers to the castle of the people, located in the city center. The Dieburg Museum, located in the Fechenbach stately home, displays archeological findings. Of special interest is a relief of Mithras and a dyer's workshop. The coat of arms of the town Dieburg shows Martin of Tours. A cultural highlight is the yearly carnival, including a carnival parade that is completely based on honorary posts.

Geography[edit]

Dieburg lies in the Odenwald region of Germany. The Gersprenz (47 km), tributary to the Main, flows through Dieburg.[2]

Mayors[edit]

  • 1976–1982: Stephan Schmitt (CDU)
  • 1983–1987: Helmut Aelken (CDU)
  • 1987–2005: Peter Christ (CDU)
  • since 2005: Werner Thomas (since 2015 CDU), Thomas was reelected in March 2011 with 70,7 % of the votes.[3]

Twin Cities[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Klaus Schrodt (born 1946), aerobatics pilot, various titles as German, European and World Champion
  • Bertram Schmitt (born 1958), jurist, Judge of the Federal Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court
  • Jörg Roßkopf (born 1969), table tennis player, grew up in Münster (near Dieburg)
  • Marvin Schwäbe (born 1995), football goalkeeper

Seal of Dieburg[edit]

The oldest seal of Dieburg. Two of these seals still exist today. They were made in the years 1421 and 1538.

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