Freiensteinau

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Freiensteinau
Coat of arms of Freiensteinau
Coat of arms
Freiensteinau   is located in Germany
Freiensteinau
Freiensteinau
Coordinates: 50°26′N 09°24′E / 50.433°N 9.400°E / 50.433; 9.400Coordinates: 50°26′N 09°24′E / 50.433°N 9.400°E / 50.433; 9.400
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Gießen
District Vogelsbergkreis
Government
 • Mayor Friedel Kopp
Area
 • Total 65.67 km2 (25.36 sq mi)
Elevation 444 m (1,457 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,131
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 36399
Dialling codes 06666
Vehicle registration VB
Website www.freiensteinau.de

Freiensteinau is a community in the Vogelsbergkreis in Hesse, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Freiensteinau lies on the southern slopes of the Vogelsberg Mountains.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Freiensteinau borders in the north on the community of Grebenhain, in the northeast on the community of Hosenfeld (Fulda district), in the east on the community of Neuhof (Fulda district), in the south on the town of Steinau an der Straße (Main-Kinzig-Kreis) and in the west on the community of Birstein (Main-Kinzig-Kreis).

Constituent communities[edit]

The community consists of the twelve centres of Freiensteinau (administrative seat), Holzmühl, Fleschenbach, Salz, Ober-Moos, Nieder-Moos, Gunzenau, Reichlos, Weidenau, Reinhards, Hessisch Radmühl and Preußisch Radmühl.

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal elections on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:

Parties and voter coalitions Share in % Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union 25.1 5
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 33.9 6
FW Freie Wähler 41.0 8
total 100 19

Elections in March 2016[2]

  • CDU = 2 seats
  • SPD = 3 seats
  • FW = 8 seats
  • UBL = 4 seats
  • Bündnis = 2 seats

Mayors[edit]

In July 2014 Sascha Spielberger was elected the new mayor, he started in office in December 2014.

Former mayors:

  • 1971–1991: Johannes Karl
  • 1991–2014: Friedel Kopp

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Partnerships[edit]

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Music[edit]

The organ at the Evangelical Church in Nieder-Moos was built in 1790-1791 by Johann-Markus Oestreich from Oberbimbach near Fulda. Every year, the Nieder-Mooser Sommerkonzerte (Nieder-Moos Summer Concerts) take place around the organ.

Freiensteinau Castle: gate

Sundry[edit]

A curious fact about the community's political history is that before Hesse's municipal reforms in the 1970s, the 12 constituent communities nowadays within Freiensteinau not only were not united, but even belonged to four different districts: Fulda, Gelnhausen, Lauterbach and Schlüchtern.

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