Griesheim, Hesse

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Griesheim is located in Germany
Griesheim is located in Hesse
Coordinates: 49°51′50″N 8°33′50″E / 49.86389°N 8.56389°E / 49.86389; 8.56389Coordinates: 49°51′50″N 8°33′50″E / 49.86389°N 8.56389°E / 49.86389; 8.56389
Admin. regionDarmstadt
 • Mayor (2016–22) Geza Krebs-Wetzl[1] (CDU)
 • Total21.4083 km2 (8.2658 sq mi)
96 m (315 ft)
 • Total27,703
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06155
Vehicle registrationDA

Griesheim (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁiːsˌhaɪ̯m] (listen)) is a town in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district in Hesse, Germany. It is situated directly west of Darmstadt.


The area of Griesheim has been inhabited since around 4500 BCE but the town only appears in documentation for the first time in 1165. An important source of income Griesheim was the wine in earlier times.

The Thirty Year War hit Griesheim hard. The surviving inhabitants fled behind the walls of the Darmstadt, where many of them died of the plague. By the end of the war in 1648 only about 370 were left, who set out to rebuild the community.

The late 18th, early 19th Century a major industry was the production and trade of fir tree seeds. The city also became a center of woodwork-craft.

The Protestant Reformation was introduced to the town in 1529. In 1874 in the southwest part of Griesheim an artillery range opened. In 1908 August Euler opened one of the first airfields in Germany. Griesheim was occupied by France from 1918 to 1930. During World War II, 65% of its buildings were destroyed, and after the war it housed some 4000 refugees. After successful reconstruction, Griesheim on 12 September 1965 was granted township rights by the Hessian state government. Farming is still an important part of the city. Griesheim has a city museum to remember its pasts and its St. Stephen in connection. The Griesheim museum has archaeological finds.[3]

Since 1977 a festival is held, "Griesheim Week" in onion market in Griesheim . Festival takes place in Griesheim city center between Wagenhalle and Hans-Karl-place on the last or next to last weekend of September.

The area of Griesheim has belonged to the following in the past:

  • 1806 to 1820: Office Pfungstadt, which belonged to the province Starkenburgring the Grand Duchy of Hesse.
  • 1821-1832: District Dörnberg in the province Starkenburgring.
  • 1832-1848: Gross-Gerau district, with the beginning of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.
  • 1848 to 1852: Region of Darmstadt, while the division of the province Stark castle in administrative districts.
  • 1852-1938: Darmstadt circle with the reintroduction of the province Starkenburgring.
  • 1938-1977: County Darmstadt. As part of local government reform in 1938, the three Hessian provinces Starkenburgring, Rheinhessen and Oberhessen.
  • 1977: Darmstadt-Dieburg, in the district of Darmstadt from municipal reform in Hesse.


Tram Lines 9 and 4 run between Griesheim and Darmstadt. The central nodal point of the Darmstadt tramway network is the Luisenplatz in the city center of Darmstadt. Bus lines 45 and 46 go from Griesheim to Riedstadt, Groß-Gerau and Trebur.


The main road passing west-east is the Bundesstraße 26, or B26. Griesheim is situated just west of the Bundesautobahn 5 and Bundesautobahn 67 west of the Autobahn-interchange Darmstädter Kreuz (Darmstadt Cross).

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Griesheim is twinned with:[4]

Since 1990, Griesheim also has a town friendship with Wilkau-Haßlau in Germany.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Direkt gewählte (Ober-) Bürgermeister/-innen der hessischen Städte und Gemeinden, accessed 5 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung in Hessen am 31.12.2020 nach Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ Griesheim city museum
  4. ^ a b "Städtepartner- und freundschaften". (in German). Griesheim. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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