|• Mayor (2017–23)||Finn Thomsen|
|• Total||37.62 km2 (14.53 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||643 m (2,110 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||421 m (1,381 ft)|
|• Density||170/km2 (440/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
The small town, which has had town rights since 1775, lies 21 km east of Kassel in the Meißner-Kaufunger Wald Nature Park on the river Gelster. Here the constituent community of Laudenbach can also be found, in the Kaufunger Wald (range) between the Steinberg or Bilstein in the northwest and the Hirschberg in the southwest. Not far to the southeast stands the highest mountain in northeast Hesse, the Hoher Meißner.
Großalmerode’s Ortsteile are Weißenbach, Trubenhausen, Uengsterode, Rommerode, Laudenbach and Epterode. Also within town limits are Bransrode, Gut Giesenhagen and Faulbach, although these are not outlying centres, but rather officially parts of the main town.
In 1386, today’s Großalmerode had its first documentary mention as Almerode. Town rights, though, only came in 1775.
At a gathering of the Christian Gemeinschaftsbewegung (“Fellowship Movement”) in 1907 there were ecstatic phenomena, the condemnation of which led to a rift between the Gemeinschaftsbewegung and the Pentecostal movement in 1909, through the so-called Berlin Declaration.
This section needs to be updated.(July 2021)
The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:
|Parties and voter communities||%
|CDU||Christian Democratic Union of Germany||25.5||8||28.7||9|
|SPD||Social Democratic Party of Germany||60.2||19||62.6||19|
|Voter turnout in %||48.9||53.5|
From 2000 to 2017, Andreas Nickel (SPD) has been the town’s mayor. In 2017 Finn Thomsen was elected mayor.
Coat of arms
The town’s arms might be described thus: Argent a mound vert, thereon three crucibles gules, one on top of the others, between two piles of Üller azure.
Culture and sightseeing
- Glass and Ceramics Museum
- Bilsteinturm (tower) on the Bilstein
- The Evangelical parish church represents an architectural mixture of Baroque Revival, Gothic Revival and later style elements. The nave was added in 1913 and 1914 to a Late Gothic quire.
With regard to sport, Großalmerode is well known for the 58 km-long mountain bike trail running across the Kaufunger Wald. Each year, with a few variations on the course, the so-called Bilstein Bike Marathon is held here, which draws mountain bikers from all over Germany and the Benelux countries to town. On the Schwarzenberg lies the TC Großalmerode tennis complex, with four courts.
Furthermore, the active members of the Turngemeinde 1863 Großalmerode e.V. (gymnastics club) and the FC Großalmerode 1920 Bezirksoberliga footballers have made names for themselves in past years. Between the main town and the outlying centre of Epterode lies the Männerspielplatz (“men’s playground”), where unusual sporting activities are on offer, such as digger driving, jeep driving and quad driving.
Economy and infrastructure
Through the main town runs Bundesstraße 451, which leads to Bundesstraße 7 near Helsa and Bundesstraße 27 near Witzenhausen.
The railway line from Walburg to the Großalmerode Ost end-of-line station was opened on 15 December 1915. Passenger service was ended on 2 June 1973. After conversion, the trains ran farther along the Gelstertalbahn to Witzenhausen Süd and Eichenberg.
There was one other railway line that branched off at Velmeden from this line; it led to the Großalmerode West end-of-line station.
- Wilhelm Grimm, one of the Brothers Grimm, was confirmed on 13 April 1800 in Großalmerode.
- Heinrich Pforr was a painter. He was born on 26 October 1880 in Laudenbach. A street in Laudenbach has been named after him, on which his house still stands today.
- The poet Wilhelm Speck is an honorary citizen of the town and Wilhelm-Speck-Platz was named after him.
- Direkt gewählte (Ober-) Bürgermeister/-innen der hessischen Städte und Gemeinden, accessed 5 July 2021.
- "Bevölkerung in Hessen am 31.12.2020 nach Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). June 2021.
- Martinón-Torres, M., Rehren, T., and Freestone, I. “Mullite and the mystery of Hessian wares”, Nature 444, 437-438 (23 November 2006)
- MITTELALTER-HIGHTECH http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,450242,00.html SPIEGEL ONLINE - 23. November 2006, 14:32