Hofheim, Hesse

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Hofheim, Hesse
Hofheim Taunus Stadt 5857.jpg
Coat of arms of Hofheim, Hesse
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Hofheim, Hesse   is located in Germany
Hofheim, Hesse
Hofheim, Hesse
Coordinates: 50°05′0″N 08°27′0″E / 50.08333°N 8.45000°E / 50.08333; 8.45000Coordinates: 50°05′0″N 08°27′0″E / 50.08333°N 8.45000°E / 50.08333; 8.45000
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Main-Taunus-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Gisela Stang (SPD)
Area
 • Total 57.38 km2 (22.15 sq mi)
Elevation 136 m (446 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 39,476
 • Density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65719
Dialling codes 06192, 06122, 06198
Vehicle registration MTK
Website www.hofheim.de

Hofheim (officially known as Hofheim am Taunus ) is the administrative centre of Main-Taunus district, in the south of the German state of Hesse. Its population at the end of 2015 was 40,424. The town was first mentioned in 1262 as Hoveheim.

The town is located on the south side of the Taunus hills, 17 km west of Frankfurt and 17 km east of both Wiesbaden and Mainz; Frankfurt Airport is 12 km to the south.

Hofheim has numerous pubs, as well as secondary schools and several facilities for further education. The town also boasts one of the biggest swimming pools (the Rhine-Main Therme) in the Frankfurt metropolitan area; the pool is located on the northern outskirts of the town. Hofheim is located in one of the fastest growing regions in Germany in terms of population and also in regard to economical productivity. Unemployment is the second lowest in the state of Hesse and one of the lowest in Germany.

A highlight used to be the annual 'Waeldchestag' festival which was celebrated the week after Corpus Christi and was a local public holiday with schools being closed from 11 am onwards. The celebration involved traditional local customs. Due to several political and financial reasons the festival was abolished in 2014 and replaced with a smaller event, the "Altstadtfest" (old town fair), taking place in the core of the old town.

Frankfurt is easily accessible by public transport (overland trains and S-Bahn line S 2, stations in "Hofheim" and "Lorsbach" on the Main-Lahn Railway) and via the A66 motorway. The town's borough comprises the villages of Marxheim, Diedenbergen, Lorsbach, Langenhain (where the European Bahá'í House of Worship is located), Wallau and Wildsachsen. It is mainly surrounded by forest and open country. As well as being the administrative centre of the district, Hofheim is the economic hub of the Main-Taunus-Kreis.

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