Meckesheim

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Meckesheim
Protestant Church
Protestant Church
Coat of arms of Meckesheim
Coat of arms
Meckesheim   is located in Germany
Meckesheim
Meckesheim
Coordinates: 49°19′17″N 08°48′55″E / 49.32139°N 8.81528°E / 49.32139; 8.81528Coordinates: 49°19′17″N 08°48′55″E / 49.32139°N 8.81528°E / 49.32139; 8.81528
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Rhein-Neckar-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor Hans-Jürgen Moos
Area
 • Total 16.33 km2 (6.31 sq mi)
Elevation 154 m (505 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,044
 • Density 310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 74909
Dialling codes 06226
Vehicle registration HD
Website www.meckesheim.de

Meckesheim is a village in south western Germany. It is located between Heidelberg and Sinsheim in the Rhein-Neckar district in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

History[edit]

In 772 and 822 Meckesheim was mentioned for the first times as Heim des Mechino (home of Mechino) or Mechinos Heim (Mechino's home) in the Codex of Lorsch. The Martin's Chappel which ruins are east of the village is one of the oldest churches in the region. Since 1330 Meckesheim and the villages around was a part of the Electorate of the Palatinate. After the end of this territory in 1803 the village became a part of Baden.

Traffic (rail)[edit]

Meckesheim station is connected via the Badenian Odenwald line from Heidelberg (1862, northwestern of Meckesheim) to Mosbach (Baden) (eastwards, 1862) and Würzburg (completed 1866). In 1868, a branch to Bad Rappenau (southeast of Meckesheim, important for salt production in Baden) was added and in 1869 completed to Bad Friedrichshall, in this way there were now a direct connection to Stuttgart via Heilbronn, too. In 1902, a normal gauge minor railway westwards to Wiesloch-Walldorf on the Rhine Valley Railway was opened, but the Meckesheim–Schatthausen section closed in 1922. During World War II a bridge on the line eastbound was destroyed by retreating German troops, and in 1971 the line was shortened to Aglasterhausen.

Since 2009 and 2010, these two lines (Elsenz Valley Railway and Schwarzbach Valley Railway) have been incorporated into the Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn. Due to the branch of the Schwarzbach Valley Railway and significance use by passengers in the village, Meckesheim has also been a stop (since 1997) for the Regional-Express service between Mannheim, Heidelberg, and Heilbronn. In this way it is possible to reach Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof (distance 23 km = 13.75 miles) within 17 minutes.

As DB Netz (the organization owning the railway tracks) refused during planning of the S-Bahn to incorporate capacities for goods trains and (even, already existing) sidings; goods traffic ceased in the late 2000s.

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