Wehretal

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Wehretal
Coat of arms of Wehretal
Coat of arms
Location of Wehretal
Wehretal is located in Germany
Wehretal
Wehretal
Wehretal is located in Hesse
Wehretal
Wehretal
Coordinates: 51°09′N 10°00′E / 51.150°N 10.000°E / 51.150; 10.000Coordinates: 51°09′N 10°00′E / 51.150°N 10.000°E / 51.150; 10.000
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionKassel
DistrictWerra-Meißner-Kreis
Government
 • MayorJochen Kistner
Area
 • Total39.20 km2 (15.14 sq mi)
Elevation
179 m (587 ft)
Population
(2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total5,004
 • Density130/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
37287
Dialling codes05658, 05651
Vehicle registrationESW
Websitewww.wehretal.de

Wehretal is a community in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis in northeastern Hesse, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Wehretal lies roughly 50 km southeast of the North Hesse city of Kassel. It is found between Eschwege in the north and Sontra in the south.

Towards the north, the community’s area falls in the river Wehre’s course – after which river the community is named – down to its mouth on the river Werra near Eschwege. In the east lies the Schlierbachswald and in the southeast lies the Ringgau (ranges). To the southwest, another range, the Stölzinger Gebirge, is to be found. To the west stands the Hoher Meißner.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Wehretal borders in the north on the town of Eschwege, in the east on the community of Weißenborn, in the south on the community of Ringgau and the town of Sontra, in the west on the town of Waldkappel and in the far northwest on the community of Meißner (all in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis).

Constituent communities[edit]

Wehretal’s five Ortsteile are Reichensachsen, Langenhain, Hoheneiche, Oetmannshausen and Vierbach.

History[edit]

In 1577, a deformed child who became widely known was born in Hoheneiche. The Renaissance artist Dietmar Merluan carved a wooden figurine of the child.

The community of Wehretal, containing 3 920 ha, came into being in 1971 and 1972 through the merger of the communities of Hoheneiche, Langenhain, Vierbach and Oetmannshausen into the administrative centre, the community of Reichensachsen. In the course of this municipal reform, the new, greater community adopted the name Wehretal. Unlike many other communities in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis, Wehretal’s population is actually rising.

Politics[edit]

Community council[edit]

The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:

Parties and voter communities %
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 20.2 6 17.3 5
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 49.4 16 45.2 14
FDP Free Democratic Party 6.8 2 6.2 2
FWG Freie Wählergemeinschaft Wehretal 23.5 7 31.2 10
Total 100.0 31 100.0 31
Voter turnout in % 57.2 61.2

Mayor[edit]

The last mayoral elections on 12 November 2006 yielded the following results:

  • Kistner, Jochen (SPD) 52.3%
  • Claus, Norbert (FWG) 25.6%
  • Siegel, Rüdiger (independent) 17.3%
  • Preiß, Alfred (FDP) 4.8%

Jochen Kistner (SPD) took office on 1 April 2007 as the new mayor for a term in office of six years. He is the fourth in an unbroken series of SPD mayors elected here since 1952.

Town partnerships[edit]

The four French communities have been part of an intensely cultivated partnership arrangement with Wehretal on various levels for more than ten years. They are all in the same department in Normandy. The partnership with Gánt began in 2007.

Festivals[edit]

For more than 50 years now, the Heimat- und Wichtelfest (roughly, “Homeland and Hobgoblin Festival”) has been held, usually on the third weekend in June. The high point of the five-day festivities, besides the dancing evening on Saturday evening in the festival tent at the sport ground, is the great festival parade on the Sunday. This has been made up for generations now by school classes and local clubs. Moreover, the festival parade is accompanied by several musical bands from Reichensachsen and surrounding places. All these bands keep playing after the parade in the festival tent before countless onlookers.

From Monday morning until late into the night, the traditional Frühschoppen is held in the tent. This word can mean “brunch” or “morning pint”, but in this case, it is a celebration in which the locals have breakfast and celebrate together.

Transport[edit]

This place in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis can be reached over Bundesstraßen 7 (Kassel-Eisenach), 27 (Göttingen-Bad Hersfeld) and 452 (Eschwege-Wehretal). Furthermore, there is a stop on the HanoverGöttingenBebraFrankfurt railway mainline.

Notable citizens[edit]

  • Rainer Cadenbach, musicologist and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts in Berlin, born in 1944 in Reichensachsen
  • Timo Hartmann, radio moderator (currently at Hit Radio FFH)
  • Imelda Landgrebe, first honorary citizen of the community of Wehretal, for many years chairwoman of community council, winner of the Bundesverdienstkreuz, first class, and the community’s Golden Pin of Honour
  • Bernd Schleicher, directly elected member of the Hesse Landtag from 1986 to 1999 and mayor’s deputy from 1981 to 1987
  • Markus Zimmer, was a German musician and singer of The Bates.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). September 2018.