Werra-Meißner-Kreis

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Werra-Meißner
Hesse esw (1).png
Country Germany
StateHesse
Adm. regionKassel
CapitalEschwege
Area
 • Total1,024.55 km2 (395.58 sq mi)
Population
(31 December 2017)[1]
 • Total101,101
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationESW
Websitehttp://www.werra-meissner.de

Werra-Meißner is a Kreis (district) in the north of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Göttingen, Eichsfeld, Unstrut-Hainich, Wartburgkreis, district-free Eisenach, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Schwalm-Eder, Kassel.

History[edit]

The district was created in 1974 by merging the two districts of Eschwege and Witzenhausen, which had both existed with only slight modifications since 1821.

Geography[edit]

The main river in the district is the Werra. The Hoher Meissner at 754 metres (2,474 ft) is the highest elevation of the Meißner mountains, a big basalt massif, the other geographical feature which gave the district its name. The Hoher Meissner was also home to US military forces up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Soldiers of the Special Forces guarded the eavesdropping post on the hilltop.

See also: Wanfried agreement.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms
The coat of arms show a branch of an ash tree in the dexter side, as sign for the former Eschwege district as well as the Eschwege city - the German word for ash tree is Esche. The castle in the main field is the castle Ludwigstein, taken from the coat of arms of the Witzenhausen district. The hills below symbolize the landscape, the Meißner, and the wavy line the Werra river.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns and municipalities in Werra-Meißner-Kreis
Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Sooden-Allendorf
  2. Eschwege
  3. Großalmerode
  4. Hessisch Lichtenau
  5. Sontra
  6. Waldkappel
  7. Wanfried
  8. Witzenhausen
  1. Berkatal
  2. Herleshausen
  3. Meinhard
  4. Meißner
  5. Neu-Eichenberg
  6. Ringgau
  7. Wehretal
  8. Weißenborn

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Media related to Werra-Meißner-Kreis at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°12′N 9°56′E / 51.200°N 9.933°E / 51.200; 9.933