Dieburg is a small town in southern Hessen, Germany. It was formerly the seat of the district ("Kreis") of Dieburg, but is now part of the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg.

Dieburg
Market square
Market square
Coat of arms of Dieburg
Coat of arms
Location of Dieburg within Darmstadt-Dieburg district
Dieburg in DA.svg
Dieburg is located in Germany
Dieburg
Dieburg
Dieburg is located in Hesse
Dieburg
Dieburg
Coordinates: 49°54′0″N 08°51′0″E / 49.90000°N 8.85000°E / 49.90000; 8.85000Coordinates: 49°54′0″N 08°51′0″E / 49.90000°N 8.85000°E / 49.90000; 8.85000
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictDarmstadt-Dieburg
Government
 • MayorFrank Haus (Ind.)
Area
 • Total23.11 km2 (8.92 sq mi)
Elevation
144 m (472 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total15,679
 • Density680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
64801–64807
Dialling codes06071
Vehicle registrationDA, DI
Websitewww.dieburg.com

HistoryEdit

The town of Dieburg was first named in 1492 in the tax books of the archbishopric of Hessen-Nassau. The city's name is derived from the Middle High German words diot, meaning "people," and burg, meaning "castle." Dieburg therefore refers to the castle of the people, located in the center of the medieval town. The town's centre largely consists of historical timber-framed houses from medieval times. The Dieburg Museum, located in the Fechenbach stately home, displays archeological findings. Of special interest is a Roman temple relief of Mithras and a dyer's workshop. The coat of arms of the town Dieburg shows Martin of Tours. A cultural highlight is the yearly carnival, including a carnival parade that is completely based on honorary posts.

GeographyEdit

Dieburg lies north of the Odenwald region of Germany. The Gersprenz (47 km), tributary to the Main, flows through Dieburg.[2] The city of Darmstadt is located 15 kilometres to the West, the city of Frankfurt on the Main is located around 40 kilometres to the North of Dieburg.

MayorsEdit

  • 1976–1982: Stephan Schmitt (CDU)
  • 1983–1987: Helmut Aelken (CDU)
  • 1987–2005: Peter Christ (CDU)
  • 2005-2017: Werner Thomas, PhD (independent, CDU from 2015), Thomas was reelected in March 2011 with 70,7 % of the votes.[3]
  • since 2017: Frank Haus (independent)

Twin CitiesEdit

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

  • Klaus Schrodt (born 1946), aerobatics pilot, various titles as German, European and World Champion
  • Bertram Schmitt (born 1958), professor of law, Judge of the Federal Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court
  • Jörg Roßkopf (born 1969), table tennis player, grew up in Münster (near Dieburg)
  • Marvin Schwäbe (born 1995), football goalkeeper

Seal of DieburgEdit

 
The oldest seal of Dieburg. Two of these seals still exist today. They were made in the years 1421 and 1538.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Odenwald#Flowing water
  3. ^ "Wahlen 2011 in Hessen" (in German). Retrieved 2011-03-29.[permanent dead link]