Diemelstadt is a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in Hesse, Germany.

Coat of arms of Diemelstadt
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Location of Diemelstadt within Waldeck-Frankenberg district
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Diemelstadt is located in Germany
Diemelstadt is located in Hesse
Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 08°58′48″E / 51.46000°N 8.98000°E / 51.46000; 8.98000Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 08°58′48″E / 51.46000°N 8.98000°E / 51.46000; 8.98000
Admin. regionKassel
Subdivisions9 Stadtteile
 • MayorElmar Schröder (Ind.)
 • Total82.58 km2 (31.88 sq mi)
304 m (997 ft)
 • Total5,203
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05694, 05641, 05642, 02992
Vehicle registrationKB



Diemelstadt lies in a small "bay" of Hesse that thrusts into, and is surrounded on three sides by, North Rhine-Westphalia. The River Diemel, the town's namesake, does not cross through the municipal area, forming only parts of the town limits, and at the same time parts of the boundary between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. One river that does cross through the municipal area, however, is the Orpe, a north-flowing tributary to the Diemel that empties into the larger river at the northern town limits. Diemelstadt lies 12 km north of Bad Arolsen, and 31 km southeast of Paderborn.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Diemelstadt borders in the north and east on the town of Warburg (Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia), in the southeast on the town of Volkmarsen, in the south on the town of Bad Arolsen (both in Waldeck-Frankenberg), and in the west on the town of Marsberg (Hochsauerlandkreis in North Rhine-Westphalia).

Constituent communitiesEdit

The town consists of the following centres:

  • Ammenhausen (89 inhabitants)
  • Dehausen (92 inhabitants)
  • Helmighausen (320 inhabitants)
  • Hesperinghausen (452 inhabitants)
  • Neudorf (193 inhabitants)
  • Orpethal (164 inhabitants)
  • Stadt Rhoden (administrative seat) (1901 inhabitants)
  • Wethen (423 inhabitants)
  • Wrexen (state-recognized resort community) (1540 inhabitants)

(population figures as of 2018)


The town of Diemelstadt came into being on 1 November 1970 through the voluntary merger of the town of Rhoden (Stadt Rhoden – The centre is still known as such, although it is no longer an independent town) and the smaller municipality of Wrexen. Later the same year, Ammenhausen, Dehausen, Helmighausen, Neudorf and Wethen also joined, with Hesperinghausen and Orpethal following the next year.


Town councilEdit

The town council's 25 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 March 2006:

SPD 10 seats
CDU 8 seats
FWG 5 seats
FDP 1 seat
BL-Bürgerliste für Diemelstadt 1 seat

Note: FWG and BL are citizens' coalitions.

Town partnershipsEdit

Diemelstadt maintains partnership links with the following:

Culture and sightseeingEdit


  • Gesangverein 1865 Wrexen (singing club)
  • Gesangverein "Concordia" (Rhoden) (singing club)
  • Posaunenchor Rhoden (trombone choir)
  • Posaunenchor Helmighausen (trombone choir)
  • Shanty-Chor Hesperinghausen 1993


  • Rhoden stately home and hereditary princely tomb
  • Gaulskopf settlement (early mediaeval fortification works)
  • Alt-Rhoden church ruins
  • Mediaeval Old Town in Rhoden with half-timbered buildings

Economy and infrastructureEdit


Note: Bundesstraße = Federal Highway.

Established businessesEdit

  • Schnitzmeier & Sänger Gbr. – motor vehicle electrics and vehicle technology, in Diemelstadt-Rhoden (Warburger Weg 3)
  • Smurfit Kappa C. D. Haupt Papier- und Pappenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
  • Sprick GmbH Bielefelder Papier- und Wellpappenwerke & Co. (branch plant)
  • Hewe Fensterbau GmbH & Co. KG
  • Jäkel GmbH & Co. KG machine knife factory



Sons and daughters of the townEdit

  • Wilhelm Dietzel, politician and Hessian State Minister for the Environment, Rural Space and Consumer Protection


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2019". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2020.

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