Modautal is a municipality in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district, in Hesse, Germany. Approximately 5,050 inhabitants live in 11 districts on an area of 31 km2 with about 38.7% wood. The first historical chronicles date back to the 13th century.

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Coat of arms of Modautal
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Location of Modautal within Darmstadt-Dieburg district
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Modautal is located in Germany
Modautal
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Modautal is located in Hesse
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Modautal
Coordinates: 49°46′N 08°43′E / 49.767°N 8.717°E / 49.767; 8.717Coordinates: 49°46′N 08°43′E / 49.767°N 8.717°E / 49.767; 8.717
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictDarmstadt-Dieburg
Government
 • MayorJörg Lautenschläger
Area
 • Total31.79 km2 (12.27 sq mi)
Elevation
240-519 m (−1,463 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total5,096
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
64396–64397
Dialling codes06167, 06254
Vehicle registrationDA
Websitewww.modautal.de

HistoryEdit

The municipality was formed in 1977 by putting together eleven districts during the so-called Gebietsreform. During the time of the Celts the area must have already been inhabited since the so-called "Heuneburg" on a hill in Fischbachtal was a celtic castle where the people and their animals from the region could flee (Fluchtburg). To construct such a building, a lot of helping hands must have been living nearby.[2]

In the Middle Ages, the eleven villages of Modautal belonged to different knight's families: The family of Rodenstein, the family from Frankenstein, the one from Mosbach, the family of Wallbrunn as well as Stumpf von Asbach and Kalb von Reinheim just to name a few. The oldest available documents date back to 1651 and are the so-called "Haingerichtsbücher" (written rules of the peasants in Brandau).[citation needed]

During the revolution in 1848 and due to failure of crops, huge parts of the inhabitants of the villages emigrated to North America.

Town districtsEdit

[3]

Name COA Description
Allertshofen and Hoxhohl Both villages are really close to each other. In a quiet valley of the small river Modau, they are located at 280 to 290 meters above sea level.
Asbach   The village lies at 225 m above sea level in a valley next to the one with the Modau. There is a rehabilitation center there.
Brandau The biggest district of Modautal can easily be recognized from the hills surrounding it by the Cemetery of Honor with a little bell-tower with a metallic roof right at the border of the village.
Ernsthofen   The sights of the village are an old water mill, the castle and the small Protestant church. An important institution is the primary school Modautalschule.
Herchenrode
Klein-Bieberau There is only one small road, which comes from Klein-Bieberau, to this village, so it literally lies at the end of the road. During summer, the water reservoir of the fire brigade serves as a swimming pool for the kids.
Lützelbach This little village lies at 420 meters above sea level. Its fire brigade has existed since 1655. Nowadays, it is famous among tourists for its restaurants.
Neunkirchen   The books of the Protestant church in Neunkirchen date back to the times of the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century. Back then, most of the villages belonged to this parish. It is 520 meters above sea level at the top of a hill. The turning radar station can be seen from afar.
Neutsch   Long before it became fashionable, three wind turbines were erected in the fields above the village.
Webern

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Information about history
  3. ^ Desprition of town districts

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