Niddatal is a town in the Wetteraukreis district in Hesse, Germany. It is located on the Nidda River, 6 km southeast of Friedberg and 22 km northeast of Frankfurt am Main.

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Coat of arms of Niddatal
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Location of Niddatal within Wetteraukreis district
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Niddatal is located in Germany
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Niddatal is located in Hesse
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Coordinates: 50°17′54″N 8°48′50″E / 50.29833°N 8.81389°E / 50.29833; 8.81389Coordinates: 50°17′54″N 8°48′50″E / 50.29833°N 8.81389°E / 50.29833; 8.81389
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictWetteraukreis
Subdivisions4 districts
Government
 • MayorDr. Bernhard Hertel (Ind.)
Area
 • Total40.21 km2 (15.53 sq mi)
Elevation
121 m (397 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,786
 • Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
61194
Dialling codes06034
Vehicle registrationFB
Websitewww.niddatal.de

The town is divided into four districts: Assenheim, Ilbenstadt, Kaichen, Bönstadt.

HistoryEdit

AssenheimEdit

  • Assenheim was first mentioned as a township in 1139.
Assenheim Castle existed between the years 1170 – 1780. Its ruins are still visible today.[2]

IlbenstadtEdit

  • Ilbenstadt's first mention as an Eluistat was in 818. At the time, Ilbenstadt consisted of two cloisters.[3]
Its Church St. Maria, Petrus und Paulus was elevated to Basilica Minor status in 1929 by Pope : Pius XI..

KaichenEdit

 
A reconstructed Roman fountain near Niddatal-Kaichen.
  • Kaichen was founded by a Anshelmus de Cochene in 1231.[4]
Around 1400, Kaichens first church was built and rebuilt in 1737 and a Baptismal font had been added.
One of the most popular places in Kaichen is the Gericht zu Kaichen which was a court able declare to a death penalty.[4]

BönstadtEdit

  • Bönstadt first was the property of the counts of Falkenstein, and later of Isenburg-Büdingen, which made Bönstadt belong to Assenheim castle. Documentary, in former times Bönstadt had meant Benstad in 1184.
In 1970, the townships of Assenheim, Ilbenstadt, Bönstadt and Kaichen merged to
form modern-day Niddatal.[5]
As of January 2009, the town's population stands at 9,360.[6]
The area is characterised by agricultural activities, but in its former past,
trade played a fundamental role in the local economy.[5]

PoliticsEdit

 
Division of seats.

The local elections of 26 March 2006 yielded the following result:

Parties %
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union 42,3 13 39,9 12
SPD Social Democratic Party 37,1 12 35,9 11
GRÜNE Alliance '90/The Greens 7,2 2 8,5 3
FDP Free Democratic Party 4,3 1
FWG Free Voters Niddatal 9,1 3 15,7 5
Total 100,0 31 100,0 31
Poll in % 47,2 56,6

SightsEdit

IlbenstadtEdit

 
Basilica Maria, St. Petrus und Paulus.

Basilica Maria St. Petrus und Paulus was donated by St. Gottfried von Cappenberg in 1123. St. Cappenberg had been interrred there in 1127 and Pope Pius XI. elevated the Church to Basilica Minor status in 1929.[7]

Due to secularization in 1803, its cloister had been abrogated. After World War II, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mainz repurchased the cloister from the state Hesse.[7]

Today the church is a landmark of Ilbenstadt which is also visible because of the eternalisation on town emblem. Regionally, the church is also known as Dom der Wetterau (cathedral of Wetterau)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Stadt Niddatal. Niddatal.de. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ Stadt Niddatal. Niddatal.de. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Stadt Niddatal. Niddatal.de. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b Stadt Niddatal. Niddatal.de. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  6. ^ Stadt Niddatal. Niddatal.de. Retrieved on 5 January 2014.
  7. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20081015170028/http://www.bistummainz.de/bistum/menschen/musik_kunst/kirchen_kloester/ilbenstadt.html. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)