Rauschenberg, Hesse

Rauschenberg is a town in the north of Marburg-Biedenkopf district in Hesse, Germany.

Coat of arms of Rauschenberg
Coat of arms
Location of Rauschenberg within Marburg-Biedenkopf district
Marburg-Biedenkopf Rauschenberg.png
Rauschenberg is located in Germany
Rauschenberg is located in Hesse
Coordinates: 50°52′0″N 8°55′0″E / 50.86667°N 8.91667°E / 50.86667; 8.91667Coordinates: 50°52′0″N 8°55′0″E / 50.86667°N 8.91667°E / 50.86667; 8.91667
Admin. regionGießen
Subdivisions7 Ortsteile
 • MayorMichael Emmerich (since 2012) (CDU)
 • Total67.33 km2 (26.00 sq mi)
227 m (745 ft)
 • Total4,408
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes06425
Vehicle registrationMR



Rauschenberg lies at the southern edge of the Burgwald, a low mountain range, near Marburg and Kirchhain.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Rauschenberg borders in the north on the town of Rosenthal (Waldeck-Frankenberg) as well as on the communities of Wohratal (Marburg-Biedenkopf) and Gilserberg (Schwalm-Eder-Kreis), in the east on the town of Stadtallendorf, in the south on the town of Kirchhain, in the southwest on the community of Cölbe, and in the west on the town of Wetter (all in Marburg-Biedenkopf).

Municipality divisionsEdit

Rauschenberg consists out of following villages:

  • Albshausen
  • Bracht
  • Ernsthausen
  • Josbach
  • Rauschenberg (town)
  • Schwabendorf
  • Wolfskaute


Rauschenberg's town hall

Even as far back as 1000, a castle was built in what is now Rauschenberg. After a fire about 1250, almost the whole settlement was destroyed. Shortly after Rauschenberg was founded by the Counts of Ziegenhain, it was granted town rights. When the "von Ziegenhain" family died out in 1450, the castle and the town fell to the House of Hesse. In this time, the castle was expanded and made into a hunting lodge.

During the Thirty Years' War, Rauschenberg was mostly destroyed and thoroughly plundered by Swedish troops. Ever since the castle was blown up at a Kassel colonel's behest two years before the war ended, there has been nothing left of it but a ruin.


Town councilEdit

Results of municipal election on 06 March 2016:

Parties and voter coalitions Share in % Seats
CDU Christian Democratic Union 26.1 6
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 23.1 5
Greens Alliance '90/The Greens 21.1 5
FBL Freie Bürgerliste (citizens' coalition) 29.7 7
total 100 23

Coat of armsEdit

Rauschenberg's civic coat of arms might be described thus: Party per fess; above, in sable a six-pointed star argent; below in Or. It matches the arms used by the town's old overlords, the Counts of Ziegenhain.[2] An eight-pointed star in a modification of the Counts coat of arms.[3]

Town partnershipEdit

Culture and SightseeingEdit


There has not been much left of the castle, later stately home, of Rauschenberg since it was destroyed in the Thirty Years' War. The ruins on the hill over the constituent community – also known as Rauschenberg – are open and free to all.

Economy and infrastructureEdit


Rauschenberg is connected to the road network by Federal Highway (Bundesstraße) B 3 between Frankfurt and Kassel, and by Bundesstraße B 62. As for public transportation, there is a bus connection to Kirchhain which runs many times daily.


People born in RauschenbergEdit

Personalities who have lived or worked in RauschenbergEdit

  • Peter Janich (1942-2016), philosopher and co-founder of Methodical Culturalism, died in Rauschenberg

In pop cultureEdit

A Finnish industrial music group, named Rauschenmaschine (German for noisemaschine) has a song on their website called Rauschenberg.[4]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2019". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2020.
  2. ^ Hessisches Ortswappenbuch (1956, published by Verlag C. A. Starke, Limburg)
  3. ^ http://www.ngw.nl/int/dld/r/rauschen.html International Civic Heraldry website
  4. ^ http://www.mikseri.net/artists/?id=40380

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