Waldkappel is a small town in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis district in northern Hesse, Germany.

Waldkappel
Coat of arms of Waldkappel
Coat of arms
Location of Waldkappel within Werra-Meißner-Kreis district
Waldkappel in ESW.svg
Waldkappel is located in Germany
Waldkappel
Waldkappel
Waldkappel is located in Hesse
Waldkappel
Waldkappel
Coordinates: 51°09′N 09°53′E / 51.150°N 9.883°E / 51.150; 9.883Coordinates: 51°09′N 09°53′E / 51.150°N 9.883°E / 51.150; 9.883
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionKassel
DistrictWerra-Meißner-Kreis
Government
 • MayorReiner Adam (SPD)
Area
 • Total96.48 km2 (37.25 sq mi)
Elevation
257 m (843 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total4,249
 • Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
37284
Dialling codes05656
Vehicle registrationESW
Websitewww.waldkappel.de

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

Waldkappel is located between Hessisch Lichtenau in the west and Eschwege in the east in the North Hesse Upland between the Meißner-Kaufunger Wald Nature Park neighbouring it to the north and the Stölzinger Gebirge (range) in the south, in the Wehre valley.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Waldkappel borders in the north on the community of Meißner, in the east on the community of Wehretal, in the south on the town of Sontra (all three in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis), in the southwest on the community of Cornberg and the town of Rotenburg an der Fulda (both in Hersfeld-Rotenburg) and in the west on the towns of Spangenberg (in the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis) and Hessisch Lichtenau (in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis).

Constituent communitiesEdit

Waldkappel consists of 15 districts (Ger.: Stadtteile), namely its administrative centre Waldkappel as well as Bischhausen, Burghofen, Eltmannsee, Friemen, Gehau, Harmuthsachsen, Hasselbach, Hetzerode, Kirchhosbach, Mäckelsdorf, Rechtebach, Rodebach, Schemmern and Stolzhausen.

HistoryEdit

 
Waldkappel – extract from the Topographia Hassiae by Matthäus Merian 1655

Waldkappel was first officially mentioned in 1226 and was granted town rights in 1414.

The town experienced its economic heyday in the Late Middle Ages from lying on the old trade road durch die langen Hessen, which ran from the Wetterau to Thuringia and on to Leipzig. Bearing witness to the town’s earlier, wealthier times is a Late Gothic church standing in the middle of the community.

The Thirty Years' War put an abrupt end to Waldkappel’s prosperity; the town could never again reach its former importance.

In the course of municipal reform, the communities of Waldkappel, Bischhausen, Burghofen, Friemen, Gehau, Kirchhosbach, Mäckelsdorf, Rechtebach, Rodebach and Schemmern from the former Eschwege district merged. They were joined by Harmuthsachsen and Hasselbach from the former Witzenhausen district, as well as by Stolzhausen from the Melsungen district. In 1974, the greater community reached its full extent with the amalgamation of Eltmannsee and Hetzerode.

PoliticsEdit

Town councilEdit

The municipal election held on 26 March 2006 yielded the following results:

Parties and voter communities %
2006
Seats
2006
%
2001
Seats
2001
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 32.2 7 24.9 8
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 51.4 12 49.7 15
ÜWG Überparteiliche Wählergemeinschaft 11.9 3 18.6 6
GAL Grün-Alternative-Liste Waldkappel 4.5 1
GREENS Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 6.8 2
Total 100.0 23 100.0 31
Voter turnout in % 58.1 63.4

Town partnershipsEdit

Economy and infrastructureEdit

TransportEdit

Through Waldkappel runs Bundesstraße 7. The Autobahn A 44 (KasselEisenach) is under construction.

Famous peopleEdit

  • Peter Griess (1829–1888), industrial chemist, born in Kirchhosbach
  • Christian Schütz (1526–1592), Evangelical theologian

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.