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Coordinates: 50 ° 19 ′  N , 9 ° 18 ′  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : Darmstadt
County : Main-Kinzig district
Height : 206 m above sea level NHN
Area : 30.85 km 2
Residents: 5068 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 164 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 63636
Primaries : 06053, 06054
License plate : MKK, GN, HU , SLÜ
Community key : 06 4 35 005
Community structure: 6 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Wächtersbacher Strasse 48
63636 Brachttal
Website :
Mayor : Wolfram Zimmer ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Brachttal in the Main-Kinzig district
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Brachttal is a municipality in the Main-Kinzig district in southern Hesse . The municipal administration is located in the Schlierbach district .



Brachttal is located in the southern Vogelsberg on the eastern edge of the Rhine-Main area . The Bracht and the Reichenbach flow through the municipality , which in turn flows into the Bracht at the Brachttal district of Schlierbach .

Community structure

The municipality of Brachttal consists of the following districts:

Neighboring communities

Brachttal borders in the north on the municipalities of Kefenrod ( Wetteraukreis ) and Birstein , in the east on the city of Bad Soden-Salmünster and in the south and west on the city of Wächtersbach .


The municipality of Brachttal was created in the course of the regional reform in Hesse on July 1, 1970 through the voluntary merger of the independent municipalities Schlierbach, Hellstein and Neuenschmidten. The naming was put out to tender as part of a school competition. Brachttal is derived from the name of the river Bracht , which flows through the districts of Neuenschmidten and Schlierbach. On February 1, 1971, Spielberg and Streitberg were added; Again three years later, on July 1, 1974 was powerful state law still Udenhain in the community Brachttal incorporated .

For the area of ​​the six formerly independent municipalities, a local district with a local advisory council and a local mayor was set up.

The individual stories of the previously independent districts are expressed, among other things, in their founding documents. Hellstein goes back to the time around 900 AD. Spielberg was first mentioned as de Spegelberge in 1258 , Slierbach was first mentioned in 1276, Udenhain was first mentioned in 1325 and Streitberg has been in the annals since 1573.


Community representation

The local elections on March 6, 2016 produced the following results, compared to previous local elections:

Distribution of seats in the municipal council 2016
A total of 25 seats
Parties and constituencies %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 27.7 7th 36.5 9 32.3 8th 49.8 12
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 28.3 7th 30.6 8th 32.8 8th 34.1 9
FW BRACHTTAL Free voters Brachttal 23.6 6th 22.0 5 23.1 6th - -
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 6.5 2 10.4 3 7.1 2 7.4 2
GFV Together for change 13.3 3 - - - - - -
FDP Free Democratic Party 0.5 0 0.5 0 - - - -
REP The Republicans - - - - 4.7 1 8.7 2
total 100.0 25th 100.0 25th 100.0 25th 100.0 25th
Voter turnout in% 54.0 51.8 52.0 68.0

badges and flags

Banner Brachttal.svg
Coat of arms of the municipality

coat of arms

Blazon : "In red a golden linden branch with six golden leaves and in the base of the shield three golden wavy bars, plus two black bars in the silver flank on the right."

The coat of arms was approved by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior on October 29, 1984 , and it was designed by the Bad Nauheim heraldist Heinz Ritt .


On July 24, 1985, the municipality of Brachttal was granted a flag by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior , which is described as follows:

"The flag of the municipality of Brachttal shows the municipal coat of arms placed in the upper half between red side stripes on a wide white central strip."

Community partnerships


On March 5, 2017, Wolfram Zimmer was elected mayor of the municipality of Brachttal with 64.78% of the votes cast.

Mirko Schütte was elected mayor in April 2001 and was re-elected in 2007. In 2011 Christoph Stürz (SPD) was elected mayor.

Public facilities


At the end of the 1950s, the then still independent three communities Schlierbach, Neuenschmidten and Hellstein agreed to build a larger “central school”. The "one -class schools " in the respective places were in a bad condition. A new school was inaugurated on January 12, 1961. A first expansion followed soon (1966) due to the rapid growth in the number of students, and more followed in 1990 and 2003.

The school gradually developed from a school with primary and secondary levels to a pure elementary school . Their catchment area was now not only the three valley communities of Brachttals, but also the towns of Streitberg, Spielberg and the Wächtersbacher mountain communities of Wittgenborn, Waldensberg and Leisenwald on the Spielberger Platte. Udenhain was not incorporated into the municipality of Brachttal until 1974. That is why the children living there stayed at the Birstein primary school.

The secondary school for the municipality of Brachttal and its districts is the cooperative comprehensive school , the Friedrich-August-Genth School , located in the city center of Wächtersbach . All districts are connected to this school center by bus lines.

Village community houses

All districts of the municipality of Brachttal have village community houses . In addition to communal use, they can also be booked for private events of all kinds, family celebrations, presentations, seminars and the like.

Culture and sights

Waechtersbacher Keramik - administration building


The Brachttal Museum operated by the Brachttal Museum and History Association is located in the Spielberg district of Brachttal. In addition to an extensive collection of Waechtersbach ceramics , special exhibitions with changing themes are shown here. A model railway replica of the Vogelsberger Südbahn route is located on the top floor of the museum . The museum also has showcases in which the excavated objects from the Spielberg Castle are shown.

The privately operated Lindenhof Museum is located in the Brachttal district of Streitberg, which also houses an extensive collection of items from the Wächtersbach stoneware factory from various periods ( historicism , art nouveau , art deco ).


Landmarks visible from afar :

Natural monuments

sport and freetime

  • Vogelsberger Südbahnradweg
  • Circular route / nature experience path "Water from Brachttal" with various stations including a Kneipp facility
  • The sports club SV Brachttal consists of the departments football , running club and women's gymnastics (including children 's gymnastics ).
  • In the district Spielberg is the BSC (The Ball Game Club) 1922 Spielberg at home. This club primarily operates football , since 1995 also women's football.
  • The FC Vorwärts Udenhain football club plays in the Udenhain district.
  • The JSV Neuenschmidten is the most successful sports club in Brachttal and multiple German champions in unicycling.
  • Cross-country skiing on the trail near Udenhain

Regular events

  • Brachttal Christmas market
  • Carnival parades in Hellstein and Udenhain
  • Starting with a motorcycle service in Hellstein's Church of the Redeemer
  • Classic car and tuning meeting Flach an der Bracht

Economy and Infrastructure


Brachttal is connected to the motorway network via federal road 276 , which leads to the Bad Orb / Wächtersbach junction of the A 66 . The bus lines MKK-71 and MKK-72 of Kreiswerke Main-Kinzig GmbH provide an hourly connection via the places Wächtersbach-Schlierbach-Neuenschmidten-Birstein. The districts of Hellstein and Udenhain are every two hour via the longer line MKK-71 to Wächtersbach and Birstein connected. At the station Wächtersbach the regional trains of the railway line Frankfurt-Fulda . The MKK-73 bus line, which runs at irregular intervals, connects the districts of Spielberg and Streitberg with Wächtersbach.

There is also a connection to the Hessen cycle path network via the Vogelsberger Südbahn cycle path , which runs through Brachttal. The now disused Vogelsberger Südbahn operated on this until 1967 .

Digital network

On June 3, 2014, Brachttal was connected to the fiber optic network by Broadband Main-Kinzig GmbH. As a result, a supply of 50 Mbit / s was realized.


The Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung is available as a daily  newspaper . The official preaching organ of the congregation is the weekly newspaper Die Regionale , which is published regularly on the congregation's website. The Gelnhäuser Tageblatt , which had existed since 1833, was discontinued on March 31, 2017. An online newspapers are Osthessen news and ahead online , and the online editions of the Gelnhäuser Neue Zeitung and the Fulda newspaper available.

Waechtersbach ceramic administration building

Established businesses

  • Until 2011 Waechtersbacher Keramik , important ceramic manufacturer since 1832
  • various small and medium-sized enterprises, including craft businesses and mechanical engineering


Web links

Commons : Brachttal  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Brachttal  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. Hessian State Statistical Office: Population status on December 31, 2019 (districts and urban districts as well as municipalities, population figures based on the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. ↑ Amalgamation of the communities Hellstein, Neuenschmidten and Schlierbach in the Gelnhausen district to form the new community "Brachttal" on June 11, 1970 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1970 No. 26 , p. 1300 , point 1227 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 7.6 MB ]).
  3. ^ Municipal reform: mergers and integration of municipalities from January 20, 1971 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1971 No. 6 , p. 248 , item 328, paragraph 49 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 6.2 MB ]).
  4. Law on the reorganization of the districts of Gelnhausen, Hanau and Schlüchtern and the city of Hanau as well as the recirculation of the cities of Fulda, Hanau and Marburg (Lahn) concerning questions (GVBl. 330-26) of March 12, 1974 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1974 No. 9 , p. 149 , § 8 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 3.0 MB ]).
  5. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 362-363 .
  6. ^ Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
  7. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 27, 2011
  8. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 26, 2006
  9. In Brachttal, the “Together for Change” group takes place for the first time. In: Gelnhauser Tageblatt. January 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Approval of a flag for the municipality of Brachttal, Main-Kinzig-Kreis from July 24, 1985 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1985 No. 32 , p. 1475 , point 710 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 11.8 MB ]).
  11. ↑ The beginning of a common future. (No longer available online.) In: Archived from the original on November 28, 2016 ; accessed on November 28, 2016 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  12. PC-Wahl HTML-Modul, vote iT GmbH: results of the Mayoral election Brachttal 2017. Accessed on March 20, 2017 .
  13. Direct elections in Brachttal. In: Website of the Hessian State Office for Statistics. Accessed January 2018.
  14. Brachttal Primary School
  15. ^ Brachttal village community houses
  16. Brachttal-Museum der Gemeinde-Brachttal
  17. ^ Lindenhof Ceramic Museum. In: Website of the Lindenhof Ceramic Museum. Retrieved August 23, 2009 .
  18. ^ Entry in the directory of monumental oaks . Retrieved January 22, 2017
  19. Timetables. (No longer available online.) In : Archived from the original on December 1, 2016 ; accessed on December 1, 2016 .
  20. Broadband is now also available in Birstein and Brachtal. In: Retrieved February 11, 2017 .