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Coat of arms of the city of Breuberg
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Coordinates: 49 ° 49 '  N , 9 ° 1'  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : Darmstadt
County : Odenwaldkreis
Height : 186 m above sea level NHN
Area : 30.76 km 2
Residents: 7430 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 242 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 64747
Primaries : 06163 (Sandbach), 06165Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : ERB
Community key : 06 4 37 004
City structure: 5 districts

City administration address :
Ernst-Ludwig-Strasse 2-4
64747 Breuberg
Website :
Mayor : Jörg Springer ( SPD )
Location of the city of Breuberg in the Odenwald district
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Breuberg is a city in the Odenwaldkreis in southern Hesse . The administrative headquarters are located in the largest district of Sandbach .


Breuberg is located in the northern Odenwald . On August 16, 1971, the communities of Hainstadt, Neustadt, Sandbach and Wald-Amorbach merged as a result of the Hessian territorial reform to form the new town of Breuberg, named after the castle located in the center of the community. From then on, the city administration sat in Sandbach, the largest district. The town charter was granted to the Neustadt settlement in 1378 by Emperor Charles IV . It was once laid out as a housing estate for servants of the lords of the castle and from the 14th century developed into a fortified market and country town with its own jurisdiction. In the course of time, craftsmen and farmers, who provided for the livelihood of the lords of the castle and their people, settled along the old trade route.

Neighboring communities

Breuberg borders in the north on the city of Groß-Umstadt ( district Darmstadt-Dieburg ) and the community Mömlingen , in the east on the city of Obernburg am Main (both districts Miltenberg in Bavaria ), in the south on the community Lützelbach and in the west on the community Höchst .

Breuberg Castle in summer 2006
View of Hainstadt and the castle


The city consists of the districts of Hainstadt , Neustadt , Rai-Breitenbach , Sandbach (seat of the city administration) and Wald-Amorbach .



On December 31, 1970, the previously independent community of Rai-Breitenbach was incorporated into the city of Neustadt.

Church building

The current city was created in the course of a municipal reform in Hesse in 1971. On September 21, 1971, the Hessian state government decided the city of Neustadt and the municipalities of Hainstadt, Sandbach and Wald-Amorbach to become a city with the name " Breuberg ”to merge.



The magistrate currently consists of nine members - the mayor and eight honorary councilors (6 SPD, 2 BWG and 1 Bündnis90 / GRÜNE). The previous mayor Frank Matiaske (SPD) had to resign on August 31, 2015, as he succeeded Dietrich Kübler (ÜWG) as district administrator of the Odenwald district on September 1 of that year . Jörg Springer (SPD) was elected as the new mayor on November 8, 2015, and took office on December 1, 2015.

Werner Seibert (First City Councilor and Deputy Mayor), Angelika Romig-Saul, Ute Kowarschik, Walter Amend and Hubertus Starsinski belong to the magistrate. For the BWG, Wolfgang Cieslik and Roland Koch and Horst Heckmann for the Greens have a seat and vote on this body.

City Council

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

Distribution of seats in the 2016 city council
A total of 31 seats
Parties and constituencies %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 51.0 16 57.8 18th 67.7 21st 63.5 20th
BWG Breuberger voter community 35.7 11 22.5 7th 32.3 10 36.5 11
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 10.2 3 12.0 4th - - - -
CDU Christian Democratic Union 3.1 1 6.8 2 - - - -
THE LEFT The left - - 0.8 0 - - - -
total 100 31 100 31 100 31 100 31
Voter turnout in% 49.1 48.6 50.0 58.1

The city council has formed four committees and a commission:

  • Main and Finance Committee
  • Construction and Transport Committee
  • Environment and Agriculture Committee
  • Committee for Social Affairs and Associations
  • Culture Commission (composed of representatives of the parliamentary groups, the magistrate, the citizens and the administration)

Foreigners Advisory Council

In Breuberg there has been an advisory council for foreigners since 1993 , which represents the interests of foreign citizens vis-à-vis the city. The honorary members are elected every five years. In the last election on November 29, 2015, 85 of 1,357 eligible voters exercised their right to vote. This corresponds to a turnout of 6.26% (2010: 13.53%, 2005: 10.29%). The Advisory Board for Foreigners consists of seven seats (2010: nine seats). The current chairman is Marios Nassos.

badges and flags

Banner Breuberg.svg

coat of arms

Breuberg coat of arms
Blazon : "Shield split by an upright silver sword with a golden handle ( heraldic ) on the right in blue a silver, gold-studded rose, on the left in red a silver six-pointed star."

The city of Breuberg's coat of arms was approved by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior on July 2, 1975 . It was designed by the Bad Nauheim heraldist Heinz Ritt .

The coat of arms is based on that of the former town of Neustadt. The sword symbolizes the market jurisdiction or the market peace of the former town of Neustadt, the rose is taken from the coat of arms of the Wertheim house , the star that of the Erbach house . The coat of arms of the former town of Neustadt has a red rose.


The flag was approved for the city along with the coat of arms on July 2, 1975 and is described as follows:

"Three-lane red-white-blue, in the upper half of the flag the city coat of arms."


  • GermanyGermany AustriaAustria HungaryHungary Czech RepublicCzech Republic PolandPoland SlovakiaSlovakia NetherlandsNetherlandsFor its Neustadt district, Breuberg is a member of the largest international Neustadt City Friendship Association in Europe , in which 37 cities and municipalities (as of March 2014) named Neustadt from Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Netherlands have come together . The office of the working group is located in Breuberg.


Via ferrata in a quarry in Breuberg-Hainstadt

Breuberg Castle

Breuberg Castle is one of the best preserved castles in Germany. The so-called core castle was built in the 12th century. The castle has been expanded again and again since the 14th century, so that today the castle offers a journey through the architectural styles of the past 850 years. The castle was probably damaged, but never destroyed, and was used as the center of the Breuberg rule and later as the district seat of the Breuberg district , which explains its good condition. Today the building belongs to the State of Hesse and has served as a youth hostel and museum for over 90 years .

Another medieval building on the Breuberg district is the Mühlhäuser Schlößchen south of Mühlhausen .

Evangelical Church Breuberg Neustadt

Neustadt old town

The Rodenstein mansion from 1569 is one of the most striking half-timbered houses in Neustadt's old town; it was renovated in the course of village renewal with a lot of initiative and support from the citizens, the city of Breuberg, the Odenwaldkreis and the state of Hesse . Before that, a wooden cross, unique in Germany, rises up with the symbols of market peace and market jurisdiction, a glove and a sword. A carillon was installed on the former town hall next to the Protestant church, which was also the seat of the district administration for a time. Every two years (at the odd number of years) the historical market, known far beyond Breuberg's borders, takes place.

Evangelical Church Sandbach

The parish of Sandbach has served as the mother church of numerous parishes in the Breuberger Land since the Middle Ages. The current church is a Baroque work from the late 18th century, but the tower is much older. Inside, in addition to the furnishings from this time, the tombstone of Count Michael III. von Wertheim from the late Renaissance is worth mentioning.

The rectory near the church was actually the rectory and hunting lodge , called Carlsruhe , at the same time.

Sculpture park

  • 32 sandstone sculptures on the Mümling-Aue by the sculptors Peter Hörr, Sabine Wagner, Karin Ebert, Marianne Wagner, Paul August Wagner.
  • Sculptors meeting. Every year the Kunstverein Breuberg invites sculptors to work together in the sculpture field Breuberg-Aue.

Quarry with via ferrata

In the district of Hainstadt in the valley of the Mümling there is a quarry that was set up for climbing by the Odenwald climbing friends . There is also a short via ferrata secured with wire ropes. The Odenwald climbing friends make sure that the paths are maintained. The quarry is also in the catchment area of ​​the Darmstadt section of the DAV.

Economy and Infrastructure


The companies based in the city of Breuberg are of national importance. After 1903, after patenting the tread pattern for bicycle tires by Friedrich Veith (1860-1908) in the district of Sandbach were air hoses manufactured for bicycles and motorcycles. In 1963, the Pirelli Group acquired a majority stake in Veith Gummiwerke GmbH through share purchases, with the simultaneous conversion into Veith-Pirelli GmbH . The location subsequently attracted other companies, such as Metzeler and Trelleborg Automotive Germany GmbH , a subsidiary of Trelleborg AB in the automotive division. The rapid economic development caused an influx of foreign workers, especially from Turkey. This explains the high proportion of foreigners of 19.9% ​​in the urban area of ​​Breuberg (comparison: Odenwaldkreis: 10.0%, Hesse 11.1%) and the neighboring Höchst in the Odenwald.

Of the 4118 employees subject to social security contributions in 2008, 3217 were employed in manufacturing companies:

  • Andros Deutschland GmbH in the Neustadt district, founded in 1915 as a fruit and vegetable trade. In 1955, after a record apple harvest, the idea of ​​canning the fruit as apple sauce was born - the canning industry was born in Breuberg. In 2006, 175 employees at what was then Odenwald-Frucht GmbH achieved a turnover of 51 million euros.
  • Pirelli Reifenwerke GmbH & Co KG , the Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli is the main supplier of tires for the vehicle manufacturers BMW , Daimler AG and Porsche . The company was founded in 1872 by Giovanni Battista Pirelli, the German branch in Breuberg-Sandbach was founded in 1905 as Veith & Companie . 2510 employees, turnover: 775 million euros (2007).
  • Robert Friedrich Metzeler opened a trading company for rubber and rubber-elastic goods in Munich in 1863. In 1968 another production facility was created in Breuberg; In 1978 the production of tires, with the exception of motorcycle tires, was discontinued, production in the Munich plant was shut down and moved to Plant 2 in Breuberg in the Odenwald. In 1986 Metzeler Kautschuk GmbH also became a company of the Pirelli Group. In 1999 the Trelleborg Wheel Systems division of the Swedish company Trelleborg AB founded a joint venture with the Italian group Pirelli. Since 2001 Trelleborg has been the sole owner of the license rights for the Pirelli brand of agricultural tires, which are manufactured in the former Metzeler plant.

Tourism is of increasing importance in Breuberg with annual growth rates. In 2008, 55,770 overnight stays were counted in the 507 available guest beds (11.7% of the entire Odenwald district).


Breuberg was by the railway Aschaffenburg-maximum (Odenwald) with the breakpoints Hainstadt (Kr Lauterbach) , Neustadt (Odenw) and Sandbach (Odenw) to the local rail connected.

Since closure of the route of the closest is the station maximum (Odenw) at the Odenwaldbahn .

Bike trails

The following cycle paths lead through the city :


Sons of the city

  • Arnold Bergsträsser (born October 5, 1841, † January 5, 1897 in Darmstadt) was a Hessian politician ( NLP ) and a former member of the 2nd Chamber of the Estates of the Grand Duchy of Hesse
  • Klaus Teuber (born June 25, 1952 in Rai-Breitenbach), well-known German game designer (including the inventor of The Settlers of Catan )
  • Ralph Berner (born March 28, 1968 in Sandbach), cyclist

Personalities who lived and worked in Breuberg

  • Bernhard Würschmitt (born November 21, 1788 in Mainz, † June 18, 1853 in Bad Bergzabern) served as the Catholic priest of Breuberg from 1821 to 1825. In addition to his profession as a priest, he was a well-known sculptor and mainly created sculptures and tombstones from sandstone.
  • Friedrich Hartmann (born December 4, 1859 in Mühlhausen, † September 5, 1934 in Neustadt) was a member of the Hessian state parliament ( SPD ).
  • Friedrich Veith (born April 24, 1860 in Mainz; † September 6, 1908 in Sandbach) was an inventor and entrepreneur who founded the Veith works in Sandbach, where he opened a rubber tire factory based on his own patents, which later became the company Veith-Pirelli emerged.
  • Oka Nikolov (born May 25, 1974 in Erbach), goalkeeper of Eintracht Frankfurt , grew up in Sandbach and began his career with SG Sandbach.


  • Winfried Wackerfuß (Ed. And edit.): The interest book of the Breuberg rule from 1426 . Breuberg-Bund , Breuberg-Neustadt 2004, ISBN 3-922903-08-8 .
  • Winfried Wackerfuß: Cultural, economic and social history of the Odenwald in the 15th century. The oldest accounts for the Counts of Wertheim in the Breuberg rule (1409–1484) . Breuberg-Bund, Breuberg-Neustadt 1991, ISBN 3-922903-04-5 .
  • Winfried Wackerfuß (Ed.): Castle Breuberg in the Odenwald . Breuberg-Bund, Breuberg-Neustadt 1979.
  • Wolfram Becher, Alfred F. Wolfert: The stucco ceiling in the knight's hall of the Johann Casimir building at Breuberg Castle . Breuberg-Bund, Neustadt im Odenwald 1979.
  • Wolfgang Stapp: Deported for Germany's final victory. Foreign forced laborers in the Breuberger Land 1939–1945. 2nd Edition. Höchst im Odenwald 2004.
  • Wolfgang Stapp: Never forget again - In memory of Odenwald anti-fascists. Part 2: Persecution and Resistance in Breuberg. In: gelurt. Odenwald Yearbook for Culture and History 2008. Erbach 2007.
  • Jutta Reisinger-Weber: Feature (s) Remembrance and commemoration in the city of Breuberg. ed. from the Breuberg City Archives. Breuberg 2014, ISBN 978-3-00-046384-6 .
  • Jutta Reisinger-Weber: St. Karl Borromäus (1849-2019) . From the history of the Catholic parish Neustadt (Breuberg), ed. from Catholic parish Neustadt, Breuberg-Neustadt 2019.
  • Neustadt - Contributions to the history of the Protestant Church. With contributions by Christian Borck, Jutta Reisinger-Weber, Ann-Kathrin Weber and Michael Weber (+), ed. from the Breuberg City Archives, Breuberg 2020.
  • Literature by and about Breuberg in the catalog of the German National Library
  • Literature on Breuberg in the Hessian Bibliography

Web links

Commons : Breuberg  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Breuberg  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

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. ^ 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. 357 and 358 .
  3. Announcement of the final results of the mayoral election in Breuberg 2015. (PDF, 731 kB) November 20, 2015, accessed on December 12, 2015 .
  4. Magistrate of the City of Breuberg. Retrieved December 12, 2015 .
  5. ^ Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
  6. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 27, 2011
  7. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 26, 2006
  8. ^ Committees of the city council of the city of Breuberg. Retrieved June 27, 2016 .
  9. Final result of the 2015 foreigners' council election in Breuberg. Retrieved December 12, 2015 .
  10. ^ Advisory board for foreigners of the city of Breuberg. Retrieved February 13, 2016 .
  11. Approval of a coat of arms and a flag for the city of Breuberg, Odenwaldkreis from July 2, 1975 . In: State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1975 No. 29 , p. 1281 , point 980 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 7.7 MB ]).
  12. Sculpture Park on the Internet
  13. a b Figures from the Hessian State Statistical Office as of December 31, 2008 , accessed on July 3, 2010.
  14. Otto Abel: Dr. Bernhard Gottfried Josef Würschmitt, Catholic pastor, a sculptor in the Palatinate . 1938.