Dornheim (Hesse)

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City of Groß-Gerau
Dornheim coat of arms
Coordinates: 49 ° 52 ′ 40 ″  N , 8 ° 29 ′ 2 ″  E
Height : 88 m above sea level NHN
Area : 14.79 km²
Residents : 4644  (June 30, 2017)
Population density : 314 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : January 1, 1977
Postal code : 64521
Area code : 06152
Ev.  Church "St. Michael" in the town center (2016)
Ev. Church "St. Michael" in the town center (2016)
Old Dornheim town hall
Listed old school
Dornheim goose shepherd at the old school

Dornheim is a district of the southern Hessian district town Groß-Gerau .

Geographical location

Dornheim is located approx. 4 km south of the core town of Groß-Gerau in the Hessian Ried .


middle Ages

The oldest surviving mention of Dornheim - as Thornheim - can be found for the year 779 in the Lorsch Codex : A Uoda donated her inherited property in Dornheim and other places to the Lorsch Monastery for her salvation .

In historical documents Dornheim can be found in the following centuries with the following spellings: Thorheimono, in terminis (818), Dornheim, villa (1184), Dornheym (1327) and Dornheim (1327).

Eberbach Monastery, which is very wealthy in the area , maintained a large farmyard in Dornheim, the Riedhäuserhof, mentioned in 1159 as Villa Rihusen . The Counts of Katzenelnbogen , Kurmainz and Kurpfalz are named as other landowners in Dornheim .

Dornheim local nobility has been known since the 12th century. Until it was pledged to Count Diether V von Katzenelnbogen by Wilhelm von Holland in 1249, Dornheim was an imperial village , and the residents were exempt from compulsory labor.

In 1479 the Counts of Katzenelnbogen died out. The Landgraves of Hesse were heirs .

Early modern age

The first court seal , later the template for the coat of arms, was introduced in 1543.

When the Landgraviate of Hesse was divided under the heirs of Philip the Magnanimous in 1567, Dornheim came to the Landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt . Even its first regent, Georg I , caused the Landrecht collection of the Upper County of Katzenelnbogen , compiled by his Chancellor, Johann Kleinschmidt , to become legally binding there. She was in Dornheim as a particular law , subsidiary supplemented by the Common Law , to the end of the 19th century. It was not until January 1, 1900, when the Civil Code , which was uniformly valid throughout the German Reich , that the old particular law was suspended.

The statistical-topographical-historical description of the Grand Duchy of Hesse reports on Dornheim in 1829:

»Dornheim (L. Bez. Dornberg) Lutheran parish village; is located on the old Nekar bed, 34  St. from Dornberg, has a beautiful church, 138 houses and 932 inhabitants, all of which are Lutheran except for 5 Catholics, 7 Mennonites and 53 Jews. There are peat graves here. - Dornheim used to be an imperial village, which King Wilhelm pledged to Count Diether von Katzenellenbogen in 1248, which pledge was not redeemed. The parish probably owes its origin to the old Wetterau Counts of Nuringen. Before the Reformation, Dornheim had 2 churches. The main church was in front of the place and burned down by a ray of weather. The other was in the village and became the main church after the fire of the former. In 1597 a larger one was built in its place. "


Official system before 1821

In the early modern period, the functions of administration and jurisdiction were combined in the " office " at the lowest level , including the Dornberg office , which existed until 1821.

In 1806 the Landgraviate of Hessen-Darmstadt became the Grand Duchy of Hessen . Here Dornheim was in the province of Starkenburg . In the course of the administrative reform of 1821, the old offices were dissolved, district councils were set up for administrative tasks on the lower level and district courts were set up for the first instance jurisdiction.

Administration after 1821

The Dornberg district council was now responsible for the higher-level administration in Dornheim . In 1832 the administrative units in the Grand Duchy were further enlarged and districts were created. This brought Dornheim to the Groß-Gerau district. The provinces, the counties and the administrative districts of the Grand Duchy were abolished on July 31, 1848 and replaced by administrative districts, but this was reversed on May 12, 1852. As a result, Dornheim belonged to the Darmstadt administrative district between 1848 and 1852 before the Groß-Gerau district was again responsible for the higher-level administration. The place remained there until today through all further administrative reforms. In the course of administrative reform in Hesse municipalities Dornheim, Wallerstädten and Gross-Gerau were on 1 January 1977 the new city Gross-Gerau together . Local districts were not formed.

Judicial reforms

In the Landgraviate of Hessen-Darmstadt, the judicial system of the two higher authorities was reorganized with an executive order of December 9, 1803. The offices remained the first instance of justice in civil matters . For the Principality of Starkenburg , the “Hofgericht Darmstadt” was set up as a court of second instance for civil matters. In the first instance it was also responsible for civil family law and criminal matters . The higher appeal court in Darmstadt was superordinate to it .

With the administrative reform of 1821, courts in the Grand Duchy of Hesse were also created at the lowest level, which were independent of the administration. The district court Großgerau was now locally responsible for Dornheim . With the reform of the Reich judiciary , which took effect on October 1, 1879, it was renamed " Groß-Gerau District Court ".

Territorial history and administration

The following list lists the administrative units to which Dornheim belonged:

Population development

• 1629: 121 house seats
• 1791: 764 inhabitants
• 1800: 756 inhabitants
• 1806: 836 inhabitants, 124 houses
• 1829: 932 inhabitants, 138 houses
• 1867: 1220 inhabitants, 185 houses
Dornheim: Population from 1791 to 2017
year     Residents
Data source: Historical municipality register for Hesse: The population of the municipalities from 1834 to 1967. Wiesbaden: Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt, 1968.
Further sources:; 2011 census ; after 2011 website Groß-Gerau (web archive)

Religious affiliation

• 1829: 867 Lutheran (= 93.03%), 7 Mennonite (= 0.75%), 52 Jewish (= 5.79%) and 5 Catholic (= 0.54%) residents
• 1961: 2107 (= 82.69%) Protestant , 390 (= 15.31%) Roman Catholic residents

Culture and sights

Regular events

In 2016 Dornheim took part again in the " The circle rolls " campaign , which takes place every two years . The bicycle route ran right through the town, the B44 was closed to car traffic. Many associations and institutions took part with stands and exhibitions. Dornheim had already participated in 2012.


Riedhalle Dornheim with the "3 Graces" and the club tree

Logo of the youth club Dornheim (Hessen)

  • The Dornheim youth club is an integral part of the municipal youth work in the district town of Groß-Gerau.
  • The sports community Dornheim 1886 e. V. (SG Dornheim) is an important institution of the place and offers a field of activity for young and old in the sports badminton, soccer, handball, tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, hiking, as well as in dance and winter sports. The soccer department of SG Dornheim plays in the district league A Groß-Gerau.
  • Cycling & Rolling Club "Frisch Auf" 1908 eV Cycling touring, art cycling in the Dreifeldhalle in Dornheim.
  • The listed "old school" in the center of the village is now home to several institutions and associations such as B. the DRK Dornheim, the youth club, the choir community, the crawling group "Millipedes" and a world shop.
  • The Riedhalle is the meeting point for numerous cultural events, including a. Dance classes and proms, carnival sessions and curb, craft markets and blood donation appointments.


Listed station building at the Groß Gerau-Dornheim stop

Dornheim is located on Bundesstraße 44 and can also be reached by bus in public transport .

Dornheim is also on the Mannheim – Frankfurt am Main railway line (“Riedbahn”). There is the former train station and today's stop at Groß Gerau-Dornheim. Its entrance building is a type building from 1905 in neo-baroque forms. It is a cultural monument due to the Hessian Monument Protection Act . The stop serves the S-Bahn line S7 of the S-Bahn Rhein-Main .


Web links

Commons : Dornheim  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. In the course of the regional reform in 1938 , the three Hessian provinces of Starkenburg, Rheinhessen and Upper Hesse were dissolved.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h Dornheim, Groß-Gerau district. Historical local dictionary for Hessen. (As of October 16, 2018). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
  2. Groß-Gerau in numbers. In: website. City of Groß-Gerau, archived from the original ; accessed in March 2019 .
  3. Minst, Karl Josef [transl.]: Lorscher Codex (Volume 2), Document 198, June 30, 779 - Reg. 1538. In: Heidelberger historical stocks - digital. Heidelberg University Library, p. 25 , accessed on March 8, 2016 .
  4. ^ A b c d e Georg Wilhelm Justin Wagner : Statistical-topographical-historical description of the Grand Duchy of Hesse: Province of Starkenburg . tape 1 . Carl Wilhelm Leske, Darmstadt October 1829, OCLC 312528080 , p. 55 ( online at google books ).
  5. Erhard Nietzschmann: The free in the country. Former German imperial villages and their coats of arms. Melchior, Wolfenbüttel 2013, ISBN 978-3-944289-16-8 , p. 25.
  6. Arthur Benno Schmidt : The historical foundations of civil law in the Grand Duchy of Hesse . Curt von Münchow, Giessen 1893, p. 108f. and enclosed card.
  7. ^ Ordinance on the division of the country into districts and district courts of July 14, 1821 . In: Hessisches Regierungsblatt, p. 404.
  8. Law on the reorganization of the district of Groß-Gerau (GVBl. II 314–32 §3) of July 26, 1974 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1974 No. 22 , p. 314 ff . ( Online at the information system of the Hessian State Parliament [PDF; 1.5 MB ]).
  9. ^ Ordinance on the division of the country into districts and district courts of July 14, 1821 . In: Hessisches Regierungsblatt, p. 404.
  10. ^ Michael Rademacher: German administrative history from the unification of the empire in 1871 to the reunification in 1990. State of Hesse. (Online material for the dissertation, Osnabrück 2006).
  11. ^ Grand Ducal Central Office for State Statistics (ed.): Contributions to the statistics of the Grand Duchy of Hesse . tape 1 . Darmstadt 1866, p. 43 ff . ( online at Google Books ).
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  13. Hessen-Darmstadt state and address calendar 1791 . In the publishing house of the Invaliden-Anstalt, Darmstadt 1791, p.  121 ( online in the HathiTrust digital library ).
  14. Hessen-Darmstadt state and address calendar 1800 . In the publishing house of the Invaliden-Anstalt, Darmstadt 1800, p.  120 ( online in the HathiTrust digital library ).
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  18. A day of rest in Dornheim. FNP , May 4, 2016, accessed December 4, 2018 .
  19. ^ Fourth edition of "Der Kreis rollst" on May 27, 2018. VRM , July 26, 2017, accessed on December 4, 2018 .
  20. ^ Heinz Schomann : Railway in Hessen . Railway buildings and routes 1839–1939. In: State Office for Monument Preservation Hessen (Ed.): Cultural monuments in Hessen. Monument topography Federal Republic of Germany . Three volumes in a slipcase. tape  2.1 . Theiss Verlag, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-8062-1917-6 , p. 351 ff . (Route 020). P. 358.