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Coat of arms of the local community Großmaischeid
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Map of Germany, position of the local community Großmaischeid highlighted

Coordinates: 50 ° 30 '  N , 7 ° 38'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Neuwied
Association municipality : Dierdorf
Height : 280 m above sea level NHN
Area : 15.52 km 2
Residents: 2316 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 149 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 56276
Area code : 02689
License plate : NO
Community key : 07 1 38 023
Association administration address: Poststrasse 5
56269 Dierdorf
Website :
Local Mayor : Guido Kern ( SPD )
Location of the local community Großmaischeid in the district of Neuwied
Neuwied Buchholz (Westerwald) Asbach (Westerwald) Windhagen Neustadt (Wied) Rheinbreitbach Unkel Bruchhausen (Landkreis Neuwied) Erpel Vettelschoß Linz am Rhein Kasbach-Ohlenberg Ockenfels Sankt Katharinen (Landkreis Neuwied) Dattenberg Leubsdorf (am Rhein) Bad Hönningen Rheinbrohl Hammerstein (am Rhein) Leutesdorf Isenburg (Westerwald) Kleinmaischeid Großmaischeid Stebach Marienhausen Dierdorf Oberdreis Woldert Rodenbach bei Puderbach Ratzert Niederwambach Steimel Döttesfeld Puderbach Dürrholz Hanroth Raubach Harschbach Niederhofen Dernbach (Landkreis Neuwied) Urbach (Westerwald) Linkenbach Breitscheid (Westerwald) Waldbreitbach Roßbach (Wied) Hausen (Wied) Datzeroth Niederbreitbach Hümmerich Oberhonnefeld-Gierend Oberraden Straßenhaus Kurtscheid Bonefeld Ehlscheid Rengsdorf Melsbach Hardert Anhausen Rüscheid Thalhausen Meinborn Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Landkreis Ahrweiler Landkreis Mayen-Koblenz Koblenz Marienhausen Westerwaldkreismap
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Großmaischeid (dialect: Grußmäschd , Mäschd or Maischeid ) is a medium-sized local community in the Neuwied district in northern Rhineland-Palatinate . With around 2,500 inhabitants, it is the largest local community in the Dierdorf Association . It is located near the Rhine-Westerwald nature park and has a direct connection to the A 3 between the Cologne and Frankfurt metropolitan areas .

Großmaischeid, aerial photo (2016)


Geographical location

Großmaischeid is located in the Westerwald in northern Rhineland-Palatinate in the Neuwied district , near the Neuwied middle center and the Koblenz upper center . Großmaischeid has a favorable economic location between the metropolitan areas of Cologne and Frankfurt am Main and, as a neighboring town to Kleinmaischeid, also has an attractive tourist location, as Kleinmaischeid was once the center of the 25 member states of Europe. Seen locally, Großmaischeid is located southwest of the city of Dierdorf in the Rhine-Westerwald Nature Park , on an area sloping from east to west to the valley of the Ommelsbach . The districts Großmaischeid and Kausen as well as the residential areas Ommelsbachermühle and the hunting lodge Sayneck belong to the local community Großmaischeid .

Surrounding communities and cities

Immediate neighboring communities:

The nearest cities:

The nearest major cities:


Großmaischeid was first settled in the Middle Bronze Age (1550–1200 BC). This is confirmed by discovered during the construction of the highway (1937-1939) tumuli between greed Hofen and Großmaischeid. In the year 80 AD the Romans built the Limes border wall , which ran about 6 km southwest of Großmaischeid. Today's district Großmaischeid was forested before the settlement. It was a natural landscape that was probably cleared between 850 and 1300 AD.

The first documentary mention as Metscheid took place on January 20, 1148 through a confirmation document from the Laach Abbey (today Maria Laach Abbey ) from Pope Eugene III. In this letter to the Laacher abbot Gilbert († 1152) the Pope mentioned the Salic tithe (decimae salicae) at Maischeid , which was attributed to a gift from Rembold von Isenburg (1092–1121) . This donation obviously served to equip the Laach monastery, which was founded in 1093.

Population development

The development of the population of Großmaischeid; the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 560
1835 867
1871 917
1905 1,029
1939 1,297
1950 1,367
1961 1,559
year Residents
1965 1,704
1970 1,747
1975 1,772
1980 1,876
1985 1,873
1987 1,848
1990 1.928
year Residents
1995 2.168
2000 2,396
2005 2,457
2010 2,351
2015 2,348


Municipal council

The municipal council in Großmaischeid consists of 16 council members, who were elected in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.

Distribution of seats in the elected municipal council:

choice SPD CDU total
2019 7th 9 16 seats
2014 9 7th 16 seats
2009 9 7th 16 seats
2004 7th 9 16 seats


Guido Kern (SPD) became the mayor of Großmaischeid on August 14, 2019. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was elected for five years with a share of 70.55% of the vote. His predecessor Uwe Engel (SPD) did not run again after ten years in office.

coat of arms

Grossmaischeid coat of arms
Blazon : “Late Gothic semicircular shield split from silver in front of blue; in front two red bars, behind a continuous high cross. "
Reasons for the coat of arms: The front part refers to the coat of arms of the Niederisenburg rulership, to which the towns of Großmaischeid and Kausen belonged until 1664 and represents the Isenburg basic colors of the Rembold tribe. The horizontal cross ties or bars can be found in the old court seal of the community of Großmaischeid. The rear part shows a cross, which symbolizes an old Christian parish and is based on a representation in the left Gothic window of the apse in the parish church of the village.

Territorial reform 1974

As part of the territorial reform in Rhineland-Palatinate, which took effect on March 17, 1974, the previously independent municipality of Kausen was incorporated into the local municipality of Großmaischeid.



Großmaischeid water tower
Catholic Church “St. Boniface “Grossmaischeid

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  • the Großmaischeid water tower was built in 1922/23 and was used from 1924 to 1968. It was renovated in 2007 and is now a listed building . It is a landmark where cultural events take place today.
  • the Roman Catholic parish church of St. Bonifatius with a Romanesque west tower. The nave was built in 1716/17, the neo-Gothic transept and choir in 1875/76.
  • Großmaischeid's oldest house is on Poststrasse. It is assumed that the half-timbered building was erected on even older foundations around 1700 or earlier.


  • southwest of the village in the forest, above the Sayn: Sayneck hunting lodge
  • southwest of the village: Wegekapelle; Quarry stone building, plastered with stone, probably from the 18th century


  • Hohlstraße 8: half-timbered transverse house, partly solid, 18th century


  • to the west above the village on the road to Großmaischeid: wayside cross; Shank cross, basalt, marked 1851


In Großmaischeid there is a marching band that started in 2015 with the “2. Mäschder Summer Carnival ”, celebrated its 65th anniversary.

sport and freetime

Großmaischeid has had an artificial turf pitch since August 2012 (previously hard pitch ). There are also several riding stables, a riding arena, a dog park, a tennis court, a gym, an ADTV dance school, a large barbecue hut and several playgrounds.

Regular events

  • Violet Tuesday train
  • Big tent fair "Mäschder Quätsche-Kärmes"
  • Martin's celebration
  • Christmas "cookie market"
  • "Mäschder Summer Carnival" (anniversary of the marching band; every five years)

Economy and Infrastructure

The favorable location of Großmaischeid near the Oberzentrum Koblenz and the Mittelzentrum Neuwied , as well as between the metropolitan areas Cologne / Düsseldorf and Frankfurt and the favorable transport connections through the A3 with its own junction (AS Dierdorf ) favor the economic development of the local community. The plastics processing and metal processing industry, shading construction and tourism developed particularly strongly .


  • Catholic day care center “St. Boniface "
  • Großmaischeid Primary School "Hermann Gmeiner School"

There are secondary schools in the neighboring town of Dierdorf (“ Martin-Butzer-Gymnasium ” and “Nelson-Mandela- Realschule plus ” (both voluntary all-day schools )).


The closest ICE stop is Montabaur train station on the Cologne – Rhein / Main high-speed line .


Web links

Commons : Großmaischeid  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ A b State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate: My village, my city. Retrieved July 12, 2019 .
  3. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2019 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 49 (PDF; 3 MB).
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local election Rhineland-Palatinate 2019, municipal council
  5. ^ Report on the constituent meeting. Großmaischeid community, August 14, 2019, accessed on March 21, 2020 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Dierdorf, Verbandsgemeinde, sixth result line. Retrieved March 21, 2020 .
  7. Uwe Engel: Farewell. Großmaischeid community, accessed on March 21, 2020 .
  8. Brief history of Großmaischeid on Groß, accessed on July 15, 2011.
  9. Official municipality directory (= State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate [Hrsg.]: Statistical volumes . Volume 407 ). Bad Ems February 2016, p. 164 (PDF; 2.8 MB).