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City of Waldkappel
Coordinates: 51 ° 9 ′ 39 ″  N , 9 ° 51 ′ 32 ″  E
Height : 249  (246-284)  m above sea level NHN
Area : 7.83 km²
Residents : 359  (Feb 17, 2015)
Population density : 46 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : December 31, 1971
Postal code : 37284
Area code : 05656
Am Anger in Hartmuthsachsen

Harmuthsachsen is a district of Waldkappel in the Werra-Meißner district in North Hesse .

Geographical location

Harmuthsachsen is located in the East Hessian highlands directly northeast of the Stölzinger Mountains in the geo-nature park Frau-Holle-Land (Werra Valley, Meissner, Kaufunger Wald) . It is located on the Werra tributary Wehre 2.2 km northwest of the Waldkappel core city, 1.9 km south-southwest of the Waldkappel district Rodebach and 2.2 km southeast of the Waldkappel district Hasselbach .

The Ziegenküppel ( 405.8  m ) rises south of Harmuthsachsen and a few kilometers north of the Hohe Meißner ( 753.6  m ). In the village, the state road  3334 and the district road  33 meet, both of which have a connection to the federal road 7 ( German half-timbered road ) passing southwest of the village .


The village was first mentioned in writing in 1195 in a document from the Germerode monastery . The then place name Hermensassen is derived from the establishment of a Hermann. The remains of the castle south of the village were demolished in 1824. The place and the monastery Marienheide belonged to the Hessian office Lichtenau until 1821 and then to the district of Witzenhausen . During the French occupation, the place belonged to the canton of Bischhausen in the Kingdom of Westphalia (1807-1813).

A Jewish community is mentioned as early as 1324. A synagogue was built in 1833 . It no longer exists today. The Protestant church was built in 1749. In 1939 the place had 421 inhabitants. In the course of the regional reform in Hesse on January 1, 1970, the municipality of Wollstein was incorporated into Harmuthsachsen. The thus enlarged community of Harmuthsachsen came to the town of Waldkappel on December 31, 1971. Before that, the community belonged to the district of Witzenhausen .

The town center, which consists mostly of half-timbered houses , is very worth seeing.

Marienheide Monastery

Marienheide Abbey in Wollstein (near Waldkappel-Harmuthsachsen), Sisters of Bethlehem

3.8 km southwest of Harmuthsachsen, on the headwaters of the Hainebach, a southwest tributary of the creek in the hollow that flows to the weirs , is the former Wollstein manor . It was operated as an estate until 2000. In the summer of 2000 it was sold to the Order of the Sisters of Bethlehem and since then it has been the Marienheide Monastery . The monastery has since been renovated and expanded more and more. A new church , created from a former stable, was consecrated in 2008 by Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen von Fulda .

The old church on the outskirts is a small, interesting half-timbered building from 1821 with a roof turret.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Harmuthsachsen, Werra-Meißner district. Historical local dictionary for Hessen. (As of December 16, 2015). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
  2. ^ District Harmuthsachsen on the website of the city of Waldkappel, accessed in February 2016.
  3. ^ 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 GmbH, Stuttgart and Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 389 .
  4. Marienheide Monastery , on catholic-kirche-hessisch-lichtenau.de

Web links

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