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Coat of arms of the municipality of Niestetal
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Coordinates: 51 ° 19 ′  N , 9 ° 34 ′  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : kassel
County : kassel
Height : 221 m above sea level NHN
Area : 22.15 km 2
Residents: 11,149 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 503 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 34266
Area code : 0561
License plate : KS, HOG, WOH
Community key : 06 6 33 020
Address of the
municipal administration:
Heiligenröder Strasse 70
34266 Niestetal
Website :
Mayor : Marcel Brückmann ( SPD )
Location of the municipality of Niestetal in the Kassel district
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Niestetal is a large municipality in the northern Hessian district of Kassel in the immediate vicinity of Kassel and the southern tip of Lower Saxony.


Geographical location

The municipality of Niestetal, which consists of the districts of Heiligenrode and Sandershausen as well as Gut Ellenbach (district Sandershausen) and Gut Windhausen (district Heiligenrode), is located west of the Kaufunger Wald and is traversed by the Nieste . The Nieste flows into the Fulda in Sandershausen . The southern border of Heiligenrode is marked by the Losse from east to west . The federal motorway 7 crosses the community of Niestetal in the middle between the two districts.

Neighboring communities

Niestetal borders in the north on the municipality of Staufenberg (in the district of Göttingen in Lower Saxony ), in the east on the municipality of Nieste , in the south on the municipality of Kaufungen (both in the district of Kassel) and in the west on the independent city of Kassel .


Heiligenrode was first mentioned on May 8th 1123 as Helingenrodh and Sandershausen in 1167 as Sandrateshusen . Both districts were created through efforts by the Kaufungen monastery . Around 1123, the monastery had clearings in this area, which resulted in clearing villages, including Heiligenrode. Sandershausen was first mentioned in a document in 1167 as Sandrateshusen, named after the monk Sandrat commissioned by the Kaufung monastery. He settled in the area near today's Protestant church. The submerged village of Umbach has been forgotten today, there is only vague information about this desert .

The merger of the formerly independent communities of Heiligenrode and Sandershausen to form the community of Niestetal took place in the course of the regional reform in Hesse by means of state law on August 1, 1972.


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 31 seats
Parties and constituencies %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 56.1 17th 56.4 17th 58.5 18th 58.9 22nd
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 30.9 10 28.6 9 34.3 11 34.2 13
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 13.0 4th 15.0 5 7.2 2 6.9 2
total 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 37
Voter turnout in% 47.8 48.5 47.9 56.1


After the territorial reform and the merger of Heiligenrode and Sandershausen to form the municipality of Niestetal in 1972, the municipality of Niestetal had the following mayors:

  • Ludwig Hofmann (until 1981)
  • Rainer Herbst (until 1991)
  • Herbert Loot (until 1994)
  • Rudi Merwar (until 2006)
  • Andreas Siebert (until 2018)
  • Marcel Brückmann (from 2018)

On June 3, 2018, Marcel Brückmann (SPD) was elected the new mayor of the Niestetal community with 75.1% of the vote. He took office on September 3, 2018. The election had become necessary because the previous incumbent Andreas Siebert had been elected deputy district administrator of the district of Kassel. The turnout was 43.3%.

Town twinning

Sarkad (Hungary, since October 2005)

Culture and sights


Church in the district of Sandershausen
Church in the district of Heiligenrode

The evangelical parish of Niestetal, in cooperation with the parish of Niestetal, is organizing a series of chamber music that has become famous far beyond the borders of Niestetal. The concerts take place several times a week in the hall of the community center in Sandershausen.

Monuments and historical buildings

Sandershausen: Prince Casimir von Ysenburg monument, old customs house

Heiligenrode: tombstone of Prince Casimir von Ysenburg in the church garden, Wichtelbrunnen, Friedrich Bernhard memorial stone

Gut Windhausen (district Heiligenrode ), 1769 by Simon Louis du Ry

Germanic garden of Windhausen Castle with monkey monument and Schlieffen mausoleum (at Gut Windhausen )

sport and freetime

Niestetal local recreation and leisure area

The two largest sports clubs in Niestetal are TSV 1892 Heiligenrode e. V. in the Heiligenrode district and TSG 1889 Sandershausen e. V. in the district of Sandershausen, which offer a wide range of sports with many disciplines.

Baths and local recreation As one of the first municipalities in Hesse, the municipality of Niestetal opened natural bathing water in May 2001, which is cleaned exclusively by ecological filtering. The Niestetal natural adventure pool, which was created from the former outdoor pool in need of renovation, offers many other attractions in addition to the ecological component. In addition to the natural adventure pool ( swimming pond ), the Wichtelbrunnenbad ( indoor pool ) in Sandershausen and the park in Heiligenrode are further attractive options for recreational activities.

Sports facilities There are numerous sports facilities available for sporting activities:

  • Multi-purpose hall with attached bowling alley (town center)
  • Sports hall at the Wilhelm Leuschner School in the Heiligenrode district
  • a gym at each of the local elementary schools
  • Sports stadium with synthetic running track and side area
  • four sports fields
  • six tennis courts
  • A shooting range with a club house in each of the two districts

Associations and associations

  • Around 60 clubs and associations offer activities for all age groups as far as they can. As an umbrella organization, the sports and cultural community is involved on behalf of the clubs and associations in addition to the usual tasks in the cultural field.
  • The table tennis department of TSG Sandershausen organizes the third largest table tennis tournament in Germany every year at Whitsun. Participants from Scandinavia, the USA and Russia show the broad scope that this tournament covers.

Regional particularities

Economy and Infrastructure

Although the townscape is still slightly rural, agriculture no longer plays a major role. There are currently around 4,950 jobs in Niestetal. 2/3 of the employees commute to Niestetal - mostly from the neighboring city of Kassel . One of the largest local employers is SMA Solar Technology with more than 5000 jobs in the Sandershausen district.


Niestetal has a direct motorway connection (Kassel-Nord) to the federal motorway 7 . The buses on NVV lines 30, 30.1, 32 and 33 connect the community with Kassel . Since 2007, users of public transport have been able to travel through Niestetal free of charge on the "NiestetalExpress" local bus (line 31). Niestetal is one of the few municipalities in Germany to offer its citizens such a service.


The municipality of Niestetal, two primary schools , one for each district, and as an integrated comprehensive school run Wilhelm-Leuschner-Schule in OT Heiligenrode , are available. In addition, other secondary schools or technical schools (with a wide range of subjects) can be visited in the neighboring city of Kassel . The University of Kassel is around 15 minutes by public transport and the university can be reached in around 10 minutes by car.

The community library with currently around 33,000 volumes is located in the community center in the center of the village .

The communal facilities also include five kindergartens , which enable all-day childcare from the first year of life.

Web links

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

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. Heiligenrode, District of Kassel. Historical local dictionary for Hesse (as of June 18, 2014). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS). Hessian State Office for Historical Cultural Studies (HLGL), accessed on November 3, 2014 .
  3. ^ Sandershausen, Kassel district. Historical local lexicon for Hesse (as of March 18, 2014). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS). Hessian State Office for Historical Cultural Studies (HLGL), accessed on November 3, 2014 .
  4. Law on the reorganization of the districts of Hofgeismar, Kassel and Wolfhagen (GVBl. II 330-17) of July 11, 1972 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1972 No. 17 , p. 225 , § 1 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 1,2 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 GmbH, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 401 .
  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. Direct elections in Niestetal. Hessian State Statistical Office , accessed in December 2018 .