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Coat of arms of the municipality of Ober-Mörlen
Map of Germany, position of the municipality Ober-Mörlen highlighted

Coordinates: 50 ° 22 ′  N , 8 ° 41 ′  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : Darmstadt
County : Wetteraukreis
Height : 173 m above sea level NHN
Area : 37.65 km 2
Residents: 5746 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 153 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 61239
Area code : 06002
License plate : FB, BÜD
Community key : 06 4 40 018
Community structure: 2 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Frankfurter Strasse 31
61239 Ober-Mörlen
Website : www.ober-moerlen.de
Mayor : Kristina Paulenz ( SPD )
Location of the municipality of Ober-Mörlen in the Wetterau district
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Ober-Mörlen is a municipality in the western Wetterau in the Hessian Wetteraukreis .


Geographical location

The place is on the USA about 35 kilometers north of Frankfurt am Main and borders the Hochtaunuskreis . The highest point in the municipality is the Winterstein . On the mountain, after which the local elementary school is named, there is a telecommunications tower and an observation tower.

Neighboring communities

Ober-Mörlen borders the city of Butzbach in the north, the municipality of Rockenberg in the northeast, the city of Bad Nauheim in the east, the city of Friedberg (all in the Wetterau district) and the municipality of Wehrheim in the south and the city of Usingen (both in the Hochtaunuskreis ).

Community structure

The community consists of the districts of Ober-Mörlen and Langenhain-Ziegenberg . The former weekend area Maiberg and the former Hofgut Hasselheck are part of the municipality of Ober-Mörlen.


Ober-Mörlen is mentioned for the first time in Codex Laureshamensis 790 under number 3009 as Moruller Marca in Document 3756b as Morellere marca , both of which are interpreted as "Mark des Mohren". Langenhain (Langen Hain) was first mentioned in 1278 and Ziegenberg Castle (Ziegenhain) in 1388. At the beginning of the Second World War , the Adlerhorst headquarters was built near Langenhain-Ziegenberg .


On February 1, 1971, the previously independent municipality of Langenhain was incorporated into Hesse as part of the regional reform .


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 %
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 37.7 12 37.1 11 37.9 12 41.4 13
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 29.2 9 24.8 8th 32.8 10 33.0 10
FWG Free voter community Ober-Mörlen 24.4 7th 18.3 6th 15.3 5 13.4 4th
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 8.7 3 13.9 4th 6.4 2 7.3 2
FDP Free Democratic Party - - 6.0 2 5.7 2 5.0 2
NPD National Democratic Party of Germany - - - - 1.8 0 - -
total 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31
Voter turnout in% 53.9 49.7 53.0 50.6


The past mayoral elections produced the following results:

year Candidates Political party %
2018 Matthias Heil CDU 39.1
Kristina Paulenz SPD 60.9
Voter turnout in% 57.3
2012 Jörg Wetzstein CDU 50.7
Joachim Reimertshofer SPD 24.3
Jan Wölfl FWG 25.1
Voter turnout in% 61.3
2006 Sigbert Steffens independent 83.5
Voter turnout in% 52.9
2000 Sigbert Steffens independent 87.4
Voter turnout in% 43.7
year Candidates Political party %
1997 (1) Erika Schäfer SPD 50.3
Sigbert Steffens independent 49.7
Voter turnout in% 68.3
1997 Erika Schäfer SPD 49.2
Thomas Senger CDU 16.9
Harald Stipp-Lass GREEN 4.5
Sigbert Steffens independent 29.3
Voter turnout in% 69.2

(1) Runoff election

In the mayoral election on March 4, 2018, Kristina Paulenz was elected mayor with 60.9% in the first ballot. The turnout was 57.3%.

coat of arms

Old coat of arms

The old coat of arms was designed after a court seal from 1716. It is called the talking coat of arms . In the upper half it shows the red Eppstein rafters of the Lords of Eppstein , covered with a red Kurmainzer wheel ( Electorate of Mainz ) and below a right-turned head of a Moor .

Current coat of arms

On 17 July 1967, the village of Upper Mörlen was in the then district Friedberg a coat of arms with the following Blazon awarded: In Silver three red rafters depending quite a turned-over Mohrenkopf, in the sign a red sechsspeichiges Mainzer Rad. The ceremony took place in the course of the Hessian crest reform in which all coats of arms received the typical shield shape. The heraldic symbols already mentioned were retained, the Mohrenkopf was doubled for design reasons and placed in the upper right and left corners.

Culture and sights


Catholic Lady Chapel

Catholic Lady Chapel

Outside the village, on the B 275 from Bad Nauheim on the right, is the Catholic Marienkapelle. The single-storey octagonal building with a pointed tent roof was built at the beginning of the 18th century. It and the cross in front of the chapel marked a historically important traffic junction. In 2009 the chapel was renovated. In the same year she received a carved image of the Virgin.

Catholic parish church of St. Remigius

Catholic parish church of St. Remigius

A church in Ober-Mörlen is mentioned for the first time in a document dated October 19, 1213. In it, King Friedrich II confirmed the transfer of half of the patronage of the Church of (Ober-) Mörlen by King Philip to the Teutonic Order . In 1220, the Teutonic Order also received the other half from Heinrich von Ysenburg and Euphemia, the Countess of Cleeberg . Until 1814 the Teutonic Order provided almost all pastors of the place.

The old church was set on fire and destroyed in 1591 by passing troops from Anhalt and rebuilt in 1607. Ober-Mörlen remained a Catholic place even after the Reformation .

On July 27, 1716, the place was almost completely destroyed by a major fire. The church was also a victim of flames. The present church was rebuilt from 1716 to 1728 and consecrated in 1728 by the Mainz auxiliary bishop Caspar Adolph Schnernauer . The church was a hall building that included the western tower of the previous building, which was still medieval in the substructure. The tower's staggered bonnet is from 1723.

In order to take account of the increase in the population, the church was expanded in 1929 to a cross-shaped church with a new transept and a new choir with a sacristy, based on a design by the Mainz cathedral builder Professor Ludwig Becker .

On the day of the patron saint of Remigius von Reims in 1929, the church was consecrated by the Mainz bishop Ludwig Maria Hugo .

The baroque stuccoing is partially preserved in the nave. The altars from the time the church was rebuilt from 1716 to 1728 are now in the side aisles, the high altar in the choir dates from 1861. The churchyard, which is still surrounded by a stone wall, was used as a cemetery until the middle of the 19th century. On the west side of the churchyard there is a memorial for the fallen soldiers of Ober-Mörler in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71 and a processional cross from 1752.

Evangelical Gustav Adolf Chapel

Gustav Adolf Chapel

Even if Ober-Mörlen was predominantly Catholic, the number of Protestants increased in the 19th century and there were initial considerations for a Protestant church even before the First World War . The Gustav Adolf Chapel, named after the former Swedish king Gustav Adolf , was built in 1925/26 to the southeast of the closed location. The church was consecrated on May 13, 1926.

The plans for the church came from the architect and monument conservator Heinrich Walbe . He designed a neo-baroque chapel with rounded corners, a hipped roof and turret in the middle of the ridge as the most conspicuous features.

The church was restored inside and out in 1991/92 and got a new altar and a new pulpit. The adjacent Protestant parish hall was inaugurated in 1992 and has been called "Albert Schweitzer House" since August 2, 2000.

Other cultural monuments

Elvis Presley - Memorial at the former US tank yard Eichkopf near Ober-Mörlen

Natural monuments

Regular events

The Ober-Mörler Fassenacht , which is maintained by the two carnival associations (1. KG "Mörlau" and Mörlauer Carneval Club), and the figure of Mohren von Mörlau are known nationwide . The community's leisure activities are implemented by around 60 different clubs from different fields of activity.

Economy and Infrastructure

Economic structure

Originally characterized by agriculture, the community is experiencing a change to a location for the supplier industry due to its favorable location in the Rhine-Main area . The Germany center of Manitou is located in Ober-Mörlen. Haase Food is also represented in Ober-Mörlen and Bechtle in Langenhain-Ziegenberg.


The community is accessible from the federal highway 275 and the Autobahn A5 with the junction Ober-Mörlen. A bypass has been planned for around 35 years. The latest variant now provides for bypassing the community to the south. This would mean that the new B 275a would leave the previous route west (at the height of the Maiberges) of the municipality to the south, cross the A 5, then lead back to the old route parallel to the east of the A 5 at the Ober-Mörlen junction. In addition, there are plans to connect the bypass with the Friedberg bypass (B 3), which was opened in July 2009. Then a new junction would be built at the “Wetterau” motorway service station .

To the southeast of the municipality is the Ober-Mörlen airfield , where gliders, powered airplanes and helicopters can take off and land with prior approval. The Aeroclub Bad Nauheim e. V. at home.


Sons and daughters of the place

  • Kurt Rupp (1939–2013), local history researcher
  • Vera Rupp (* 1958), archaeologist
  • Jakob Schmidt (1871–1964), German church historian, author, official and professor

Connected to the place


  • Kurt Rupp: Ober-Mörlen - memories in old pictures
  • Kurt Rupp: The former Führer headquarters "Adlerhorst" with the bunkers in Langenhain-Ziegenberg . Ober-Mörlen 1997.
  • Kurt Rupp: From hostels and inns - the history of the inns of Ober-Mörlen , Ober-Mörlen 1999
  • Literature about Ober-Mörlen in the Hessian Bibliography

Web links

Commons : Ober-Mörlen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Ober-Mörlen  - Travel Guide

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. "Ober-Mörlen, Wetteraukreis". Historical local lexicon for Hesse (as of September 1, 2014). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS). Hessian State Office for Historical Cultural Studies (HLGL), accessed on November 3, 2014 .
  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 / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 360 .
  4. ^ Municipal reform: mergers and integration of municipalities from January 20, 1971 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1971 No. 6 , p. 248 , para. 4 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 6.2 MB ]).
  5. ^ Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
  6. Direct elections in Ober-Mörlen. Hessian State Statistical Office , accessed in January 2019 .
  7. Approval of a coat of arms of the municipality of Ober-Mörlen in the district of Friedberg, administrative district of Darmstadt from July 17, 1967 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1967 No. 31 , p. 933 , point 771 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 5.3 MB ]).
  8. ^ State Office for the Preservation of Monuments Hesse (ed.): Kath. Marienkapelle and Wegekreuz In: DenkXweb, online edition of cultural monuments in Hesse
  9. Gießener Anzeiger of June 18, 2009
  10. State Office for Monument Preservation Hesse (ed.): Catholic parish church St. Remigius In: DenkXweb, online edition of cultural monuments in Hesse
  11. State Office for the Preservation of Monuments in Hesse (ed.): Evangelical Gustav-Adolf-Chapel In: DenkXweb, online edition of cultural monuments in Hesse
  12. Municipality of Ober-Mörlen ( Memento from September 5, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )