|coat of arms||Germany map|
|Administrative region :||kassel|
|County :||Werra-Meißner district|
|Height :||236 m above sea level NHN|
|Area :||96.48 km 2|
|Residents:||4234 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Population density :||44 inhabitants per km 2|
|Postal code :||37284|
|Primaries :||05656, 05658 (Bischhausen)|
|License plate :||ESW, WIZ|
|Community key :||06 6 36 012|
|LOCODE :||DE WPP|
|City structure:||15 districts|
City administration address :
|Leipziger Strasse 34
|Mayor :||Frank Koch ( SPD )|
|Location of the town of Waldkappel in the Werra-Meißner district|
Waldkappel lies between Hessisch Lichtenau in the west and Eschwege in the east. It is located in the East Hessian mountains between the geo-nature park Frau-Holle-Land (Werratal.Meißner.Kaufunger Wald) in the north and the Stölzinger Mountains in the south at the mouth of the Schemmerbach in the weirs .
The Mäuseberg ( ) with the pioneer is located south-southeast of the Waldkappel core town . Another lookout tower is located on the goat club ( ) a few kilometers south-southwest ; another mountain called Ziegenküppel ( ) lies to the northwest. A few kilometers to the north rises the Hohe Meißner ( )
Waldkappel lies at the intersection of the line connecting the Zipfelbund communities .
- Meissner in the north
- Wehretal in the east
- Sontra in the south (all three in the Werra-Meißner district)
- Cornberg in the southwest
- Rotenburg an der Fulda (both in the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg )
- Spangenberg in the west (in the Schwalm-Eder district ) and
- Hessisch Lichtenau (in the Werra-Meißner district).
In addition to the core town of Waldkappel, the city consists of the following districts:
Waldkappel was first mentioned in a document in 1226. 1301 owned the von Kappel goods and jurisdiction in the place. In 1414 the town was granted city rights. The city experienced its economic boom during the late Middle Ages due to its location on the old trade route "through the long Hesse" , which led from the Wetterau to Thuringia and on to Leipzig . As a sign of the city's former wealth, the late Gothic church rises in the center of the village. On the trip to the Marburg Religious Discussion with Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Luther stayed overnight on 27/28. September and 6./7. October 1529 in Waldkappel. The Thirty Years War brought Waldkappel's prosperity to an abrupt end; the city could never build on its former importance.
The town of Waldkappel did not belong to any office, but there were special mayors of the Ganerbe. It was not until 1780 that the judicial officer in Bischhausen was commissioned to take care of the administration of justice . During the French occupation, the place belonged to the canton of Bischhausen in the Kingdom of Westphalia (1807-1813). From 1821 Waldkappel belonged to the Hessian district of Eschwege .
In 1945, 17 people were killed in an air raid on an ammunition train and the station was completely destroyed.
Since 1974 the place belongs to the Werra-Meißner-Kreis .
As part of the regional reform in Hesse , the previously independent municipality of Mäckelsdorf was incorporated on February 1, 1971. On October 1, 1971, Burghofen, Friemen, Rechtebach and Rodebach were added. Bischhausen, Gehau, Harmuthsachsen, Hasselbach (both from the district of Witzenhausen ), Kirchhosbach, Schemmern and Stolzhausen from the district of Melsungen followed on December 31, 1971. With the incorporation by virtue of the state law of Eltmannsee and Hetzerode, the series of incorporations became on January 1, 1974 completed.
The local elections on March 6, 2016 produced the following results, compared to previous local elections:
||Parties and constituencies||
|SPD||Social Democratic Party of Germany||41.3||9||47.8||11||51.4||12||49.7||15th|
|CDU||Christian Democratic Union of Germany||30.7||7th||30.5||7th||32.2||7th||24.9||8th|
|ÜWG||Non-partisan voter community||20.6||5||13.0||3||11.9||3||18.6||6th|
|GAL||Green alternative list Waldkappel||7.4||2||8.7||2||4.5||1||-||-|
|GREEN||Alliance 90 / The Greens||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.8||2|
|Voter turnout in%||59.4||60.5||58.1||63.4|
On January 26, 2020, Frank Koch (SPD) was elected mayor with 94.5 percent of the vote, unopposed. The turnout was 53.9 percent. He will take office on July 1, 2020. Incumbent Reiner Adam (SPD) was no longer up for re-election.
- Former mayor
- 2008 to 2020: Reiner Adam (SPD)
- 1996 to 2008: Peter Hillebrandt
coat of arms
|Blazon : "In red over a green three-mountain, a silver (white) chapel with a blue roof, a blue-covered spire and three golden (yellow) roof knobs with golden (yellow) crosses in front of four green trees with golden (yellow) trunks."|
|Justification of the coat of arms: The coat of arms is derived from seals from 181 and the 17th century, which initially only showed a chapel. As early as 1605, the added trees were found in Siebmacher's heraldic books, which served as a further talking element for the name part "forest". The coat of arms is heraldically incorrect, as the heraldic color rule is violated several times .|
Banner and flag
|Banner: "The banner is red and white striped lengthways with the coat of arms in the middle."|
|Hoisted flag: "The flag has red and white stripes with the coat of arms in the middle."|
Born in Waldkappel
- Christian Schütz (1526–1592), Protestant theologian
- Katt Both (1905–1985), architect and furniture designer
- Paul Glass: The forgotten monument of Harmuthsachsen or how Waldkappel was inundated by evacuated Saarlanders at the beginning of World War II. A search for clues . In: Journal [year book] of the Association for Hessian History and Regional Studies [ZHG], Volume 117/118, 2012/13, Kassel 2013, pp. 247–268, 6 figs.
- Literature on Waldkappel in the Hessian Bibliography
- Internet presence of the city of Waldkappel
- Waldkappel, Werra-Meißner district. Historical local dictionary for Hessen. In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
- 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 ).
- "Waldkappel, Werra-Meißner district". Historical local dictionary for Hessen. (As of March 15, 2015). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
- 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 , item 328, para. 36 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 6.2 MB ]).
- Law on the reorganization of the districts of Eschwege and Witzenhausen (GVBl. II 330-21) of September 28, 1973 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1973 No. 25 , p. 353 , § 5 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 2,3 MB ]).
- 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, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 388-389 .
- Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
- Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 27, 2011
- Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 26, 2006
- Direct elections in Waldkappel, city. Hessian State Statistical Office , accessed in February 2020 .
- Call for nominations and announcement of election day and the day of the runoff election for the direct election of the mayor of the town of Waldkappel
- Stadler, Klemens, Deutsche Wappen, Volume 3, Bremen 1967, p. 89
- Banner of the city of Waldkappel
- Statute for the protection of the city arms and the city flag