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Coordinates: 49 ° 54 '  N , 8 ° 35'  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : Darmstadt
County : Darmstadt-Dieburg
Height : 105 m above sea level NHN
Area : 34.4 km 2
Residents: 26,052 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 757 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 64331
Primaries : 06150 (Riedbahn: 06151)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : DA, TU
Community key : 06 4 32 023
City structure: Core city and 4 districts

City administration address :
Riedbahnstraße 6
64331 Weiterstadt
Website : www.weiterstadt.de
Mayor : Ralf Möller ( SPD )
Location of the city of Weiterstadt in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district
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"Media ship" in the center of Weiterstadt
Darmstädter Strasse

Weiterstadt is a town in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district in southern Hesse . With its Riedbahn district, it borders directly on Darmstadt and is 20 km south of Frankfurt Airport .

On July 29, 1993, Weiterstadt was given the designation city by the Hessian state government . Weiterstadt came into the public eye on March 27, 1993 when the Red Army Faction (RAF) carried out an explosive attack on the Weiterstadt correctional facility , which had just been completed at the time .


Territorial division of the city districts


Geographically, Weiterstadt is located in the Rhine-Main area and in Ried in Hesse . A few small streams flow outside the residential areas. At an average height of 108  m above sea level. NN , the area is mostly flat. The lowest point is in the Braunshardt district with a height of 100.7  m above sea level. NN . The highest point is in the Rotböll industrial park in the Graefenhausen district at a height of 118.3  m above sea level. NN .

The urban area extends over a maximum width of six and a length of approximately seven kilometers, while the narrowest point is approximately three kilometers wide.

Weiterstadt borders in the north on the city of Mörfelden-Walldorf ( Groß-Gerau district ) and the municipality of Erzhausen , in the east on the independent city of Darmstadt, in the south on the city of Griesheim and in the west on the municipality of Büttelborn (Groß-Gerau district).

City structure

Weiterstadt consists of the core city and the four districts Braunshardt , Graefenhausen , Schneppenhausen and Riedbahn . A commercial and industrial area developed in the Riedbahn district. With around 25,000 inhabitants, Weiterstadt is the third largest city in the district after Griesheim and Pfungstadt .

Weiterstadt has a total area of ​​3440.45  hectares (ha). Of this, the Braunshardt district accounts for 471.12 ha (13.69%), Graefenhausen 1137.20 ha (33.05%), Schneppenhausen 276.74 ha (8.04%) and the core town of Weiterstadt 1555.39 ha ( 45.21%).


Climate diagram from 1950 to 2000

Weiterstadt is in the temperate climate zone . The average temperature is 10 ° C. The coldest month is January with an average of 0.9 ° C, the warmest is July with an average of 19.2 ° C.



Weiterstadt was first mentioned in a document in 948 under the name Widerestat. A cleric Liuthar is listed in the certificate. He is to leave his property to King Otto the Great for the Lorsch Monastery and in return get the monastery property in Hemsbach near Weinheim for life. Originally, the Widerestat only consisted of a few farms. In 1252 Konrad II. Reiz von Breuberg-Frankenstein renounced his rights to goods acquired in Weiterstadt to Friedrich called Stein. Around 1270 Friedrich von Frankenstein sold his property to Count Eberhard von Katzenelnbogen . A few years later, around 1275, the Lords of Frankenstein sold Weiterstadt to citizen Humbert zum Widder from Mainz. Seven years later, Humbert donated Weiterstadt and other goods to the monastery of St. Clara in Mainz, which he founded. From the 13th century, the Counts of Katzenelnbogen had sovereign power over the area of ​​Weiterstadt, initially as a fiefdom of Würzburg. With the death of the last Count von Katzenelnbogen, the Upper County passed to the Landgraves of Hessen-Darmstadt .

During the Thirty Years' War , numerous lootings were recorded in the vicinity of Weiterstadt. In 1664, Weiterstadt received its court seal as a village symbol. For the Napoleonic Wars and the Wars of Liberation between 1805 and 1815, the community of Weiterstadt received high war cost bills.

The statistical-topographical-historical description of the Grand Duchy of Hesse reports on Weiterstadt in 1829:

»Weiterstadt (L. Bez. Langen) Lutheran parish village; is 3 St. from Langen, has 92 houses and 575 inhabitants, who are Lutheran except for 21 Catholics and 19 Jews. - The place appears as early as the 9th century under the name Widerestat , and in a Lorsch document from 948 a Hirzbach is listed next to this place. Weiterstadt was a branch of Großgerau and was separated from it in 1310. Eberhard von Heusenstamm pledged the small tithe to Count Johann von Katzenellenbogen, to which Bishop Johann von Würzburg gave his consent in 1413. "

In the years 1823 to 1843 Weiterstadt had a legal dispute with the grand ducal property administration over the affiliation of the Gehaborner court. In 1875 the railway station building was built. In the historical documents, Weiterstadt is mentioned as Witerstat (1252), Wytherstat (1327) and Weyterstet (1507), before the current name of Weiterstadt is used for the first time in 1587.

After the First World War , the village was in the French-occupied zone. The French occupation used the station in Weiterstadt for troop transports, because the Griesheim airfield was nearby. On March 25, 1945, American troops moved into Weiterstadt. After the Second World War , the politically unaffected carpenter Philipp Schuchmann was appointed mayor. He was replaced by Eduard Storm in the first local election on January 20, 1946. In the years that followed, schools were built and the federal railway line to Darmstadt was electrified. In April 1960 Adam Danz was elected mayor. During his tenure he brought about the industrial settlements. In the 1960s, the sewer system was expanded and new building areas were developed.

For the year 1427 it is documented that Weiterstadt belonged to the "Gerauer Mark" . From 1820 to 1821 then to the Oberamt Darmstadt and from 1821 to 1832 to the district of Langen. Between 1832 and 1848 it belonged to the Groß-Gerau district and from 1848 to 1852 to the Darmstadt administrative district . Then from 1852 to 1918 it was in the Darmstadt district. Then it was again in the Groß-Gerau district until 1930. From 1930 to 1976 it belonged to the Darmstadt district , and since January 1, 1977 it has belonged to the Darmstadt-Dieburg district. On July 29, 1993, the municipality of Weiterstadt was granted the right to use the designation city by the Hessian state government.

The following list gives an overview of the territories in which Weiterstadt was located and the administrative units to which it was subordinate:


Braunshardt was first mentioned on August 26, 1318. In 1319, Count Wilhelm von Katzenelnbogen received the Brinshard Forest as a fief from the Würzburg Church. He laid out a manor. The servants gradually settled around this estate. With that the village was founded. The name Braunshardt is closely associated with the historic castle . It was built around 1760 by Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hesse , and in the period that followed it developed a courtly lifestyle. Today part of the castle is used as a retirement and nursing home. The other part, the actual castle, was restored and renovated privately and bought by the city of Weiterstadt in 2006. After some renovations, it is now open to the public. Guided tours take place regularly, the palace garden is now open to the public and one room can be used for weddings.


In 1211 Graefenhausen was first mentioned in the goods book (Oculus Memoriae) of the Eberbach monastery. From the 12th century to 1658 the village was under Heusen tribe rule. On September 19, 1558, they sold it to the Landgraviate of Hessen-Darmstadt , from which the Grand Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt later emerged.


Schneppenhausen was mentioned on November 21, 1225 in the same document as Graefenhausen . In the 13th century the Counts of Katzenelnbogen had sovereign power over Schneppenhausen. During the Thirty Years' War numerous houses in Schneppenhausen were burned down. In 1640 there were only 11 families and 10 houses left. On January 1, 1977, Schneppenhausen was incorporated into the municipality of Weiterstadt together with Graefenhausen by a state law as part of the regional reform in Hesse.


Riedbahn is the district to the east of federal motorway 5 Frankfurt-Darmstadt . The name is based on a railway line from Darmstadt to Hessian Ried to Worms, which was closed in 1970. The first apartments were built along the former Darmstädter Straße (today Riedbahnstraße). After the Second World War, some houses with agricultural employment were built. At the beginning of the sixties, the development of the industrial and commercial area began on the former parade ground .

Development of the community since 1973

In the course of the regional reform in Hesse , the municipality of Braunshardt voluntarily joined Weiterstadt on July 1, 1973. On January 1, 1977, the previously independent communities of Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen were incorporated into Weiterstadt by state law. Local districts were not formed.

Weiterstadt has already developed into a commercially and industrially structured city. This was due to the fact that industry and commerce settled in the Riedbahn district. In the districts of Braunshardt, Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen the industrial development was not so progressive. With the merger of Weiterstadt, the city bought the former Graefenhausen Castle from the city of Darmstadt and converted it into an old people's home and nursing home , the Ohlystift. Graefenhausen was included in the Hessian state program for village renewal in 1983/84. Playgrounds and football fields were built in Schneppenhausen, and new building areas were designated. Braunshardt got a new mourning hall in 1976 and two years later a small playing field on the sports grounds. The Riedbahn was named as an official district on May 26, 1983 by the district president in Darmstadt.

On March 27, 1993, the Red Army Faction carried out an explosives attack on the Weiterstadt JVA and damaged the just completed prison so badly that it had to be partially torn down again. The Weiterstadt correctional facility was rebuilt and has been in operation since 1997. Here, among others, the real estate entrepreneur Jürgen Schneider was in custody.

On July 29, 1993, the municipality was granted the right by the Hessian state government to use the designation city from now on.

Since October 1, 2004, the city of Weiterstadt has been ruled from the New Town Hall in the Riedbahn district, the city's industrial area. The city council also meets here in the new meeting room.


Structural data

With around 25,000 inhabitants, the city is the third largest city in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district.

In 2006, 104 nationalities lived in Weiterstadt. The quota of foreigners was 12.85%. Most strongly represented were Italians (2.59%), Turks (2.19%) and Poles (1.09%).

According to the 2011 census , there were 23,675 inhabitants on the reference date of May 9, 2011. These included 2747 (11.6%) foreigners of whom 1195 came from outside the EU , 982 from other European countries and 570 from other countries. 15.8% of the German residents had a migration background . The inhabitants lived in 10,367 households. Of these, 3,333 were single households , 2928 couples without children and 2967 couples with children, as well as 886 single parents and 233 shared apartments .

Population development

• 1629: 044 house seats
• 1791: 391 (with Gehaborn farm) residents
• 1800: 406 (Hof Gehaborn 15) residents
• 1806: 418 (without Gehaborn farm) residents, 80 houses
• 1829: 575 inhabitants, 92 houses
• 1867: 932 inhabitants, 134 houses
Weiterstadt: Population from 1791 to 2015
year     Residents
Data source: Historical municipality register for Hesse: The population of the municipalities from 1834 to 1967. Wiesbaden: Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt, 1968.
Further sources:; 1972 :; 1976 :; 1984 :; 1992 :; 2000 :; 2005 :; 2010 :; 2011 census; 2015:
From 1976 including the towns incorporated into Hesse as part of the regional reform .
Deadline Braunshardt Graefenhausen Riedbahn Schneppenhausen Weiterstadt total
December 3, 1834 216 777 - 222 620 1,835
December 3, 1864 262 941 - 298 917 2,418
December 1, 1895 355 1,366 - 370 1,512 3,603
May 17, 1939 619 1,785 - 623 2,802 5,829
October 29, 1946 965 2,458 - 906 3,484 7,813
June 6, 1961 1,117 2,893 - 992 4,454 9,459
May 27, 1970 1.991 3,391 - 1,486 7.233 14.101
December 31, 1975 2,546 4.113 - 1,645 9,784 18,088
December 31, 1981 2,725 4,199 - 1,840 10,899 19,663
June 30, 1986 3.163 4,562 1,441 1,858 10,017 21,041
January 1, 2001 4,393 5,288 1.611 2,044 10,378 23,794
December 31, 2007 4,701 5,624 1,685 2.003 10,105 24,118
December 31, 2014 5,392 5,847 1,644 2,041 10,505 25,429

Religious affiliation

• 1829: 535 Lutheran (= 63.04%), 19 Jewish (= 3.30%) and 21 Catholic (= 3.65%) residents
• 1961: 3249 Lutheran (= 72.95%), 869 Catholic (= 19.51%) inhabitants
• 2011: 8500 Protestant (= 36.3%), 5550 Catholic (= 23.7%), 340 free church (= 1.5%), 230 Orthodox (= 1.0%), 800 non-believers (= 3.4%), 7980 other (= 34.1%) residents

Gainful employment

The municipality in comparison with the district, administrative district Darmstadt and Hesse:

year local community district Administrative district Hesse
Employees subject to social security contributions 2017 9,786 74,525 1,695,567 2,524,156
Change to 2000 + 38.7% + 21.1% + 16.1% + 16.0%
of which full-time 2017 71.3% 68.3% 72.8% 71.8%
of which part-time 2017 29.7% 31.7% 27.2% 28.2%
Only marginally paid employees 2017 1,754 15.305 224.267 372.991
Change to 2000 + 72.0% + 14.4% + 9.0% + 8.8%
Branch year local community district Administrative district Hesse
Manufacturing 2000 37.2% 41.1% 27.0% 30.6%
2017 24.7% 31.3% 20.4% 24.3%
Commerce, hospitality and transport 2000 39.4% 26.1% 26.4% 25.1%
2017 48.5% 26.8% 24.7% 23.8%
Business services 2000 11.3% 11.6% 25.1% 20.2%
2017 14.7% 17.1% 31.6% 26.1%
other services 2000 11.0% 18.8% 20.1% 22.5%
2017 11.2% 23.6% 23.0% 25.4%
Other (or without assignment) 2000 01.1% 02.4% 01.4% 01.5%
2017 00.8% 01.1% 00.3% 00.4%


Weiterstadt and Braunshardt

Weiterstadt, like Graefenhausen, was a branch of the Groß-Gerau mother church. From 1310 it became an independent parish. Braunshardt, however, stayed with the Groß-Gerau mother church until the Reformation . In the middle of the 16th century Braunshardt was parish in Weiterstadt. Until the Reformation, the right to make suggestions for filling the pastorate in Weiterstadt lay with the St. Clara monastery in Mainz . When the Reformation was introduced in Weiterstadt in 1535, there were two churches in Weiterstadt. The parish church and a chapel of saints that stood in front of the site were mentioned in a competence book from 1557.

The Reformation was introduced in the Hessian parts of the country around 1535. It was in the sovereign's political interest whether the new or old teachers were to be followed. In Weiterstadt the introduction was very early. The Lords of Frankenstein tried to prevent this, but in the end they had to obey the order of the Landgrave of Hesse. A Lutheran pastor was first mentioned in 1541. Paulus Lucius was the first pastor to be mentioned by name for the first time in 1557. He was in office until 1570, whereupon Pastor Johann Tilmann from Groß-Gerau took over from 1575 to 1585 five years later. His successor was Conradius Strungius, who came from Rüsselsheim . He was pastor in Weiterstadt for 26 years until his death in 1611. Hieronymus Gerhardt from Darmstadt took over the position for a few years until he moved away in 1616. The position in Weiterstadt was then vacant for three years. Johann Jokob Gladenius from Griesheim took over the position in 1619. He died in 1622 as a result of abuse by the Mansfeld riders. The last pastor in the Thirty Years War was Sylvester Marius from Langen, who took up the position in 1623. During his tenure, a church visit was carried out in 1628. This report reported that the parish church steeple was in disrepair. After Pastor Marius died in 1635, the pastor's post in Weiterstadt was provided by Graefenhausen for 25 years.

After the Thirty Years War, the oldest church book of the poor congregations reports that in 1651 only one wedding and four baptisms were held. This decimation of the parishes meant that Weiterstadt and Graefenhausen had to be looked after by a priest together. Martin Dittmar von Miltenberg was the last pastor to look after both parishes from 1651 to 1662. When Weiterstadt became independent again in 1662, Pastor Dittmar decided to go to Weiterstadt, where he died on March 6, 1682. Since Dittmar, Weiterstadt has had its own pastor without interruption. His successor was an adjunct, Christoph Ernst Arnold von Darmstadt. He is the builder of today's church.

Although the damage to the old church was discovered in 1628, it would take around 60 years before it was demolished and rebuilt. Pastor Arnold confirmed in a document on February 17, 1687 that he had paid the master builder four guilders for a visit to the old church. The demolition of the old church began just one year later. In order to finance the new building of the church, Pastor Arnold had organized a collection in the various German countries. The collection book created for this purpose is still preserved today. The Hessian country guide donated 30 guilders. Ultimately, 990 guilders were available, the rest was borrowed from a debt of 150 guilders. On September 20, 1687, the builder Johannes Kehlmann from Arheiligen was commissioned to build the new church.

The wood for the church was brought from the forest of Mörfelden and for the church tower from Worfelden and Büttelborn. Lime came from Auerbach and Oppenheim, stones came from Darmstadt. Nails and irons came from Frankfurt. The demolition was finished on April 23, 1688, only the choir remained. The construction of the church began immediately, on August 10, 1688 the new masonry was in place. Then the building of the tower began. This lasted until September 1689, as wine was still paid for when the tower was built. The consecration of the church took place on June 15, 1690. However, the interior was still missing at the inauguration. It was only acquired a few months later.

The burial place for residents of Weiterstadt and Braunshard was at the church until 1842. After 1842, the old cemetery was opened on the site of today's civic center. This was closed on November 18, 1928 and on the same day Mayor August Meinhardt opened the new cemetery in Gackenau. When the old burial site around the church was closed in 1842, Braunshardt already had its own cemetery.

Today Weiterstadt is looked after by two parishes, as the population and the spatial expansion have increased by leaps and bounds in the last decades. On April 20, 1985, the Wochenspiegel reported that since April 1, 1985, the Protestant community in Braunshardt received its first pastor. This became necessary as the population increased. Therefore, in 1983, a pastor's position for Braunshardt was applied for from the church administration in Darmstadt.

Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen

The mother church Groß-Gerau was not only responsible for Weiterstadt, but also for Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen.

There was a chapel in Graefenhausen. The St. Martin Chapel was built around the year 1200. The tower of the former chapel is still the church tower in Graefenhausen today. It was mentioned for the first time in 1310, making it the oldest building in Graefenhausen.

In 1310 the Graefenhausen church was separated from the Gerau mother church. The deputy epleban Kilian Plunc renovated the church in 1482. However, the church already had its own pastor before 1310, as a plebanus Eberhard in 1257 and a Heinrichs, pastor of Grefenhausen in 1297 were recorded.

On June 21, 1537, Landgrave Philipp the Magnanimous of Hesse ordered Superintendent Nikolaus Fabritius zu Groß-Gerau that the church in Graefenhausen should represent Protestant teaching. However, the new teaching was only advocated for around a decade. But the old Catholic creed only lasted a few years. When the pastor Johannes Rubener was involved in a process in 1551, Balthasar Scharff took over the second row of Lutheran pastors. From there on, they were no longer interrupted.

The church in Graefenhausen was still used around 270 years after the introduction of the Reformation. In 1807 the time had come: the church had to be closed due to disrepair. For eight years the pastor held his services under a walnut tree in summer and in the town hall in winter. During these eight years, from 1807 to 1815, negotiations were held as to who would bear the costs for the new building. The old nave was demolished in 1815 and the planned new building from 1790 began. Between 1815 and 1817, the current church was built on the same site as the old one and was finally consecrated in 1818. The cost of 12,000 guilders was far too much for the two communities of Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen. The Grand Duke provided temporary help and a collection in the Hessian countries. Although Schneppenhausen was Katzenelnbogisch from 1479 and then Hessian, from 1310 it always remained a church affiliate of Graefenhausen.

Until the turn of the 16th to the 17th century, the dead from Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen were buried in the churchyard in Graefenhausen. Nothing is left of this cemetery today. The new cemetery, which had to be opened because the space of the churchyard was getting narrower and the population increased, was built in a field between Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen around 1612. It was expanded in 1852, 1864, 1937, 1949 and 1962.

Schneppenhausen got its first pastor on September 8, 1985.

Catholic Church

Catholic Church Weiterstadt

After the introduction of the Reformation, the Catholic residents of Weiterstadt were dependent on outside church support for around 400 years. One reason for this is that in Weiterstadt only a few residents were Catholic at the time. Changes did not appear until 1926, as a pastoral concern. The Caritas Association of the Diocese of Mainz acquired Braunshardt Castle and in 1929 a Catholic church, St. Ludwig, was consecrated there. Even if it was only a branch of the Darmstadt parish of St. Fidelis, it was used by the Catholic population.

After the Second World War, the Catholic population in Weiterstadt grew significantly. Displaced persons, other refugees and evacuees drove up the Catholic population in Weiterstadt and its districts. Due to the now larger Catholic population, Pastor Hermann Blank set up a separate parish in Weiterstadt at the end of the forties. The seat of the parish, named St. John the Baptist, remained in Braunshardt for the time being, as there was already a church there. The episcopal ordinariate in Mainz did not know where the new community center was to be set up. Between Weiterstadt and Graefenhausen, with a view to future developments, Weiterstadt was ultimately chosen as the location.

In 1965, the first cornerstone for the new community center, the church and a new rectory was laid on a plot of land on the corner of Berliner Strasse and Heinrichstrasse. A year later, in November 1966, the church, rectory and community center were consecrated or put into use.


The synagogue in Graefenhausen was in Langgasse. From the outside the building looked like any other in Graefenhausen. It was a two-story half-timbered house with stables and a barn with a garden behind. The prayer room for the Sabbath service was upstairs and an apartment below. This property was already in Jewish hands in 1699.

During the pogroms on November 10, 1938, the Jewish school was destroyed and the house was later demolished. The place was called Judenplatz in Graefenhausen. When the rectory, which stood between the synagogue and the church, was demolished in the 1950s, first the post office and later a bank branch of the Volksbank was built there. The square, which is used today as a parking lot and as a notch space, was officially named Postplatz. A memorial stone was unveiled there on November 10, 1983 , commemorating the synagogue.


In Weiterstadt most of the residents are Christians of the two major denominations: 38% are Protestant , 22% Catholic . The remaining 40% are divided between non-denominational groups, the New Apostolic Church, the Bahai Congregation , the ( Russian ) Orthodox Church , the Jewish Congregation and the Muslims .

The New Apostolic Church and the Baha'i religion have small meetinghouses in Weiterstadt. For the other religious groups there are churches and parish halls in the nearby city of Darmstadt.


City Council

The local elections on March 6, 2016 produced the following results, compared to previous local elections:

Distribution of seats in the 2016 city council
A total of 37 seats
  • SPD : 17
  • ALW : 7
  • CDU : 9
  • FW : 4
Parties and constituencies %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 46.3 17th 42.0 16 39.7 15th 38.1 14th
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 24.6 9 24.5 9 29.7 11 28.6 11
ALW Alternative list Weiterstadt 17.8 7th 20.6 8th 22.6 8th 25.8 9
FWW Free voters Weiterstadt e. V. 11.4 4th 9.5 3 8.0 3 7.5 3
BPW Citizens' Party Weiterstadt - - 3.4 1 - - - -
total 100 37 100 37 100 37 100 37
Voter turnout in% 38.9 41.5 37.7 47.1

The chairman of the city ​​council is Manfred Dittrich (SPD), the vice chairmen are Wiheln Fischer (SPD), Marcus Mager (CDU), Barbara Pohl (ALW). Bernd Neumann is chairman of the local SPD association Weiterstadt and also a member of the SPD parliamentary group. The leader of the SPD city council is Benjamin Gürkan. Lutz Köhler is the chairman of the CDU city council.


Ralf Möller (SPD) has been mayor since January 1, 2014 and replaced the long-time mayor Peter Rohrbach, who was retiring.

Former mayors in Weiterstadt were Philipp Schuchmann (1945–1946), Eduard Strom (1946–1960), Adam Danz (1960–1974), Günter Hahn (1974–1995) and Peter Rohrbach (1996–2013). When Braunshardt was still self-employed, Georg Schmidt (1945–1948), Heinrich Schaus (1948–1962) and Adam Schuchmann (1962–1971) were mayors. At Graefenhausen there were Wilhelm Petri (1909–1933 / 1945–1946), Heinrich Steitz (1946–1964) and Heinrich Bengel (1964–1977). Jakob Schmidt (1945–1949), Georg Bender (1949–1968) and Karlheinz Uhlig (1968–1977) were mayors of Schneppenhausen.

badges and flags

Banner Weiterstadt.svg

coat of arms

Coat of arms Weiterstadt.svg

Blazon : “In blue a golden ring with a stone, inside a silver, blue-tongued brackish head on red, the ring is accompanied by a paw cross attached to a crescent moon, top left by a golden tray, the left bar above to the left to one Hook is bent. "

The coat of arms of the then community of Weiterstadt was approved by the Hessian Interior Minister on August 16, 1979 . It was designed by the Bad Nauheim heraldist Heinz Ritt .

It consists of the coats of arms of the former municipalities and today's districts of Weiterstadt. The golden ring was the old coat of arms of Weiterstadt, the brackish head comes from the coat of arms of Graefenhausen, the crescent moon with cross from that of Braunshardt and the Schragen from Schneppenhausen.


The city flag was approved together with the coat of arms and is described as follows: "The municipal coat of arms is placed on a white central strip, covered by two red side stripes in the upper half."

Old coat of arms

DEU Weiterstadt 1951 COA.svg

Blazon : "In a blue shield a gold ring with a bulge on the upper curve."

The right to use a coat of arms was granted to the former community of Weiterstadt in the then Darmstadt district on August 2, 1951 by the Hessian Minister of the Interior.

It is based on old court seals that can be traced back to the year 1623, which probably go back to a placemark and represent the seal ring of a dignitary from the early history of Weiterstadt. The colors were chosen to distinguish it from the surrounding places.

Town twinning

The city has partnerships with three European municipalities. Since November 10, 1962, Graefenhausen has been related to the South Tyrolean community of Kiens . When Graefenhausen was incorporated into Weiterstadt, the relationship continued. On September 27, 1986, the second relationship followed with Verneuil sur Seine , which is in France . With Bagno a Ripoli that in the Italian region of Tuscany is, Weiterstadt is twinned since 3 April, 2007.

The town twinning is maintained by the town twinning working group . They advise on various topics such as school exchanges, international sports and cultural encounters, public trips and private vacation trips.

Culture and sights

Village church in the Graefenhausen district
The former castle in the Graefenhausen district


Structures in Weiterstadt and the districts are:

  • The castle in Graefenhausen, which is now used as the Ohlystift retirement home . The Braunshardt Castle , which was built in 1760 and is exploiting Dende in church.
  • The old village church in Weiterstadt, which was built in 1690, and the old village church in Graefenhausen, which was inaugurated in 1818.
  • The town hall in Schneppenhausen, built in 1605
  • The half-timbered house in Braunshardt built in 1683 and two other half-timbered houses in Weiterstadt and Graefenhausen, which date from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Green spaces and recreation

The Steinrodsee
Braunshardter Tännchen


The Steinrod recreation area is located in the north of the city near Graefenhausen. In the middle of the area is the Steinrodsee, around which a walking path leads. On the south bank of the lake there is a barbecue hut that can be rented from the city. On the west side of the lake there is a campsite and a beer garden with a fishing pond.

Braunshardter Tännchen

The Braunshardter Tännchen is the forest area west of Weiterstadt. Various walking paths lead through the forest. At the eastern edge of the forest there is a barbecue hut managed by the city. Right at the beginning is a small mini golf course, which provides variety in the summer months. For children there is a playground at the grill hut, a bocce field, which is also popular with older people. In summer there is an annual summer play festival for children. The Open Air Film Festival also takes place there every year.

Braunshardt Castle Park

A larger landscaped park can be found at Braunshardt Castle. There are two avenues of lime trees in the park that end at a garden pavilion. In the east of the palace park there is a French garden, in the west an English garden. Another park, albeit a little smaller, is located near the community center in Weiterstadt.

Nature and protected areas

Part of the nature reserve " Am Kleewoog von Graefenhausen " is located in the district of Graefenhausen . The nature reserve " Löserbecken von Weiterstadt " is located in the district of Weiterstadt. Protected as extensive natural monuments are the “ Entenpfuhl bei Weiterstadt ” in the district of Weiterstadt , the inland dunes of “ Großer und Kleiner Rotböll ” (since 2008 FFH areaRotböhl ”) and the “ Sanddüne am Apfelbach ” as well as in the district of Braunshardt the bird protection trees " Schlossteich on the Braunshardter Weide " and " bird protection hatchery Ewigerstump ".

Regular events

In Weiterstadt there are regular events organized by the numerous associations. The trade association Weiterstadt z. B. organizes the Weiterstadt motor show, which has a musical supporting program, as well as the Oktoberfest in autumn. Furthermore, in cooperation with the SV Weiterstadt and the carnival club, the town center festival is organized in summer and the EM arena during the European Football Championship 2008. The wine festivals of the DRK Weiterstadt and Graefenhausen have established themselves as further inner city festivals. In addition, there are Advent markets in the city districts and, in summer, barbecues by various associations in the Braunshardter Tännchen and at Steinrodsee almost every weekend. One of the largest and nationally best known events is the Open Air Film Festival Weiterstadt , which is organized by the municipal cinema. The curb is celebrated in the districts, one of the oldest events is the curb in Graefenhausen.


For the organization of leisure time, Weiterstadt has many offers, such as an indoor swimming pool, a city library, a communal cinema and the Steinrod and Braunshardter Tännchen recreational areas. There is a youth center (Juze) for young people, which cooperates with the comprehensive school Albrecht-Dürer-Schule.


Each district has its own sports clubs and sports facilities. The SG Weiterstadt, as the largest sports club in the city, offers many different sporting opportunities, including handball, basketball, various martial arts and a few more. In 2008 TSV Braunshardt was the organizer of the BMX European Championship, which took place from May 1st to 4th.

Economy and Infrastructure

Land use

The municipal area covers a total area of ​​3440 hectares, of which in hectares are:

Type of use 2011 2015
Building and open space 393 392
from that Living 288 285
Business 96 99
Operating area 48 51
from that Mining land 14th 14th
Recreation area 26th 26th
from that Green area 13 14th
traffic area 327 328
Agricultural area 1627 1625
from that moor 0 0
pagan 0 0
Forest area 725 727
Water surface 56 56
Other use 38 35

Economic structure

8,203 employees live in Weiterstadt, who earn their living in trade, hospitality and transport (39.7%) and in manufacturing (29.2%). The remainder is split between agriculture (focus on growing asparagus ) and forestry (0.7%), finance, rental and business services (19.8%) and public and private services (10.6%). The unemployment rate in Weiterstadt is 6.2%. (Status 2011)

Established businesses

Media Markt in Weiterstadt
"Loop 5" shopping center
Precision Mechatronics GmbH

Weiterstadt developed into a very popular location for wholesale markets. The Segmüller furniture store, for example, has one of its largest locations in Germany in the West industrial estate; the regional warehouse for Hesse was built in the Graefenhausen district as early as 1991. In addition, almost all well-known wholesale chains are represented.

Some companies have their headquarters in Weiterstadt. These include the vehicle manufacturer representative Škoda Auto Deutschland , the aid organization ADRA , the company Devoteam , the company Grass Valley Germany and the successor organization to Precision Mechatronics GmbH operates a production hall. In addition, some large companies have a location in Weiterstadt. These include Evonik , Degussa and Wella .

Different companies are located in the city's industrial areas. From electrical stores to furniture stores. The Media Markt in Weiterstadt was the largest in Europe until 2007.

A total of around 2,100 businesses are registered with the city of Weiterstadt. On October 9, 2009, the LOOP5 shopping center opened in the Riedbahn with a retail space of 56,000  , which was built by the Sonae Sierra group of companies and represented an investment of 256 million euros.

A study by the Darmstadt Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in 2007 showed that, after Bensheim , Weiterstadt is a “top location among the medium-sized centers in the Darmstadt-Rhein-Main-Neckar region”.


Motorway service station Graefenhausen

Weiterstadt is conveniently located on the federal highway 5 and the federal highway 42 . The motorway connection was expanded to a full clover from 2005 to 2008 , the costs were around 10 million euros. The established wholesale markets lead to considerable traffic, mainly on weekends. Furtherstadt is well connected to Darmstadt and Groß-Gerau by the B 42. Frankfurt Airport is about 30 minutes by car from Weiterstadt.

In 1994, the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group in the district council had an expert report on cycle routes for everyday cyclists between Weiterstadt and Darmstadt. In the meantime, a network of cycle routes has been created that identifies destinations and recommends routes for cyclists who are little or no traffic. The local district association of the ADFC criticizes the cycle paths built in 2007 and the unnecessary closures on the designated cycle routes, which it believes are the expression of an auto-centered view of the traffic planners. The ADFC calls for better consideration of the needs of cyclists in future planning.

The Weiterstadt station on the Rhine-Main Railway ( Wiesbaden - Mainz - Darmstadt - Aschaffenburg ) is located on the northwestern edge of Weiterstadt. Braunshardt is also accessible through this train station. There are also (express) bus connections that run every quarter, half and hour to Darmstadt, Erzhausen , Worfelden, Groß-Gerau and Frankfurt Airport. They are connected by bus routes 675, 5513, 5515 and 5516. A connection to the city of Darmstadt by tram is planned, but this project is currently (as of 2008) put on hold.

Public facilities

Schools and day care centers

There are two comprehensive schools in Weiterstadt. One is the Albrecht Dürer School, which is located in the core town of Weiterstadt, and the Hessenwald School, which is located in the Graefenhausen district. In addition to the comprehensive school in the city center, there is an advice and support center, and there is also a primary school in the city center. The districts of Braunshardt, Graefenhausen and Schneppenhausen have their own primary schools. The Rhein-Main Chamber of Crafts is located in the Riedbahn district.

There are 17 day-care centers in the city of Weiterstadt. Eight of these are in the core town of Weiterstadt, three in Braunshardt, three in Graefenhausen, two in Schneppenhausen and one in the Riedbahn district.

Community center

Town houses are located in the city center and in the Schneppenhausen and Graefenhausen districts. Meetings, seminars, concerts and theater performances are held there. They also have libraries. At the beginning of 2012, the city council decided that a town house should be built in the Braunshardt district. In Braunshardt, the castle offers space for meetings and other events.


The weekly newspaper "Wochen-Kurier" is printed for the city of Weiterstadt and delivered free of charge every Thursday. She reports on the individual districts and on club news. Official notices are also published there. The regional daily newspaper Darmstädter Echo reports in almost every issue on events in the city of Weiterstadt and its districts. The advertising paper SüWo (Südhessen Woche, formerly Südhessenspiegel), which like the Darmstädter Echo belongs to the Medienhaus Südhessen , is also published weekly as issue no.9 ( = Darmstadt-West or for Griesheim, Weiterstadt and Erzhausen) on Wednesdays / Thursdays free of charge in Weiterstadt carried out.


sons and daughters of the town

Connected to Weiterstadt

  • Wolfgang Sucker (born August 21, 1905 in Liegnitz , † December 30, 1968 in Darmstadt) was a Protestant theologian and was pastor in Weiterstadt after the Second World War.
  • Dietrich Höffler (born October 8, 1934 in Tilsit , † February 9, 2020) medical doctor, was buried in the Braunshardt district.
  • Rainer Witt (born November 8, 1943 in Darmstadt ; † October 15, 2014) journalist, radio reporter, television presenter, writer, cabaret artist and gallery owner.
  • Bruno Labbadia (born February 8, 1966 in Darmstadt) played football in his youth in Weiterstadt and Schneppenhausen.
  • Heike Hofmann (born June 30, 1973 in Groß-Gerau ) Hessian politician (SPD), member of the Hessian state parliament and deputy chairwoman of the local association in Weiterstadt.


Web links

Commons : Weiterstadt  - Collection of Images

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