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Altenstadt is a municipality in the district Wetteraukreis, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated in the Nidder valley, approx. 27 kilometers north-east of Frankfurt am Main.

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Altenstadt, Schwarzer Adler Inn
Altenstadt, Schwarzer Adler Inn
Coat of arms of Altenstadt
Coat of arms
Location of Altenstadt within Wetteraukreis district
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Altenstadt is located in Germany
Altenstadt
Altenstadt
Altenstadt is located in Hesse
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Altenstadt
Coordinates: 50°17′08″N 8°56′42″E / 50.28556°N 8.94500°E / 50.28556; 8.94500Coordinates: 50°17′08″N 8°56′42″E / 50.28556°N 8.94500°E / 50.28556; 8.94500
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictWetteraukreis
Subdivisions8 districts
Government
 • MayorNorbert Syguda (SPD)
Area
 • Total30.08 km2 (11.61 sq mi)
Elevation
120 m (390 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total12,169
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
63674
Dialling codes06047
Vehicle registrationFB
Websitewww.altenstadt.de

HistoryEdit

Altenstadt was part of the Limes, the former border of the Roman Empire, that passes through the town. According to excavations, Altenstadt was a Roman garrison in the first half of the second century.

The first documented mention of Altenstadt took place only in the year 767, which makes Altenstadt the oldest municipality of Upper Hesse.

Division of the municipalityEdit

The municipality consists of 8 districts:

  • Altenstadt
  • Heegheim
  • Höchst an der Nidder
  • Lindheim
  • Enzheim
  • Oberau
  • Rodenbach
  • Waldsiedlung

Notable personsEdit

One of the inhabitants of Altenstadt was the justice inspector Friedrich Kellner, who alternated his work-week between Laubach and Altenstadt during World War II. Kellner recorded the misdeeds of the Nazis in a ten-volume diary which was on display in 2005 at the George Bush Presidential Library. A Canadian documentary, My Opposition: the Diaries of Friedrich Kellner, was produced in 2006.[2]

The Lutheran missionary Georg Heinrich Schwarz was born in Höchst an der Nidder in 1868. He laboured in the Cape Bedford Mission, North Queensland, Australia, for 55 years. The anniversary of his arrival is still celebrated there each year in September and known as Muni Day.[3]

On 5 September 2019, Stefan Jagsch from the extreme-right NPD was elected the Mayor of the Waldsiedlung unopposed, which led to irritation in other parties at national level.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Altenstadt Bürgernah, pp 10-11[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Schwarz, Georg Heinrich (1868-1959)
  4. ^ https://www.european-views.com/2019/09/far-right-politicians-election-as-town-council-head-shocks-germanys-mainstream-parties/
  5. ^ https://www.dw.com/en/germany-merkel-party-colleagues-elect-far-right-extremist-to-local-council/a-50340079

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