Hofheim, Hesse

Hofheim (German pronunciation: [ˈhoːfˌhaɪ̯m] (listen); officially known as Hofheim am Taunus) is the administrative centre of Main-Taunus-Kreis district, in the south of the German state of Hesse. Its population in September 2020 was 39,946.[3]

Hofheim, Hesse
View of Hofheim
View of Hofheim
Coat of arms of Hofheim, Hesse
Location of Hofheim, Hesse within Main-Taunus-Kreis district
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Hofheim, Hesse is located in Germany
Hofheim, Hesse
Hofheim, Hesse
Hofheim, Hesse is located in Hesse
Hofheim, Hesse
Hofheim, Hesse
Coordinates: 50°05′N 08°27′E / 50.083°N 8.450°E / 50.083; 8.450Coordinates: 50°05′N 08°27′E / 50.083°N 8.450°E / 50.083; 8.450
CountryGermany
StateHesse
Admin. regionDarmstadt
DistrictMain-Taunus-Kreis
Government
 • Mayor (2019–25) Christian Vogt[1] (CDU)
Area
 • Total57.38 km2 (22.15 sq mi)
Elevation
136 m (446 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total39,704
 • Density690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
65719
Dialling codes06192, 06122, 06198
Vehicle registrationMTK
Websitewww.hofheim.de

GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

The town is located on the south side of the Taunus hills, 17 km west of Frankfurt and 17 km east of both Wiesbaden and Mainz; Frankfurt Airport is 12 km to the southeast.

Hofheim is located in the Rhine Main Area, one of the fastest-growing regions in Germany in terms of population and also in regard to economic productivity.[4] Unemployment is the second lowest in the state of Hesse and one of the lowest in Germany.

It is mainly surrounded by forest and open country. As well as being the administrative centre of the district, Hofheim is the economic hub of the Main-Taunus-Kreis.

HistoryEdit

Settlements in the region can be traced back to the Old Stone Age. In the first century AD, the Romans built a fort near today's town centre, which was probably meant to secure the Römerstraße, an important route for travel and trade.

The town was first mentioned in 1254 as Hoveheim.

In 1972, the villages Diedenbergen, Langenhain and Lorsbach got incorporated; in 1977, Wallau and Wildsachsen followed.[5]

Town districtsEdit

The town's borough comprises the villages of Marxheim, Diedenbergen, Lorsbach, Langenhain (where the European Bahá'í House of Worship is located), Wallau and Wildsachsen.[6]

PoliticsEdit

Town councilEdit

The municipal election held on 14 March 2021 yielded the following results:[7]

Parties and voter communities % 2021 seats 2021
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 32.93 15
GRÜNE Alliance 90/The Greens 23.36 11
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 13.46 6
BfH Citizens for Hofheim 8.16 4
FWG Free Voters Association 9.40 4
FDP Free Democratic Party 6.45 3
LINKE The Left 5.46 2
WfM We for Marxheim 0.78 -

Head of the town council is Andreas Hegeler (CDU).[8]

MayorEdit

Christian Vogt (CDU) was elected mayor in 2019.[9]

District townEdit

The Kreishaus (district administration) of the Main-Taunus-Kreis is located in the district town Hofheim.

Public transportEdit

 
DB class 423 as S2 heading for Niedernhausen passing Lorsbach

The city of Frankfurt is easily accessible by public transportation through overland trains and S-Bahn line S 2 (stations in "Hofheim" and "Lorsbach" on the Main-Lahn Railway) and via the A66 motorway.

Several bus lines run from or via the central bus terminal next to the train station to the town's districts and surrounding municipalities, including Bad Homburg and Wiesbaden.[10] Near the station stand the headquarters of the Rhine-Main Transport Association (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund; RMV).[11]

EducationEdit

Hofheim has secondary schools and several facilities for further education.

LeisureEdit

Hofheim has numerous pubs and boasts one of the biggest swimming pools (the Rhein-Main Therme) in the Frankfurt metropolitan area. The pool is located at the northern area of the town.[12]

EventsEdit

  • A highlight used to be the annual 'Waeldchestag' festival which was celebrated the week after Corpus Christi and was a local public holiday with schools being closed. The celebration involved traditional local customs. Due to several political and financial reasons the festival was abolished in 2014 and replaced with a smaller event, the "Altstadtfest" (old town fair), taking place in the core of the old town.
  • The Alois Kottmann Award for classical violin pieces in the canto-style is an international award bestowed following a competition during the International Days of Music Hesse Main-Taunus Hofheim which take place annually in May or June.
  • In 1988, the town hosted the 28th Hessentag state festival.[13]

SightsEdit

  • The Wasserschloss (Water Castle) is located in the centre of the town. The castle was built in the 14th century and consists only of the walls today; the moat does not exist any more.[14]
  • The Kellereigebäude (Winery Building) from the 18th century neighbours the Wasserschloss. It contains the older Hexenturm (Witch Tower).[15]
  • The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) stands in the old main street. Having been built in the 16th century, it acquired its contemporary half timbered look by a renovation in 1900.[16]
  • St. Peter und Paul church dominates the panorama of the old town. It originated in the 15th century and passed through many changes in its design and accessories.[17]
  • The Baháì Haus der Andacht (Bahá’í House of Worship) is the European temple of the Bahá’í community and is known for its special modern design. It is located in Langenhain.[18]
  • The town museum displays permanent exhibitions about Hofheim's past as well as changing ones, which are usually related to the region.[19]
  • The Bergkapelle (Hill Chapel) looks down on Hofheim from the forest on Kapellenberg (Chapel Hill) in the northwest of the old town. It dates back to the 17th century when it was built to express relief and gratitude for having not been struck by Black Death.[20]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Hofheim is twinned with:[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ergebnisse der letzten Direktwahl aller hessischen Landkreise und Gemeinden" (XLS) (in German). Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt. 5 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Die Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2021" (PDF) (in German). Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt. June 2022.
  3. ^ "Zahlen, Daten, Fakten". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  4. ^ "Der Großraum Rhein-Main wächst und wächst". www.op-online.de (in German). 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  5. ^ "Geschichte". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  6. ^ "Zahlen, Daten, Fakten". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  7. ^ "Amtliches Ergebnis der Kommunalwahlen". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  8. ^ "Kommunalpolitiker". www.sitzungsdienst-hofheim.de. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  9. ^ "CDU-Kandidat Christian Vogt ist der strahlende Sieger". www.fnp.de (in German). 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  10. ^ "RMV.DE - Nächste Fahrten". www.rmv.de. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  11. ^ "RMV.DE - Impressum". www.rmv.de. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  12. ^ "Wellness Frankfurt Sauna Massage Wellness Rhein Main Therme Hessen". Rhein-Main-Therme (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  13. ^ "Übersicht der Hessentage – Trachtenland Hessen" (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  14. ^ "Historisches Ortslexikon : Registersuche : LAGIS Hessen". www.lagis-hessen.de. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  15. ^ "Kellereigebäude mit Hexenturm". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  16. ^ "Altes Rathaus". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  17. ^ "Pfarrkirche St. Peter und Paul". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  18. ^ "Haus der Andacht – Bahá'í in Deutschland". www.bahai.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  19. ^ "Stadtmuseum Hofheim am Taunus". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  20. ^ "Hofheimer Bergkapelle". www.hofheim.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  21. ^ "Unsere Partnerstädte". hofheim.de (in German). Hofheim am Taunus. Retrieved 2021-02-15.

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