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GeographyEdit

LocationEdit

Volkmarsen lies on the northern edge of the Waldecker Tafel (Waldecker Shield (geology)) where it flattens out into the Diemel Valley, some 28 km northwest of Kassel and 7 km northeast of Bad Arolsen.

Neighbouring communitiesEdit

Volkmarsen borders in the north on the town of Warburg (Höxter district in North Rhine-Westphalia), in the east on the community of Breuna and the town of Wolfhagen (both in Kassel district), in the south and west on the town of Bad Arolsen and in the northwest on the town of Diemelstadt (both in Waldeck-Frankenberg).

Constituent communitiesEdit

Besides the main town, which bears the same name as the whole, the town of Volkmarsen consists of the centres of Ehringen, Herbsen, Hörle, Külte and Lütersheim.

HistoryEdit

Volkmarsen's first documentary mention came in 1155. In a safe-conduct from Pope Gregory IX in 1233, Volkmarsen was first described as a town.

PoliticsEdit

Town councilEdit

The town council's 31 seats are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held in 2006:

CDU 13 seats
SPD 9 seats
FWG 5 seats
Greens 2 seats
FDP 2 seats

Note: FWG is a citizens' coalition.

  • Elections in March 2016:[2]
  • CDU = 12 seats
  • SPD = 8 seats
  • FDP = 1 seats
  • FW = 5 seats
  • AfD = 3 seats
  • Unabhängige (Independents) = 2
 
Town-Hall of Volkmarsen

Coat of armsEdit

 
catholic Church St. Mary

Volkmarsen's oldest seal dates from 1272. Like the current coat of arms, it shows two men, but sitting on a bench, the Count of Everstein and the Abbot of Corvey, the town's two overlords at the time. Another seal from the mid 14th century shows the now familiar church with two windows with religious figures in each one, believed to have been the Archbishop of Cologne and once again the Abbot of Corvey, reflecting the new ruling arrangement over the town. The two figures in the arms nowadays, however, are Saint Peter (holding the key) and Saint Paul (holding the sword). This became the arms in the 19th century.[1]

Town partnershipsEdit

Volkmarsen maintains partnership links with the following:

Culture and sightseeingEdit

 
Kugelsburg-Caste

BuildingsEdit

  • The Kugelsburg (castle), built about 1200, destroyed in the Seven Years' War.
  • catholic Church St. Mary (built 1260)
  • lutheran Church (built 1845-1848)
  • St. Elisabeth-Hospital

Economy and infrastructureEdit

TransportEdit

Volkmarsen lies on Autobahn A44 DortmundKassel and on the Warburg-Sarnau railway and offers hourly connections to Kassel.

Established businessesEdit

  • Henkelmann - genuine Waldeck sausage specialities
  • Phönix Armaturen-Werke Bregel GmbH
  • Semtek - lighting, show technology, set-up rental
  • Wellmass - Mobile Wellness, Ayurveda and Massage.
  • Volkmarsen fire brigade

PersonalitiesEdit

Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

Other personalities associated with the cityEdit

  • Hans Schäfer (* 1927), World champion 1954 in Bern, played a season 1947/48 with the VfR Volkmarsen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand am 31.12.2018". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.statistik-hessen.de/k2016/html/EG635020.htm

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