Volkmarsen [ˈfɔlkˌmaʁzn̩] is a small town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in northern Hesse, Germany. It is home to 6840 residents.

July 2009 view from the castle Kugelsburg [de] on the town Volkmarsen
July 2009 view from the castle Kugelsburg [de] on the town Volkmarsen
Coat of arms of Volkmarsen
Location of Volkmarsen within Waldeck-Frankenberg district
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Volkmarsen is located in Germany
Volkmarsen is located in Hesse
Coordinates: 51°23′N 9°7′E / 51.383°N 9.117°E / 51.383; 9.117Coordinates: 51°23′N 9°7′E / 51.383°N 9.117°E / 51.383; 9.117
Admin. regionKassel
Subdivisions5 Ortsteile
 • Mayor (2016–22) Hartmut Linnekugel[1] (Ind.)
 • Total67.47 km2 (26.05 sq mi)
259 m (850 ft)
 • Total6,704
 • Density99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes05693
Vehicle registrationKB



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.


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.

On 24 February 2020, a car drove into a crowd at a carnival parade.


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:[3]
  • 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.[4]

Town partnershipsEdit

Volkmarsen maintains partnership links with the following:

Culture and sightseeingEdit



  • The castle Kugelsburg, built about 1200, destroyed in the Seven Years' War.
  • Catholic Church St. Mary (built 1260)
  • Lutheran Church (built 1845-1848)
  • Memorial Wall at the Jewish Cemetery [5]
  • St. Elisabeth-Hospital

Economy and infrastructureEdit


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


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


  1. ^ Direkt gewählte (Ober-) Bürgermeister/-innen der hessischen Städte und Gemeinden, accessed 7 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung in Hessen am 31.12.2020 nach Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ "Kommunalwahlen 2016 in Hessen". statistik-hessen.de.
  4. ^ http://www.ngw.nl/int/dld/v/volkmars.htm
  5. ^ https://www.rueckblende-volkmarsen.de/?page_id=132&lang=de

External linksEdit

  Media related to Volkmarsen at Wikimedia Commons