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Gross-Gerau (district)

Statistics
State:Hesse
Adm. Region:Darmstadt
Capital:Groß-Gerau[?]
Area:453.05 km²
Inhabitants:251,439 (2002)
pop. density:555 inh./km²
Car identification:GG
Homepage:http://www.kreis-gross-gerau.de
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Groß-Gerau is a Kreis (district) in the south of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are Main-Taunus, district-free Frankfurt, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Bergstraße, Alzey-Worms, Mainz-Bingen, and the district-free cities Mainz and Wiesbaden.

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History

The historic roots of the district is the Gerauer Mark, which was first mentioned in 910. Starting in 1066 the counts of Katzenelnbogen became the rulers of the area, until in 1479 it came to Hesse.

The district was formed in 1832. The east part changed to the Darmstadt-Dieburg district in 1874, and Gernsheim[?] was included, which gave the district it's current size.

In 1979 the district started partnership with the Cheshire county (UK). Other partnerships are with the district Weimarer Land[?] in Thuringia, Germany, the Municipio Masatepe in Nicaragua, and the polish district Klodzko[?].

Geography

The district is located in the upper rhine valley. The river Main forms the northern boundary of the district, the river Rhine the western border. In the east the Odenwald mountains begin at the district boundary.

Highest elevation of the district is with 145 m near Mörfelden on a former garbage deposit, the lowest with 83.2 m at the mouth of the Main into the Rhine.

Coat of arms

The left part of the coat of arms show bars in the red-white colors of Hesse, the right side the black bars of the counts of Isenburg. In the middle it symbol of the Von Dornberg family, the ancestory of the counts of Katzenelnbogen.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Gernsheim[?]
  2. Groß-Gerau[?]
  3. Kelsterbach[?]
  4. Moerfelden-Walldorf[?]
  5. Raunheim[?]
  6. Rüsselsheim[?]
    Municipalities
  1. Biebesheim[?]
  2. Bischofsheim[?]
  3. Büttelborn[?]
  4. Ginsheim-Gustavsburg[?]
  5. Nauheim[?]
  6. Riedstadt[?]
  7. Stockstadt[?]
  8. Trebur[?]

External links Official website (http://www.kreis-gross-gerau.de) (German)



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