Bergstraße Rural District

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Bergstraße
District
Coordinates: 49°38′N 8°38′E / 49.633°N 8.633°E / 49.633; 8.633Coordinates: 49°38′N 8°38′E / 49.633°N 8.633°E / 49.633; 8.633
Country  Germany
State Hesse
Adm. region Darmstadt
Capital Heppenheim
Area
 • Total 719.54 km2 (277.82 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 264,695
 • Density 367.867/km2 (952.771/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration HP

Kreis Bergstraße is a Landkreis (rural district) in the south of Hesse, Germany.

History[change | change source]

The district was created in 1938, when the two former old districts of Bensheim and Heppenheim were joined.

Geography[change | change source]

The district is located in the Odenwald mountains, with the 517m high Melibokus as the highest elevation. The Bergstraße is a tourist route which leads from Darmstadt to Wiesloch; the northern part of this route goes through the district and gave it its name.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms The coat of arms is split into four quarters. In the top-left it shows the Starkenburg castle, which is one of the main castles in the district. The flower in the top-right stands for the flower-richness in spring. The cross in the bottom-left derives from the coat of arms of the imperial abbey of Lorsch, and the lion in the bottom-right is the sign of Hesse.

Towns and municipalities[change | change source]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bensheim
  2. Bürstadt
  3. Heppenheim
  4. Hirschhorn
  5. Lampertheim
  6. Lindenfels
  7. Lorsch
  8. Neckarsteinach
  9. Viernheim
  10. Zwingenberg
  1. Abtsteinach
  2. Biblis
  3. Birkenau
  4. Einhausen
  5. Fürth
  6. Gorxheimertal
  7. Grasellenbach
  8. Groß-Rohrheim
  9. Lautertal
  10. Mörlenbach
  11. Rimbach
  12. Wald-Michelbach

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