Bergstraße (district)

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Bergstraße
Hesse hp.png
Country Germany
StateHesse
Adm. regionDarmstadt
CapitalHeppenheim
Area
 • Total719.54 km2 (277.82 sq mi)
Population
(2001)
 • Total264,695
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHP
Websitekreis-bergstrasse.de

Bergstraße is a rural district in south Hesse, Germany.

History[change | change source]

The district was created in 1938. Two old districts, Bensheim and Heppenheim, joined and became Bergstraße.

Geography[change | change source]

The district is in the Odenwald mountains. Melibokus as the highest elevation at 517 meters. The Bergstraße is a tourist route which 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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