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Raunheim

Raunheim
Coat of arms of Raunheim
Coat of arms
Raunheim   is located in Germany
Raunheim
Coordinates:
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Groß-Gerau
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Jühe
Area
 • Total 13.01 km2 (5.02 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,869
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65479
Dialling codes 06142
Vehicle registration GG
Website www.raunheim.de

Raunheim is a town in Groß-Gerau district in Hesse, Germany and a part of the Frankfurt Urban Region as well as the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Location 1.1
    • Neighbouring communities 1.2
    • Constituent communities 1.3
  • History 2
  • Politics 3
    • Town council 3.1
    • Coat of arms 3.2
    • Town partnerships 3.3
  • Economy and infrastructure 4
    • Transport 4.1
    • Sport and leisure 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Geography

Location

Raunheim lies in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region between Frankfurt am Main (24 km southwest of downtown) and Mainz on the south bank of the Main, 3 km northeast of Rüsselsheim.

Neighbouring communities

Raunheim borders in the north on the towns of Hattersheim am Main (Main-Taunus-Kreis) and Kelsterbach, in the east on the district-free city of Frankfurt am Main, in the south on the town of Rüsselsheim, and in the west on the town of Flörsheim am Main (Main-Taunus-Kreis).

Constituent communities

Raunheim consists of only one constituent community.

History

In 1425 Count John IV. of Katzenelnbogen bought the villages Seilfurt und Raunheim for 5000 florin from the Lords of Eppstein.[2]

Politics

Town council

The town council for Raunheim consists of 32 councillors. The municipal elections on 18 March 2001 yielded the following results:

SPD 17 seats
CDU 9 seats
Greens 3 seats
FDP 3 seats

Coat of arms

Raunheim's civic coat of arms have no clear meaning. The charge in the arms is first known from a document dating from 1625. The seal used on the document likely dates back further. The ringlike charge is also seen on 18th-century town limit markers. The arms were granted in 1926.[2]

Town partnerships

Raunheim maintains partnership links with the following towns:

Economy and infrastructure

The town's advantageous location on the Main and near the airport and Autobahn led to quick growth after the Second World War (1945 population: 3,600) and to its becoming an important industrial location. Several thousand jobs are set to arise soon on the former Caltex refinery's old lands.

Transport

The interchange on Autobahn A 3 is about 2 km away. Frankfurt International Airport lies 8 km away. Raunheim also has S-Bahn connections to Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Being near the airport is not an advantage in every way, since Raunheim lies on the airport approach. With certain wind conditions (officially: operational direction 07), the approaching aircraft fly about 300 m over the town, reaching a noise level of 70 dB, peaking at 90 dB, making Raunheim the airport area community most strongly affected by aircraft noise. This has led the town to develop a noise reduction plan. A citizen initiative is fighting against airport expansion.

Sport and leisure

Raunheim also has a popular bathing lake right at the edge of the forest.

References

  1. ^ "Die Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden".  
  2. ^ http://www.graf-von-katzenelnbogen.de/ Raunheim, The History of the County of Katzenelnbogen and the First Riesling of the World

External links

  • Raunheim
  • Raunheim at DMOZ
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