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Coat of arms of Raunheim
Coat of arms
Raunheim   is located in Germany
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Groß-Gerau
 • Mayor Thomas Jühe
 • 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

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.


  • 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



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.


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


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.


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.


  1. ^ "Die Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden".  
  2. ^ 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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