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Werra-Mei▀ner
Statistics
State:Hesse
Capital:Eschwege
Adm. Region:Kassel
Area:1,024.55 km▓
Inhabitants:112,680 (2002)
pop. density:110 inh./km▓
Car identification:ESW
Homepage:http://www.werra-meissner.de
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Map of Hesse highlighting the district Werra-Mei▀ner

Werra-Mei▀ner is a Kreis (district) in the north of Hesse, Germany. Neighboring districts are G÷ttingen, Eichsfeld, Unstrut-Hainich, Wartburgkreis, district-free Eisenach, Hersfeld-Rotenburg, Schwalm-Eder, Kassel.

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History

The district was created in 1974 by merging the two district Eschwege and Witzenhausen, which both existed with only slight modifications since 1821.

Geography

The main river in the district is the Werra. The Hohe Mei▀ner with 754 m is the highest elevation of the Mei▀ner mountains, a big basalt massiv, the other geographic part which gave the district its name. The Hohe Mei▀ner was also home to USA military forces up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Soldiers of the Special Forces guarded the eavsdropping listening post situated on the hilltop.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms show a branch of a aspen tree in the left half, as sign for the former Eschwege district as well as the Eschwege city - the German word for aspen is Esche. The castle in the right half is the castle Ludwigstein, taken from the coat of arms of the Witzenhausen district. The hills below symbolize the landscape, the Mei▀ner, and the wavy line the Werra river.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bad Sooden-Allendorf
  2. Eschwege
  3. Gro▀almerode
  4. Hessisch-Lichtenau
  5. Sontra
  6. Waldkappel
  7. Wanfried
  8. Witzenhausen
  1. Berkatal
  2. Herleshausen
  3. Meinhard
  4. Mei▀ner
  5. Neu Eichenberg
  6. Ringgau
  7. Wehretal
  8. Wei▀enborn

External links

Official website (http://www.werra-meissner.de) (German)

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