Diemelsee is a municipality in northwestern North Hesse in Waldeck- Frankenberg and is part of the Uplands area. The seat of the municipality is located in Adorf.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 3.1 Municipal Council
  • 3.2 Mayor
  • 3.3 Coat of Arms
  • 3.4 Town twinning
  • 4.1 excursions
  • 4.2 Music
  • 4.3 Diemelsee Nature Park
  • 4.4 Reserves and Natural Monuments
  • 5.1 traffic
  • 5.2 Public bodies
  • 5.3 Formation
  • 6.1 Sons and daughters of the town



Diemelsee situated in the Hessian part of the eastern Sauerland, who is here called Upland. Large parts of its territory belong to Diemelsee Nature Park. Adorf as the largest district is located about 11 km northwest of Korbach and about 41 km (each crow flies) south of Paderborn.

The western boundary runs along the Itter, a tributary of Lake Diemelsee, in a northeasterly direction. On both sides of the river rise the northeastern foothills of the Rothaargebirge. Here are also found with Dommel ( 738 m above sea level. NHN ) and Koppen ( 715.1 m), the highest elevations in the municipality. From Usseln Coming from the south-west Diemel enters at Deisfeld the municipality, applies here but its course to the north and reaches about 1.5 km south of Heringhausen also the Diemelsee. This is the largest standing waters of the community, the dam lies already in the urban area of Mars mountain in North Rhine -Westphalia.

Another central waters springing in the southern municipality in Schweinsbühl Rhene be mentioned. These flows mainly in the north by the municipality. After passing Adorf she leaves a few miles north, the municipality and flows into the Diemel little later. With 313.4 meters above sea level is in the lower valley of the Rhene, on the border with North Rhine -Westphalia, the deepest part of the community.

Korbach goes the municipality about the Waldecker panel and in the north east it is part of the southern part of the Red country.


The strike of the folded Paleozoic strata runs mostly in the southwest-northeast direction. In the north of the municipality Diemelsee find places with Diabaseinlagerungen interspersed Paleozoic shale. In 1961, the diabase was still mined in Rhenegge. In space there is Adorf Eisenberg quartzite with haematite deposits ( mine Christiane ). On the north-northeast of the village lying Mart Mountain ( 429 m ) was recovered in the iron ore mining. South of the village close to limestone of the Lower Carboniferous. Various fossils from the Upper Devonian can also be found at Adorf.

Expansion of the municipal district

The municipality extends over 20.5 km in east-south - west-north- west direction from the border of Westphalia in the Valley of Itter at Bontkirchen ( to Brilon) in the west to the border with Hesse Massenhausen ( Bad Arolsen ) on top of the mass Hauser height ( 432, 5 m ) in the east. In North - south-southwest direction, it extends over 11 km (each a straight line ) from the summit of Wartersbergs ( 480.3 m) on the border of the urban area of the Westphalian Mars mountain in the north to the northern edge of the Werbelbergs ( 553.8 m) in the Hessian Bömighausen ( Willingen ) in the south.

According to the Statistical Office of Hesse are of the 121.70 km ² 73.15 km ² community lands Agricultural land and 35.39 km ² of forest further. Traffic areas take 6.29 km ² and 3.59 km ² are further building, operating and open spaces. Water surfaces take 2.13 km ² of a municipality area.

Neighboring communities

The community Diemelsee flanked on the west Brilon, in the north of Mars mountain. The two cities are part of the High Sauerland district in North Rhine -Westphalia. In the north east borders the municipality of Bad Arolsen, in the east on the community Twistetal, in the south on the town Korbach and on the southwest by the municipality of Willingen. These towns and cities are part of the Hessian Waldeck- Frankenberg. A bordering on Brilon- Bontkirchen part of the district Stormbruch was ceded to North Rhine -Westphalia in November 2009.

Community structure

  • Adorf (1548 inhabitants)
  • Benkhausen (161 inhabitants)
  • Deisfeld (86 inhabitants)
  • Flechtdorf (521 inhabitants)
  • Giebringhausen (131 inhabitants)
  • Heringhausen ( 358 inhabitants)
  • Ottlar (155 inhabitants)
  • Rhenegge (423 inhabitants)
  • Schweinsbühl (123 inhabitants)
  • Stormbruch (290 inhabitants)
  • Reflex sympathetic (139 inhabitants)
  • Vasbeck (490 inhabitants)
  • Wirmighausen (491 inhabitants)

As of December 1, 2013



The community Diemelsee arose in the course of municipal reform in Hesse at 31 December 1971 through the voluntary merger of the previously independent municipalities Adorf, Benkhausen, Deisfeld, Flechtdorf, Giebringhausen, Heringhausen, Ottlar, Rhenegge, Schweinsbühl, Stormbruch, reflex sympathetic, Vasbeck and Wirmighausen.

According to statute main local districts were built with town council and mayor for the formerly independent communities. Follow the boundaries of the local districts basically the district boundaries. The local district Adorf is notwithstanding this, extended over the district Adorf addition to some adjacent development areas. In addition to the headquarters in Adorf exist in the other districts of field offices, which are headed by a mayor.


Municipal council

The municipal election held 27 March 2011 yielded the following results:


Mayor is the non-party Volker Becker.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms shows the diagonally divided by wave cut sign up in the gold eight-pointed black star Waldecker, down in a blue five-petalled silver rose with golden slugs and green sepals.

The colors are also found in the coat of arms of the lords of Padberg the rose is from the arms of the Lords of Adorf, a sideline of the von Padberg.


Twinning existed since 1991 Thuringian municipality Geschwenda and the Dutch city Den Ham.

Culture and sights


Popular destinations close to Diemelsee are the Diemelsee and Upland. In the district there is the Adorf Pit Grube Christiane. For the nature lover and geologists take a road to Red Cliff on Martberg near Adorf. A twin-towered Romanesque church, once part of the monastery Flechtdorf, located in Flechtdorf where the patrons monastery Flechtdorf strives to preserve and appropriate use of the former monastery fortified churches with sacred art works are in Adorf, Heringhausen and Schweinsbühl.


In Diemelsee there are 13 choral societies in the districts Adorf, Flechtdorf, Giebringhausen, Heringhausen, Ottlar, Rhenegge, Schweinsbühl, Stormbruch, Vasbeck and Wirmighausen. In addition, there are 7 music clubs in Benkhausen, Adorf, Flechtdorf, Ottlar, Rhenegge, reflex sympathetic and Wirmighausen from barrel organ club to marching band.

Diemelsee Nature Park

The both sides of the border lying Diemelsee Nature Park, located in the large parts of the municipal district of Diemelsee, extending from the Hopp corner in the west to the east Rhene and in addition to the Upland among other things, the Diemelsee.

Reserves and Natural Monuments

In the municipality there are three nature reserves ( NSG): the nature reserve Diemelsee ( CDDA-Nr. 81526; 1982 identified and the 18 hectares ), which includes part of the Diemel Lake to the inlet of the Diemel in the reservoir and riparian areas, the nature reserve at the Muhlenberg at Adorf ( CDDA-Nr. 162 173; 1992, 33 ha), which has a forest stand with old beeches, and the nature reserve on the book song at Wirmighausen ( CDDA-Nr. 162279; 1990, 24 ha) with calcareous grassland, which with a flock of sheep a shepherd is abgehütet.

These three conservation areas are designated as Fauna- Flora-Habitat Areas (FFH).

In the municipality Diemelsee the conservation area is ( LSG ) Diemelsee of LSG type A, General landscape protection, where, among other things, the erection of buildings is prohibited.

29 natural monuments are identified in the municipal area. These are four cases to old large trees. The other 35 are planar nature monuments. Among them are 12 rock or quarry areas, four pools, three wetlands ( marsh, wet meadow and marsh ), three forest areas, two poor grassland and heath. The Red Cliff on Martberg, also called Rose castle, near Adorf on the Martberg is an abandoned Eisenerzpinge, which is designated as a nature monument called The Cliff. It shows in a unique way the sedimentation on a submarine volcano during the Middle and Late Devonian more than 360 million years ago.

Economy and infrastructure

The inhabitants are chiefly employed in agriculture, the crafts, the retail industry and the tourism industry. In Flechtdorf since 1960 Weidemann KG resident that manufactures machinery for agriculture.


Adorf is about various country roads from Korbach (13,8 km ), Mars mountain Bredelar (8.3 km) and Bad Arolsen (16 km). The exits of Mars Mount of Federal Highway 44 is 20 km away and the exit Breuna the A44 is 41 km away.

The municipality does not have its own railway station. The nearest are in Korbach, Bad Arolsen and Mars mountain Bredelar.

Public institutions

In all districts there are village community houses or festival halls. Kindergartens maintains the church in Adorf, Heringhausen and Vasbeck. In the district Heringhausen is an indoor exercise pool and in summer with outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing area. The municipal swimming pool Diemelsee with a water temperature of about 24 to 27 ° C is in the village Vasbeck. Sports or playing fields are located in the districts of Adorf, Benkhausen, Flechtdorf, Rhenegge, Schweinsbühl, Stormbruch, Vasbeck and Wirminghausen. A library with a reading room can be found in Heringhausen.


The center school in the district Adorf has a basic, elementary and secondary education. High schools and technical schools are located in Bad Arolsen, Korbach and Willingen. The Vocational schools Korbach -Bad Arolsen (BSK ) complete the educational offer in the professional field.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Henry Bangert (1610-1665), educator and historian
  • Wilhelm sips of beer ( b. 1949 ), lawyer, former judge of the Federal Court, Judge of the Federal Constitutional Court