Helsa is a municipality in the district in northern Hesse Kassel.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 3.1 Municipal Council
  • 3.2 partnerships
  • 3.3 Coat of Arms
  • 5.1 Sons and daughters of the town
  • 5.2 personalities who were active in Helsa


Geographical location

The community Helsa lies with its nucleus around 15 km (air line) southeast of the city center of Kassel in the nature park Meissner Kaufunger forest. Nestled between the to 643.4 m above sea level. NN high mountains of Kaufunger forest in the east and in the west Söhre it is located at the confluence of the creek Wedemann in the Losse.

Neighboring communities

Helsa bordered to the north by the unincorporated area Gutsbezirk Kaufunger Forest, on the east by the city Großalmerode, on the south by the city hessian Lichtenau (all three in the Werra- Meißner -Kreis), and to the west by the municipalities Söhrewald and Kaufungen (both in the district Kassel).


The municipality consists of the villages Helsa Eschenstruth (along with settlement Waldhof ), Helsa, St. Ottilia and Wickenrode.


Helsa probably originated with the founding of the monastery Kaufungen in 1017 by Empress Cunegonde. In 1353 the place is first mentioned by name in documents. 1432 is called for the first time a pastor. Landgrave Karl settled in 1699 in a separate colony 55 Huguenots.


On 1 December 1970, the formerly independent communities Helsa and Wickenrode ( county Witzenhausen ) joined together voluntarily to the community Helsa - Wickenrode. These merged on 1 August 1972 Eschenstruth and St. Ottilia to church today Helsa.


Municipal council

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


The community Helsa maintains partnership relations with

  • Netherlands Krimpen aan de Lek
  • France Trebes

Coat of arms

Blazon: In front of a blue edge, in a silver ash at the gap, in red a silver bell on a silver Gläsnerzeichen, topped with a blue cock. Each district of the municipality is represented by a symbol. Thus, the ash is Eschenstruth; the bell represents Helsa, following a dispute about this in the 17th century; the Gallic Rooster is the sign of the Huguenot settlers who settled in St.Ottilien; the Gläsnerzeichen is the symbol of glassmakers from Wickenrode.


Local attractions include the Nikolai church with its ancient tower, and some half-timbered houses in the center of the hamlet Helsa, some dating back to the 17th century.

Among the tourist attractions in Helsa include the lakes at the head Michel Michel head and Bielenstein Church on Bielenstein, each a few kilometers west of the town in Stiftswald Kaufungen are belonging Meissner Kaufunger forest to the nature reserve.

In the old town of Helsa a former grain mill is ( food grinder or mill Probstsche called ), which was established in 1988 restored and renovated and now serves as a power-generating water- driven power plant.

Since June 24, 2010 there are in the district Eschenstruth a "Music and Cinema Museum ". On 200 m² a cross-section is represented by a century of art history, broken down into three topics, mechanical music instruments (such as music boxes, barrel organs, orchestrions ), audio furniture of the 1950s to the 1970s, and 100 years of cinema history Kassel. Free guided tours are offered every Saturday.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Wilhelm Keil (* July 24, 1870, † April 5, 1968 in Ludwigsburg, Germany ), German politician ( SPD), MdR, MP (Wuerttemberg, Württemberg- Hohenzollern), Württemberg Labour and Minister of Food
  • Karl Ziegler ( * November 26, 1898; † August 11, 1973 in Mülheim an der Ruhr), German chemist, Nobel Prize winner (1963 )

Personalities who were active in Helsa

  • Johann Lewalter (1862-1935), collector of folk songs and regional authors, promoters of tourism
  • Eve Rotthoff (* 1939), Hessian state parliament (CDU )