Rice Churches is a large village in the County of Gießen in Hesse, Germany.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 3.1 Municipal Council
  • 3.2 Mayor
  • 3.3 partnerships


The villages of rice churches, Bersrod and Burkhardsfelden belonged to Busecker valley. In Reiskirchener district Saasen springs from the river Wieseck, which flows near Giessen in the Lahn.

Neighboring communities

Rice churches bordered to the north by the municipality Rabenau, on the east by the city of Green Mountain, on the southeast by the town of Laubach, on the south by the city Lich, and to the west by the municipalities of remote forest and Buseck. In the northeast between Saasen and Green Mountain is the former monastery Wirberg.

Community structure

  • Bersrod
  • Burkhardsfelden
  • Ettingshausen
  • Hattenrod
  • Lindenstruth
  • Rice churches
  • Saasen, with Bollenbach and Wirberg
  • Winnerod


Rice churches was first mentioned in 975 as " Richolveskircha " documentary. An overview of the history of the parish churches rice offers an exhibition at the shearing house, which is used as a local museum and operated by native historical association rice churches.

About the limits of the County of Gießen rice Churches is known mainly for its Spielmannszug and his bowling sports club. In Reiskirchener district Saasen still exists a relic from the 1950s: A freezing Community founded, as the acquisition of freezers for household was still too expensive.

The church was granted by the Hessian Ministry of the Interior on 8 November 1974, approved to manage the developed from the Hessian State Archives in Darmstadt coat of arms, whose description " in a black golden stripes reticulate split escutcheon an occupied with a red steeple silver tip " is.


On December 31, 1970, the municipalities rice churches, Hattenrod, Saasen and Winnerod included as part of the municipal reform in Hesse volunteered for the new church churches rice together. On April 1, 1972, the municipality Burkhardsfelden was incorporated on a voluntary basis. On January 1, 1977, the municipalities Bersrod, Ettingshausen and Lindenstruth came to the law added to reorganization of Dill circle, the counties of Giessen and Wetzlar and Giessen. see also Postal rice Churches


Municipal council

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


Since 15 March 2013, Dietmar Kromm (independent, supported by the CDU) mayor of the greater community of travelers churches. He was elected on February 3, 2013 in the runoff election against Bernd Debus (CDU ) with 73.1 % of votes. In the election January 20, 2013 Dietmar Kromm reached 47.3 %, 26.8% and Bernd Debus Anette Henkel (SPD), 25.9 % of the votes cast. The previously retired Mayor Holger Sehrt (SPD ) did not run.


The parish churches rice maintains partnerships with the communities Goleszów in Poland, the Alsatian community mother Holtz and Wandersleben in Thuringia.


Rice churches is conveniently located on the highways 5 and 480 ( " Reiskirchener triangle" ) and located on the main road 49. For B 49, a bypass is planned in the south. Primarily due to the level crossing at the station Reiskirchener the traffic at the closing of the barriers jammed very sharply, and since 2020 the volume of traffic is expected to increase by 33 %, the bypass in the category is classified priority projects. The cost for the southern bypass about 12 million euros will be given.

On 22 March 2009, the voting citizens rice Kirchen have voted in a referendum on whether a decision of the municipal council be canceled for the southern bypass. 66 percent of voters voted against this proposal with a voter turnout of 56.6 percent.

In the districts of churches and rice Saasen there are breakpoints in the Vogelsberg Railway.


Worth mentioning are the sports clubs TSG rice churches, the tennis club Reiskirchener TC with four tennis courts and sports field Jahn road. The bowling club Meteor 85 churches rice plays with the first team in the bowling league.


A high degree of recognition, the band of volunteer firefighters rice churches under the musical direction of Otmar Scheld, who was awarded for his services 23 December 2007 by the then Interior Minister of Hesse Volker Bouffier the Federal Cross of Merit.