Forest Kappel is a small town in northern Hesse Werra- Meißner-Kreis, Germany.

  • 2.1 Amalgamations
  • 3.1 City Council
  • 3.2 partnerships
  • 4.1 traffic
  • 5.1 Sons and daughters of the town



Forest Kappel is between hessian Lichtenau in the west and in the east Eschwege. It is located in the hill country between the Osthessischen in the north adjoining Natural Park Meissner Kaufunger forest and the Stölzinger mountains in the south at the mouth of Schemmerbachs in the weirs.

South-southeast of the forest Kappeler core city of Mäuseberg ( 415.4 m) is the pioneer tower. Another observation tower stands on the few kilometers south-southwest located Ziegenküppel ( 445.4 m); another mountain called Ziegenküppel ( 405.8 m) lies to the northwest. A few kilometers north rises the High Meissner ( 753.6 m).

Forest Kappel is located at the intersection of the line connecting the Zipfelbund communities.

Neighboring communities

  • Meissner in the North
  • Wehretal in the East
  • Sontra in the south (all three in the Werra- Meißner -Kreis)
  • Cornberg in the southwest
  • Rotenburg an der Fulda (both in Hersfeld -Rotenburg )
  • Spangenberg in the west ( in the Schwalm -Eder -Kreis) and
  • Hessian Lichtenau ( in the Werra- Meißner -Kreis).


The city is adjacent to the core city forest Kappel from the following districts:

  • Bischhausen
  • Burghofen
  • Eltmannsee
  • Friemen
  • Gehau
  • Harmuthsachsen
  • Hasselbach
  • Hetzerode
  • Kirchhosbach
  • Mäckelsdorf
  • Rechtebach
  • Rodebach
  • Schemmern
  • Pride Hausen


Forest Kappel was first documented in 1226, in 1414 the city rights were awarded the place. The city reached its commercial peak during the late Middle Ages through its location on the ancient trade route " through the long Hesse ", led by the Wetterau to Thuringia and on to Leipzig. As a sign of the former wealth of the city rises in the center of the township, the late Gothic church. On the journey to the Marburg Colloquy with Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Luther stayed at 27-28. September and 6 / 7 October 1529 in Forest Kappel. The Thirty Years' War brought prosperity forest Kappels an abrupt end; the city could never relate to their former significance.


As part of the municipal reform in Hesse which until then independent municipality Mäckelsdorf was incorporated on February 1, 1971. On October 1, 1971 Burghofen, Friemen, Rechtebach and Rodebach were added. Bischhausen, Gehau, Harmuthsachsen, Hasselbach (both from the district Witzenhausen ), Kirchhosbach, Schemmern and pride Hausen from the district of Melsungen followed on 31 December 1971. With the incorporation of Eltmannsee and Hetzerode the series of incorporations was on 1 January 1974 completed.


City Council

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


Forest Kappel has partnerships with the French town of Carhaix in Brittany and the Dutch municipality Rijnwoude.

Economy and infrastructure


Through Forest Kappel leads the B7. The A44 is under construction.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Christian Schütz (1526-1592) Protestant theologian