The Wetterau is a 1972 county incurred in the administrative district Darmstadt, Hesse, county seat is Friedberg ( Hessen). Neighboring counties are the county casting, the Vogelsberg, the Main-Kinzig -Kreis, the district-free city of Frankfurt am Main, the Hoch-Taunus district and the Lahn- Dill-Kreis.


The name derives from the circle is the Wetterau countryside, north of Frankfurt, one of the most productive farming landscape in Hesse. This in turn is named after the river weather. In the West, still tower above the foothills of the Taunus, Eastern Hintertaunus, in the district area. There are numerous mineral and thermal springs ( Bad Nauheim, Bad Vilbel, Rosbach of heights ). To the east of the circle, the Ronneburger hills leads to the foothills of the Vogelsberg and the Spessart.


The circular area was fragmented throughout history in numerous dominions. The most important of these were the Landgrave of Hesse (later both Hessian parts), the Counts of Solms and Ysenburg, the Archbishopric of Mainz and the free imperial city of Friedberg. At least since the 19th century included the present district area to the Grand Duchy of Hesse, who made the two circles Friedberg and Büdingen within the province of Upper Hesse.

In the course of municipal reform in Hesse both counties were merged to August 1, 1972 by operation of law to a county by the name of Wetterau. As the seat of county government, and thus as the county seat, the town of Friedberg (Hessen) was named.



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

Country councils of Wetteraukreises

Coat of arms

Blazon: Divided by a blue wave beams; top in gold growing black, red reinforced double-headed eagle, down in silver two red bars. (Coat of Arms Awards: 2nd July 1975)

Meaning: The imperial eagle stands for the National Rural Wetterau, which existed until the Middle Ages, respectively, for the former free imperial city of Friedberg. The red bars are the symbol of the Counts of Isenburg - Büdingen that dominated the eastern region, with the blue wave bar symbolizes the river weather, making it a " canting " icon.


The fertile plain between the Taunus and Wetterau Vogelsberg has always been an important thoroughfare from north to south. Thus, the Main -Weser -Bahn has taken the first railway between Kassel and Frankfurt this way. It was opened in 1850 by Frankfurt via Friedberg to Butzbach and 1851 further after long- Gons. The district area belonged to Hesse -Darmstadt to the Hessian Bad Nauheim, which joined them in 1866.

On the edge of the Vogelsberg 1870 was another north-south route of pouring over Nidda - Budingen to Gelnhausen, which was built by the first private Oberhessischen Railway Company and included with this 1876 in the Hessian State Railways.

The Prussian State Railway was built to bypass the Frankfurt area a direct connection from Hanau to Friedberg, which was completed in 1881 with the partial route from Heldenbergen wind corners.

The Hessian State Railway began in 1888 the Vogelsberg with two spurs from Nidda to bulkheads and floor home after Gedern to open up, of which the latter was to Grebenhain - Crainfeld extended in 1906 and then extended to a cross-connection to Lauterbach.

For a main bus hub, the county town of Friedberg, which is now served by intercity trains developed. The branch lines in 1897 after Hungen and Nidda, who use to Beienheim the same route, and in 1901, built in the wake of the historic train Nauheim, Homburg -Wiesbaden main train to Friedrichsdorf still came to the three existing rail routes from Friedberg to Frankfurt, Gießen and Hanau added.

Besides Nidda also stock home was a hub; From here began the Niddertalbahn 1905 to Heldenbergen wind corners and 1907 continue to Bad Vilbel on the Main- Weser Railway.

Finally, the private Lich Butzbach - Eisenbahn AG, a subsidiary of the company Lenz & Co GmbH completed, the rail network by the trajectories emanating from Butzbach:

By the district the federal highways lead 5 (Frankfurt -Kassel) and 45 (Dortmund -Aschaffenburg ). In addition, several federal highways and county roads open up the district area, including the B 3, B 275, B 455, B 457 and B 521

In the Wetterau end of 2010, approximately 225,000 vehicles registered, including 169,000 passenger cars, 15,000 trucks and 8,700 motorcycles.

Public transport in the district is operated by the transport company Oberhessen within the Rhine -Main Transport Association ( RMV).

Cities and Towns

(Population at 31 December 2012)




Main local newspaper is the Wetterau newspaper ( Friedberg / Bad Nauheim ), in the Bad Vilbel the Frankfurter Neue Presse, in Ostkreis the circle indicator ( Nidda ), in the northwest of the Butzbacher newspaper. Also, the local editions of the Frankfurter Rundschau read much in the Wetterau.


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