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Hesse hp.png
Country Germany
StateHesse
Adm. regionDarmstadt
CapitalHeppenheim
Area
 • Total719.54 km2 (277.82 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total264,695
 • Density367.867/km2 (952.771/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationHP
Websitekreis-bergstrasse.de

Kreis Bergstraße is a Landkreis (rural district) in the south of Hesse, Germany.

History

The district was created in 1938, when the two former old districts of Bensheim and Heppenheim were joined.

Geography

The district is located in the Odenwald mountains, with the 517m high Melibokus as the highest elevation. The Bergstraße is a tourist route which leads from Darmstadt to Wiesloch; the northern part of this route goes through the district and gave it its name.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms is split into four quarters. In the top-left it shows the Starkenburg castle, which is one of the main castles in the district. The flower in the top-right stands for the flower-richness in spring. The cross in the bottom-left derives from the coat of arms of the imperial abbey of Lorsch, and the lion in the bottom-right is the sign of Hesse.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Bensheim
  2. Bürstadt
  3. Heppenheim
  4. Hirschhorn
  5. Lampertheim
  6. Lindenfels
  7. Lorsch
  8. Neckarsteinach
  9. Viernheim
  10. Zwingenberg
  1. Abtsteinach
  2. Biblis
  3. Birkenau
  4. Einhausen
  5. Fürth
  6. Gorxheimertal
  7. Grasellenbach
  8. Groß-Rohrheim
  9. Lautertal
  10. Mörlenbach
  11. Rimbach
  12. Wald-Michelbach

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