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Coat of arms of Hanau
Coordinates 50°08′0″N 08°55′0″E / 50.13333°N 8.91667°E / 50.13333; 8.91667
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Main-Kinzig-Kreis
Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky (SPD)
Basic statistics
Area 76.49 km2 (29.53 sq mi)
Elevation 104 m  (341 ft)
Population 88,251  (30 April 2007)
 - Density 1,154 /km2 (2,988 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate HU
Postal codes 63450, 63452, 63454 63456, 63457
Area code 06181

Hanau is a town in Hesse, Germany. It is 25 km east of Frankfurt am Main, where the little river Kinzig joins the river Main. Hanau has about 89,000 inhabitants, and is the sixth-largest city in Hesse.


Hanau was first mentioned in 1143 and became a city in 1303.

During World War II Hanau was almost completely destroyed by British airstrikes in March 1945.

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