This article is about the municipality near Darmstadt. For other uses, see Roßdorf (disambiguation).

Protestant church

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 49°51′N 08°45′E / 49.850°N 8.750°E / 49.850; 8.750Coordinates: 49°51′N 08°45′E / 49.850°N 8.750°E / 49.850; 8.750
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Darmstadt-Dieburg
  Mayor Christel Sprößler (SPD)
  Total 20.60 km2 (7.95 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 12,250
  Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 64380
Dialling codes 06154, 06071

Roßdorf is a municipality in the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg, in Hesse, Germany. It has a population of 12,169 (as of 2007). It is situated 8 km east of Darmstadt.

Geographic Situation

Neighbouring Towns and Municipalities

Roßdorf borders in the north and east on the municipality of Groß-Zimmern, in the southeast on the town of Reinheim, in the south on the town of Ober-Ramstadt, and in the west on the city of Darmstadt.

Structure of the Municipality

The Municipality of Roßdorf is divided into two parts: Gundernhausen and Roßdorf.

Demographic Development



The first official mention of Roßdorf is in the year 1250. At this time, Abbot Heinrich vested Counts Diether and Eberhardt I of Katzenelnbogen with the villages of Roßdorf and Gundernhausen. In 1479, the family line died out and the inheritance went to Landgrave Heinrich III of Hesse.

In 1621, Bavarian soldiers took up quarters in Roßdorf and plundered the town. In addition, witch-hunts took place, during which the inhabitants were accused of witchcraft. The worst period for Roßdorf was in the years 1634/35, during the Thirty Years' War. The forces of the Holy Roman Empire and Sweden opposed each other in the region, each in turn laying waste to and scavenging the entire countryside and heavily decimating the population. In the summer of 1635, the plague broke out, reducing the number of inhabitants to 50. In 1672, during the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV's troops took up quarters. In 1814, Russian soldiers passed through on their way to France.

In 1852, Roßdorf was incorporated into the district of Darmstadt. Since 1977, amalgamated with its neighbour Gundernhausen, it has belonged to the district of Darmstadt-Dieburg.


Municipal Council

The communal election of 26 March 2006 returned the following result (compared to the result from 2001):

Parties and groups of independent candidates %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 51.8 16 55.6 17
CDU Christian Democratic Union (Germany) 26.6 8 30.2 9
GRÜNE Alliance '90/The Greens 13.7 4 14.3 5
FDP Free Democratic Party (Germany) 7.9 3
Total 100.0 31 100.0 31
Voter turnout in % 51.9 56.4


Coat of Arms

The coat of arms consists of a shield with blue background. At the centre is a silver moon, over which a golden horseshoe hangs. Underneath these, there is a silver rose, the centre of which is blue. The remaining free space is taken up by seven golden stars (five in the upper area, two in the lower area). The coat of arms was approved by the president of the regional government in 1952.

The coat of arms is based on the seal of the combined village court of Roßdorf and Gundernhausen. An imprint of this seal can be found on the so-called "Mansfeld Catalogue of Damages" from 1625, which is kept in the National Archive in Darmstadt. This Catalogue lists the losses suffered by the subjects of the Counts of Katzenelnbogen during the Thirty Years' War. In the 1950s, a face was added to the moon on the coat of arms, a move which has been criticised by many of Roßdorf's inhabitants.


Culture and Tourist Attractions

The Protestant church in Gundernhausen

Roßdorf is famous for horse breeding and in recent years has produced several prize-winning riders.

Clubs and Associations

The largest club in Roßdorf is the Sport and Cultural Association (Sport- und Kulturgemeinde - SKG - Roßdorf 1877 e.V.)

Roßdorf is also the headquarters of the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP; "Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences"), the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO) and the Center for Inquiry-Europe.

Transport Infrastructure

Roßdorf is connected to the Bundesstraße B 26 by three slip roads. (The B 26 has interchanges in Darmstadt with the Autobahns A 5 and A 67 and in Aschaffenburg with the A 3). Roßdorf is also the starting point of the B 38.

In addition, a number of bus routes serve Roßdorf:

The rail line between the "Darmstadt Ost" and "Bessunger Forsthaus" halts is still occasionally used for historical train rides. The rest of the line between Darmstadt and Groß Zimmern has been dismantled.

Notable people



Mein Dorf, Heinz Friedrich, Munich 1996, ISBN 3-442-72052-4, (available only in German language)


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