Kriftel

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Kriftel
Coat of arms of Kriftel
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Kriftel   is located in Germany
Kriftel
Kriftel
Coordinates: 50°05′N 08°27′E / 50.083°N 8.450°E / 50.083; 8.450Coordinates: 50°05′N 08°27′E / 50.083°N 8.450°E / 50.083; 8.450
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Darmstadt
District Main-Taunus-Kreis
Founded 8th century
Government
 • Mayor Christian Seitz
 • Governing parties CDU
Area
 • Total 6.76 km2 (2.61 sq mi)
Elevation 102 m (335 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,898
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 65830
Dialling codes 06192
Vehicle registration MTK
Website www.kriftel.de

Kriftel is a municipality in the Main-Taunus district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated 16 km west of Frankfurt (centre).

It has about 10,000 inhabitants.

Kriftel is also commonly known as "Fruit Orchard of the Anterior Taunus" (Obstgarten des Vordertaunus), because of the fields around it which are mainly used for producing strawberries.

History

In July AD 754, the track which carried the dead Saint Boniface rested in the village over night. To the honour of the saint, the Bonifatiuskapelle (chapel of Boniface) was built.

Kriftel was first mentioned documentary in 790.

The Thirty Years' War damaged Kriftel including the chapel, which was not rebuilt until 1755. It took so long because a big fire destroyed almost the entire village (34 houses out of 38) in 1661.

From 1945 up until the oil crisis in 1973, Kriftel experienced a population explosion due to massive immigration from urban sprawl and workers of the Hoechst-AG, who were offered cheap land to build their housing units.

In 1959, the chapel had to be relocated due to community growth.

During the mid-1970s, Kriftel fought for independence because Hofheim, the capital of the Main-Taunus district, wanted it to belong to it.

Airaines has been Kriftel's French sister city since 1981. The "Platz von Airaines" (Place of Airaines) at the train station was named after this partnership.

Today

Kriftel has two churches, the Catholic Church "St. Vitus" and the evangelic "Resurrection Church" and three schools, one elementary school (Lindenschule [Linden School]), a comprehensive school (Weingartenschule [Vineyard School]) and a training school (Konrad-Adenauer-Schule). Kriftel lies at the federal motorway A 66 and the regional train line S 2 (From Niedernhausen over Frankfurt to Dietzenbach).

Kriftel is known for its good leisure time facilities. Kriftel has a Freizeitpark (Freetime park) with a swimming pool, places to play soccer, miniature golf and beach volleyball, a quarter pipe for skating and playgrounds. The village is also hosts various club activities. The most important clubs are the SV 07 Kriftel (soccer) and the Turn- und Sportverein Kriftel (sports in general especially volleyball and trick cycling). Two feasts strengthen the community a lot. They are the Lindenblütenfest (Feast of the blossom of the linden) in summer and the Krifteler Kerb (Kriftel's Kermesse) in autumn.

References

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der hessischen Gemeinden". Hessisches Statistisches Landesamt (in German). August 2016. 

External links

  • www.kriftel.de Official homepage of the administration (German)
  • www.feuerwehr-kriftel.de Homepage of the volunteer fire department (German)
  • There is literature about Kriftel in the Hessian Bibliography



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