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The small city that I grew up in is called Gudensberg. Its central location in Germany can be seen very clearly on this map. The map shows the locationof the county (name: Schwalm Eder Kreis), in which Gudensberg is located in the northeastern part.

The city Gudensberg is located about 20 km southwest of Kassel in the northernpart of the state Hesse (Hessen) and has a population of 6,000. The area is characterized by its basaltmounts, argicultural land and mixed forests.

Historical facts

The oldest known record that mentions Gudensberg is from the year1121 and reports about Giso IVth, "Count of Udenesberc."

The name Udenesberc is a derivative of the name Wotansberg (the holy mountain of Wotan) and indicates that the highest germanic god Wotan (in Norse mythology: Odin; in Anglo-Saxon mythology: Woden) was worshipped on the central mountain in the distant past.

During the middle ages a castle was built on the top of the mountain and it became the residence of the count of the region of Hesse. After a decision in 1247 to make Kassel the city of residency of the count, Gudensberg still remained residence of the highest court of the region of Hesse.

The history of the city tells of suffering and destruction but also of prosperity and happiness. In 1387 it was destroyed by troups from Mainz, in 1587 it burned down, in 1640 it was devastated by the Croatians, yet, every time the city was built up again and led to new prosperity.

[Historical facts taken from:
Faupel, Monika and Gerhard Lengemann. 1995. Gudensberg. Gudensberg-Gleichen: Wartberg Verlag.]

[Translation by Christel Bodenbender.]

Image: my town.