Zeilsheim (Frankfurt am Main)
Zeilsheim is the westernmost district or Stadtteil of Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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. It is part of the Ortsbezirk West, and is subdivided into the Stadtbezirke Zeilsheim-Ost, Zeilsheim-Süd and Zeilsheim-Nord. It is somewhat rural in character and the surrounding fields can give a clear view of the Taunus
The Taunus is a low mountain range in Hesse, Germany that composes part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. It is bounded by the river valleys of Rhine, Main and Lahn. On the opposite side of the Rhine, the mountains are continued by the Hunsrück...



Zeilsheim borders Kriftel
Kriftel is a municipality in the Main-Taunus district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated 16 km west of Frankfurt .It has about 10,000 inhabitants....

 in the west, Liederbach am Taunus
Liederbach am Taunus
Liederbach am Taunus is a town in Hesse, Germany with 8500 inhabitants. It is situated 20 km west of downtown Frankfurt am Main.-Twin towns: Saldus in the Courland region of Latvia Verwood in East Dorset, England. Villebon-sur-Yvette in the Essonne département of France-External links:*...

 in the north, the district of Unterliederbach in the northeast, Höchst
Höchst (Frankfurt am Main)
Höchst is a district of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is part of the Ortsbezirk West, and is subdivided into 4 Stadtbezirke.Höchst am Main became part of Frankfurt am Main in 1928 together with its boroughs Sindlingen, Unterliederbach and Zeilsheim. It is situated 10 km west of downtown...

 in the east, and Sindlingen in the southeast. In the north and west, it is bordered by the Bundesautobahn 66
Bundesautobahn 66
is an autobahn in southwestern Germany. It connects the Taunus to Fulda, passing close to Frankfurt am Main. The first part of the autobahn between Wiesbaden and the Nordwestkreuz Frankfurt, was opened as early as 1934, then called the Rhein-Main-Schnellweg. It became an autobahn in 1965.The...



The main street of the district is the Landesstraße
Landesstraßen are roads in Germany and Austria that are, as a rule, the responsibility of the respective German or Austrian federal state. The term may therefore be translated as "state road". They are roads that cross the boundary of a rural or urban district...

that lead through the L 3016 from Kelkheim through Unterliederbach, through Zeilsheim until Hofheim am Taunus. It is sometimes nicknamed the Pfaffenwiese or the Hofheimer Straße (Hofheim Street). It is also a major street used in public transport. Zeilsheim is linked by bus to the observation tower in Bockenheim, to Griesheim
Griesheim is a town in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district, in Hessen, Germany. It is situated approx. 7 km west of Darmstadt.-History:...

 and to Niederrad, as well as by regional bus lines to Schwalbach am Taunus
Schwalbach am Taunus
Schwalbach am Taunus is a town in the Main-Taunus-Kreis district, in Hesse, Germany. It is situated approx. 11 km west of Frankfurt .-History:In the years 1961 to 1963 were archaeological discoveries made in the area of the today’s town centre...

 und Hofheim.


A settlement in Zeilsheim was initiated by Hoechst AG
Hoechst AG
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 to provide worker housing located near its factories. A similar settlement is Heimchen in Unterliederbach. The main street of the settlement was called Neu-Zeilsheim. Nearly all of the intersecting streets are ordered alphabetically. Today in the center lies a church erected in 1912. On the western borders stands the building of the Käthe-Kollwitz School erected in 1902.

Taunusblick und Märchensiedlung

In the north and southeast of the district arose the settlements Taunusblick (Taunus view) and Märchensiedlung (Fairy tale settlement). The name of the northwestern settlement derives from the ability to see the Taunus mountains on a clear day. Märchensiedlung is located south of the main road. The name refers to façades of the houses that contain images from the stories of the Brothers Grimm
Brothers Grimm
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The district was first founded as the independent town Ciolfesheim in 794.

In 1917 it was incorporated into the city of Höchst. In 1928 it was incorporated along with Höchst into Frankfurt proper.

Zeilsheim became famous for its camp created by the Allies to hold Displaced Persons and exiles after World War II
World War II
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, and in 1946 it was visited by Israeli
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 prime minister David Ben Gurion and former American First Lady
First Lady
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 Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She supported the New Deal policies of her husband, distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and became an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international...

. A small monument in the park behind the city hall is dedicated to the memory of this community.

There is also a small museum with alternating exhibitions on the district's history.


It is divided in into three districts itself, North, South and West (Nord, Süd und West).

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