ⓘ Biebrich, Wiesbaden. Biebrich is a borough of the city of Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. With over 36.000 inhabitants, it is the most-populated of Wiesbadens boroug ..

Biebrich (Wiesbaden)

ⓘ Biebrich (Wiesbaden)

Biebrich is a borough of the city of Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. With over 36.000 inhabitants, it is the most-populated of Wiesbadens boroughs. It is located south of the city center on the Rhine River, opposite the Mainz borough of Mombach. Biebrich was an independent city until it was incorporated into Wiesbaden in 1926.


1. History

Numerous prehistoric and early-historical archeological finds indicate that the Biebrich area has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic Age. In the Middle Ages, from the beginning of the reign of Charlemagne, the places Biburc Biebrich and Moskebach Mosbach were part of the Konigssondergau Wiesbaden, held by the Frankish king as his personal property.

Biebrich was first mentioned in historical documents in 874. King Louis the German and his entourage boarded vessels at Villa Biburg on a trip from Frankfurt to Aachen.

Beginning of the 18th century, the princes Fursten of Nassau built the Baroque Biebrich Palace Schloss Biebrich. When this magnificent building was completed in 1744, the Prince of Nassau-Usingen relocated his residence from the far side of the Taunus to Biebrich. Until the completion of the City Palace in Wiesbaden in 1841, Biebrich was the principal residence of the Princes of Nassau.

In the 19th century, Biebrich became an important industrial center of the Rhine Main Area with the plants of Dyckerhoff Concrete now owned by Buzzi Unicem, Kalle and Albert Chemistry now Celanese, and Henkell sparkling wine = Sekt. In the economical crisis of the post-World War I Era, the small town, struck hard by unemployment of the majority of his working-class residents, merged with the bigger and much wealthier nearby spa city of Wiesbaden.


2. Famous residents of Biebrich

  • Sofia of Nassau, Queen consort of Sweden and Norway, wife of King Oscar II, was born Princess Sofia Wilhelmina Mariana Henrietta of Nassau in Biebrich on 9 July 1836.
  • General Ludwig Beck was born in Biebrich in 1880. He lost his life struggling against Hitlers regime in the failed revolt of German officers on 20 July 1944. If this coup detat had succeeded, Beck would have been nominated by his conspirators to be the first postwar President of Germany.
  • In 1862, Richard Wagner lived for one year in a newly built country house later called Villa Annika near the castle at the bank of the river Rhine, working on the first act and the prelude of the third act of Die Meistersinger. Following the composers wishes, local wind instrument producer Wilhelm Heckel invented the so-called "Heckelphone".
  • Wilhelm Dilthey 1833–1911 and Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl 1823–1897, two pioneers of the early German Kulturgeschichte cultural studies of the 19th century, grew up in Biebrich.
  • Seligman Baer 1825–1897, a Biblical scholar and scholar of Jewish liturgy, was born and died in Biebrich, where he lived much of his life.
  • Physicist Walter Gerlach was born in Biebrich on August 1, 1889. With Otto Stern, Gerlach co-discovered space quantization in a magnetic field, the Stern-Gerlach effect. Their experiment demonstrated that electrons and atoms have intrinsically quantum properties, and how measurement in quantum mechanics affects the system being measured.
  • Toni Sender, the socialist politician, was born in Biebrich in 29 November, 1888
  • Former German footballer Jurgen Grabowski born July 7, 1944 in Wiesbaden grew up Biebrich and was part of two youth clubs in Biebrich FV Biebrich 1902 und SV Biebrich 1919. He played for many years at Eintracht Frankfurt, which won the German Cup in 1974 and 1975 and the UEFA Cup in 1980. He made 44 appearances with the German national team and scored five goals. He was a member of the German squad in the World Cups of 1966 in which he did not play, 1970 and 1974.
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