Central part of Oeslau
|• Mayor||Marco Steiner (FW)|
|• Total||49.96 km2 (19.29 sq mi)|
|Elevation||350 m (1,150 ft)|
|• Density||260/km2 (680/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Rödental was the name given to a group of municipalities that were united 1971 under that name. They include Mönchröden, Oeslau, Einberg, Oberwohlsbach, Unterwohlsbach and several others.
The oldest part of what is now Rödental is Mönchröden, which was founded in 1108, and celebrated its 900th anniversary in 2008. Mönchröden (meaning monks along the river Röden) has a 900-year-old monastery that is in well preserved condition, and contains several fine Gothic structures.
Oeslau, the largest of the components of Rödental is the home of the W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik (porcelain factory) makers (until 2008) of the world-famous M. I. Hummel figurines.
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