Sondershausen

Sondershausen
Stadtzentrum-Sondershausen.jpg
Coat of arms of Sondershausen
Coat of arms
Sondershausen   is located in Germany
Sondershausen
Sondershausen
Location of Sondershausen within Kyffhäuserkreis district
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Coordinates: 51°22′N 10°52′E / 51.367°N 10.867°E / 51.367; 10.867Coordinates: 51°22′N 10°52′E / 51.367°N 10.867°E / 51.367; 10.867
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Kyffhäuserkreis
Government
 • Mayor Joachim Kreyer (CDU)
Area
 • Total 114.36 km2 (44.15 sq mi)
Elevation 208 m (682 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 21,974
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 99701–99706
Dialling codes 03632
Vehicle registration KYF, ART, SDH
Website www.sondershausen.de

Sondershausen is a town in Thuringia, Germany, capital of the Kyffhäuserkreis district, situated about 50 km north of Erfurt. On 1 December 2007, the former municipality Schernberg was incorporated by Sondershausen.

Until 1918 it was part of the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.

marketplace with "Alte Wache" and castle
look over the marketplace
look over the town, Stockhausen
Palace
St. Matthias Church in Stockhausen

Geography[]

Sondershausen is situated in North Thuringia and lies in low mountain range between Hainleite (in the north) and Windleite (in the south). The highest mountain is the Frauenberg to the west of the town. A little river called Wipper flows through Sondershausen. Around the town there are mixed forests (especially with beech trees).

Subdivisions[]

The city districts are:

  • City centre
  • Borntal
  • Hasenholz
  • Östertal
  • Großberndten
  • Himmelsberg
  • Hohenebra
  • Immenrode
  • Kleinberndten
  • Schernberg
  • Straußberg
  • Thalebra

Culture and main sights[]

Museums[]

In the Sondershausen Palace there is a large museum with three different exhibit areas. Special exhibits are the Golden Coach, the only of its kind in Germany, and the legendary Püstrich. There are possible special guided tours of demonstrationdepot, cellar, tower and park of the castle, too.

Under the city there is a mine to visit.

To visit is a Jewish bath from the 14th Century since 1999 under the gallery on the Schlossberg.

Buildings[]

Churches[]

Sons and daughters of the city[]

Sister cities[]

Sondershausen is twinned with three cities:[2]

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