Gerstungen

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Gerstungen
Coat of arms of Gerstungen
Coat of arms
Gerstungen   is located in Germany
Gerstungen
Gerstungen
Coordinates: 50°57′45″N 10°3′35″E / 50.96250°N 10.05972°E / 50.96250; 10.05972Coordinates: 50°57′45″N 10°3′35″E / 50.96250°N 10.05972°E / 50.96250; 10.05972
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Wartburgkreis
Government
 • Mayor Werner Hartung
Area
 • Total 75.51 km2 (29.15 sq mi)
Elevation 205 m (673 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,829
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 99834
Dialling codes 036922
Vehicle registration WAK
Website www.gerstungen.de

Gerstungen is a municipality in the Wartburgkreis district of Thuringia, Germany.

History[edit]

A new border crossing for pedestrians across the Inner German border linking Lauchröden in Gerstungen municipality, and Herleshausen. This temporary bridge was built immediately after the reopening of the border at the site of an old bridge across the Werra which was destroyed in the Second World War. Here, visitors are queueing to enter East Germany on 23 December 1989.

Between 1945 and 1990 Gerstungen served as East German inner German border crossing on the Thuringian Railway. The crossing was open for trains travelling between the Soviet Zone of occupation in Germany (till 1949, thereafter the East German Democratic Republic, or West Berlin and the American zone of occupation (till 1949) and thereafter the West German Federal Republic of Germany. The traffic was subject to the Interzonal traffic regulations, that between West Germany and West Berlin followed the special regulations of the Transit Agreement (1972).

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