|• Total||936 km2 (361 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2012)|
|• Density||140/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Gotha is a Kreis (district) in the middle of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Unstrut-Hainich, Sömmerda, the district-free city Erfurt, Ilm-Kreis, Schmalkalden-Meiningen and the Wartburgkreis.
The district was established on 1 October 1922, when the newly created state of Thuringia was administratively divided into 15 districts and 9 district free cities.
All of the south-western area of the district is covered by the Thuringian Forest, with the Großer Inselsberg (916 m) being the highest elevation in the west of the district. To the north there is the Fahner Höhe with many orchards. The Unstrut River forms a short part of the northern boundary of the district.
Coat of arms
|The coat of arms shows Friedenstein Castle in the top, the largest Baroque building located in the city of Gotha. The wavy line below symbolizes the Leina canal, which was built 1366 to 1369 from Schönau to Gotha, to bring water into the city. The star at the bottom was the symbol of the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.
The coat of arms was granted 28 June 1991.
Towns and municipalities
|Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns||and municipalities|
2. Fahner Höhe
|1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft;2town|
- Official website (German)