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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Gräfenthal
Coat of arms
Gräfenthal   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°32′N 11°18′E / 50.533°N 11.300°E / 50.533; 11.300Coordinates: 50°32′N 11°18′E / 50.533°N 11.300°E / 50.533; 11.300
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
Municipal assoc. Schiefergebirge
Subdivisions 8
 • Mayor Henry Bechtoldt
 • Total 36.45 km2 (14.07 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 2,102
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 98743
Dialling codes 036703
Vehicle registration SLF

Gräfenthal is a town in the district of Saalfeld-Rudolstadt in Thuringia, Germany.


Gräfenthal is located in the southern Thüringer Schiefergebirge, a low mountain range south-eastern of the better known Thuringian Forest. Mountains in this region rise up to 800 meters above sea level and are usually wooded with spruce trees. 20 km north-eastern of Gräfenthal lies district town Saalfeld.

Neighboring municipalities (clockwise, starting northwards) are: Reichmannsdorf, Probstzella, Ludwigsstadt, Tettau, Oberland am Rennsteig, Piesau, Lichte, Schmiedefeld

Gräfenthal has 8 subdivisions:

  • Buchbach
  • Creunitz
  • Gebersdorf
  • Gräfenthal
  • Großneundorf
  • Lichtenhain
  • Lippelsdorf
  • Sommersdorf


In 1288 the town was first mentioned. It was for much of its early history under various Ernestine princelings.


  • Castle Wespenstein
  • Grenz- und Heimatmuseum Gräfenthal
  • Town church, with restored Art Nouveau mural paintings.
  • Railway viaduct

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Erstwhile mining and the location at the route for commerce between Nuremberg and Leipzig were important economical factors. Mainly iron, slate and alum had been mined. During the 20th century Gräfenthal was well known for its porcelain products. From the formerly three manufacturies only one is still in existence. Today a plastics factory is the main employer.

Gräfenthal lies on the road between Neuhaus am Rennweg and Probstzella. Further roads lead to surrounding municipalities. The town used to be connected to the railway-system up until the line section between Sonneberg and Probstzella became disused due to lacking profitability.