|• Mayor||Lars Kluge (CDU)|
|• Total||18.33 km2 (7.08 sq mi)|
|Elevation||355 m (1,165 ft)|
|• Density||830/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||HOT, GC, Z|
Hohenstein-Ernstthal is a town in the Zwickau rural district, Free State of Saxony, Germany. The towns of Hohenstein and Ernstthal were united in 1898, and the town is either known by its hyphenated form, or simply called Hohenstein.
The town grew in the 15th century after silver mines were established nearby. Ernstthal was named in honor of August Ernst von Schoenburg.
Furthermore Hohenstein-Ernstthal is especially famous for the Sachsenring racing circuit.
As of 2013 Lars Kluge is the mayor of Hohenstein-Ernstthal.
In the 15th century, the town of Hohenstein was established after silver was found and mined there. The name is said to be derived from the phrase ″uff dem hohen Stein″ (on the high rock), that the first settlers used when they saw the Pfaffenberg mountain. In 1680 some people from Hohenstein moved to the forest near the town to escape the dangers of the plague. That settlement was later named Ernstthal (Ernst valley) after August Ernst von Schönburg. Both town united in 1898, thus becoming Hohenstein-Ernstthal. During 19th and 20th century silver mining became less efficient, so the textile industry became more important. In 1999, Wüstenbrand became a part of Hohenstein-Ernstthal.
Hohenstein-Ernsthal is located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of Chemnitz. The Ore Mountains rise south of the city. The highest point of Hohenstein-Ernstthal is the Pfaffenberg north of the town with an elevation of 479 metres (1,572 ft).
- Gotthilf Heinrich von Schubert (1780–1860), natural scientist
- Karl May (1842–1912), author
- Hans-Uwe Pilz (born 1958), football player and trainer
- Heinz Tetzner (1920-2007), painter and printmaker
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- "Gebietsänderungen vom 01.01. bis 31.12.1999" (in German). Federal Statistical Office of Germany.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
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