Saale-Orla-Kreis

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Saale-Orla
District
Thuringia sok.png
Country  Germany
State Thuringia
Capital Schleiz
Area
 • Total 1,148 km2 (443 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 83,654
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SOK, LBS, PN, SCZ
Website www.saale-orla-kreis.de

Saale-Orla is a Kreis (district) in the east of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) the districts Saale-Holzland, Greiz, the Vogtlandkreis in Saxony, the Bavarian districts Hof and Kronach, and the district Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.

History[edit]

The district was created in 1994 by merging the previous districts Lobenstein, Pößneck and Schleiz.

Geography[edit]

The main rivers in the district are the Saale and the Orla, which also contributed to the name of the district. The highest elevation with 732.9 m above sea level is the Sieglitzberg (near Lobenstein), the lowest with 180 m is near Schimmersburg Langenorla. The district is mountainous, covering the Thüringer Schiefergebirge. The dams of the Saale create the biggest system of artificial lakes in Germany.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The two lions in the top of the coat of arms represent the historic states which covered the area in the past. In the left is the lion with crown of the Reuß family, while the lion to the right is the symbol of the margravate of Meißen. The two wavy lines in the bottom symbolize the two rivers of the district, Saale and Orla.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns and municipalities
  1. Bad Lobenstein
  2. Gefell
  3. Hirschberg
  4. Neustadt an der Orla
  5. Pößneck
  6. Saalburg-Ebersdorf
  7. Schleiz
  8. Tanna
  9. Wurzbach
  1. Burgk
  2. Kospoda
  3. Linda bei Neustadt an der Orla
  4. Remptendorf
  5. Stanau
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften

1. Oppurg

  1. Bodelwitz
  2. Döbritz
  3. Gertewitz
  4. Grobengereuth
  5. Langenorla
  6. Lausnitz
  7. Nimritz
  8. Oberoppurg
  9. Oppurg1
  10. Quaschwitz
  11. Solkwitz
  12. Weira
  13. Wernburg

2. Ranis-Ziegenrück

  1. Crispendorf
  2. Eßbach
  3. Gössitz
  4. Keila
  5. Krölpa
  6. Moxa
  7. Paska
  8. Peuschen
  9. Ranis1, 2
  10. Schmorda
  11. Schöndorf
  12. Seisla
  13. Wilhelmsdorf
  14. Ziegenrück2

3. Saale-Rennsteig

  1. Birkenhügel
  2. Blankenberg
  3. Blankenstein2
  4. Harra
  5. Neundorf bei Lobenstein
  6. Pottiga
  7. Schlegel

4. Seenplatte

  1. Bucha
  2. Dittersdorf
  3. Dreba
  4. Görkwitz
  5. Göschitz
  6. Kirschkau
  7. Knau
  8. Löhma
  9. Moßbach
  10. Neundorf bei Schleiz
  11. Oettersdorf1
  12. Plothen
  13. Pörmitz
  14. Tegau
  15. Volkmannsdorf

5. Triptis

  1. Dreitzsch
  2. Geroda
  3. Lemnitz
  4. Miesitz
  5. Mittelpöllnitz
  6. Rosendorf
  7. Schmieritz
  8. Tömmelsdorf
  9. Triptis1, 2
1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft;2town

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Coordinates: 50°35′N 11°45′E / 50.58°N 11.75°E / 50.58; 11.75