Schöneck, Saxony

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Schöneck
Coat of arms of Schöneck
Coat of arms
Schöneck is located in Germany
Schöneck
Schöneck
Coordinates: 50°22′N 12°19′E / 50.367°N 12.317°E / 50.367; 12.317Coordinates: 50°22′N 12°19′E / 50.367°N 12.317°E / 50.367; 12.317
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Vogtlandkreis
Government
 • Mayor Isa Suplie
Area
 • Total 54.92 km2 (21.20 sq mi)
Elevation 707 m (2,320 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,318
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 08261
Dialling codes 037464
Vehicle registration V
Website www.schoeneck.eu

Schöneck (also: Schöneck/Vogtl.) is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated 18 km (11 mi) southeast of Plauen, and 35 km (22 mi) north of Cheb. Schöneck is known as the biggest ski resort in the eastern part of Germany. With more than 700 m (church) it is the highest-located city in the Vogtland district. It belongs to the so-called music angle.

City structure[edit]

The districts of Schöneck are Arnoldsgrün, Eschenbach, Gunzen, Korna, Kottenheide, Schilbach and Zwotental.

History[edit]

Schöneck became a city in 1370, but was first mentioned one century ago, when the catle castrum Schoennecke was mentioned as a middleage manor.

After some devastating major fires (1632, 1680, 1761 and 1856), Schöneck took part in the industrialization of the 19th century. The city's main business became the cigar manufactory. In 1875 the railroad to Falkenstein and Klingenthal was built. The population grew significantly until World War II, but later the population contracted again.

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