Schmalkalden-Meiningen

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Schmalkalden-Meiningen
District
Thuringia sm.png
Country  Germany
State Thuringia
Capital Meiningen
Area
 • Total 1,210 km2 (470 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2012)[1]
 • Total 126,208
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SM, MGN
Website www.lk-sm.de

Schmalkalden-Meiningen is a Landkreis in the west of Thuringia, Germany. Its neighboring districts are (from the northwest clockwise) the districts Wartburgkreis, Gotha, Ilm-Kreis, the district-free city Suhl, the district Hildburghausen, the Bavarian district Rhön-Grabfeld, and the district Fulda in Hesse.

History[edit]

The district as a unit originated in 1994 with the merging of the previous districts Schmalkalden, Meiningen and (partially) Suhl-Land.

Partnerships[edit]

The district has a partnership with the Vogelsbergkreis in Hesse, as well as with the Komitat Pest in Hungary.

Geography[edit]

The main river in Schmalkalden-Meiningen is the Werra. The district consists mainly of mountainous terrain, the Rhön and the Thuringian Forest. The Rennsteig hiking path crosses the district. The area around Oberhof is a famous winter sports resort.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms of Schalkalden-Meiningen shows symbols from the coats of arms of the three precursor districts, which also symbolise the historic states which formerly ruled in the territory of the district. The rooster in the top left derives from the coat of arms of the counts of Henneberg. It stands on three green mounds, a reminder of the hills and mountains of the area. The lion of Hesse appears in the top right canton, as Hesse controlled the area from 1360 to 1866. The banner in the bottom left comes from the coat of arms of the district of Meiningen, and derives from the coat of arms of the city of Würzburg. The prince-bishops of Würzburg owned Meiningen in the past. The coat of arms of Saxony in the bottom right recalls the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, which existed from 1680 until 1918.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns and municipalities
  1. Brotterode-Trusetal
  2. Meiningen
  3. Oberhof
  4. Schmalkalden
  5. Steinbach-Hallenberg
  6. Zella-Mehlis
  1. Benshausen
  2. Breitungen
  3. Fambach
  4. Floh-Seligenthal
  5. Grabfeld
  6. Henneberg
  7. Rhönblick
  1. Rippershausen
  2. Rosa
  3. Roßdorf
  4. Stepfershausen
  5. Sülzfeld
  6. Untermaßfeld
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften

1. Dolmar-Salzbrücke

  1. Belrieth
  2. Christes
  3. Dillstädt
  4. Einhausen
  5. Ellingshausen
  6. Kühndorf
  7. Leutersdorf
  8. Neubrunn
  9. Obermaßfeld-Grimmenthal
  10. Ritschenhausen
  11. Rohr
  12. Schwarza1
  13. Utendorf
  14. Vachdorf
  15. Wölfershausen

2. Haselgrund

  1. Altersbach
  2. Bermbach
  3. Oberschönau
  4. Rotterode
  5. Springstille
  6. Unterschönau
  7. Viernau1

3. Hohe Rhön

  1. Aschenhausen
  2. Birx
  3. Erbenhausen
  4. Frankenheim
  5. Kaltensundheim1
  6. Kaltenwestheim
  7. Melpers
  8. Oberkatz
  9. Oberweid
  10. Unterweid

4. Wasungen-Amt Sand

  1. Friedelshausen
  2. Hümpfershausen
  3. Mehmels
  4. Metzels
  5. Oepfershausen
  6. Schwallungen
  7. Unterkatz
  8. Wahns
  9. Wallbach
  10. Walldorf
  11. Wasungen1, 2
1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft;2town

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Coordinates: 50°40′N 10°25′E / 50.67°N 10.42°E / 50.67; 10.42