Sondershausen

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Sondershausen
Stadtzentrum-Sondershausen.jpg
Coat of arms of Sondershausen
Coat of arms
Sondershausen   is located in Germany
Sondershausen
Sondershausen
Coordinates: 51°22′N 10°52′E / 51.367°N 10.867°E / 51.367; 10.867Coordinates: 51°22′N 10°52′E / 51.367°N 10.867°E / 51.367; 10.867
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Kyffhäuserkreis
Subdivisions 12
Government
 • Mayor Joachim Kreyer (CDU)
Area
 • Total 114.36 km2 (44.15 sq mi)
Elevation 208 m (682 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 21,907
 • Density 190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 99701–99706
Dialling codes 03632
Vehicle registration KYF, ART, SDH
Website www.sondershausen.de

Sondershausen is a town in Thuringia, Germany, capital of the Kyffhäuserkreis district, situated about 50 km north of Erfurt. On 1 December 2007, the former municipality Schernberg was incorporated by Sondershausen.

Until 1918 it was part of the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.

marketplace with "Alte Wache" and castle
look over the marketplace
look over the town, Stockhausen
Palace
St. Matthias Church in Stockhausen

Geography[edit]

Sondershausen is situated in North Thuringia and lies in low mountain range between Hainleite (in the north) and Windleite (in the south). The highest mountain is the Frauenberg to the west of the town. A little river called Wipper flows through Sondershausen. Around the town there are mixed forests (especial with beeches).

Subdivisions[edit]

The city districts are:

  • City centre
  • Borntal
  • Hasenholz
  • Östertal
  • Großberndten
  • Himmelsberg
  • Hohenebra
  • Immenrode
  • Kleinberndten
  • Schernberg
  • Straußberg
  • Thalebra

Culture and main sights[edit]

Museums[edit]

In the Sondershausen Palace there is a large museum with three different exhibit areas. Special exhibits are the Golden Coach, the only of its kind in Germany, and the legendary Püstrich. There are possible special guided tours of demonstrationdepot, cellar, tower and park of the castle, too.

Under the city there is a mine to visit.

To visit is a Jewish bath from the 14th Century since 1999 under the gallery on the Schlossberg.

Buildings[edit]

  • Sondershausen Palace, with natural history and antiquarian collections. Adapted as Palace in Renaissance times, it was later expanded in Baroque forms (1764–1771). Especially noteworthy are the "Blue Hall" and the gardens.
  • The Old Princes' Palace (1721–1725), a residence of the princes from 1835 to 1851. It currently houses the district administration office of the Kyffhäuserkreis.
  • The Octagonal House
  • "Alte Wache"
  • "Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Sondershausen" building I. (a grammar school)
  • mikveh
  • theatre "Haus der Kunst" (translated: "house of art")
  • Rathaus (city hall)
  • Gottschalcksches Haus (House of Gottschalck)

Churches[edit]

  • The Baroque Trinitatiskirche, a Lutheran church, with the mausoleum (1892) of the reigning princes.
  • Crucis Church, the oldest building of Sondershausen.
  • St. Matthias Church, the historicist construction is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the region
  • St. Petri Church in Jechaburg
  • St. Georg Church in Bebra
  • St. Viti Church in Berka
  • St. Bonifatius Church in Großfurra
  • St. JohannisChurch in Oberspier
  • Church of Großberndten
  • Church St. Mauritii in Himmelsberg
  • Church Gloria Deo in Hohenebra
  • Church of Immenrode
  • Church St. Johannes in Kleinberndten
  • St. Crucis Church in Schernberg
  • Church of Thalebra
  • St. Elisabeth Church (catholic)

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Sondershausen is twinned with three cities:[2]

References[edit]