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Main street
Main street
Coat of arms of Friedrichroda
Coat of arms
Friedrichroda   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°52′0″N 10°34′0″E / 50.86667°N 10.56667°E / 50.86667; 10.56667Coordinates: 50°52′0″N 10°34′0″E / 50.86667°N 10.56667°E / 50.86667; 10.56667
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Gotha
 • Mayor Thomas Klöppel (SPD)
 • Total 36.91 km2 (14.25 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 7,549
 • Density 200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 99892–99894
Dialling codes 03623
Vehicle registration GTH

Friedrichroda is a town in the district of Gotha, Thuringia, Germany. It is situated at the north foot of the Thuringian Forest, 21 km by rail southwest of the town of Gotha. It is surrounded by fir-clad hills and possesses numerous handsome villa residences, a Kurhaus and a sanatorium. In the immediate neighborhood is the beautiful ducal hunting seat of Reinhardsbrunn, built out of the ruins of the famous Benedictine monastery founded in 1085. On 1 December 2007, the former municipalities Ernstroda and Finsterbergen were incorporated by Friedrichroda.


Within the German Empire (1871-1918), Friedrichroda was part of the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Development of First Jet Flying Wing Aircraft[edit]

During the late years of World War II, Friedrichroda was the site of manufacture of the mock-up production of the double-seat, all-weather fighter version of the Horten Ho 229 V4 and V5 (Versions 4 & 5) jet aircraft. The only surviving example of the Horten jet is the Horten Ho 229 V3. In December, 2011, the Horten V3 was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution's Paul E.Garber Restoration Facility in Suitland, MD.



Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

Other personalities[edit]

Helene Lange