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Coat of arms of Leinefelde-Worbis
Coat of arms
Leinefelde-Worbis   is located in Germany
Location of Leinefelde-Worbis within Eichsfeld district
Leinefelde-Worbis in EIC.svg
Coordinates: 51°23′0″N 10°20′0″E / 51.38333°N 10.33333°E / 51.38333; 10.33333Coordinates: 51°23′0″N 10°20′0″E / 51.38333°N 10.33333°E / 51.38333; 10.33333
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Eichsfeld
 • Mayor Gerd Reinhardt (CDU)
 • Total 110.18 km2 (42.54 sq mi)
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total 19,617
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 37327, 37339
Dialling codes 03605, 036074
Vehicle registration EIC, HIG, WBS
Website www.leinefelde-worbis.de

Leinefelde-Worbis is a town in the district of Eichsfeld, in northwestern Thuringia, Germany. The town was formed on March 16, 2004, from the former independent towns Leinefelde and Worbis along with the municipalities of Breitenbach and Wintzingerode. In July 2018 the former municipality of Hundeshagen was merged into Leinefelde-Worbis. The population before the amalgamation was 14,387 for Leinefelde, 5,541 for Worbis, 1,021 for Breitenbach and 614 for Wintzingerode. The 10 parts of Leinefelde-Worbis are Leinefelde, Worbis, Breitenbach, Kirchohmfeld, Birkungen, Beuren, Hundeshagen, Kaltohmfeld, Wintzingrode and Breitenholz.


Leinefelde station is located on the Halle–Hann. Münden and the Gotha–Leinefelde railways.

Bear sanctuary[edit]

Since 1997 Worbis has become known for its bear sanctuary, the Alternativer Bärenpark Worbis, which is operated by the German animal welfare organisation Aktion Tier – Menschen für Tiere (formerly Deutsches Tierhilfswerk).


Leinefelde is the birthplace of Johann Carl Fuhlrott, the discoverer of Neanderthal man.

Worbis is the birthplace of Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), the London second-hand bookseller and publisher, and of Barbara Saß-Viehweger (born 1943), a German politician, lawyer and civil law notary.