Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis

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Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis
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CountryGermany
StateSaxony
Adm. regionChemnitz
Disbanded2008-08-01
CapitalMarienberg
Area
 • Total595.36 km2 (229.87 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total93,483
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationMEK
Websitewww.erzgebirge-mek.de

The Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis is a former district in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It was bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the districts of Annaberg, Stollberg, the district-free city Chemnitz, and the district Freiberg. To the south it borders the Czech Republic (the Karlovy Vary Region).

History[edit]

The district was formed in 1994 by merging the two previous districts Marienberg and Zschopau. On 1 August 2008 it was merged into the new district Erzgebirgskreis.

Geography[edit]

The district was located in the Ore Mountains (German Erzgebirge). The highest elevation is the 891 m high Hirtstein, the lowest elevation with 305 m is located in Witzschdorf. 40% of the area is covered by forests.

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms The coat of arms shows three symbols of the typical industries of the district. To the left is a wheel, symbolizing the water mills which were abundant in the district, it also symbolizes the more modern industries. The tree to the left stands for the many forests and the timber industry, the hammers in the bottom are a mining symbol, as the district was a center of ore mining.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Towns Municipalities
  1. Lengefeld
  2. Marienberg
  3. Olbernhau
  4. Wolkenstein
  5. Zöblitz
  6. Zschopau
  1. Amtsberg
  2. Börnichen
  3. Borstendorf
  4. Deutschneudorf
  5. Drebach
  6. Gornau
  7. Großolbersdorf
  8. Großrückerswalde
  1. Grünhainichen
  2. Heidersdorf
  3. Pfaffroda
  4. Pobershau
  5. Pockau
  6. Seiffen
  7. Venusberg
  8. Waldkirchen

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