Rudolstadt is a town in the German Bundesland of Thuringia, close to the Thuringian Forest to the southwest, and to Jena and Weimar to the north.
The former capital of
Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, the town is built along the River Saale inside a wide valley surrounded by woods. Rudolstadt was founded in 776 and has had municipal law since 1326. The town's landmark is the Castle Heidecksburg which is enthroned on a hill above the old town.
Rudolstadt is twinned with
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Rudolstadt became popular through the
Anchor Stone Blocks of the Toy Company Richter and porcelain factories, beginning with the establishment of the Volkstedt porcelain manufacture in 1762.
Rudolstadt hosts Germany’s biggest
folk, roots, and world music festival, TFF Rudolstadt (Tanz&FolkFest), taking place annually on the first full July weekend.
The headquarters of the
EPC Group, a global engineering and construction company, are in Rudolstadt.
Since 2012 Rudolstadt hosts
Gettingtough – The Race, Europe's hardest Obstacle Race.
The so-called "Richtersche Villa" (Richters Mansion).
Notable people from Rudolstadt [ edit ]
Hans Fallada, German writer. He went to school in Rudolstadt, it was here that he killed his friend Hans Dietrich von Necker in a duel.
Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer worked here as the composer in residence for the Rudolstadt theatre
Richard Wagner, German composer, worked here as the composer in residence for the Rudolstadt theatre
Niccolò Paganini, Italian composer, worked here as the composer in residence for the Rudolstadt theatre
Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer and choirmaster in Rudolstadt
Ahasverus Fritsch, German poet and composer Princess Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, grandmother of King Leopold I of Belgium, great-grandmother to Albert, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom
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