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Stadtkirche Rudolstadt.jpg
Coat of arms of Rudolstadt
Coat of arms
Rudolstadt is located in Germany
Location of Rudolstadt within Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district
Rudolstadt in SLF.png
Coordinates: 50°43′1″N 11°19′39″E / 50.71694°N 11.32750°E / 50.71694; 11.32750Coordinates: 50°43′1″N 11°19′39″E / 50.71694°N 11.32750°E / 50.71694; 11.32750
 • MayorJörg Reichl
 • Total55.38 km2 (21.38 sq mi)
Elevation195 m (640 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total22,560
 • Density410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes07407
Dialling codes03672
Vehicle registrationSLF, alternatively RU

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.[2]

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).
Rudolstadt Town Hall
Bobo 2006

Notable people from Rudolstadt[edit]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2018.
  2. ^ Official website of TFF.Rudolstadt Archived 2006-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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