|• Mayor||Mario Henning (CDU)|
|• Metro||38.51 km2 (14.87 sq mi)|
|Elevation||440 m (1,440 ft)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||WAK, SLZ|
Ruhla (help·info) is a town situated in the forest of Thuringia in the district of Wartburgkreis in Germany, immediately next to the Rennsteig. Thal and Kittelsthal are parts of the town. It lies on Carl-Gareis-Straße 16.
Culture and sights
Church of St. Concordia
The church was built in 1660-61 and has never been changed since then. It is one of about eight angle churches in Germany and is considered to be among the two "real" angle churches, i.e. it was originally built as an angle church whereas the other churches only became angle churches after some reconstruction. The church consists of two wings that are situated at a right angle. Where the two wings meet there is the spire and the altar space from where both wings can be overlooked. Since Ruhla was largely spared from destruction during World War I and II, St Concordia was not affected either. Hence it is the only angle church that has been conserved unaltered and in its original state since its first construction.
- Friedrich Lux (1820-1895), organist and composer
- Dieter Neuendorf (born 1940 in Ruhla), ski jumper
- Marko Baacke (born 1980), nordic combiner
- Ron Spanuth (born 1980), cross-country skier
- Juliane Seyfarth (born 1990), ski jumper
Finkenzuchter - Ruhla was a mecca of the finch farming in the 19th century. This leisure activity was based on the mining tradition of carrying a songbird (as an early warning device against toxic gases).
In the 1960s, the town had an urban cowherd, who, as a tourist attraction, picked up the cows at the gathering place 'calf number' in the summer months. and with bells The mountain pastures
'Steinquader' '- a stone quarry from the' 'Gerberstein' 'made of Ruhla granite has been available for over one hundred years at the road crossing at the "Glasbachswiese" at the Rennsteig. It had been designated as a monument, but had to refrain from transport because of the lack of carrying capacity of the bridges.
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2018.
- Lotar Köllner: Die Ruhlaer Straßen und ihre Geschichte. Ruhla 2004. S. 5–33.
- Siegfried Mahron: Der Rennsteig . Our Little Wanderheft No. 86. VEB F.A.Brockhaus Verlag Leipzig, Leipzig, 1967, p. 23
- Church of St. Concordia (Information available in German, English, Dutch, French and Italian)
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 822. .
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