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Coat of arms of Ruhla
Coat of arms
Location in Wartburgkreis District
Ruhla in WAK.png
Ruhla is located in Germany
Ruhla is located in Thuringia
Coordinates: 50°53′31″N 10°22′0″E / 50.89194°N 10.36667°E / 50.89194; 10.36667Coordinates: 50°53′31″N 10°22′0″E / 50.89194°N 10.36667°E / 50.89194; 10.36667
Subdivisions3 Ortsteile
 • MayorMario Henning (CDU)
 • Metro
38.51 km2 (14.87 sq mi)
440 m (1,440 ft)
 • City5,540
 • Metro
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes036929
Vehicle registrationWAK, SLZ

About this soundRuhla  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.


Within the German Empire (1871-1918), part of Ruhla belonged to the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and part to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

Culture and sights[edit]

Church St. Concordia

Church of St. Concordia[edit]

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.

Model of the Wartburg


The park mini-a-thür (derived from miniature) shows about 90 models of sights of Thuringia, among the Creuzburg, Erfurt Hauptbahnhof, the Planetarium Jena and the Wartburg.

It was the birthplace of the composer Friedrich Lux. One of his operas is called The Blacksmith of Ruhla.



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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, erfüllenden Gemeinden und Verwaltungsgemeinschaften nach Geschlecht in Thüringen Gebietsstand: 31.12.2018". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2019.
  2. ^ Lotar Köllner: Die Ruhlaer Straßen und ihre Geschichte. Ruhla 2004. S. 5–33.
  3. ^ Siegfried Mahron: Der Rennsteig . Our Little Wanderheft No. 86. VEB F.A.Brockhaus Verlag Leipzig, Leipzig, 1967, p. 23

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