Weißensee, Thuringia

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Coat of arms of Weißensee
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Weißensee  is located in Germany
Location of Weißensee within Sömmerda district
Weißensee in SÖM.png
Coordinates: 51°11′0″N 11°4′0″E / 51.18333°N 11.06667°E / 51.18333; 11.06667Coordinates: 51°11′0″N 11°4′0″E / 51.18333°N 11.06667°E / 51.18333; 11.06667
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Sömmerda
 • Mayor Peter Albach (CDU)
 • Total 46.55 km2 (17.97 sq mi)
Elevation 143 m (469 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,462
 • Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 99631
Dialling codes 036374
Vehicle registration SÖM
Website www.landgrafenstadt.de

Weißensee (English: White Lake City) is a town in the district of Sömmerda, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated 6 km northwest of Sömmerda, and 25 km north of Erfurt.


It is one of a very few cities which was actually planned in the Middle Ages. Founded in the second half of the 12th century by Jutta Claricia, Landgravine of Thuringia and sister of Emperor Frederick I, it got market rights in 1198 and city rights in 1265. Due to the excellent strategic lay between two lakes, which are eponymous for the city, and a ridge of hills it became quickly a very important trade centre, especially for fish and woad.

Some notabilities lived on the Runneburg and in 1446 William III, Landgrave of Thuringia adopted the first Thuringian constitution. In time of Renaissance it became less important and the two lakes were drained. But after the Congress of Vienna it was awarded by Prussia and got a revival as district capital.

Weißensee is famous for its medieval castle, one of the largest in Thuringia, and for its annual Bierfest.[citation needed]