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Coat of arms of Zella-Mehlis
Coat of arms
Zella-Mehlis   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°39′35″N 10°40′1″E / 50.65972°N 10.66694°E / 50.65972; 10.66694Coordinates: 50°39′35″N 10°40′1″E / 50.65972°N 10.66694°E / 50.65972; 10.66694
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Schmalkalden-Meiningen
 • Mayor Richard Rossel
 • Total 28.09 km2 (10.85 sq mi)
Elevation 450-700 m (−1,850 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 10,631
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 98544
Dialling codes 03682
Vehicle registration SM
Website www.zella-mehlis.de

Zella-Mehlis is a town in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated in the Thuringian Forest, 5 km north of Suhl, and 20 km east of Meiningen. The town of Zella-Mehlis is the site of the original Walther Arms and J.G.Anschutz weapons factories. They remained there until the Russians occupied eastern Germany at the end of World War II.

Twin towns[edit]

Zella-Mehlis is twinned with:

Elementary school Martin Luther
Surroundings of Zella-Mehlis
Town hall Zella-Mehlis


Honorary citizen[edit]

  • Helmut Recknagel (* 1937), the first German Olympic ski jumping champion and world champion, started for SC Motor Zella-Mehlis

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

People associated with Zella-Mehlis[edit]

  • Marcel Callo (1921-1945), blessed of the Roman Catholic Church, a place was named here after him
  • Herbert Albrecht (1925-1997), wrestler
  • Horst Queck (born 1943), ski jumper
  • Reinhard Heß (1945-2007), ski jumping coach of the German national team
  • Fredi Albrecht (born 1947), wrestler and competitor, visited the children's and youth sports school here
  • Klaus-Peter Göpfert (born 1948), wrestler, attended the children's and sports school in Zella-Mehlis
  • Rainer Schmidt (born 1948), ski jumper, overall winner of the Four Hills Tournament, lives in Zella-Mehlis
  • Christoph Matschie (born 1961), politician, SPD Chairman of the State of Thuringia 1999-2014, minister and parliamentary secretary of state, received training as a mechanic in Zella-Mehlis
  • Kati Wilhelm (born 1976), biathlete
  • Sebastian Haseney (born 1978), Nordic Combiner
  • Franz Göring (born 1984), cross-country skier, lives in Zella-Mehlis
  • Andi Langenhan (born 1984), Rennrodler
  • Frank Rommel (born 1984), Skeleton Pilots
  • Tino Edelmann (born 1985), Nordic Combiner