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Coat of arms of Zeulenroda-Triebes
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Zeulenroda-Triebes   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 50°38′55″N 11°58′50″E / 50.64861°N 11.98056°E / 50.64861; 11.98056Coordinates: 50°38′55″N 11°58′50″E / 50.64861°N 11.98056°E / 50.64861; 11.98056
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Greiz
 • Mayor Dieter Weinlich (Ind.)
 • Total 134.72 km2 (52.02 sq mi)
Elevation 415 m (1,362 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 16,901
 • Density 130/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 07931–07937, 07950
Dialling codes 036628, 036622
Vehicle registration GRZ, ZR
Website www.zeulenroda-triebes.de

Zeulenroda-Triebes is a German town in the district of Greiz in the state of Thuringia.

Zeulenroda-Triebes is situated in the south of Greiz in the mountains of the Thuringian Slate Mountains (Thüringer Schiefergebirge), on the border with Saxonia. The population of Zeulenroda-Triebes in 2006 was about 18000. The largest company is Bauerfeind AG. The most famous sight in the town is the neoclassical town hall, built in 1827. Zeulenroda-Triebes is also known for the International Thuringia Women's Cycling Tour.

Zeulenroda-Triebes is twinned with the town of Strabane in Northern Ireland as well as with Giengen an der Brenz (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).

Jürgen Raab, a former East German football player, was born in Zeulenroda-Triebes. Paul Herman Geithner (1902–1972), was born in Zeulenroda and immigrated with his parents to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1908.[2] His grandson, Timothy Geithner, was the 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama.


Zeulenroda was mentioned in a document as early as 1325. The village became a town in 1438. Zeulenroda belonged to the principality of the House of Reuss Elder Line for several centuries. On April 16, 1945 the United States Army took over Zeulenroda without a battle. On July 1 the Red Army occupied the town. In 1949 Zeulenroda and Triebes became a part of the German Democratic Republic. After German reunification in 1990, the Free State of Thuringia was reestablished. Zeulenroda merged with Triebes in 2006. The new name of the town is Zeulenroda-Triebes.

Zeulenroda barrage

Population development of Zeulenroda[edit]

In 1908 the population of Zeulenrodas reached the 10,000 mark. In 1946, the city had grown to more than 14,000 inhabitants through many resettlers. At the beginning of the 1990s more than 15,000 people lived in Zeulenroda. In recent years the number of inhabitants has declined slightly.

  • 1830: 8.449
  • 1905: 9.776
  • 1910: 10.389
  • 1925: 11.047
  • 1933: 12.247
  • 1939: 12.688
  • 1946: 14.039
  • 1950: 13.694
  • 1960: 13.684
  • 1981: 14.709
  • 1995: 15.021
  • 2000: 14.600
  • 2005: 13.434

Local council[edit]

The elections in May 2014 showed the following results:

  • CDU 11 seats
  • The Left 5 seats
  • SPD 3 seats
  • BIZ 2 seats
  • TV 2 seats
  • FDP 1 seat

BIZ means Bürgerinitiative für sozialverträgliche Abgaben und Leistungsgerechtigkeit in Zeulenroda und Umgebung e. V.
TV means: Wählergemeinschaft Thüringer Vogtland

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

In the municipalities that today belong to the town of Zeulenroda-Triebes, the following persons were born:

Johann Christian Gottlieb Ackermann 1790
Gustav Schreck around 1900


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