Ilm-Kreis Rural District

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Ilm-Kreis
District
Coordinates: 50°45′N 11°00′E / 50.75°N 11°E / 50.75; 11Coordinates: 50°45′N 11°00′E / 50.75°N 11°E / 50.75; 11
Country  Germany
State Thuringia
Capital Arnstadt
Area
 • Total 843 km2 (325 sq mi)
Population (30 June 2005)
 • Total 117,418
 • Density 139.29/km2 (360.75/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration IK

Ilm-Kreis is a district in Thuringia, Germany.

History[change | edit source]

In medieval times the territory was ruled by the counts of Henneberg and the princes of Schwarzburg, two local dynasties. While Ilmenau was ruled by Henneberg, Arnstadt belonged to Schwarzburg. When the Henneberg family became extinct in 1583, Ilmenau was acquired by Saxony. The principality of Schwarzburg was split up between family members into several tiny states. One of those states (Schwarzburg-Arnstadt) was based in Arnstadt; it was founded in 1574 and existed until 1716, when it became part of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen. It became part of Thuringia when the Freestate of Thuringia was founded in 1920.

The district was founded in 1920 (under the name Arnstadt); it was divided in 1952 into the districts of Arnstadt and Ilmenau, but joined together again in 1994.

Coat of arms[change | edit source]

Coat of arms The coat of arms displays:
  • the heraldic lion from the principality of Schwarzburg
  • the hen from the county of Henneberg
  • the eagle from the city arms of Arnstadt

Towns and municipalities[change | edit source]

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns and municipalities
  1. Arnstadt
  2. Ilmenau
  3. Langewiesen
  4. Stadtilm
  1. Ichtershausen
  2. Ilmtal
  3. Wachsenburggemeinde
  4. Wipfratal
  5. Wolfsberg
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften

1. Geratal

  1. Angelroda
  2. Elgersburg
  3. Geraberg1
  4. Martinroda
  5. Neusiß

2. Großbreitenbach

  1. Altenfeld
  2. Böhlen
  3. Friedersdorf
  4. Gillersdorf
  5. Großbreitenbach1, 2
  6. Wildenspring

3. Langer Berg

  1. Gehren1, 2
  2. Herschdorf
  3. Möhrenbach
  4. Neustadt am Rennsteig
  5. Pennewitz

4. Oberes Geratal

  1. Frankenhain
  2. Gehlberg
  3. Geschwenda
  4. Gossel
  5. Gräfenroda1
  6. Liebenstein
  7. Plaue2

5. Rennsteig

  1. Frauenwald
  2. Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig1
  3. Stützerbach

6. Riechheimer Berg

  1. Alkersleben
  2. Bösleben-Wüllersleben
  3. Dornheim
  4. Elleben
  5. Elxleben
  6. Kirchheim1
  7. Osthausen-Wülfershausen
  8. Rockhausen
  9. Witzleben
1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft;2town
All villages, municipalities and TOWNS in Ilm-Kreis

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