Schmalkalden-Meiningen Rural District

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Landkreis Schmalkalden-Meiningen
District
Coordinates: 50°40′N 10°25′E / 50.667°N 10.417°E / 50.667; 10.417Coordinates: 50°40′N 10°25′E / 50.667°N 10.417°E / 50.667; 10.417
Country  Germany
State Thuringia
Capital Meiningen
Area
 • Total 1,210 km2 (470 sq mi)
Population (2002)
 • Total 141,055
 • Density 116.6/km2 (301.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration SM

Schmalkalden-Meiningen is a Landkreis (rural district) in the west of Thuringia, Germany.

History[change | change source]

The district was created in 1994 by joining the old districts of Schmalkalden, Meiningen and part of Suhl-Land.

Partnerships[change | change source]

The district has a partnership with the Vogelsbergkreis in Hesse, as well as with the Komitat Pest in Hungary.

Coat of arms[change | change source]

Coat of arms The coat of arms shows symbols from the coat of arms of the three precursor districts, which are also symbols for the historic states which make up the territory of the district. The rooster in the topleft derives from the coat of arms of the counts of Henneberg. The hen stands on 3 green mounds, a reminder of the hillsa dn mountains of the area. The lion of Hesse is displayed in the topright, as the area was owned by Hesse 1360-1866. The banner in the bottom left comes from the coat of arms of the district Meiningen, and derives from the coat of arms of the city Würzburg. The prince-bishops of Würzburg owned Meiningen in the past. The coat of arms of Saxony in the bottom right is a reminder of the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, which existed from 1680 to 1918.

Towns and municipalities[change | change source]

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns and municipalities
  1. Brotterode
  2. Meiningen
  3. Oberhof
  4. Schmalkalden
  5. Steinbach-Hallenberg
  6. Zella-Mehlis
  1. Benshausen
  2. Breitungen
  3. Fambach
  4. Floh-Seligenthal
  5. Grabfeld
  6. Henneberg
  7. Herpf
  8. Heßles
  9. Rhönblick
  1. Rippershausen
  2. Rosa
  3. Roßdorf
  4. Schwallungen
  5. Stepfershausen
  6. Sülzfeld
  7. Trusetal
  8. Untermaßfeld
  9. Wernshausen
Verwaltungsgemeinschaften

1. Dolmar

  1. Christes
  2. Dillstädt
  3. Kühndorf
  4. Rohr
  5. Schwarza1
  6. Utendorf

2. Haselgrund

  1. Altersbach
  2. Bermbach
  3. Oberschönau
  4. Rotterode
  5. Springstille
  6. Unterschönau
  7. Viernau1

3. Hohe Rhön

  1. Aschenhausen
  2. Birx
  3. Erbenhausen
  4. Frankenheim
  5. Kaltensundheim1
  6. Kaltenwestheim
  7. Melpers
  8. Oberkatz
  9. Oberweid
  10. Unterweid

4. Salzbrücke

  1. Bauerbach
  2. Belrieth
  3. Einhausen
  4. Ellingshausen
  5. Leutersdorf
  6. Neubrunn
  7. Obermaßfeld-Grimmenthal1
  8. Ritschenhausen
  9. Vachdorf
  10. Wölfershausen

5. Wasungen-Amt Sand

  1. Friedelshausen
  2. Hümpfershausen
  3. Mehmels
  4. Metzels
  5. Oepfershausen
  6. Unterkatz
  7. Wahns
  8. Wallbach
  9. Walldorf
  10. Wasungen1, 2
1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft;2town

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