Arnstadt is a town in Ilm-Kreis
Ilm-Kreis is a district in Thuringia, Germany. It is bounded by the city of Erfurt, the districts of Weimarer Land, Saalfeld-Rudolstadt and Hildburghausen, the city of Suhl, and the districts of Schmalkalden-Meiningen and Gotha...

, Thuringia
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, Germany
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, situated on the Gera River. It is one of the oldest towns in Thuringia and is nicknamed Das Tor zum Thüringer Wald, The Gate to the Thuringian Forest
Thuringian Forest
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Modern Arnstadt has a population of approximately 25,000. It is a manufacturing center with glassworks and foundries, a solar panel production plant as well as glove-manufacturing and wood-finishing businesses. Manganese is one of the ores mined in the vicinity.

The town hosts an annual high jump
High jump
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 meet – Hochsprung mit Musik
Hochsprung mit Musik
The Hochsprung mit Musik is an annual indoor high jump meeting which takes place in February in Arnstadt, Germany. First held in 1977, the meeting began as a competition between mainly East German athletes...

 – which attracts some of the world's foremost high jumpers. Kajsa Bergqvist
Kajsa Bergqvist
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 set a world record in Arnstadt's Sporthalle am Jahn-sportpark in 2006.


In the 14th century Arnstadt was ruled by the counts of Schwarzburg
Schwarzburg is a municipality in the valley of the Schwarza in the district Saalfeld-Rudolstadt in Thuringia, Germany.First mentioned in 1071 as Swartzinburg. The castle was from the 12th century the seat of the Counts of Schwarzburg...

 and later became a capital of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
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The composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
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, whose family lived for generations in the vicinity of Arnstadt, began his musical career in the city. Most Bach scholars believe his well-known "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" was written here between 1703 and 1709.

Main sights

Arnstadt has a beautifully kept Old City, restricted to pedestrian traffic. Some of its noteworthy buildings include the 13th-century Church of Our Lady and an 18th-century palace.


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, Czech Republic
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, Germany
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 Le Bouscat
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