Sondershausen is a town in Thuringia
The Free State of Thuringia is a state of Germany, located in the central part of the country.It has an area of and 2.29 million inhabitants, making it the sixth smallest by area and the fifth smallest by population of Germany's sixteen states....

, Germany
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, capital of the Kyffhäuserkreis
The Kyffhäuserkreis is a district in the northern part of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are the districts Mansfeld-Südharz, Saalekreis und Burgenlandkreis in Saxony-Anhalt, and the districts Sömmerda, Unstrut-Hainich and Eichsfeld.-History:...

 district, situated about 50 km north of Erfurt
Erfurt is the capital city of Thuringia and the main city nearest to the geographical centre of Germany, located 100 km SW of Leipzig, 150 km N of Nuremberg and 180 km SE of Hannover. Erfurt Airport can be reached by plane via Munich. It lies in the southern part of the Thuringian...

. On 1 December 2007, the former municipality Schernberg
Schernberg is a former municipality in the district Kyffhäuserkreis, in Thuringia, Germany. Since 1 December 2007, it is part of the town Sondershausen....

 was incorporated by Sondershausen.

Until 1918 it was part of the principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was a small principality in Germany, in the present day state of Thuringia, with capital at Sondershausen.-History:...



Sondershausen is situated in North Thuringia und lies in low mountain range between Hainleite (in the north) and Windleite (in the south). The highest mountain is the Frauenberg to the west of the town. A little river called Wipper flows through Sondershausen. Around the town there are mixed forests (especial with beeches).


The city districts are:
  • City centre
  • Borntal
  • Hasenholz
  • Östertal
  • Bebra
    Bebra (Sondershausen)
    Bebra is a part of the town Sondershausen in Thuringia and it was first mentioned in a document in 1202. The village was incorporated in 1922....

  • Berka
  • Großfurra
  • Jecha
    Jecha (Sondershausen)
    Jecha is a part of the town Sondershausen in Thuringia and it was first mentioned in a document in 1282. The village was incorporated in 1950.Bebra is located southeast of Sondershausen near the river Wipper. In the center stands the St...

  • Jechaburg
  • Stockhausen
    Stockhausen (Sondershausen)
    Stockhausen is a part of the town Sondershausen in Thuringia and was probably made at the beginning of the 11th century. The village was incorporated in 1950....

  • Großberndten
  • Himmelsberg
  • Hohenebra
  • Immenrode
  • Kleinberndten
  • Schernberg
  • Straußberg
  • Thalebra

  • Museums

    In the Sondershausen Palace
    Sondershausen Palace
    From an architectural and art historical point of view Sondershausen Palace can be considered as one of the most important palace complexes in Thuringia. It is an irregular four-wing complex...

     there is a large museum with three different exhibit areas. Special exhibits are the Golden Coach, the only of its kind in Germany, and the legendary Püstrich.
    There are possible special guided tours of demonstrationdepot, cellar, tower and park of the castle, too.

    Under the city there is a mine to visit.

    To visit is a Jewish bath from the 14th Century since 1999 under the gallery on the Schlossberg.


    • Sondershausen Palace
      Sondershausen Palace
      From an architectural and art historical point of view Sondershausen Palace can be considered as one of the most important palace complexes in Thuringia. It is an irregular four-wing complex...

      , with natural history and antiquarian collections. Adapted as Palace in Renaissance times, it was later expanded in Baroque
      The Baroque is a period and the style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, literature, dance, and music...

       forms (1764–1771). Especially noteworthy are the "Blue Hall" and the gardens.
    • The Old Princes' Palace (1721–1725), a residence of the princes from 1835 to 1851. It currently houses the district administration office of the Kyffhäuserkreis.
    • The Octagonal House
    • "Alte Wache"
    • "Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Sondershausen" building I. (a grammar school)
    • mikveh
    • theatre "Haus der Kunst" (translated: "house of art")
    • Rathaus (city hall)
    • Gottschalcksches Haus (House of Gottschalck)


    • The Baroque Trinitatiskirche, a Lutheran church, with the mausoleum (1892) of the reigning princes.
    • Crucis Church, the oldest building of Sondershausen.
    • St. Matthias Church, the historicist construction is considered as one of the most beautiful churches in the region
    • St. Petri Church in Jechaburg
    • St. Georg Church in Bebra
    • St. Viti Church in Berka
    • St. Bonifatius Church in Großfurra
    • St. JohannisChurch in Oberspier
    • Church of Großberndten
    • Church St. Mauritii in Himmelsberg
    • Church Gloria Deo in Hohenebra
    • Church of Immenrode
    • Church St. Johannes in Kleinberndten
    • St. Crucis Church in Schernberg
    • Church of Thalebra
    • St. Elisabeth Church (catholic)

    Sons and daughters of the city

    • Joachim Manard (Manhard, Manardt) (1564–1637), chronicler of the town
    • Ludwig Günther Martini (1647–1719), jurist
    • Valentin Ernst Löscher
      Valentin Ernst Löscher
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       (1674–1749), theologian, writer
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    • Ernst Ludwig Gerber
      Ernst Ludwig Gerber
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       (1746–1819), composer
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      , music writer, musician
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    • Johann Karl Wezel
      Johann Karl Wezel
      Johann Karl Wezel , also Johann Carl Wezel, was a German poet, novelist and philosopher of the Enlightenment.-Life:...

       (1747–1819), poet
    • Johann Friedrich Suckow (1769–1842), musician
    • Johann Günther Friedrich Cannabich (1777–1859), geographer
    • Rudolf Arzinger, (1922–1970), public international law
    • Felix Becker
      Felix Becker
      Felix Becker was a highly decorated Oberst in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross...

       (1864–1928), art historian
    • Thilo Irmisch
      Thilo Irmisch
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       (1816–1878), botanist
    • Georg Lewin (1820–1896), Dermatology
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      , Faculty (university)
    • Günther Lutze (1840–1930), botanist, Heimatforscher
      Heimatforscher, also called Heimatkundler, is a German language description for somebody researching his homeland, home town or region.Most of them are amateurs and autodidacts, covering history-related fields like genealogy, archaeology, geography, meteorology, zoology or botany.See...

      , chronicler
    • Edmund Döring (1860–1938), Heimatforscher
    • Carl Moeller (1867–1920), pastor and Heimatforscher
    • Ferdinand Schlufter (1871–1948), Major
    • Curt Mücke (1885–1940), Painter
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    • Regina Miriam Bloch
      Regina Miriam Bloch
      - Biography :She was born in Sondershausen, Thuringia, and educated in Berlin and London. She was the third child of John Bloch of Egbaston, Birmingham, editor of the German sporting journal Spiel und Sport ....

       (1888-1938), writer and poet
    • Hermann Müller (1891–1984), Heimatforscher
    • Karl Krieghoff (1905–1984), local poet
    • Kurt Lindner (1906–1987), Science of Hunting
    • Werner Schubert (1921–1991), Painter
    • Michael Kohl (1929–1981), Jurist
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      , stellv. Außenminister der DDR
    • Olaf Koch (* 1932), Rector of the High School for Music in Berlin
    • Heinz Scharr (* 1924), Visual arts
      Visual arts
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    • Günther Jahn (* 1933), Painter
    • Ronald Paris (* 1933), Painter
    • Georg Richard Lewin
      Georg Richard Lewin
      -Biography:He was born in Sondershausen on April 25, 1820. He died in Berlin on November 1, 1896. He was educated at the universities of Halle and Berlin, graduating as doctor of medicine in 1845. After a postgraduate course at the universities of Vienna, Würzburg, and Paris he settled in Berlin,...

    • Vera Lengsfeld
      Vera Lengsfeld
      Vera Lengsfeld is a German politician, civil rights activist and representative of the German Christian Democratic Union .-Early life:...

       (* 1952), Politician
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    • Jörg Hoffmann (* 1963), Rennrodler, Olympiasieger von 1988 in Calgary
    • Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann
      Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann
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       (* 1966), Speed skating
    • Volker Strübing
      Volker Strübing
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      (* 1971), book author, cabaret artist and songwriter
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