Bad Köstritz

Bad Köstritz is a town in the district of Greiz, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated on the White Elster river, 7 km northwest of Gera. Bad Köstritz is known for the Köstritzer brewery and its Schwarzbier (black beer).

Bad Köstritz
Coat of arms of Bad Köstritz
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Köstritz within Greiz district
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Bad Köstritz is located in Germany
Bad Köstritz
Bad Köstritz
Bad Köstritz is located in Thuringia
Bad Köstritz
Bad Köstritz
Coordinates: 50°55′50″N 12°0′35″E / 50.93056°N 12.00972°E / 50.93056; 12.00972Coordinates: 50°55′50″N 12°0′35″E / 50.93056°N 12.00972°E / 50.93056; 12.00972
 • MayorDietrich Heiland (CDU)
 • Total16.85 km2 (6.51 sq mi)
203 m (666 ft)
 • Total3,514
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes036605
Vehicle registrationGRZ


The settlement was first mentioned in 1364 as Kostricz, a place of Slavic foundation. There has been a castle since the middle of the 13th century. The city has emerged from two medieval manors.

Within the German Empire (1871–1918), Köstritz was part of the Principality of Reuss-Gera.

Local councilEdit

Election in May 2014:[2]

  • CDU: 9 seats
  • The Left: 3 seats
  • Free voters (FWG): 4 seats


Sons and daughters of the townEdit

Gustav von Hüfner
  • Heinrich Schütz (1585–1672), German composer of the early Baroque
  • Heinrich IX, Count Reuss of Köstritz (1711–1780), founder of the middle branch family Reuss-Köstritz
  • Julius Sturm (1816–1896), important German poet of late Romanticism, pastor in Köstritz 1856–1885, honorary citizen of Köstritz 1885
  • Gustav von Hüfner (1840–1908), German chemist
  • Heinrich Sturm (1860–1917), German jurist, politician and from 1908 to 1917 mayor of Chemnitz


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, erfüllenden Gemeinden und Verwaltungsgemeinschaften in Thüringen Gebietsstand: 31.12.2019". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). August 2020.
  2. ^ Stadtratswahl 2014 auf, abgerufen am 6. August 2014

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