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Oberhof is a town in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district of Thuringia, Germany. It is a winter sports center and health resort. With 1,625 inhabitants (December 2016), it is visited by 144,000 tourists every year (2016).[2] The town got its official city status in 1985.

Oberhof in August 2006
Oberhof in August 2006
Coat of arms of Oberhof
Coat of arms
Oberhof is located in Germany
Location of Oberhof within Schmalkalden-Meiningen district
Oberhof in SM.png
Coordinates: 50°42′19″N 10°43′33″E / 50.70528°N 10.72583°E / 50.70528; 10.72583Coordinates: 50°42′19″N 10°43′33″E / 50.70528°N 10.72583°E / 50.70528; 10.72583
 • MayorThomas Schulz
 • Total23.47 km2 (9.06 sq mi)
Elevation823 m (2,700 ft)
Population (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total1,634
 • Density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes98559
Dialling codes036842
Vehicle registrationSM



Oberhof was settled in 1641, and remained a small town until the late 19th century, when the town, then in Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was connected to the railway line from Erfurt to Ritschenhausen, and skiers and other tourists discovered the place.

From the early 1900s onwards, Oberhof became a center for winter sports, with luge, nordic skiing, and ski jumping taking place in the town's regularly updated sports facilities. In recent years the town has also seen the construction of lift-equipped alpine skiing slopes and an international competition standard biathlon stadium. Their bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track has hosted many world and European championships in luge.

In August 2009 the first German ski tunnel opened in Oberhof.

The Band of the Berlin People's Police (Orchester der Berliner Volkspolizei) in Oberhof.

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  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2018.
  2. ^ Gäste und Übernachtungen in Thüringen Dezember 2016

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