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Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia, Germany, which is seat of the district Sonneberg. It has long been a centre of toy making and is still well known for this. It is the home of PIKO, a model railway manufacturer which became one of the few such enterprises in the Warsaw Pact countries and as such supplied model trains depicting railway stock of all the Soviet bloc countries. Sonneberg is home to the German Toy Museum ("Deutsches Spielzeugmuseum").

Sonneberg
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Sonneberg
Coat of arms
Location of Sonneberg within Sonneberg district
Sonneberg in SON.svg
Sonneberg is located in Germany
Sonneberg
Sonneberg
Sonneberg is located in Thuringia
Sonneberg
Sonneberg
Coordinates: 50°21′N 11°10′E / 50.350°N 11.167°E / 50.350; 11.167Coordinates: 50°21′N 11°10′E / 50.350°N 11.167°E / 50.350; 11.167
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
DistrictSonneberg
Government
 • MayorDr. Heiko Voigt (Ind.)
Area
 • Total84.69 km2 (32.70 sq mi)
Elevation
400 m (1,300 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total23,830
 • Density280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
96515
Dialling codes03675, 036762, 036703
Vehicle registrationSON, NH
Websitewww.sonneberg.de

In divided post-war Germany, Sonneberg found itself 'unnaturally' cut off from its large neighbouring town of Coburg and could only face north economically. It was served by an unnaturally winding railway route and thus became somewhat isolated from the rest of East Germany. Its station is classified as a Hauptbahnhof ("central station") and is served by the Coburg–Sonneberg line.

SubdivisionsEdit

The town Sonneberg consists of the following subdivisions:

  • Bettelhecken
  • Hönbach
  • Hüttensteinach
  • Köppelsdorf
  • Malmerz
  • Mürschnitz
  • Neufang
  • Oberlind
  • Obere Stadt
  • Steinbach
  • Untere Stadt
  • Unterlind
  • Wehd
  • Wolkenrasen

Since 31 December 2013, when the former municipality Oberland am Rennsteig was merged into Sonneberg, the following villages also form part of Sonneberg: Haselbach, Eschenthal, Hasenthal, Hüttengrund and Spechtsbrunn.

 
Sonneberg

Number of inhabitantsEdit

 

1829-1981

  • 1829: 3.028
  • 1895: 12.167
  • 1905: 15.003
  • 1946: 21.534
  • 1950: 30.182
  • 1960: 28.936
  • 1981: 28.733

1984-1999

  • 1984: 28.440
  • 1994: 25.880
  • 1995: 25.481
  • 1996: 25.297
  • 1997: 25.151
  • 1998: 24.951
  • 1999: 24.892

2000-2006

  • 2000: 24.837
  • 2001: 24.690
  • 2002: 24.582
  • 2003: 24.246
  • 2004: 24.026
  • 2005: 23.805
  • 2006: 23.681

2007-2013

  • 2007: 23.252
  • 2008: 22.807
  • 2009: 22.529
  • 2010: 22.356
  • 2011: 22.222
  • 2012: 21.737
  • 2013: 23.796

from 2014

  • 2014: 23.620
  • 2015: 23.736
Data source since 1994: Thuringia statistical office

Noted residentsEdit

 
August Schleicher
 
Cuno Hoffmeister

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, erfüllenden Gemeinden und Verwaltungsgemeinschaften nach Geschlecht in Thüringen Gebietsstand: 31.12.2018". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2019.

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