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Gotha (district)

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Area:936 km²
Inhabitants:146,632 (2002)
pop. density:157 inh./km²
Car identification:GTH

Gotha is a Kreis (district) in the middle of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are Unstrut-Hainich, Sömmerda, the district-free city Erfurt, Ilm-Kreis, Schmalkalden-Meiningen and the Wartburgkreis.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Partnerships
3 Geography
4 Coat of arms
5 Towns and municipalities
6 External links


The district was established on October 1, 1922, when the newly created state of Thuringia was administratively divided into 15 districts and 9 district free cities.


Since 1990 the district has a partnership with the district Main-Kinzig in Hesse, Germany.


All of the south-western area of the district is covered by the Thuringian Forest, with the Großer Inselsberg (916 m) being the highest elevation in the west of the district. To the north there is the Fahner Höhe with many orchards. The Unstrut river forms a short part of the northern boundary of the district.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms shows the castle of Friedenstein in the top, the biggest baroque building located in the city of Gotha. The wavy line below symbolizes the Leina canal, which was built 1366 to 1369 from Schönau to Gotha, to bring water into the city. The star in bottom was the symbol of the Duchy of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg.

The coat of arms was granted June 28, 1991.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Friedrichroda¹
  2. Gotha
  3. Tambach-Dietharz
  4. Ohrdruf¹
  5. Waltershausen
¹ inside a Verwaltungsgemeinschaft
  1. Apfelstädtaue
  2. Drei Gleichen
  3. Fahner Höhe
  4. Hörsel
  5. Mittleres Nessetal
  6. Nesse-Apfelstädt-Gemeinden
  7. Nesseaue
  8. Reinhardsbrunn
    free municipalities
  1. Emsetal
  2. Günthersleben-Wechmar
  3. Leinatal
  4. Tabarz

External links