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Nordhausen (district)

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Area:711 km²
Inhabitants:96,628 (2002)
pop. density:136 inh./km²
Car identification:NDH

Nordhausen is a Kreis (district) in the north of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) Wernigerode, Quedlinburg and Sangerhausen in Saxony-Anhalt, the district Kyffhäuserkreis, Eichsfeld in Thuringia and the district Osterode in Lower Saxony.

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


The district was created in 1815, when the Prussian province Saxony was created. The area Lohra-Clettenberg (the former dukedom County Hohnstein) and the previously free imperial city Nordhausen were thereafter administrated together. 1882/83 the city Nordhausen left the district, which led to the renaming of the district to Kreis Grafschaft Hohenstein (district county Hohenstein) in 1888. After World War II the district was named back to Landkreis Nordhausen, and in 1950 the city Nordhausen had to join the district again. In the administrative reform of 1952 several municipalities changed the district - several changed from the district Sangerhausen into the district Nordhausen, while others from Nordhausen changed into the districts Worbis, Wernigerode, Sondershausen and Sangerhausen.


The district is located in the southern foothills of the Harz mountains. Highest elevation is the Große Ehrenberg, with a height of 635.3 m above sea level. The main river in the district is the Zorge.

Coat of arms

The checkered red-silver part of the coat of arms is derived from the coat of arms of the County Hohenstein, the historical territory the district belonged to. The tree trunk symbolizes the destruction of the city Nordhausen during World War II, with the new branch growing into the golden area symbolizing the reconstruction of the city and the bright future.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Bleicherode
  2. Ellrich
  3. Heringen¹
  4. Nordhausen
¹ inside a Verwaltungsgemeinschaft
  1. Goldene Aue
  2. Hainleite
  3. Hohnstein/Südharz
    free municipalities
  1. Hohenstein
  2. Sollstedt
  3. Werther

External links