Pößneck (also spelled Poessneck) is a town in the Saale-Orla-Kreis district, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated 19 km east of Rudolstadt, and 26 km south of Jena.

Pößneck
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Coat of arms of Pößneck
Coat of arms
Location of Pößneck within Saale-Orla-Kreis district
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Pößneck is located in Germany
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Pößneck is located in Thuringia
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Coordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°E / 50.70000; 11.60000Coordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°E / 50.70000; 11.60000
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
DistrictSaale-Orla-Kreis
Subdivisions6
Government
 • MayorMichael Modde
Area
 • Total24.45 km2 (9.44 sq mi)
Elevation
220 m (720 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total11,924
 • Density490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
07371–07381
Dialling codes03647
Vehicle registrationSOK
Websitewww.poessneck.de

Its chief industries are the making of flannel, porcelain, furniture, machines, musical instruments and chocolate. The town has also tanneries, breweries, dyeworks and brickworks.

Pößneck, which is of Slavonic origin, passed about 1300 to the Landgrave of Thuringia. Later it belonged to Saxony and later still to the duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, passing to Saxe-Meiningen in 1826.

A Gothic church built about 1390 now serves a Lutheran congregation. Pößneck also contains a Gothic town-hall erected during the succeeding century.

Balloon escapeEdit

Pößneck was the home of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families prior to 15 September 1979, when both families flew out of East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Following the end of the Cold War and German reunification, they eventually moved back to Pößneck. Their story was the subject of the 1982 film Night Crossing.

Sons and daughters of the townEdit

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.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pössneck". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 175.