Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis is a Kreis (district) in the north of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) the districts Eichsfeld, Kyffhäuserkreis, Sömmerda, Gotha, Wartburgkreis and the district Werra-Meißner in Hesse.

Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis
Coat of arms of Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis
Coat of arms
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
CapitalMühlhausen
Government
 • District admin.Harald Zanker (SPD)
Area
 • Total979.69 km2 (378.26 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total102,912
 • Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationUH, LSZ, MHL
Websitewww.landkreis-unstrut-hainich.de

HistoryEdit

The district was created on July 1, 1994, by merging the two previous districts Mühlhausen and Bad Langensalza.

PartnershipsEdit

The district has a partnership with the Wetteraukreis in Hesse dating back to the German reunification of 1990. The district also has a partnership with the Lithuanian districts Ukmerge and Raseiniai.

GeographyEdit

The district is named after the river Unstrut and a hill chain, the Hainich. The Hainich became the 13th national park of Germany in 1997.

Coat of armsEdit

  The coat of arms combines the symbols of the historical territories which make up the area of the district. In the top left is the eagle of the city Mühlhausen, in the top right the lion as the symbol of the dukes of Thuringia. In the bottom left is the Wheel of Mainz, and the deer antler in the bottom right is the symbol of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

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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