Zella-Mehlis is a town in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated in the Thuringian Forest, 5 km north of Suhl, and 20 km east of Meiningen. The town of Zella-Mehlis is the site of the original Walther Arms and J.G. Anschütz weapons factories. They remained there until the Soviets occupied eastern Germany at the end of World War II. The former municipality Benshausen was merged into Zella-Mehlis in January 2019.

Zella-Mehlis
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Zella-Mehlis
Coat of arms
Location of Zella-Mehlis within Schmalkalden-Meiningen district
Zella-Mehlis in SM.png
Zella-Mehlis is located in Germany
Zella-Mehlis
Zella-Mehlis
Zella-Mehlis is located in Thuringia
Zella-Mehlis
Zella-Mehlis
Coordinates: 50°39′35″N 10°40′1″E / 50.65972°N 10.66694°E / 50.65972; 10.66694Coordinates: 50°39′35″N 10°40′1″E / 50.65972°N 10.66694°E / 50.65972; 10.66694
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
DistrictSchmalkalden-Meiningen
Government
 • MayorRichard Rossel
Area
 • Total52.99 km2 (20.46 sq mi)
Elevation
500 m (1,600 ft)
Population
 (2017-12-31)[1]
 • Total12,865
 • Density240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
98544
Dialling codes03682
Vehicle registrationSM
Websitewww.zella-mehlis.de

Historical PopulationEdit

Population as of 31 December unless otherwise indicated.

1946 - 1984

  • 1946: 17,352 1)
  • 1950: 16,914 2)
  • 1960: 16,370
  • 1981: 14,444
  • 1984: 13,921

1994 - 1998

  • 1994: 13,401
  • 1995: 13,100
  • 1996: 12,990
  • 1997: 12,941
  • 1998: 12,933

1999 - 2003

  • 1999: 13,206
  • 2000: 13,036
  • 2001: 12,961
  • 2002: 12,726
  • 2003: 12,544

2004 - 2008

  • 2004: 12,495
  • 2005: 12,245
  • 2006: 12,095
  • 2007: 11,951
  • 2008: 11,910

2009 - 2013

  • 2009: 11,743
  • 2010: 11,747
  • 2011: 11,075
  • 2012: 10,855
  • 2013: 10,785

since 2014

  • 2014: 10,669
  • 2015: 10,631
  • 2017: 10,813
Source since 1994: Thuringian State office of Statistics

1) 29 October
2) 31 August

Twin townsEdit

Zella-Mehlis is twinned with:

 
Martin Luther elementary school
 
Zella-Mehlis
 
Surroundings of Zella-Mehlis

PersonalitiesEdit

Honorary citizenEdit

  • Helmut Recknagel (* 1937), the first German Olympic ski jumping champion and world champion, started for SC Motor Zella-Mehlis

Sons and daughters of the cityEdit

People associated with Zella-MehlisEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). September 2018.