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Schleiz

The capital of the Saale-Orla district

A former princely residence, the town of Schleiz has some 8,500 inhabitants, which make it one of Germany’s smallest district capitals. However, the time it has been the seat of the district administration is one of the longest, no less than almost 160 years, of which 134 with no interruptions. Today’s Saale-Orla district, named after two rivers, is the largest area ever to be administered at Schleiz.

Schleiz has a history rich in important events. In 1553, a diet headed by burgrave Henry IV. was the last time the entire Vogtland region was governed as one entity. In 1806, the first battle between Napoleon’s and the allied Prussian and Saxon armies was fought before the Schleiz city gate. In 1682, the inventor of European porcelain, Johann Friedrich Böttger, was born at Schleiz. And in 1871, Konrad Duden published his rules of German spelling for the first time at the city’s Rutheneum grammar school. Other important persons of the city include many architects, artists, athletes, politicians, and clerics making Schleiz’s name known the world over.

The Schleiz Bergkirche (literally, church on the hill) is appreciated, on the one hand, for its beautiful location on the top of the Liebfrauenberg hill opposite the city centre, and on the other, for its unique beauty inside. Furthermore, of all the burial places of the descendants of the reeves of Weida, it is the tomb church in which you will find the largest number of lineages of this dynasty, from the lords of Gera to the princes of Reuss.

At the crossroads of the tourist destinations Thüringer Wald and Vogtland, Schleiz is easily accessible by car on the federal motorway A 9. The good traffic connections are also to the benefit of the local economy. Over recent years, industry and trade areas have been built and enhanced at Schleiz-Oschitz, Wolfsgalgen, and Schleiz-Süd. While the Schleiz-Oschitz area is close to completely built up today, industry and trade still find plots to develop in the Wolfsgalgen area that amount to a surface of 17 ha, just a stone’s throw from the A 9 intersection. While in the 19th century, Schleiz was known for the Döbereiner lighters, Schleiz cold cuts and automotive accessories is what puts the city on the map today.

Picture & text source: City of Schleiz www.schleiz.de