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Municipality grave field
Coat of arms from Behrungen
Coordinates: 50 ° 24 ′ 36 ″  N , 10 ° 24 ′ 52 ″  E
Height : 334 m
Area : 13.82 km²
Residents : 420  (June 30, 2015)
Population density : 30 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : December 1, 2007
Postal code : 98631
Area code : 036944
Location of bores in Grabfeld
Village church
Village church

Behrungen is a village in the southern district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen in Thuringia . Since December 1, 2007, the formerly politically independent municipality has been part of the Grabfeld municipality . Behrungen lies in the valley of the Bahra brook on the edge of the Thuringian Forest in the grave field .


8-16 century

The Behrungen was first mentioned under the name Villa Pahringe in 795 . In the 13th century the place belonged to the county of Henneberg . During the main division of Henneberg in 1274, like the neighboring Hendungen, it came to the Henneberg - Aschach line , which later referred to itself as "Henneberg-Römhild" after the head office was moved to the neighboring Römhild .

Behrungen came to the Henneberg- Schwarza line through two inheritance divisions of the county of Henneberg-Aschach (-Römhild) in 1468 and 1532 . After their extinction, Behrungen belonged to the Counts of Henneberg - Schleusingen from 1549 . When these also died out in 1583, the " Kellerei Behrungen", as the administrative district around the place was called, came under the joint administration of the Ernestine and Albertine Wettins as part of the County of Henneberg-Schleusingen according to the Kahla Treaty of 1554 .

16. – 19. century

When the county of Henneberg was divided in 1660, the Behrungen winery came to the Duchy of Saxony-Altenburg . With the extinction of the Sachsen-Altenburg line in 1672, the winery fell to the Duchy of Sachsen-Gotha , which has been called Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg since then . This was divided in 1680, as a result of which Behrungen came to the Duchy of Saxony-Römhild . After the Sachsen-Römhild line died out again in 1710, the Behrungen winery was assigned to the Duchy of Sachsen-Hildburghausen after the inheritance disputes had ended.

As a result of the "Schalkau Exchange Agreement", the Behrungen winery was expanded to include four locations in the Meininger Unterland in 1723 and has since been referred to as " Amt Behrungen ". As a result of the reorganization of the Ernestine duchies , Behrungen fell to the Duchy of Saxony-Meiningen in 1826 . Behrungen has been part of the Hildburghausen district since 1868 .

20th century to the present

In 1920 Behrungen came to the Free State of Thuringia . From 1945 to 1990 it was right on the inner-German border .

For a long time, the parish of Behrungen was an independent parish office, at times with the Mendhausen subsidiary . In 1974 the community was placed under the vacancy administration of Berkach and Bibra . The catechist now lives in the rectory of the parish of Behrungen .


District Council

Before the incorporation, the municipal council from Behrungen consisted of eight councilors.

  • CDU 3 seats
  • ThBV BUND 3 seats
  • DC-FW 2 seats

(Status: local elections on June 27, 2004)

The Behrungen district council has consisted of seven councilors since it was incorporated.

District Mayor

The last honorary mayor before the incorporation was Karl Neubert (CDU). He was elected on June 3, 2007. With the incorporation, he was re-elected mayor of the district and on May 25, 2014. On June 1, 2019, Timo Henß (CDU) succeeded him as local mayor.

coat of arms

Blazon : “Square in red and gold; in field 1 and 4 a silver column with a golden crown, in field 2 two black, stacked semicircles, popularly called fire blocks , with openings upwards and downwards, whose points of contact are occupied by four silver, black-bordered hearts in a quatrefoil, in the field 3 a black, red-armored hen with a red comb and red rags. "

European Village Renewal Award

In 2016, Behrungen took part in the European Village Renewal Award as a representative of the state of Thuringia. On September 9, 2016 in Tihany (Hungary) the place was awarded a “European Village Renewal Prize for special achievements in several areas of village development”.

Culture and sights

The German-German open-air museum is located on the nearby former inner-German border and extends over the designated monument sites of the open-air museum Behrungen and Berkach in Thuringia and Rappershausen in Bavaria. In 2001, 10-year-old Manuel Erhard found an intact mine in the former border strip. The complete system is now a cultural monument of the Free State of Thuringia, partly an archaeological ground monument, a transnational cultural monument ensemble and recognized as a natural and environmental heritage. The commitment of the initiators has received several awards, e. B. 2004 with the Citizens' Prize of German Unity (Unity Prize), the Natural and Environmental Heritage Culture Award (2006) and finally with the Monument Prize of the Schmalkalden-Meiningen District (2008).

St. Petrus is the parish church of the place.


  • Herta Amm (1924-1950); Fatalities of the dictatorship in the GDR

Web links

Commons : Behrungen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. StBA Area: changes from 01.01. until December 31, 2007
  2. ^ Description of the Henneberg office of Behrungen
  3. ^ Text material from the Queienfeld rectory for the Meiningen church district book
  4. European Village Renewal Award 2016 - Reviews »ARGE Landentwicklung. (No longer available online.) In: www.landentwicklung.org. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016 ; accessed on July 12, 2019 .