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Coat of arms of the Eckstedt community
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Coordinates: 51 ° 4 ′  N , 11 ° 9 ′  E

Basic data
State : Thuringia
County : Sömmerda
Management Community : Gramme-Vippach
Height : 167 m above sea level NHN
Area : 6.57 km 2
Residents: 612 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 93 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 99195
Area code : 036371
License plate : SÖM
Community key : 16 0 68 007
Association administration address: Erfurter Str. 6
99195 Schloßvippach
Website :
Mayoress : Sabine Schnabel (independent)
Location of the municipality Eckstedt in the district of Sömmerda
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Eckstedt is a municipality in the Sömmerda district in Thuringia . The community belongs to the administrative community Gramme-Vippach , which has its administrative seat in the community Schloßvippach .


Eckstedt is located in the southeast of the Thuringian Basin .


The place was first mentioned in a document in 1191. 1279 a Berthold II. Vitzthum von Eckstedt can be proven in documents. In the 13th century there was also a castle that was destroyed again. In 1342 the archbishop bought back the Vitztumsamt. In 1440 a new castle was built. In 1492 a connecting ditch was built between Eckstedt and the Schwansee for irrigation. In 1525 the Peasants' War had an impact on the Erfurt area. In 1556 the noble family Vitzthum von Eckstedt had the Eckstedter Castle rebuilt.

Eckstedt suffered badly in the Thirty Years' War. In 1635 121 people died of the plague . In 1640 robbery and devastation by soldiers of the imperial army took place. In 1641 a major fire raged in the village, only 6 houses remained standing. After the reconstruction, there was a fire in the parish and school building in 1697, and in 1719 in the mill. From 1740 to 1744 the current church "St. Stephanus" was built. The castle burned down before 1780 and was demolished in 1860. In 1882/83 a large, castle-like villa with classicist elements was built. The castle and estate had frequently changing owners; in 1927 they were acquired by Rudolf Harnisch.

From the middle of the 17th century the noble place belonged to the office of Großrudestedt , which was part of the Duchy of Saxony-Eisenach from 1672 and came to Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach in 1741 . In 1850 aristocratic jurisdiction was abolished and the place has since belonged to the Weimar administrative district of the Grand Duchy of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach. Construction of the new school building began in 1862. In 1884 the Weimar-Großrudestedt railway line was built . In 1905 the construction of the first water supply line began, e.g. Some of them are still in operation today, and the following years the electrical power supply.

During the Second World War , 68 women and men from Poland , France , Yugoslavia and Italy had to do forced labor in agriculture.

Eckstedt was occupied by US troops in April 1945 and by the Red Army in early July. In 1945 the landowner Harnisch was expropriated without compensation and 22 new farmer positions were created . The lock was about to be blown up, the community prevented that at the last moment. MAS / MTS moved into the area of ​​the farm buildings, then the Erfurt agricultural machinery repair company until 1990, and the administration and apprentices into the castle. 1952 came as part of an administrative reform Eckstedt to the district of Erfurt in the newly formed district of Erfurt. The same year the sports field was built. In 1953 the church was restored.

In 1994 an administrative reform took place, with Eckstedt belonging to the Sömmerda district. It was connected to the Ohra long-distance water pipeline. The gas supply came in 1997, and before that all residential buildings were connected to the telephone network. The castle (vacant from 1992 to 2002) and the farm building went into private hands in 2002. The latter are partially converted for residential purposes.

Church of St. Stephanus ( Location → )
Castle ( location → )

Population development

Development of the population:

  • 1994-567
  • 1995-603
  • 1996-620
  • 1997 - 624
  • 1998 - 638
  • 1999-646
  • 2000-645
  • 2001 - 628
  • 2002 - 629
  • 2003 - 622
  • 2004-614
  • 2005 - 609
  • 2006 - 605
  • 2007-607
  • 2008 - 606
  • 2009 - 602
  • 2010 - 601
  • 2011 - 609
  • 2012 - 610
  • 2013 - 610
  • 2014 - 596
  • 2015 - 596
  • 2016 - 596
  • 2017 - 598
  • 2018 - 590

Data source: Thuringian State Office for Statistics


Municipal council

The council from Eckstedt is composed of 8 councilors and councilors.

(As of: local elections on June 7, 2009)


The honorary mayor Sabine Schnabel was elected on June 26, 2016.

coat of arms

Blazon : "In silver on a golden, green-braided shield base, two green deciduous trees, with a sixteen-pointed sun in the middle."

Community partnerships

Eckstedt has been partnered with the local community Römerberg (Palatinate) since 1991 .

Culture and sights


  • Eckstedt Castle from 1882/83 with large farm buildings. The extensive manor park with rare trees was created as a landscape park in 1836. After the fall of the Wall it was renatured and the castle pond cleared.
  • Village church St. Stephanus : with dome and octagonal central building, unique in Thuringia, was built from 1740 to 1744 and restored with funds from the German Foundation for Monument Protection . The baroque church has a double gallery, representative boxes and a wooden baptismal font. Concerts are often given in the church where it is fully occupied with 300 seats. The proceeds go to the Association for the Preservation of the Church. The parish belongs to the Udestedt rectory .
  • See also: List of cultural monuments in Eckstedt


  • Heimatstuben with historical documents and pictures of the history of the community.


Eckstedt has a sports field with a large playing field, fitness trail, volleyball court and streetball facility as well as a home for athletes. The runway was removed in 2019.

Regular events

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Population of the municipalities from the Thuringian State Office for Statistics  ( help on this ).
  2. Thuringian Association of the Persecuted of the Nazi Regime - Association of Antifascists and Study Group of German Resistance 1933–1945 (Ed.): Local history guide to sites of resistance and persecution 1933–1945. Volume 8: Thuringia. VAS - Verlag für Akademische Schriften, Frankfurt am Main 2003, ISBN 3-88864-343-0 , p. 280.
  3. Community partnership on the homepage of the Römerberg-Dudenhofen community

Web links

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