Kammerforst (Thuringia)

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Coat of arms of the municipality of Kammerforst
Kammerforst (Thuringia)
Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Kammerforst highlighted

Coordinates: 51 ° 7 '  N , 10 ° 26'  E

Basic data
State : Thuringia
County : Unstrut-Hainich district
Fulfilling municipality : Bailiwick
Height : 271 m above sea level NHN
Area : 16.93 km 2
Residents: 791 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 47 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 99986
Area code : 036028
License plate : UH, LSZ, MHL
Community key : 16 0 64 032
Address of the
municipal administration:
Straße der Einheit 29
99986 Kammerforst
Website : www.kammerforst.de
Mayor : Christian Konkel
Location of the community of Kammerforst in the Unstrut-Hainich district
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Kammerforst is a municipality in the Unstrut-Hainich district of Thuringia ( Germany ). The Vogtei community is a fulfilling community for Kammerforst.


The municipality of Kammerforst, which has almost 1000 inhabitants, lies stretched out between rolling hills on the eastern edge of the Hainich and is a national park municipality .


About two kilometers southeast of the local situation are located in the forest Gotternsches wood the remains of as Hüneburg designated Fliehburg on the eastern edge of the Hainich. The Hünenteich , which is surrounded by the remains of the wall, is also part of the castle area, and a cultural-historical exhibition on the settlement history of the Hainich is currently being built on site.

Kammerforst was first mentioned in 860 in the writing Cemeforste as a property of the Fulda monastery , the free nobleman Dietericus donated 12 Hufen land to this monastery . In 918 the dying East Franconian King Konrad I decreed in his will that the Fulda Monastery should also be given an estate in Zemofurte for certain services after his death .

Some places north of Kammerforst formed the special area of ​​the Bailiwick of Dorla in the late Middle Ages , it was administered as the Treffurt inheritance after the knights of Treffurt were ousted and driven out. The Seebach noble family had an impact on local history . The church tower was built in the village in 1515, the church itself is said to have been a half-timbered building. The indebted von Seebach had to cede 2/3 of their manor in 1625 to Johann Christoph von Harstall , who later sold it to the von Eschwege . This part of the manor was called Oberhof or von Eschwegischer Abteil. During the Thirty Years War , the place was sacked by imperial people. The construction of the church began in 1687. After 1764 the Oberhof and Unterhof belonged to the Lords of Seebach again.

Up until 1815, Kammerforst was the westernmost place of the Electorate or Kingdom of Saxony . He was in the Saxon office of Langensalza . After the assignment to Prussia, Kammerforst belonged to the Langensalza district in the province of Saxony from 1816 to 1944 .

Kammerforst joined the Vogtei administrative community on May 22, 1994 . Since the foundation of the Vogtei municipality and the dissolution of the Vogtei administrative community on December 31, 2012, the Vogtei municipality has been a fulfilling municipality for Kammerforst.


Municipal council

The community council in Kammerforst consists of eight community council members.

  • BI Future Chamber Forest: 6 seats
  • FWG Kammerforst: 2 seats

(As of: local elections on May 25, 2014)


Christian Konkel (BI Zukunft Kammerforst) was elected mayor with 90.9 percent in the municipal elections in Thuringia 2019 .

coat of arms

Blazon : "A green spruce in silver."

The emblem symbolizes the forest resources in the municipality and is at the same time talking on the place name.


The Evangelical parish of Sankt Andreas von Kammerforst belongs to the parish of Mühlhausen , Bad Langensalza area. The villages of Oppershausen and Heroldishausen belong to the parish of Kammerforst .

Sons and daughters of the church

Adolf Rettelbusch

Culture and sights

Among the festivals of the village include the Cherry Festival , the Forest Festival , the May-hard and a Blasmusikfest. Numerous events and guided tours organized by the national park administration take place throughout the year.


The nave of the Apostle Andrew ordained, standing on the Anger of the lower village church was originally located east of the tower. It was destroyed during the Thirty Years War and built in 1687 in its current location. As a result, the church tower is now in the east. A three-sided apse adjoins it. On the ceiling barrel in the nave there is a baroque ceiling painting as well as depictions of the apostles, which go back to the native Kammerforster painter Rettelbusch. A boulder was erected as a memorial stone for him in front of the church. The coats of arms can be found on the patronage boxes, front left and right on the gallery. The patrons of the church were the von Seebach families - the separate, wooden entrance was removed in the 1970s - and von Eschwege.


After the Peasants' War in 1525, the aristocratic estate in Kammerforst was divided into an upper and a lower estate. The buildings were only weakly fortified and served agricultural purposes. Today the Obergut houses the national park exhibition "Hainich Natural Heritage", it had 60,000 visitors in its previous form and will be reopened from Easter 2010 in a newly designed form.

Country hotel "Zum Braunen Hirsch"

The building, built in 1837, is owned by the fifth generation of the family and is a cultural center of the community; the Hainich-Rennsteig-Verein was founded here in April 1994 .

Hünenburg, Hainich National Park

The Hünenburg ( Lage ) is located in the area of ​​a former military site on the southwest edge of Kammerforst .

Wildcats children forest

Only about 500 meters away from the Hünenburg, the play and learning place Wildcat Children's Forest was opened on May 13, 2003 on the edge of the national park. With numerous curious wooden sculptures in the area, the climbing labyrinth, crawl tunnel, and other play equipment, the play area is also interesting for the little ones. The environmental education station built here in a wooden house offers expert advice and thematic training on the local flora and fauna.


  • As evidence of coarse folk humor, neck names and nicknames that characterize each village developed centuries ago . Accordingly, the Kammerforster Holzbocks lived here in the village - reason: Kammerforst had - in contrast to some envious neighboring towns - its own forest district in Hainich.
  • It is also worth mentioning that the physical center of Germany is located about 4 km northeast of Kammerforst in the municipality of Niederdorla . In the south and west, the village of Kammerforst is bordered by Hainich, a few hundred meters away.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Population of the municipalities from the Thuringian State Office for Statistics  ( help on this ).
  2. ^ The municipalities of the VG-Vogtei. In: Information from the Vogtei administrative community. Retrieved March 3, 2010 .
  3. 2014 municipal council elections in Thuringia - final result. The regional returning officer, accessed on July 2, 2017 .
  4. Local elections 2019 / mayor elections , mdr.de, accessed on May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Parish office Kammerforst. (No longer available online.) In: Evangelischer Kirchenkreis Mühlhausen. (Internet portal). Archived from the original on June 24, 2009 ; Retrieved March 3, 2010 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kirchenkreis-muehlhausen.de
  6. National Park Information in Kammerforst is temporarily closed. Reopening at Easter 2010. In: Online edition of the Hainichzeitung, 2010 edition. Accessed on March 3, 2010 .
  7. Dieter Fechner: Country Hotel "Zum Braunen Hirsch" in Kammerforst . In: hainichlandaktiv . June 2008, p. 4-5 .
  8. National Park Administration : Wildcat Children's Forest celebrates its birthday. Visitor magnet was five years old . In: hainichlandaktiv . June 2008, p. 5-7 .
  9. Rolf Aulepp: Nicknames of the places and their residents in the Mühlhausen district. In: Eichsfelder Heimathefte. Vol. 27, No. 1, 1987, ISSN  0232-8518 , pp. 78-83.

Web links

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