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Coordinates: 50 ° 46 '  N , 12 ° 14'  E

Basic data
State : Thuringia
County : Greiz
Management Community : Wish village / Elster
Height : 300 m above sea level NHN
Area : 17.99 km 2
Residents: 1278 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 71 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 07580
Area code : 036608
License plate : GRZ, ZR
Community key : 16 0 76 069
Community structure: 4 districts
Address of the
municipal administration:
Ronneburger Strasse 68a
07580 Seelingstädt
Mayoress : Regina Hilbert
Location of the community of Seelingstädt in the district of Greiz
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Seelingstädt (also Seelingstädt near Werdau) is a municipality in the administrative community of Wünschendorf / Elster in the east of the district of Greiz ( Thuringia ). In Seelingstädt there is a branch of the administration of the administrative community.


Geographical location

Seelingstädt is located in the Ronneburg arable and mining area . The Pöltschbach runs in an east-west direction to the Weißen Elster near Berga . In the east of the municipality, the regional watershed runs between the White Elster and the Pleiße . Not far from the eastern border of the municipality, the Erdbach rises in a strange field, which together with the Koberbach feeds the Koberbach dam and flows to the Pleiße. The nearest towns are Berga (6 km to the west), Werdau (11 km to the south-east), Ronneburg (11 km to the north) and Crimmitschau (12 km to the north-east).

Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities are the city of Berga , Braunichswalde , Gauern and Mohlsdorf-Teichwolframsdorf in the district of Greiz and the city of Crimmitschau and Langenbernsdorf in the Saxon district of Zwickau .

Community structure

Community structure

Seelingstädt is divided into the districts of Chursdorf , Friedmannsdorf , Seelingstädt and Zwirtzschen (latest main statute of May 16, 2012). The district of Seelingstädt in turn consists of the old Waldhufendorf Seelingstädt-Dorf and the newer and most populous part of Seelingstädt-Bahnhof . The district of Culmitzsch near Friedmannsdorf was devastated and had to give way to uranium mining.


Seelingstädt was first mentioned in a document in 1230. Seelingstädt and Chursdorf owe their founding - like so many other places in the area - to the missionary and colonizing activities of monks from the Mildenfurth monastery near Wünschendorf / Elster, which was established in 1193 .

The legal affiliation of the municipalities, which were independent until 1938, often changed, Chursdorf, for example, belonged to the upper and lower courts of Werdau in 1502, while Seelingstädt belonged to Zwickau. Both came from Ernestine to Albertine Saxony in 1547 . As so-called official villages, they were only ever subject to the sovereignty of the country, so they were never subject to lordship and were allowed to exercise the lower jurisdiction themselves.

From 1547 to 1952, Seelingstädt was part of the Albertine Electoral Saxony or the kingdom and later Free State of Saxony that emerged from it in 1806 . After the dissolution of the states in the GDR in 1952, the community came to the Chemnitz or Karl-Marx-Stadt district . 1958 Seelingstädt was, however, the district Werdau for county Gera reclassified and thus came to Gera district , on the post-1990 it finally found its way to the Free State of Thuringia.

The first craftsman named for Seelingstädt was a wheelwright in 1571 . Soon the news of a blacksmith followed. These were the artisans who directly served the farmers and their work.

Beer was already brewed in Seelingstädt in the early Middle Ages. Around 1563 all important religious and secular rights to brew beer were destroyed by a fire. That was a hard blow for the people of Seelingstadt, because without a valid privilege they were no longer allowed to brew. In their distress, they wrote a letter to the elector in 1602 and asked for their permission to be renewed. The community brewery in Seelingstädt, which still exists today, was built in 1708.

This drawing from the 19th century shows the Seelingstädter Johannis Church in front of the new building, which was completed in 1898. To the left of the church you can see the old Seelingstädter schoolhouse, completed in 1824.

A school is mentioned as early as 1570 and also a "schoolmaster". The first new school building in Seelingstädt was dated in 1680. After this school became too small and dilapidated, a new school building was built in 1824, the payment of which (2092 thalers, 13 groschen and 11 pfennigs) led to heated arguments between the districts. The former school building, which is still used today as a refurbished school camp, was built in 1894 at a cost of 25,000 marks and served as the Seelingstädter elementary school until the completion of the new school in the Seelingstädt Bahnhof district in August 1965 (cost 1.65 million marks).

From 1951, Uranerz was mined in several opencast mines by Wismut AG / SDAG in the Seelingstädt area. In 1961, Wismut's processing plant 102 went into operation at the Seelingstädt location. Until the end of 1990 the company was part of the raw material base of the Soviet nuclear industry . Those in the know therefore called the city Seelinggrad, alluding to Russian city names .

In the 1960s, the military training facility " Peter Göring " of the Ministry of Higher Education was built on the site of the bismuth accommodation (north of the train station) , in which almost all male students in the GDR who were fit for military service had to complete a five-week military reservist training course Reserve officers were trained. Today, the buildings are used by the Thüringen GmbH Berufsförderungswerk , which is the largest employer in the area with almost 200 employees.


Chursdorf Church
Drawing of the Chursdorf Christ Church (around 1840)

Seelingstädt and the later district of Chursdorf became Protestant in 1533 . In 1925, of the 525 inhabitants, 506 were Evangelical Lutheran and only twelve were Roman Catholic .

The place has two churches: The St. John's Church was built in its current appearance in 1898 after a new building by 62 parishioners was rejected in 1893. Only after the neighboring school was built in 1894 did the new church take shape again. The church has a Jehmlich organ and a Gothic tracery window from 1430.

The Christ Church in Chursdorf was built in the 13th century and rebuilt from 1970 to 1981. It has a Jehmlich organ from 1909 and ceilings and gallery paintings worth seeing, made between 1738 and 1740, and a beautiful baroque pulpit.

Converted in July 2011, for the first time in the Ev.-Luth. Parish of Seelingstädt, the evangelical pastor who has been working in the village since August 2002 and a married father to Catholicism.

Due to its earlier affiliation with Saxony, the Protestant community in Seelingstädt does not belong to the Central German regional church , but still to the Saxon regional church .


On April 1, 1939, Chursdorf was incorporated. On July 1, 1973 Zwirtzschen was incorporated into Seelingstädt. On January 1, 1997 Friedmannsdorf followed with the Culmitzsch incorporated on July 1, 1968 .

Population development

Development of the population of Seelingstadt from 1994 to 2012. The increase from 1996 to 1998 results mainly from the incorporation of Friedmannsdorf on January 1st, 1997.

In 1553/54 34 possessed men, 18 servants and 41½ hooves were counted, in 1764 there were 36 possessed men, 10 cottagers and 22½ hooves each with 20 bushels. The population was 330 in 1834 and rose to 483 by 1910. In 1933 Seelingstädt had 540 inhabitants and in 1939 the number of inhabitants increased to 804 with the incorporation of Chursdorf. In 1990, after the incorporation of Zwirtzschen and the construction of apartment buildings in Seelingstädt-Bahnhof, 1734 inhabitants lived in the community.

Development of the population (as of December 31st) :

  • 1994: 1652
  • 1995: 1610
  • 1996: 1590
  • 1997: 1727
  • 1998: 1715
  • 1999: 1654
  • 2000: 1602
  • 2001: 1574
  • 2002: 1557
  • 2003: 1535
  • 2004: 1528
  • 2005: 1517
  • 2006: 1491
  • 2007: 1465
  • 2008: 1440
  • 2009: 1404
  • 2010: 1365
  • 2011: 1447
  • 2012: 1402
  • 2013: 1392
  • 2014: 1386
  • 2015: 1373
  • 2016: 1328
  • 2017: 1318
  • 2018: 1299
  • 2019: 1278
Data source: Thuringian State Office for Statistics


Municipal council

Local election 2014
Turnout: 62.3% (2009: 61.0%)
Gains and losses
compared to 2009
 % p
-8.4  % p
+ 11.2  % p
-1.2  % p
-1.6  % p

Since the local elections on May 25, 2014 , the local council has been composed as follows:

  • Free voter community Seelingstädt, Chursdorf, Zwirtzschen, Friedmannsdorf: 5 seats (- 2)
  • CDU : 4 seats (+ 2)
  • Open voter group: 2 seats (± 0)
  • FDP / Citizens for Seelingstädt: 1 seat (± 0)

The turnout was 62.3%, which is an increase of 1.3% p.p. over the 2009 election .

coat of arms

Blazon : “Divided and half-divided; above in black a growing golden, red-tongued and armored lion, below in front in silver a scythe blade lying diagonally to the right, behind in red a silver teeth. "

Economy and Infrastructure

Established businesses

The uranium processing plant, which has been in operation since 1962, was closed after the fall of the Wall and the site was renovated. Today the SUC Sächsische Zusammenarbeit Consulting GmbH operates a plant for the microbiological treatment of organically contaminated hazardous and non-hazardous waste. There is also a concrete plant in the village as well as several smaller craft and retail businesses.

A planned wind farm near the Chursdorf district with ten wind turbines 150 meters high and only 200 meters from the state border with Saxony was not approved by the Thuringia regional administration office in October 2009. The office saw in this an excessive impairment of nature and landscape protection, monument protection, tourism and recreation on the Saxon side. With a judgment announced on April 8, 2014, the 1st Senate of the Thuringian Higher Administrative Court in Weimar determined that the regional plan for East Thuringia is ineffective insofar as it defines priority areas for wind energy and at the same time provides that larger (so-called spatially significant) wind turbines are not outside these priority areas are permitted.


Last day of operation of the railway on May 29, 1999

The federal highway 175 runs through Seelingstädt , and the villages Seelingstädt-Bahnhof and Chursdorf are crossed by the provincial road  1081 from Ronneburg to Werdau . In Seelingstädt-Bahnhof, the 2337 branches off via Seelingstädt-Dorf to Teichwolframsdorf, the Morgensonne industrial area on the municipal boundary and belonging to Braunichswalde is the starting point of the Saxon state road S 294 to Crimmitschau-Mannichswalde and Neukirchen / Pleiße . It run on working days except Saturdays from PRG passenger and tourist traffic Greiz operated bus line 20 Greiz-Teichwolframsdorf-Seelingstädt that the regional transport Gera (RVG) and the private bus companies Piehler operated bus lines 212 Gera Friedmann village and 213 Gera Werdau Zwickau and on School days a pair of buses on the PRG-operated bus route 218 Weida – Clodra – Berga – Wolfersdorf – Seelingstädt. RVG line 219 Gera – Wünschendorf – Linda – Wolfersdorf – Seelingstädt is only served on school days in the afternoon from Seelingstädt in the direction of Gera. From 1876 to May 29, 1999 the community had a connection to the Wünschendorf – Werdau railway line . Passenger traffic was stopped on May 30, and since then the nearest train station has been in Berga, six kilometers away.

Educational institutions

School camp

The Thuringia Vocational Promotion Agency is located in Seelingstädt , a regular school of the administrative community and a school camp.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Population of the municipalities from the Thuringian State Office for Statistics  ( help on this ).
  2. a b c d Digital Historical Directory of Saxony. Retrieved September 20, 2012 .
  3. ^ Michael Schmittbetz: Atomic State in the Fog ( Memento from November 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) , LexiTV, MDR, May 11, 2005
  4. Municipalities 1994 and their changes since January 1, 1948 in the new federal states , Metzler-Poeschel publishing house, Stuttgart, 1995, ISBN 3-8246-0321-7 , publisher: Federal Statistical Office
  5. ^ StBA: Changes in the municipalities, see 1997
  6. 2014 local elections
  7. Local election 2009
  8. ↑ The wind farm will not be built. Authority stops plans for Chursdorf . Thuringian regional newspaper, October 27, 2009