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Coat of arms of the city of Sontra
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Coordinates: 51 ° 4 ′  N , 9 ° 56 ′  E

Basic data
State : Hesse
Administrative region : kassel
County : Werra-Meißner district
Height : 265 m above sea level NHN
Area : 111.29 km 2
Residents: 7826 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 70 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 36205
Primaries : 05653, 05658 (Wichmannshausen)Template: Infobox municipality in Germany / maintenance / area code contains text
License plate : ESW, WIZ
Community key : 06 6 36 011
City structure: 16 districts

City administration address :
Marktplatz 6
36205 Sontra
Website :
Mayor : Thomas Eckhardt ( SPD )
Location of the town of Sontra in the Werra-Meißner district
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Sontra is a small town in the Werra-Meißner district in northern Hesse .

The climatic health resort of Sontra is known as the “Berg- und Hänselstadt”, whereby “Bergstadt” refers to the time of the city with copper slate mining and “Hänselstadt” to its former affiliation with the Hanseatic League . The city, which extends over an area of ​​111.29 km², has 4595 (as of February 3, 2020) including districts: 7827 inhabitants .


View of the old town of Sontra

Sontra is located between Bad Hersfeld (about 30 km southwest), Kassel (about 45 km northwest) and Eisenach (about 35 km east) east of the Stölzinger Mountains , north of the Richelsdorf Mountains and west of the Ringgau . It is traversed by the Sontra , which flows into the weir at Wehretal , and the Ulfe , which flows into the Sontra at the Wichmannshausen district. Sontra is part of the Frau-Holle-Land Geo-Nature Park.

Neighboring communities

Sontra borders in the north on the town of Waldkappel and the community of Wehretal , in the east on the communities Ringgau and Herleshausen (all in the Werra-Meißner district), in the southeast on the community Gerstungen (in the Thuringian Wartburg district ), in the south on the communities Wildeck and Nentershausen , and in the southwest to the municipality of Cornberg (all three in the district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg ).

City structure

In addition to the core city, Sontra consists of the 15 districts of Berneburg , Blankenbach , Breitau , Diemerode , Heyerode , Hornel , Krauthausen , Lindenau , Mitterode , Stadthosbach , Thurnhosbach , Ulfen , Weißenborn , Wichmannshausen and Wölfterode .


Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Sontra-Domain Metzlar
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 2 4th 9 13 18th 20th 23 23 18th 13 7th 2 O 12.7
Min. Temperature (° C) −1 −1 2 4th 8th 11 13 13 10 6th 2 0 O 5.6
Temperature (° C) −1.1 −0.4 2.8 6.7 11.2 14.4 15.9 15.3 12.3 8.1 3.4 0.3 O 7.4
Precipitation ( mm ) 52.4 42.1 52.4 52.7 67.5 74.6 66.9 67.3 49.6 49.9 57.1 63.5 Σ 696
Hours of sunshine ( h / d ) 1.12 2.09 3.31 4.81 5.97 6.30 6.42 5.99 4.61 3.28 1.33 0.85 O 3.8
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Source: max / min temperatures, monthly average temperatures, precipitation and hours of sunshine


Sontra - Excerpt from the Topographia Hassiae by Matthäus Merian 1655
Site plan for the city fire of 1821 with details of the destroyed buildings
City view of Sontra around 1860

In 775 the Sontra district of Ulfen was first mentioned. Sontra itself is also mentioned for the first time in the 8th century. At that time the place was the center of the overall administration and the highest jurisdiction for the Franconian Ringgau (castle and thing in Regnumsundern). Of the landgrave bailiffs of Sontra, the existing documents mention Gottfried von Wartburg in 1224 and a lord von Boyneburg in 1225 as landgrave ministerial advocatus de Sunthra . The first court lords at Sontra Castle most likely descended from the Boyneburgers . After the extinction of this branch in Sontra around 1330 and the disposal of the patronage, the oldest branch of the Boyneburg family was only called von Sontra until it died out in the 16th century . In the year 1232 a Kunigunde de Suntraha was named who was healed while visiting the grave of St. Elisabeth in Marburg.

Sontra received its town charter in 1368. At least since 1499 there was copper slate mining in Sontra, which continued into the 1950s. In 1558 a major fire destroyed the medieval town center and the church burned down. Even before the Thirty Years' War there was a pharmacy in Sontra, which lived on in the later “privileged lion pharmacy”.

On March 2, 1576, a Princely Rescript appointed Pastor Johannes Werner zu Sontra to be the regional representative of the Superintendent zu Allendorf an der Werra in order to visit the neighboring pastors and school teachers - he was the first ever to have the new office of one in the Landgraviate of Hesse Metropolitan was entrusted. The Landgrave Office Sontra corresponded church turn to the 20th century, the class Sontra .

The Thirty Years War hit the city hard. "Anno 1623 were here on the Rothen Ruhr. 137 people died; in 1626 they died from the pestil. 549 people died, Syr.7 What you are doing, oh man, consider the end." This is what it says on the tombstone of Ulfen priest Johannes Bormann, who died in Sontra in 1626, in the town church . On Christmas Eve 1634 the Croatian horsemen set the town on fire; half of the houses were destroyed and the landgrave's castle was permanently destroyed. What was left was plundered by the Swedes in 1639. In 1645 new residents settled again and in 1647 imperial soldiers looted the city again.

So-called protection Jews had been resident in Sontra since the 18th century , they founded their own community, acquired land for their cemetery and were allowed to run their own school. On November 13, 1821, large parts of the city again fell victim to a city fire. The fire-damaged citizens were supported by a nationwide collection, a small remaining amount formed a basis for equipping the school with teaching materials at the suggestion of the electoral damage commission after compensation for the last damage in 1824.

The municipal execution site was probably not on what is now known as the Gallows Hill, but on the Thingstätte in front of the city . The street leading there, today Bäckergasse, got its name from the Beckards , who offered a last mercy to poor sinners on their way to execution.

In the Donnershag settlement belonging to Sontra, the so-called “Freiland-Freield” settlement company was founded from 1919 to 1924 by the married couple Margart and Ernst Hunkel , where 350 settlers lived at times.

In the years from 1936 to 1938 the old copper slate tradition was continued: In the Richelsdorf mountains, new mines were excavated and on the Brodberg flotation and smelting plants were built to process the copper ore. As a result of the miners and smelterers, who mainly came from the Mansfeld region , Upper Silesia and the Saar area, the population grew from around 2,200 to 5,500. As a result of refugees and displaced persons , it rose again to almost 7,000 in 1945/46 copper slate mining became unprofitable, so that in 1955 the Kurhessische Kupferschiefer-AG had to be liquidated and numerous miners emigrated to the Ruhr area.

Until the regional reform in Hesse (1972), Sontra belonged to the Rotenburg (Fulda) district . The two communities Cornberg and Nentershausen remained in the newly founded district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg .

Territorial reform and incorporations

On February 1, 1971 at the course of were municipal reform in Hesse , the previously independent municipalities Ulfen and Weissenborn voluntarily incorporated . On July 1, 1971, the communities of Berneburg, Blankenbach, Lindenau and Wölfterode were added. Breitau, Diemerode, Heyerode and Krauthausen followed on December 31, 1971. The series of incorporations was completed with the incorporation of Mitterode, Stadthosbach, Thurnhosbach and Wichmannshausen on August 1, 1972, the day of the change to the Eschwege district. The two districts of Eschwege and Witzenhausen were merged on January 1, 1974 to form the Werra-Meißner district .


City Council

The local elections on March 6, 2016 produced the following results, compared to previous local elections:

Distribution of seats in the 2016 city council
A total of 31 seats
Parties and constituencies %
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 58.1 18th 50.1 16 45.2 14th 54.6 17th
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 28.3 9 34.0 11 35.8 11 29.0 9
GREEN Alliance 90 / The Greens 3.2 1 4.0 1 2.1 1 2.9 1
BfS Citizens for Sontra 10.4 3 - - - - - -
FWG Free community of voters Sontra - - 7.8 2 10.9 3 8.5 3
FDP Free Democratic Party - - 4.0 1 6.0 2 4.9 1
total 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31 100.0 31
Voter turnout in% 53.4 57.0 55.4 58.4


The magistrate consists of nine city councils. Five of these are for the SPD, three for the CDU and one for the FWG.


Gerhard Büchling (independent) was elected mayor on March 6, 1994 with 52.9% of the vote and re-elected on November 7, 1999 with 66.8% of the vote. The office was then taken over by Karl-Heinz Schäfer (SPD), who was elected on September 22, 2002 with 67.5% of the votes. Mayor Karl-Heinz Schäfer was re-elected on June 1, 2008 with 56.1% of the votes. Thomas Eckhardt has been mayor since November 1, 2014. He was elected on May 25, 2014 with 63.3% of the vote.

City seal and coat of arms

Historic city seal of Sontra

Blazon : a stylized blue rose in gold . On the rose a gold armored lion, divided nine times by silver and red ( Hessen lion ).

There are the following heraldic motto:

The city of Sontra has a rose with a colorful lion standing in it.
To be loyal to the prince and to adorn a city with its name.

Intermunicipal cooperation

Together with the neighboring communities of Herleshausen ( Werra-Meißner district ) and Nentershausen ( district of Hersfeld-Rotenburg ), the association for inter-municipal cooperation was founded on October 14, 2006 . From this, a close cooperation of these three municipalities develops with partly already superordinate handling of common tasks in the areas of economy, culture (education), leisure activities (tourism) and agriculture.

Town twinning

Culture and sights


The urban area of ​​Sontra has a medieval town center with numerous listed half-timbered houses. The Sontra town hall dates back to 1668. The Boyneburg castle ruins are located above the Wichmannshausen district and are still owned by the von Boyneburg family .

Evangelical town church St. Marien

The town church stands on the highest elevation of the historic old town.

Main article: City Church (Sontra)

The Sontra church was initially named after its first patron saint, St. George, but is now called St. Mary's Church . It was completely renewed for the first time from 1483 to 1493, while the floor plan of the church, corresponding to the type of a Gothic hall church, was changed. During this conversion, the north aisle was removed, so the church now has an asymmetrical floor plan. The nave consists of three vaulted bays, the choir has two bays . The exterior of the church makes a very dignified impression with the carefully worked red sandstone blocks and the mighty roof. The large pointed arch portal on the north side is particularly noteworthy for the entrances. The interior, in which the post-medieval fixtures recede strongly, appears wide and open; at the same time bright and festive. The painting from 1934 is based on the color version of the painting restored in 1568. The main and side aisles are separated by strong round pillars on which wide arcade arches rest. The choir is illuminated by the six large pointed arch windows with the varied tracery. Since 2003, three choir windows with the Trinity theme by London artist Graham Jones have been decorating the three choir windows.

The church was the victim of a major fire in the old town of Sontra in 1558, and the bells hanging in the tower were also destroyed. After the church was rebuilt, the steeple was given a distinctive spire, but this fell during a storm on July 27, 1598.

Johann Adam Gundermann from Wommen is considered to be the builder of the Sontra organ , he was a talented student of the organ builder Arp Schnitger from Stade . Gundermann was still at the beginning of his career when he died on August 22, 1711 at the age of 33 in Sontra. After a later expansion, the organ had 18 Gundermann stops and five pedal stops. It was considered to be the organ with the best sound in a wide area in Kurhessen outside of Kassel.

Mining settlements

View from Mühlberg to the former settlement II

The resumption of copper slate mining in the Richelsdorf Mountains in the 1930s led to rapid industrialization of the Sontra region, which was previously characterized by small farmers. The influx of recruited mountain - and Steel Institute , with their families from the Mansfeld region , Silesia , the Saarland and other coalfields came, the population Sontras doubled, rising to 5,274 residents in 1938th In order to create housing options, two new housing estates were planned.

The concept, which was drawn up in December 1936, provided for two separate settlements on the southern and northeastern outskirts. The settlement I with the Barbaraplatz as the center should have over 360, the one in the settlement II with the Glückaufplatz over 216 residential units. The standardized row development of the streets is characterized by different house types. One and two-story houses were built as single, double and row houses. Half-timbered architecture alternates with massive buildings, each of which is loosely grouped together.

The developer was the newly founded Kurhessische Bergbausiedlung mbh, which commissioned the Hessische Heimstätte with the implementation. The central topping-out ceremony for the miners' settlements, combined with the laying of the foundation stone for a community house, was held on Barbaraplatz in October 1937.

After the Second World War , the settlements came into the hands of the semi-state Kurhessen Wohnungsbau GmbH, today's residential town, which enabled private interested parties to buy houses. The privatization resulted in individual modernizations, extensions and conversions, which, however, hardly affect the uniformity of the ensemble.

For historical reasons, the "complete systems Barbaraplatz and Glückaufplatz" in the two settlements are worth protecting for historical reasons.

Jewish cemeteries

The old Jewish cemetery on Quesselsberg.

In 1710 the Jewish community of Sontras purchased a piece of land on the steep southern slope of the Quesselsberg to bury their dead. Before that, the deceased were buried in Jestädt or Reichensachsen . The cemetery in Sontra also served as a collective cemetery for the Jewish communities of Breitzbach , Diemerode , Nentershausen , Nesselröden , Richelsdorf , Solz and Wommen , until some cemeteries were created in these places. Due to lack of space, the facility was expanded in 1859, and the cemetery was closed in 1920. During the Nazi era , the burial site was spared violent destruction, probably because of its seclusion. In the area above the "Heinrich Schneider Stadium", which is now overgrown with a light oak forest, there are still around one hundred tombstones of the more than two hundred grave sites.

After the old cemetery was occupied, the Jewish community bought a plot of land on the flat opposite slope of the Quesselsberg in 1921 for the construction of a new cemetery. Of the at least 26 graves according to the death register , only seven gravestones have survived. During the National Socialist era, the cemetery in the open air was more exposed to violence than the lonely, half-forgotten old cemetery. With the remaining tombstones, a memorial was designed on the burial site, which is today within the grounds of the "Adam-von-Trott-Schule".

The Jewish cemeteries are protected as cultural monuments due to their historical significance.


  • Museum in the old Boyneburg Castle in the Wichmannshausen district
  • Mining Museum (copper slate mining) in the vaulted cellar of the historic town hall of Sontra


Popular sport is promoted in the city by TV Sontra 1861 e. V. operated in several departments. The local football club is SG Sontra 1919 e. V. In 2018, as in previous years, the 1st team will play in the Werra-Meißner regional league. Other sports can be practiced in the leisure and adventure pool (outdoor pool) with a giant slide, a mini golf course and a bowling center.

There are two shooting clubs in the city , the Schützengilde Sontra and the Sportschützenverein 1958 Sontra e. V. On the Dornberg near Sontra, the Mittelhessischer Verein für Flugsport e. V. Sontra / Bebra the Dornberg-Sontra glider airfield .


In the urban area of ​​(overall) Sontra, various fauna-flora-habitat (FFH) areas are designated that are particularly worthy of protection. They are part of the European network of protected areas " Natura 2000 ":

View of the NSG and FFH area Boyneburg and Schickeberg near Breitau
  • Boyneburg and Schickeberg near Breitau (FFH no. 4926-350): The deciduous forest area extends along the municipal boundary between Sontra and Grandenborn on the north-western edge of the Ringgau plateau. In addition to the two eponymous mountains, the Erbberg and other adjacent areas also belong to the protected area. The area is characterized by mountain falls, rock breaks, limestone rock corridors as well as poor grasslands near the forest and orchards . The FFH area includes the nature reserve of the same name with the WDPA ID 81445.
  • Rock cliffs in the Werra-Meißner district (EU code 4726-401): The rock and forest areas at the Boyneburg and at the Schickeberg are also part of a three-part bird sanctuary . The limestone cliffs, which rise from the wooded mountain slopes over open valleys, are breeding grounds for peregrine falcons and eagle owls .
  • Gypsum karst near Berneburg (FFH number 4925-302): The protected area includes the forest bordering on the east of Berneburg and the adjoining open land area. There are three caves in the gypsum karst area, including the longest active water cave in North Hesse. The caves are considered to be an important wintering area for native bats .
  • Werra and Wehretal (FFH no. 4825-302): The FFH area consists of large contiguous beech forests on lime, basalt and red sandstone with adjacent woodland grassland and orchards . The protected area includes the extensive forests in the low mountain range north-west of Sontra and west of Wichmannshausen .
  • Forests and limestone grasslands of the Ringgau- Südabdachung (FFH no. 4926-305): The elongated strip of the protected area on the southern slope of the Ringgau extends to Herleshausen . The areas in the urban area around the Holstein to the east of Sontra are included. Stein, Heiligenberg and Iberg in the district of Breitau . Buchberg west of Ulfen and Ottilienberg, Sandberg and Hasenkopf in the southern part of the Ulfen district. Protection goals include securing the woodruff and orchid beech forests , the sloping rubble forests, the limestone rock corridors and the orchid-rich limestone grasslands.
  • Kalkmagerrasen between Morschen and Sontra (FFH No. 5025-350.): The protected area consists of a network of numerous small-area and scattered lying Kalkmagerrasenflächen in a diversely structured culture landscape . They are one of the important locations for orchids in Hessen. On the former training site , between Sontra and Lindenau , two areas that are separated by Kreisstraße 83 are designated as worthy of protection.

The entire urban area of ​​Sontra has been part of the expanded Frau-Holle-Land geo-nature park since 2017 .

Economy and Infrastructure


The motorway connection is via the federal motorway 4 (exit Wommen / Sontra). The B 27 and B 7 run through the city . The B 400 runs through the districts of Krauthausen , Breitau and Ulfen .

The A 44 , which will lead around the city districts, is either planned or under construction. Three interchanges are planned in the urban area of ​​Sontra.

ReKo 41 at the entrance to the train station

Sontra has a train station on the Göttingen – Bebra line .

Due to its location between three flat and wooded low mountain ranges , the Stölzinger Mountains , the Richelsdorf Mountains and the Ringgau , there is a well-developed network of cycling and hiking trails. The Hessian long-distance cycle route R5 , the Barbarossaweg and the European long-distance hiking route E6 should be mentioned here in particular . The North Hesse Weather Trail, a regional educational trail around the Wichmannshausen district, has existed since 2007.

State institutions

In 1962 the hussar barracks was built. The Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion 5, the Panzer Reconnaissance Company 140 and the Panzerjägerkompanie 130 were stationed here. The property with - at the end - 780 posts was closed with effect from June 30, 2008. Since 2011, the MSC Waldkappel-Breitau has been operating the Husarenring , a motocross track, on the former area of ​​the tank washing facility and the outdoor parking lot of the former barracks . The former site of the Husaren barracks has been developed as an intermunicipal industrial area Husarenpark and is currently being marketed.


In Sontra there is the Adam von Trott school (comprehensive school) and two elementary schools (rainbow school, meadow school).


Honorary citizen

  • Fritz Rappe (1907–2003) was the parish priest in Sontra from 1937 to 1974 and was made an honorary citizen of the city on the occasion of his retirement.


This overview (sorted by date of birth) contains both important personalities who were born in Sontra as well as people who worked in Sontra but were not born here.

  • Karl Weyrich (1884–1973) was mayor of Sontra from 1934 and after his retirement in 1945 he still worked on a voluntary basis for the economic and cultural development of the city.
  • Harry Haffner (1900–1969), the Nazi lawyer and last president of the People's Court , lived from 1946 largely undisturbed and under the false name of Heinrich Hartmann in Sontra.
  • Kurt Reuber (1906–1944) was a Protestant pastor in the Wichmannshausen district from 1933 to 1938. The famous Stalingrad Madonna , which he made for Christmas 1942, comes from him .
  • Fritz-Wilhelm Krüger (* 1941), the Sontra-born politician (FDP) was a member of the Hessian state parliament.
  • Gerhard Bökel (* 1946), author and former politician born in the Hornel district , as well as journalist and lawyer


  • Carl Lorenz Collmann: History of the old mountain town of Sontra in Lower Hesse. Kassel 1863. (digitized version)
  • Jürgen Raabe: Forced labor at the Kurhessische Kupferschieferbergbau Sontra 1940–1945: explorations, studies a. Documents. Kassel 1986, ISBN 3-88122-340-1 .
  • Ilse Gromes: Traces of a Minority - Jews in Sontra 1367 to 1942. Contributions to the history of the city of Sontra, issue 7, Sontra, 1981 and supplementary issue, 1984.
  • Ilse Gromes: Sontra in the 30 Years War. (Contributions to the history of the city of Sontra, issue 8). Sontra 1989, OCLC 180489467 .
  • Thomas Schröder: City guide Sontra with Nentershausen and Cornberg . Verlag der Buchhandlung Oertel, 2013, ISBN 978-3-939464-24-2 , p. 89 + index.
  • Lothar and Sieglinde Nitsche, Marcus Schmidt: Nature reserves in Hessen, Volume 3: cognitio communication & planning, publishing house, Niedenstein 2005. ISBN 3-932583-13-2 .

Web links

Commons : Sontra  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hessian State Statistical Office: Population status on December 31, 2019 (districts and urban districts as well as municipalities, population figures based on the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. Max. / Min. Temperatures from MSN Weather - Bad Hersfeld, DEU
  3. ↑ Monthly average temperatures, precipitation and hours of sunshine (normal period 1961–1990) Data from DWD (hours of sunshine averaged by 30)
  4. ^ Alfred Schulze: The Ringgau and Sontra . In: The Werraland. Issue 3, Eschwege 1967, pp. 39–41.
  5. See intaktverein 2011
  6. ^ Municipal reform: mergers and integration of municipalities from January 20, 1971 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1971 No. 6 , p. 248 , item 328, para. 40 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 6.2 MB ]).
  7. ^ Municipal reform in Hesse: mergers and integrations of municipalities from June 21, 1971 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): State Gazette for the State of Hesse. 1971 No. 28 , p. 1117 , item 988; Para. 28. ( Online at the information system of the Hessian State Parliament [PDF; 5.0 MB ]).
  8. Law on the reorganization of the districts of Hersfeld and Rotenburg (GVBl. II 330-13) of July 11, 1972 . In: The Hessian Minister of the Interior (ed.): Law and Ordinance Gazette for the State of Hesse . 1972 No. 17 , p. 217 , §§ 3 and 17 ( online at the information system of the Hessian state parliament [PDF; 1,2 MB ]).
  9. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 389 and 406 .
  10. ^ Result of the municipal election on March 6, 2016. Hessian State Statistical Office, accessed in April 2016 .
  11. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 27, 2011
  12. ^ Hessian State Statistical Office: Result of the municipal elections on March 26, 2006
  13. ^ Citizens for Sontra on the Internet
  15. ^ Dorothea Schäfers: Sankt Marien - the parish church of Sontra . In: Werratalverein Eschwege e. V. (Ed.): The Werraland . Issue 3. Eschwege 1976, p. 36 .
  16. GJP (Götz J. Pfeiffer): choir window by Graham Jones, in: Courage to design. Art funding in the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck, Kassel, 2013, pp. 42–43.
  17. Dieter Großmann: The city church St. Georg in Sontra . In: Werratalverein Eschwege e. V. (Ed.): The Werraland . Issue 2. Eschwege 1957, p. 22-24 .
  18. ^ Sontra, Werra-Meißner-Kreis. Historical local dictionary for Hessen. (As of October 16, 2018). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
  19. ^ Monument topography of the Federal Republic of Germany, cultural monuments in Hesse. Werra-Meißner district I, old district Eschwege. Peer Zietz, Thomas Wiegand, Braunschweig: Vieweg Verlag, 1991, ISBN 3-528-06240-1 . Page 356 f.
  20. Karl-Heinz Kessler and Andreas Rehs: "The revival of copper slate mining in the Richelsdorf Mountains." In "All around the Alheimer", Volume 39/2018: Published by the history association Altkreis Rotenburg, Rotenburg, DruckWerkstatt. ISSN 1439-4022. Page 60 f.
  21. a b Ilse Gromes: Traces of a Minority - Jews in Sontra 1367 to 1942. Contributions to the history of the city of Sontra, issue 7, Sontra, p. 38 f.
  22. Monument topography Werra-Meißner-Kreis IS 358 f.
  23. Fauna-Flora-Habitat-Guideline and profiles of the Natura 2000 areas on the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).
  24. ^ ADAC Hessen-Thüringen: Motorsport facility inaugurated. November 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2017 .