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Coordinates: 50 ° 42 '  N , 10 ° 34'  E

Basic data
State : Thuringia
County : Schmalkalden-Meiningen
Height : 426 m above sea level NHN
Area : 76.72 km 2
Residents: 9575 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 125 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 98587
Area code : 036847
License plate : SM, MGN
Community key : 16 0 66 069
City structure: 8 districts

City administration address :
Rathausplatz 2
98587 Steinbach-Hallenberg
Website :
Mayor : Markus Böttcher (pl)
Location of the town of Steinbach-Hallenberg in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district
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Steinbach-Hallenberg is a town in the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district in Thuringia . The city has around 9,000 inhabitants.


Steinbach-Hallenberg, looking south

The city is located in the Haseltal on the southwest slope of the Thuringian Forest (about 4 km south of the Rennsteig ) at an altitude of about 420 to 470 m. The city's commercial areas are mainly located in Herges-Hallenberg.

City structure

The city is made up of the following districts:

Neighboring communities

Neighboring communities are Christes , Floh-Seligenthal , Kühndorf , Oberhof , Schmalkalden , Schwarza and Zella-Mehlis .


Detail from a map of the Schmalkalden Office, Joist Moers , 1589

The beginnings of Steinbach-Hallenberg are closely linked to the history of the current Hallenburg ruins . The settlement of the Steinbach-Hallenberger Grund (Haseltal) probably took place since the 12th century. On October 24, 1303, the then sovereign of Schmalkalden Margravine, Anna von Brandenburg, separated the St. Marie chapel in Steinbach from the Schmalkalden mother church. Today's Steinbach-Hallenberg is mentioned for the first time in this document. However, older documented certificates are available from the Hallenburg. This is how Reginhard von Hallenberg is called in 1228. It can be assumed that there was already a settlement under the Hallenburg this year. It is also worth mentioning that the castle is said to have been one of the castles destroyed by Emperor Otto IV in 1212. The dynastic petty rule of the Lords of Haldenberg could even go back to the beginning of the 12th century, as the borderline of the Reinhardsbrunn monastery documents from 1111 allows conclusions to be drawn about a dominion around the Hallenburg.

On July 18, 1595, the municipality of Steinbach unter Hallenberg was granted the right to drink and brew, in June 1669 the market rights and on June 30, 1936 the city rights.

Untersteinbach and Obersteinbach

The town of Steinbach-Hallenberg originally developed from two independent settlements. The map "Warhaffter demolition of the Schmalkalden rule" from 1589 shows Undern Steinbach and Obern Steinbach . Obersteinbach was formed by the settlements at Schlossberg and at the "Burg" (today's Moosburgstrasse). Untersteinbach, on the other hand, developed out of a settlement that existed along the river in the Erbstal. From the 16th century to 1822, both settlements belonged to the Hallenberg office (from 1619 to the Hessian rule Schmalkalden ), from which the double name Steinbach-Hallenberg later emerged.

Second World War

During the Second World War , around 90 men and women from France , the Ukraine and the Netherlands had to do forced labor : in smaller metalworking companies, with baker Arthur Fuchs , with innkeeper Rudolf Waitz , in the Kurt Wilhelm company . At least three women with child died in the living conditions and were in the cemetery in Eichelsbach of Schmalkalden buried.

Territorial and political affiliation

12th century – 1228/1232 dynastic petty rule of the Lords of Hallenberg
1228 / 1232-1274 County of Henneberg (undivided)
1274-1391 Grafschaft Henneberg-Hartenberg (between before 1374-1391 pledge of the Lords of Bibra )
1391-1549 County of Henneberg (-Aschach) -Römhild (1532–1549 side line Henneberg-Schwarza)
1549-1583 County of Henneberg-Schleusingen
1583-1619 Electorate of Saxony
1619-1626 Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel
1626-1646 Lien in Hessen-Darmstadt
1646-1807 Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel
1807-1813 Kingdom of Westphalia (Werra department, Eschwege district)
1813-1866 Electorate of Hesse
1866-1944 State of Prussia (Hesse-Nassau province, Kassel district, Schmalkalden district)
1944-1945 State of Prussia (Province of Saxony, District of Erfurt)
1945–1952 State of Thuringia (1945–1950 district Schmalkalden, 1950–1952 district Suhl)
1952-1990 District of Suhl, district of Schmalkalden
since 1990 Free State of Thuringia (1990–1994 district of Schmalkalden, since 1994 district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen)


The community of Herges-Hallenberg was incorporated in 1978.

As of January 1, 2019, the municipalities of the neighboring Haselgrund administrative community ( Altersbach , Bermbach , Oberschönau , Rotterode , Unterschönau and Viernau ) were incorporated into Steinbach-Hallenberg.

Population development

Development of the population of Steinbach-Hallenberg
Population from 1564 to 1895
year Residents
1564 400
1647 620
1747 1,450
1773 2.011
1796 1.911
1802 2,019
1828 2,426
1830 2,475
1848 2,666
1875 3,000
1890 3,240
1895 3,664
Population 1900 to 1999
year Residents
1900 4,009
1933 5,978
1935 6,034
1939 6,077
1946 7,010
1960 6,392
1965 6,295
1974 6,242
1994 6.130
1995 6.147
1996 6.152
1997 6.220
1998 6.167
1999 6.168
Population from 2000
year Residents
2000 6,149
2001 6,034
2002 5,960
2003 5,868
2004 5,777
2005 5,727
2006 5,620
2007 5,530
2008 5,471
2009 5,414
2010 5,347
2011 5,191
2012 5,084
2013 5,053
Population as of 2014
year Residents
2014 5,046
2015 5,056
2016 4,965
2017 4,887
2018 4,894



Mayor Markus Böttcher (independent) was elected on April 14, 2019 with 52.8% of the vote.

City council

The local elections on May 25, 2014 with a turnout of 50.3% led to the following distribution of the 20 seats in the city council:

Town hall Steinbach-Hallenberg
Party / list Share of votes Seats
CDU 49.7% 10
FDP 18.4% 4th
The left 14.8% 3
SPD 04.9% 1
BI / Free Voters 12.3% 2

coat of arms

Blazon : Divided by blue over red; above, between two green fir trees, a silver castle ruin on a silver rock; Golden hammer and golden blacksmith's tongs crossed diagonally below.

Town twinning

City partnerships exist with the Hessian towns of Steinbach (Taunus) near Frankfurt am Main and Lohra in the Marburg-Biedenkopf district and the North Rhine-Westphalian community of Wilnsdorf .

Culture and sights

The Hallenburg

The Hallenburg castle ruins, enthroned on an 80 m high porphyry rock as a symbol of the city , are probably one of the most outstanding historical buildings in the city. The late Romanesque castle on the Arnsberg with the 20 m high keep and remains of the core castle was first mentioned in a deed of donation from 1268 as castum Haldenberc .

There is also an early baroque church in Steinbach-Hallenberg, which was built in 1652 and 1698 . The three galleries are decorated with pictures of the biblical story. Also worth mentioning is the pulpit, the work of an unknown Nuremberg master. It was donated to the church by the mayor Hans Happ from Unterschönau in 1658. Also worth seeing is the stone entrance gate of the cemetery from 1605. The upper right keystone contains the names of the village masters (headmasters) and twelve (community representatives) of Steinbach-Hallenberg as well as the mayor of the Hallenberg office. The cemetery chapel was built in 1739.

The “Glockenhaus” local history museum is located on the Schlossberg, a half-timbered house with a substructure from the Middle Ages. It was originally a farm building in the castle district. The museum specialty of the Haselgrund , the metal handicraft museum, arose from the tradition of metal handicrafts . Here and in the small workshops belonging to it, you can watch how nails and the local specialty - corkscrews - were handcrafted. There is still an old, true to original corkscrew workshop on the site of the handicraft museum. The entire building was pulled from its original location on low transporters in 2004 and repositioned there. Every September, on the day of the open monument , the forge festival with demonstrations takes place here.

In addition to many half-timbered houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, the town hall, built in 1900, is also worth mentioning.

The inrun towers and the landing slope of the ski jumping facility in Kanzlersgrund are located in the Steinbach-Hallenberg district.

On yet to district belonging Ruppberg an Outbound castle , Schloss Burg Ruprecht , suspected.

Economy and Infrastructure

Companies and industries

The metalworking industry traditionally predominates in Steinbach-Hallenberg. Today you can find a mix of metal, plastic and wood processing, electrical engineering, cardboard box production, construction and handicraft businesses as well as sales facilities from all areas of retail. The three industrial areas Im Erlich , Am Schertzer and Am Stiller Berg have a total developed area of ​​35.8 hectares. Steinbach-Hallenberg is a state-approved resort .

Social facilities

In Steinbach-Hallenberg there are two day-care centers, a primary school ( environmental school in Europe ) and a regular school. Both schools were rebuilt away from the center on the Hergeser meadows . There is also a three-field multi-purpose hall with a bowling alley. There is a library opposite the town hall. There is also a post office, an evangelical elderly care center, an ambulance station (DRK KV Schmalkalden eV) and a home for assisted living. Several doctors (general practitioners, ophthalmologists, gynecologists, dentists) and physiotherapists practice in Steinbach-Hallenberg. There are two pharmacies.


Rail transport

Steinbach-Hallenberg has a train station on the Zella-Mehlis-Wernshausen railway line , from Monday to Friday the South Thuringia Railway runs every hour, and on weekends every two hours.

Trunk roads

Steinbach-Hallenberg can be reached via the motorway 71 via the Suhl / Zella-Mehlis or Oberhof junctions.

Summer Grand Prix in Steinbach-Hallenberg


sons and daughters of the town

People connected to the city

Honorary citizen


  • Alexander Köbrich: History of Steinbach and Amt Hallenberg . Self-published, Steinbach-Hallenberg 1894 ( digitized ; reprint published and with an afterword by Volker Wahl . Hubert, Göttingen 2008).
  • Volker Wahl: Steinbach-Hallenberg - past and present . Steinbach-Hallenberg City Council, Steinbach-Hallenberg 1978.
  • Volker Wahl: A walk through the history of Steinbach-Hallenberg and the surrounding area . Hallenburg-Verlag, Steinbach-Hallenberg 1990.
  • Wieland Jung, Wolfgang Diller: Steinbach-Hallenberg - history in pictures . Geiger-Verlag, Horb am Neckar 1993, ISBN 3-89264-803-4 .
  • Authors of the Chronicle Working Group: Contributions to the history of Steinbach-Hallenberg - Description of a century from 1900–2000 . City administration Steinbach-Hallenberg, Steinbach-Hallenberg 2003.

Web links

Commons : Steinbach-Hallenberg  - 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. 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 , pp. 259 f.
  3. Thuringian Law and Ordinance Gazette No. 14/2018 p. 795 ff. , Accessed on May 20, 2019
  4. ^ A b Volker Wahl: History of Steinbach-Hallenberg.
  5. a b Data source from 1994: Thuringian State Office for Statistics.
  6. ↑ Mayoral election 2019 , accessed on May 13, 2019
  7. ^ Thuringian State Office for Statistics: 2014 municipal council elections - final result in Brotterode-Trusetal .
  8. Heinz Göschel (Ed.): Lexicon cities and coats of arms of the German Democratic Republic. 3rd edition, (reprint of the 2nd revised and expanded edition). VEB Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1985.
  9. Translocation of the corkscrew workshop  ( page can no longer be accessed , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. .@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /