Meiningen

Meiningen (German: [ˈmaɪnɪŋən] (listen)) is a town in the southern part of the state of Thuringia, Germany. It is located in the region of Franconia and has a population of around 25,000 (2020). Meiningen is the capital and the largest town of the Schmalkalden-Meiningen district. From 1680 to 1920, Meiningen was the capital of the Duchy (and briefly of the Free State) of Saxe-Meiningen.

Meiningen
Stadtkirche (town church)
Location of Meiningen within Schmalkalden-Meiningen district
Meiningen
Meiningen
Coordinates: 50°33′N 10°25′E
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
DistrictSchmalkalden-Meiningen
Government
  Mayor (201824) Fabian Giesder[1] (SPD)
Area
  Total105.65 km2 (40.79 sq mi)
Elevation
287 m (942 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
  Total24,722
  Density230/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
98617
Dialling codes03693
Vehicle registrationMGN, SM
Websitewww.meiningen.de

Meiningen is considered the cultural, judicial and financial centre of southern Thuringia and thus hosts the state theatre, justice center, state archives, bank buildings and many museums. It is economically reliant on mechanical engineering, high-tech industry and tourism. The dialect and language of the inhabitants is East Franconian.


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