|• Mayor||Dr. Heiko Voigt (Ind.)|
|• Total||84.69 km2 (32.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||400 m (1,300 ft)|
|• Density||280/km2 (720/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Dialling codes||03675, 036762, 036703|
|Vehicle registration||SON, NH|
Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia, Germany, which is the seat of the Sonneberg district.
It is renowned as a center of toy production and was dubbed the "toy capital of the world" in the 1920ies; during this time, US trade giants Kresge and Woolworth built large warehouses here for exportation. It is the home of the German Toy Museum and PIKO, a model railway manufacturer which became one of the few such enterprises in the Warsaw Pact countries and as such supplied model trains depicting railway stock of all the Soviet bloc countries.
In divided post-war Germany, Sonneberg found itself cut off from its large neighbouring town of Coburg and could only face north economically. It was served by an unnaturally winding railway route and thus became somewhat isolated from the rest of East Germany. Sonneberg Hauptbahnhof is served by the Coburg–Sonneberg line.
The town Sonneberg consists of the following subdivisions:
Since 31 December 2013, when the former municipality Oberland am Rennsteig was merged into Sonneberg, the following villages also form part of Sonneberg: Haselbach, Eschenthal, Hasenthal, Hüttengrund and Spechtsbrunn.
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The Coburg–Sonneberg railway is a single-track, electrified, 20 kilometre-long main line railway from Coburg in the German state of Bavaria via Neustadt to Sonneberg in Thuringia. It was opened in 1858 and is one of the oldest railways in Germany.
Sonneberg (Thür) Hauptbahnhof is a railway station for the city of Sonneberg in the German state of Thuringia and is on the Coburg–Sonneberg line. The station was built as part of the construction of the Hinterland Railway and still plays a central role in public transport of Sonneberg and the surrounding area. It was built in 1907 to replace the old station, which was built in 1857 and 1858 by the Werra Railway Company, together with the single-track Coburg–Sonneberg line, a branch line of the Werra Railway.
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