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Coordinates: 50°21′N11°10′E / 50.350°N 11.167°E / 50.350; 11.167 Coordinates: 50°21′N11°10′E / 50.350°N 11.167°E / 50.350; 11.167
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Sonneberg
   Mayor Dr. Heiko Voigt (Ind.)
  Total84.69 km2 (32.70 sq mi)
400 m (1,300 ft)
 (2019-12-31) [1]
  Density280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
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:

  • Bettelhecken
  • Hönbach
  • Hüttensteinach
  • Köppelsdorf
  • Malmerz
  • Mürschnitz
  • Neufang
  • Oberlind
  • Obere Stadt
  • Steinbach
  • Untere Stadt
  • Unterlind
  • Wehd
  • Wolkenrasen

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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Number of inhabitants

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  • 1829: 3,028
  • 1895: 12,167
  • 1905: 15,003
  • 1946: 21,534
  • 1950: 30,182
  • 1960: 28,936
  • 1981: 28,733


  • 1984: 28,440
  • 1994: 25,880
  • 1995: 25,481
  • 1996: 25,297
  • 1997: 25,151
  • 1998: 24,951
  • 1999: 24,892


  • 2000: 24,837
  • 2001: 24,690
  • 2002: 24,582
  • 2003: 24,246
  • 2004: 24,026
  • 2005: 23,805
  • 2006: 23,681


  • 2007: 23,252
  • 2008: 22,807
  • 2009: 22,529
  • 2010: 22,356
  • 2011: 22,222
  • 2012: 21,737
  • 2013: 23,796

from 2014

  • 2014: 23,620
  • 2015: 23,736
Data source since 1994: Thuringia statistical office

Noted residents

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August Schleicher
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Cuno Hoffmeister

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  1. "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, erfüllenden Gemeinden und Verwaltungsgemeinschaften in Thüringen Gebietsstand: 31.12.2019". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). August 2020.