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Coordinates: 50°37′0″N11°39′0″E / 50.61667°N 11.65000°E / 50.61667; 11.65000 Coordinates: 50°37′0″N11°39′0″E / 50.61667°N 11.65000°E / 50.61667; 11.65000
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Saale-Orla-Kreis
Municipal assoc. Ranis-Ziegenrück
   Mayor Horst Maschke
  Total 8.24 km2 (3.18 sq mi)
Elevation 318 m (1,043 ft)
Population (2016-12-31) [1]
  Total 660
  Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 07924
Dialling codes 036483
Vehicle registration SOK
Website www.ziegenrueck.de

Ziegenrück is a town in the Saale-Orla-Kreis district, in southern Thuringia, Germany. It is situated on the river Saale, 22 km east of Saalfeld, and 35 km south of Jena.

Saale-Orla-Kreis District in Thuringia, Germany

Saale-Orla is a Kreis (district) in the east of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are the districts Saale-Holzland, Greiz, the Vogtlandkreis in Saxony, the Bavarian districts Hof and Kronach, and the district Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.

Thuringia State in Germany

Thuringia, officially the Free State of Thuringia, is a state of Germany.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.


Ziegenrück is Germany's 5th smallest town with currently about 700+ inhabitants.


Ziegenrück is primarily a tourist destination with several hotels and guesthouses located in the town and an annual overnight visitor count of more than 35,000 visitors per year. The area's hiking paths offer tourists views of the Saale Valley. The town is also visited by mountain biking enthusiasts and canoeing is also a popular pastime.[ citation needed ]

Also a popular activity in Ziegenrück is the rental of paddleboats and rowboats,[ citation needed ] which can be rented at the Saalepromenade.

There is also a campground in Ziegenrück, the "Nature Camping Plothental" for visitors who prefer camping over hotels.


The Waterpower Museum (Wasserkraftmuseum) in Ziegenrück is the only one of its kind in Germany and visitors can learn more about how electricity is generated from the Saale river. There is also a cultural center called the "Poetenstube" (the poet's corner) and an art gallery, specializing in photographic art from around the area and beyond. The Treffpunkt Foto Galerie is located at the Platz der Jugend 1a, across from Treffpunkt Park, a park in the center of town.


Events in Ziegenrück include the annual Promenadenfest that takes place every August and also the annual Bergrennen, an uphill timed race event for classic and vintage cars. Twice yearly, there is also a "Wandertag", a guided hike through the area surrounding Ziegenrück.

There are also regularly scheduled literary and poetry readings at the Poetenstube, photographic exhibits at the Treffpunkt Foto Galerie and exhibits at the Wasserkraftmuseum. [2]

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