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Coat of arms of Pößneck
Coat of arms
Pößneck   is located in Germany
Location of Pößneck within Saale-Orla-Kreis district
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Coordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°E / 50.70000; 11.60000Coordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°E / 50.70000; 11.60000
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Saale-Orla-Kreis
 • Mayor Michael Modde
 • Total 24.45 km2 (9.44 sq mi)
Elevation 220 m (720 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,117
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 07371–07381
Dialling codes 03647
Vehicle registration SOK
Website www.poessneck.de

Pößneck (also spelled Poessneck) is a town in the Saale-Orla-Kreis district, in Thuringia, Germany. It is situated 19 km east of Rudolstadt, and 26 km south of Jena.

Its chief industries are the making of flannel, porcelain, furniture, machines, musical instruments and chocolate. The town has also tanneries, breweries, dyeworks and brickworks.

Pößneck, which is of Slavonic origin, passed about 1300 to the Landgrave of Thuringia. Later it belonged to Saxony and later still to the duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, passing to Saxe-Meiningen in 1826.

A Gothic church built about 1390 now serves a Lutheran congregation. Pößneck also contains a Gothic town-hall erected during the succeeding century.

Balloon escape[edit]

Pößneck was the home of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families prior to 15 September 1979, when both families flew out of East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Following the end of the Cold War and German reunification, they eventually moved back to Pößneck. Their story was the subject of the 1982 film Night Crossing.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pössneck". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 175.