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Sonneberg is a town of 24,000 people (2018) in Southern Thuringia. It has long been a centre of toy-making. It is the home of PIKO, a model railway manufacturer which became one of the few such enterprises in the Warsaw Pact countries and supplied model trains depicting railway stock of all the Soviet bloc countries. Sonneberg is home to the German Toy Museum.


Sonneberg is culturally closer to Franconia to the south than Thuringia to the north, despite belonging to Thuringia and being cut off from Franconia and the rest of West Germany for 40 years during German partition.

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  • 1 Sonneberg Hauptbahnhof. There is direct local train service to Nuremberg and Erlangen but not to Erfurt. Sonneberg (Thür) Central Station (Q320969) on Wikidata Sonneberg Hauptbahnhof on Wikipedia

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Map of Sonneberg








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