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Suhl is a city of 37,000 people (2018) in Thuringia. Suhl its northern neighbour Zella-Mehlis form the largest urban area in the Thuringian Forest.


The region around Suhl is marked by almost 1,000-meter high mountains, including Thuringia's highest peak, the Großer Beerberg (983 m), approximately 5 km (3 miles) NE of the city centre.


Suhl was first mentioned in 1318 and stayed a small mining and metalworking town, until industrialization broke through in late 19th century and Suhl became a centre of Germany's arms production, specialized on rifles and guns with companies such as Sauer & Sohn. Furthermore, the engineering industry was based in Suhl with Simson, a famous car and moped producer.

In 1952, Suhl became one of East Germany's 14 district capitals, which led to a government-directed period of urban growth and conversion. Its results – a typical 1960s concrete architecture-marked city centre – are defining to the present. With the loss of its administrative and industrial functions, Suhl endured a lasting period of urban decline starting in 1990.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

  • 1 Suhl Station.

By car[edit]

Suhl is the endpoint of the A73 also known as "Frankenschnellweg"

Get around[edit]

Map of Suhl


  • 1 St. Mary's church. St. Marien (Suhl) (Q18560291) on Wikidata
  • 2 Kreuzkirche. Kreuzkirche Suhl (Q18571826) on Wikidata
  • 3 Waffenmuseum. Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. It describes itself as "Europe's only dedicated museum for small arms". €6, reduced €4. Waffenmuseum Suhl (Q2538899) on Wikidata











  • 4 Waldfrieden Suhl, Schleusinger Straße 117, 98527 Suhl, +49 3681 722417, fax: +49 3681 8049669, . Restaurant: summer Tu – Sa 17:00 – 21:00, Su 11:00 – 19:00; winter: W – Sa 17:00 – 21:00, Su 10:00 – 16:00. Also has a restaurant with Thuringian food. single from €35, double from €60.
  • 5 Steakhouse & Pension Crazy Horse, Carl-Fiedler-Straße 56, 98527 Suhl, +49 3681 71280, fax: +49 3681 712811, . W Th 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00; F 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 23:00, Sa 11:00 – 23:00, Su holidays 11:00 – 22:00. Also a steakhouse single from €41, double from €70.



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Routes through Suhl
END  Suhl Frankenschnellweg Nürnberg  BambergNuremberg

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