Schöneck, Saxony

Schöneck (also: Schöneck/Vogtl.) is a town in the Vogtlandkreis district, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated 18 km (11 mi) southeast of Plauen, and 35 km (22 mi) north of Cheb. Schöneck is known as the biggest ski resort in the eastern part of Germany. With more than 700 m (church) it is the highest-located town in the Vogtland district. It is in the 'music corner', a region so-called because of its history of production of musical instruments.

Schöneck
Panorama of Schöneck

Coat of arms
Location of Schöneck within Vogtlandkreis district
Schöneck
Schöneck
Coordinates: 50°22′N 12°19′E
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictVogtlandkreis
Government
  MayorIsa Suplie (CDU)
Area
  Total55.06 km2 (21.26 sq mi)
Elevation
707 m (2,320 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total3,173
  Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
08261
Dialling codes037464
Vehicle registrationV, AE, OVL, PL, RC
Websitehttps://www.stadt-schoeneck.de/

Town structure

The districts of Schöneck are Arnoldsgrün, Eschenbach, Gunzen, Korna, Kottenheide, Schilbach and Zwotental.

History

Schöneck became a town in 1370, but was first mentioned a century before this, when the castle castrum Schoennecke was mentioned as a mediaeval manor.

After some devastating major fires (1632, 1680, 1761 and 1856), Schöneck took part in the industrialization of the 19th century. The town's main business became the cigar manufactory. In 1875, the railroad to Falkenstein and Klingenthal was built. The population grew significantly until World War II, but later the population contracted again.

Historical population

Historical population growth and decline (from 1998, as of 31st December):

YearInhabitants
18341,680
18903,270
19124,896
19713,722
19833,500
19983,951
19993,913
20003,889
20013,802
YearInhabitants
20023,775
20033,752
20043,721
20073,603
20083,524
20123,343
20133,318
20163,198
Data source since 1998: the state office of statistics of Saxony

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