Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was a small principality in Germany, in the present day state of Thuringia, with its capital at Sondershausen.

County (Principality) of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Grafschaft (Fürstentum) Schwarzburg-Sondershausen
Coat of arms
Schwarzburg-Sondershausen within the German Empire
Schwarzburg-Sondershausen within Thuringia
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire,
State of the Confederation of the Rhine,
State of the German Confederation,
State of the North German Confederation,
State of the German Empire,
State of the Weimar Republic
Historical eraMiddle Ages
 Partitioned from
 Raised to Principality
 Merged into Thuringia
1905862 km2 (333 sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
County of Schwarzburg


Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was a county until 1697. In that year, it became a principality, which lasted until the fall of the German monarchies in 1918, during the German Revolution of 1918–1919. After the German Revolution, it became a republic.

In 1920, it joined with other small states in the area to form the new state of Thuringia. Schwarzburg-Sondershausen had an area of 862 km² and a population of 85,000 (1905). Towns placed in the state were: Arnstadt, Sondershausen, Gehren, Langewiesen, Großbreitenbach, Ebeleben, Großenehrich, Greußen and Plaue.

Rulers of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, 1552–1918

Counts of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

Raised to Principality in 1697

Princes of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

United under Prince Günther Victor of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt

Heads of the princely house of Schwarzburg

On the death of the childless Prince Günther Victor in 1925, he was succeeded by Prince Sizzo (1860–1926), who was the son of Prince Friedrich Günther (1793–1867) from his second, morganatic marriage. Prince Sizzo was recognised as a full member of the House of Schwarzburg in 1896. He was succeeded in 1926 by his son, Prince Friedrich Günther (1901–1971).

Upon the death in 1971 of Prince Friedrich Günther, the last in the male line, under Semi-Salic primogeniture his elder sister, Princess Marie Antoinette of Schwarzburg, who married Friedrich Magnus V, Count of Solms-Wildenfels, may have had a claim to the headship.[1] [2]

Villages with more than 2000 people

Village Inhabitants
December 1, 1910
Arnstadt 17,841
Sondershausen 7759
Langewiesen 3814
Greußen 3348
Großbreitenbach 3255
Gehren 2917
Geschwenda 2291

See also


  1. The House of Schwarzburg on
  2. James, John Almanach de Gotha, Volume I, 2013.
  • Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Schwarzburg-Sondershausen" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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