Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis is a Kreis (district) in the north of Thuringia, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from the north clockwise) the districts Eichsfeld, Kyffhäuserkreis, Sömmerda, Gotha, Wartburgkreis and the district Werra-Meißner in Hesse.


Coat of arms
  District admin.Harald Zanker (SPD)
  Total979.69 km2 (378.26 sq mi)
 (31 December 2018)[1]
  Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationUH, LSZ, MHL


The district was created on July 1, 1994, by merging the two previous districts Mühlhausen and Bad Langensalza.


The district has a partnership with the Wetteraukreis in Hesse dating back to the German reunification of 1990. The district also has a partnership with the Lithuanian districts Ukmerge and Raseiniai.


The district is named after the river Unstrut and a hill chain, the Hainich. The Hainich became the 13th national park of Germany in 1997.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms combines the symbols of the historical territories which make up the area of the district. In the top left is the eagle of the city Mühlhausen, in the top right the lion as the symbol of the dukes of Thuringia. In the bottom left is the Wheel of Mainz, and the deer antler in the bottom right is the symbol of the Principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen.

Towns and municipalities

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free townsand municipalities
  1. Bad Langensalza
  2. Mühlhausen
  1. Anrode
  2. Dünwald
  3. Großvargula
  4. Herbsleben
  5. Kammerforst
  6. Menteroda
  7. Oppershausen
  1. Rodeberg
  2. Schönstedt
  3. Südeichsfeld
  4. Unstrut-Hainich
  5. Unstruttal
  6. Vogtei
  1. Bad Tennstedt1, 2
  2. Ballhausen
  3. Blankenburg
  4. Bruchstedt
  5. Haussömmern
  6. Hornsömmern
  7. Kirchheilingen
  8. Kutzleben
  9. Mittelsömmern
  10. Sundhausen
  11. Tottleben
  12. Urleben
  1. Bothenheilingen
  2. Issersheilingen
  3. Kleinwelsbach
  4. Körner
  5. Marolterode
  6. Neunheilingen
  7. Obermehler
  8. Schlotheim1, 2
1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft; 2town


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