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Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis
Coat of arms of Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis
Coat of arms
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Country  Germany
State Saxony
Adm. region Chemnitz
Capital Marienberg
 • Total 595.36 km2 (229.87 sq mi)
 • Total 93,483
 • Density 157.0193/km2 (406.678/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Vehicle registration MEK

The Mittlerer Erzgebirgskreis was a district in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It ended in 2008.


The district was formed in 1994 by joining the two previous districts Marienberg and Zschopau.


The district is located in the Erzgebirge mountains. The highest point is the 891 m (2,923 ft) high Hirtstein. The lowest point, 305 m (1,001 ft), is in Witzschdorf. 40% of the district is covered by forests.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms The coat of arms shows three symbols of the typical industries of the district. To the left is a wheel, for the many water mills which were in the district. It also symbolizes the more modern industries. The tree to the left stands for the many forests and the timber industry. The hammers in the bottom are a mining symbol, as the district was a centre of ore mining.

Towns and municipalities

Towns Municipalities
  1. Lengefeld
  2. Marienberg
  3. Olbernhau
  4. Wolkenstein
  5. Zöblitz
  6. Zschopau
  1. Amtsberg
  2. Börnichen
  3. Borstendorf
  4. Deutschneudorf
  5. Drebach
  6. Gornau
  7. Großolbersdorf
  8. Großrückerswalde
  1. Grünhainichen
  2. Heidersdorf
  3. Pfaffroda
  4. Pobershau
  5. Pockau
  6. Seiffen
  7. Venusberg
  8. Waldkirchen
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