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Suhl
Coat of arms of Suhl
Coordinates 50°36′38″N 10°41′35″E / 50.61056°N 10.69306°E / 50.61056; 10.69306
Administration
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Urban district
Town subdivisions Town and 4 districts
Mayor Jens Triebel (Ind.)
Basic statistics
Area 102.70 km2 (39.65 sq mi)
Elevation 429-676 m
Population 41,861  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 408 /km2 (1,056 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate SHL
Postal codes 98501 – 98530
Area code 03681
Website www.stadtsuhl.de

Suhl is a city in Thuringia, Germany, located 50 kilometres (31 miles) SW of Erfurt, 110 kilometres (68 miles) NE of Würzburg and 130 kilometres (81 miles) N of Nuremberg. With its 37,000 inhabitants, it is the smallest of the six urban districts within Thuringia. Together with its northern neighbour-town Zella-Mehlis, Suhl forms the largest urban area in the Thuringian Forest with a population of 46,000. The region around Suhl is marked by up to 1,000-meter high mountains, including Thuringia's highest peak, the Großer Beerberg (983 m), approximately 5 kilometres (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 saw a lasting period of urban decline starting in 1990.

Suhl is known for its sportsmen, especially in shooting, winter sports, and volleyball.

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