City of Blankenhain
Blankenhain is situated in a basin on the Ilm-Saale plateau and was first documented in 1252. In 1424 Blankenhain received the city rights.
The castle was mentioned already in 1279.
In the 18th Century the linen and cotton weaving flourished in the city.
In 1790 the porcellan manufacture was founded by Christian Andreas Speck.
Today the city offers its visitors a solar heated pool, museums and churches to see. If you want to relax and enjoy natures beauty Blankenhain is the place
The town is surrounded by magnificent forests and rolling hills.
The roads leading into Blankenhain are lined with linden trees; hence the
town's nickname ‘the linden tree town'.
Located on the Beer and Castle Route and the Thuringian Porcelain Route, Blankenhain is the perfect place from which to embark upon a discovery tour.
Since 1993 the city of Blankenhain is made up of Blankenhain and 23 surrounding villages. You could explore the villages and enjoy your beauty. You could visit:
Blankenhain, Altdoernfeld, Neudoernfeld, Hochdorf, Kesslar, Lotschen, Meckfeld, Krakendorf, Rettwitz, Lengefeld, Grosslohma, Kleinlohma, Lossnitz, Soellnitz, Obersynderstedt, Niedersynderstedt, Rottdorf, Schwarza, Thangelstedt, Tromlitz, Saalborn, Droessnitz, Wittersroda and Neckeroda.
Neckeroda has to offer something very special for its visitors. Here the old tradition of using natural dye's in the production of textiles is kept alive. The museum in the village informs visitors about the old tradition. Once a year, last Saturday in August, a festival is held to show visitors the old traditional trades.
If you want to relax by hiking you found in Blankenhain the perfect place. Here you could hike along the 403 km long Thueringenweg (Thuringia path), which connects east and west Thuringia. Sure enough shorter hiking and cycling paths are available.
You can visit Blankenhain Palace, the pharmacy museum or enjoy a shopping experience with a difference at the Weimar Porcelain Manufactory founded in 1790. The magnificent countryside is a little bit of paradise on earth and is ideal for long walks.
Palace was built around 1150 upon an elevated plateau at the centre of the town and has been traced back to a Romanesque circular fort. The palace is something of an architectural rarity, as it takes the form of a closed, irregular oval. The stair tower, courtyard gateway, alcove balcony with sculpted reliefs and busts with Gothic coats of arms are particularly worth seeing. In the 13th century, it was owned by the Lords of Blankenhain and later occupied by the Counts of Gleichen (1416-1631).
After fires in the 17th century, the palace, which was originally late-Gothic, was rebuilt with some modifications by the Counts of Hatzfeld. It has retained this form for 300 years to the present day. Nowadays it serves as a venue for a wide range of social and cultural events.
In October 1806 the town played a role leading up to the battle of Jena and Auerstedt.
On October 6th 1806, the decision was taken in the Prussian headquarter not to open offensive operations against Napoleon. It was planned to advance through the thuringian forest. Instead it was decided that Hohenlohe was to concentrate most of his forces around Hochdorf with his headquarters in Blankenhain.
New orders issued by the Duke of Brunswick on October 8 ordered Hohenlohe on the following day to collect his troops Hochdorf and on the 1oth to move to the his force in the area of Kahla and Rudolstadt. This ordre was received by Hohenlohe very early on the 9th. He wrote to the Duke of Brunswick that he will not collect his force around Hochdorf because his left wing was already centred around Kahla and Rudolstadt. He wrote further that in this way he would not interfere with the movement of the main Prussian army which was to move into the Hochdorf area on the 10th.
Hohenlohe's chief of staff suggested to him to cross over the Saale river and move into a position around Mittel-Poellnitz. The Duke of Brunswick did not allow such move and Hohenlohe did not cross over the Saale river.
The Saxon troops marching up gtom the Gera area under General Zezschwitz had received orders to move into position around Mittel-Poellnitz. The Prussian main force in the mean time had received, on the 8th, orders to concentrate around Erfurt but then they were to move into a position around Hochdorf on the 8th. Because of the distance involved this was impossible to complete.
On the morning of the 10th orders were issued from the Prussian headquarter for the Prussian main army to move from Erfurt to around Weimar. Three divisions, Oranien, Wartensleben and Schmettau moved into quarters around Blankenhain. The Duke of Brunswick moved his headquarters into Blankenhain. The King of Prussia arrived in Blankenhain in the evening. In the afternoon the Duke issued orders for the Infanterie to move immediately into the camp at Hochdorf. Late in the evening new orders were issued instructing the infantry to move into camp the next morning.
On the next morning, around 6 o'clock, the troops were ready to march to the camp around Hochdorf when new orderes were received to march back to Weimar instead and move into a camp beside the reserve divisions.
The Prussian Fuesilier Batl. Pelet left Blankenhain on the morning of the 12th. With that ends the involvement Blankenhains with the battle of Jena.
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Planned position of the Prussian Army: See pictures on the left.
Picture A: Position east of the road, close to the village of Lengfeld.
Picture B: Position west of the road, close to the village of Lengfeld.
Picture C: Position looking to the east.
Picture D: Position looking to the west.
When in Blankenhain you should see one of the oldest porcellan manufacture in Thuringia. Here you could still see the excellent craftmanship used in the factory.
For over 200 years, the brand Weimar Porzellan has existed as a guarantee for the highest quality and craftsmanship, and is the symbol of magnificent porcelain refinement. To this day, precious porcelain items of total perfection, crafted masterly, are created here. There are places that have a special aura, an atmosphere of creativity, producing great minds and magically attracting wonderful people. Weimar is one of them, and Weimar Porzellan lives within the spirit of Weimar classicism with its pursuit of harmony and beauty. Over the centuries we have come to trust in our experience with porcelain sensing the feeling made by the filigree delicacy. Our clear and uncompromising philosophy is to reinterpret the demanding craft techniques in porcelain production and to make your unique porcelain dreams a reality.
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