Greiz in Thuringia

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Greiz is a town in the state of Thuringia, Germany, and is the capital of the district of Greiz. Greiz is situated in eastern Thuringia, 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of state capital Erfurt, on the river White Elster.

Greiz has a large park in its center (Fürstlich Greizer Park) which is classified as an English garden. Thomasstraße, Burgstraße, Marktstraße, Waldstraße, and Leonhardtstraße with their Jugendstil houses are well known examples of that architectural style. Prof.-Dr.-Friedrich-Schneider-Straße 4 is one of the earliest examples of Art Deco architecture (built in 1911).

Upper Castle © RealPixelStreet/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lower Castle © Michael Sander/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Michael Sander/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Steffen Loewe/cc-by-sa-4.0 Upper and Lower Castle © Wolfgang Pehlemann/cc-by-sa-3.0-de Upper Castle © André Karwath/cc-by-sa-2.5
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Upper and Lower Castle © Wolfgang Pehlemann/cc-by-sa-3.0-de
As with other nearby settlements, the place name (originally Grouts) is of Slavic origin and means gord. The first documented mention of the settlement dates from 1209. The prime location of Greiz on the confluence of the White Elster river and its tributary Göltzsch helped to make it a fast-growing town. It was recognized as a town in the 13th century. Later the House of Reuss, a ruling German dynasty whose male members were all named Heinrich, built 2 castles in Greiz: the “Oberes Schloss” (Upper Castle) and the “Unteres Schloss” (Lower Castle). Both were built by famous architects and are still considered unique. Greiz became the capital of the Principality of Reuss-Greiz (until 1918).

In addition to a chemical works and a disused paper factory there are mechanical engineering operations, plastics manufacturing businesses, wood machining enterprises, medical technology, suppliers to the automobile industry, printing houses and breweries. In recent years various high tech businesses (sensor technology, climate simulators, micro-chip production) and environmental technology companies developed.

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