Coat of arms of Sonneberg
Coat of arms
Sonneberg   is located in Germany
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Sonneberg
 • Mayor Sibylle Abel (CDU)
 • Total 84.86 km2 (32.76 sq mi)
Population (2014-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,620
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 96501–96515
Dialling codes 03675
Vehicle registration SON

Sonneberg is a town in Thuringia, Germany, which is seat of the district Sonneberg. It has long been a centre of toy making and is still well known for this. It is the home of PIKO, a model railway manufacturer which became one of the few such enterprises in the Warsaw Pact countries and as such supplied model trains depicting railway stock of all the Soviet bloc countries. Sonneberg is home to the German Toy Museum ("Deutsches Spielzeugmuseum").

In divided post-war Germany, Sonneberg found itself 'unnaturally' cut off from its large neighbouring town of Coburg and could only face north economically. It was served by an unnaturally winding railway route and thus became somewhat isolated from the rest of East Germany. Its station is classified as a Hauptbahnhof ("central station") and is served by the Coburg–Sonneberg line.


The town Sonneberg consists of the following subdivisions:
  • Bettelhecken
  • Hönbach
  • Hüttensteinach
  • Köppelsdorf
  • Malmerz
  • Mürschnitz
  • Neufang
  • Oberlind
  • Obere Stadt
  • Steinbach
  • Untere Stadt
  • Unterlind
  • Wehd