|Coordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°ECoordinates: 50°42′0″N 11°36′0″E / 50.70000°N 11.60000°E|
|• Mayor||Michael Modde|
|• Total||24.45 km2 (9.44 sq mi)|
|• Density||500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Its chief industries are the making of flannel, porcelain, furniture, machines, musical instruments and chocolate. The town has also tanneries, breweries, dyeworks and brickworks.
Pößneck, which is of Slavonic origin, passed about 1300 to the Landgrave of Thuringia. Later it belonged to Saxony and later still to the duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, passing to Saxe-Meiningen in 1826.
A Gothic church built about 1390 now serves a Lutheran congregation. Pößneck also contains a Gothic town-hall erected during the succeeding century.
Pößneck was the home of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families prior to 15 September 1979, when both families flew out of East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. Following the end of the Cold War and German reunification, they eventually moved back to Pößneck. Their story was the subject of the 1982 film Night Crossing. Stoessner, Hans Melchior dragoon during the Great Northern War (1678-?) Volker Emde -politician (1964-) is from the town
Sons and daughters of the town
- Robert Diez (1844-1922), sculptor, created among others the fountains of the Albert place in Dresden
- Rudolf Koch (1856-1921), press drawer
- Alfred Maul (1870-1942), engineer, pioneer of air reconnaissance
- Konrad Enke (born 1934), swimmer
- Roland Matthes (born 1950), swimmer
- Nico Herzig (born 1983), football player
- Denny Herzig (born 1984), football player
- Maurice Hehne (born 1997), football player