RUHLA, a town of Germany, partly in the duchy of SaxeWeimar and partly in that of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Pop. (5905) 7017. It stretches along the valley of the Erb in the Thuringian forest 8 m. S. of Eisenach, and attracts a number of visitors owing to its beautiful natural surroundings and its mineral springs. Its staple industry is the making of wooden and meerschaum pipes; it has also electrical works, and some small manufactures. Ruhla, which is known locally as Die Ruhl, was famous in the middle ages for its armourers, and subsequently for its cutlers.
See Ziegler, Das Thiiringerwalddorf Ruhla (Dresden, 1876).
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