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Breitenstein is situated at an elevation of 450500 m on a plateau of the Unterharz region.
A document of 1264 mentioned for the first time the 'broad stone' next to the linden tree at this place,
which was sign of a place where justice was administered.
Breitenstein today is part of the municipality of Südharz, formed in 2010 by a merger of the
former municipalities of Bennungen, Breitenstein, Breitungen, Dietersdorf, Drebsdorf, Hainrode, Hayn,
Kleinleinungen, Questenberg, Roßla, Rottleberode, Schwenda, Stolberg (Harz),
Uftrungen and Wickerode.