|• Mayor||Ralf Lehmann (Ind.)|
|• Total||131.73 km2 (50.86 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10-158 m (−508 ft)|
|• Density||95/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||MOL, vorher FRW|
Bad Freienwalde is a spa town in the Märkisch-Oderland district in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated on an old branch of the Oder river at the northwestern rim of the Oderbruch basin, 15 km (9.3 mi) east of Eberswalde, and 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Berlin, near the border with Poland. The municipality includes the villages of Altranft, Altglietzen, Bralitz, Hohensaaten, Hohenwutzen, Neuenhagen and Schiffmühle.
Freienwalde was first mentioned in a 1316 deed and appeared as a town in 1364. A mineral spring was recorded in 1685, named Kurfürstenquelle ("Elector source") after Elector Friedrich Wilhelm I of Brandenburg . The small Neoclassical Freienwalde Palace was built in 1799 according to plans by David Gilly as a summer residence of Frederike Louise of Hessen-Darmstadt, the widow of King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia. Its park was redesigned by Peter Joseph Lenné in 1822. The industrialist Walther Rathenau acquired Freienwalde Palace in 1909.
Bad Freienwalde has an Evangelical and a Roman Catholic church as well as manufactures of furniture and machinery. The neighbouring forests and its medicinal springs make it a favorite summer resort of the inhabitants of Berlin. A new tower commands a fine panoramic view over the Oder valley.
- Hans Keilson (1909-2011), Dutch psychotherapist, novelist
- Alfred Blaschko (1858–1922), dermatologist
- Volkmar Sigusch (born 1940), sexologist
- Elisabeth Radziwill, beloved of Wilhelm I of Prussia died at Freienwalde on 27 August 1834.
- Edith Andreae (1883-1952) sister of Walter Rathenau, the Weimar politician who was assassinated in 1922
Bad Freienwalde is twinned with:
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Freienwalde". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
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