Bad Liebenwerda

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Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms of Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms
Bad Liebenwerda   is located in Germany
Bad Liebenwerda
Bad Liebenwerda
Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 13°24′0″E / 51.51667°N 13.40000°E / 51.51667; 13.40000Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 13°24′0″E / 51.51667°N 13.40000°E / 51.51667; 13.40000
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Elbe-Elster
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Richter (CDU)
Area
 • Total 138.41 km2 (53.44 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m (282 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,626
 • Density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 04924
Dialling codes 035341
Vehicle registration EE, FI, LIB
Website www.badliebenwerda.de

Bad Liebenwerda is a spa town in the Elbe-Elster district, in southwestern Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated on the river Schwarze Elster, 57 km northwest of Dresden, and 28 km east of Torgau.

History[edit]

The first written mention is from 1231 as Lievenwerde. The meaning of the name is Live, or Lieb for life or lovely, and -werde from werda meaning island, high place in water. The document of 1231 mentions an Otto of Ileburg, Vogt of Lievenwerde, and Plebanus Walterus, a priest. Liebenwerda has a moated castle with a keep known as the Lubwartturm. The first mention as Liebenwerda as a city is from 1304. Liebenwerda was part of the Electorate of Saxony and Kingdom of Saxony until 1815; as a result of the Congress of Vienna the area became a district in the Kingdom of Prussia. The town has had a health spa since 1905, and in 1925 the word Bad was prefixed to its name.

Demography[edit]

Bad Liebenwerda:
Population development within the current boundaries
[2]
Year Population
1875 7715
1890 8058
1925 9943
1933 10257
1939 11012
1946 14547
1950 14459
1964 13316
1971 13548
1981 12690
Year Population
1985 12445
1989 12123
1990 11937
1991 11703
1992 11677
1993 11733
1994 11638
1995 11649
1996 11574
1997 11590
Year Population
1998 11593
1999 11483
2000 11326
2001 11231
2002 11068
2003 10981
2004 10866
2005 10720
2006 10573
2007 10391
Year Population
2008 10236
2009 10038
2010 9973
2011 9764
2012 9626

Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.[3]

Culture and architecture[edit]

Bad Liebenwerda is home of the Gothic church of St. Nikolai. The tower of the church was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century after lightning struck the tower and caused a fire. The Lubwartturm is the oldest building in town. The tower was built around 1207 as part of the moated castle. Next to this tower is the museum with an exhibition on the composer Carl Heinrich Graun and his brothers. Also is there an exhibition on Marionettes, other puppets and puppeteers of south-east Germany. Bad Liebenwerda has a beautiful little park.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Bad Liebenwerda at Wikimedia Commons