Bernburg

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For the Nazi killing facility located in this town, see Bernburg Euthanasia Centre.
Bernburg
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Coat of arms of Bernburg
Coat of arms
Bernburg   is located in Germany
Bernburg
Bernburg
Coordinates: 51°48′N 11°44′E / 51.800°N 11.733°E / 51.800; 11.733Coordinates: 51°48′N 11°44′E / 51.800°N 11.733°E / 51.800; 11.733
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Salzlandkreis
Subdivisions 7
Government
 • Mayor Henry Schütze (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 113.45 km2 (43.80 sq mi)
Elevation 85 m (279 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 34,481
 • Density 300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06406
Dialling codes 03471, 034692
Vehicle registration SLK, ASL, BBG, SBK, SFT
Website www.bernburg.de

Bernburg is a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, capital of the district of Salzlandkreis. It is situated on the river Saale, approx. 30 km downstream from Halle. The town is dominated by its huge Renaissance castle featuring a museum as well as a popular, recently updated bear pit in its moat.

The church of St. Stephen in the village of Waldau (which became part of Bernburg in 1871) was first mentioned in 964; the present building dates from around 1150. It is a stop on the Romanesque Road or Strasse der Romanik.

Bernburg has one of the campuses of the regional university. In the Nazi era during World War II, a wing of the town's mental hospital was used for the so-called T-4 Euthanasia Programme (see Bernburg Euthanasia Centre).

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