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Coat of arms of Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Coat of arms
Bitterfeld-Wolfen is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°37′N 12°19′E / 51.617°N 12.317°E / 51.617; 12.317Coordinates: 51°37′N 12°19′E / 51.617°N 12.317°E / 51.617; 12.317
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Anhalt-Bitterfeld
 • Mayor Petra Wust (Ind.)
 • Total 87.55 km2 (33.80 sq mi)
Elevation 75-90 m (−220 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 41,816
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06731–06749
Dialling codes 03493, 03494
Vehicle registration ABI, AZE, BTF, KÖT, ZE

Bitterfeld-Wolfen is a town in the district Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated in south-eastern Saxony-Anhalt, west of the river Mulde, in an area that is dominated by heavy industry and lignite mining. The town was formed by merger of the towns Bitterfeld and Wolfen and the municipalities Greppin, Holzweißig and Thalheim on 1 July 2007.


Bitterfeld-Wolfen is 25 kilometres (16 mi) northeast of Halle (Saale) and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Leipzig. Eastward lies the lake Muldestausee, southward the Goitzsche lake with docks, westwards the lido of Sandersdorf. The town lies in a nature preserve Bitterfelder Bergbaurevier.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Adjoining municipalities are from the north and clockwise Raguhn-Jeßnitz, Muldestausee, Delitzsch, Sandersdorf-Brehna and Zörbig.


Climate diagram of Bitterfeld[2]

The average air temperature in Bitterfeld is 10.0 °C (50.0 °F) and the yearly rainfall 518 millimetres (20.4 in).


Town fusion[edit]

On 1 July 2007 the independent towns Wolfen and Bitterfeld and the municipalities Greppin, Thalheim and Holzweißig were merged to form the new town of Bitterfeld-Wolfen.


Main article: Bitterfeld

Bitterfeld has approximately 15,000 inhabitants (2006). It was first mentioned in 1224. Part of the Electorate of Saxony, it came to the Prussian Province of Saxony in 1815. Until the administrative reform of 2007, it was the capital of the district of Bitterfeld.


Main article: Wolfen, Germany

Wolfen has approximately 24,000 inhabitants (2006). It is located north of Bitterfeld. Wolfen was first mentioned around 1400. The discovery of lignite in 1846, and the construction of an Agfa dye factory in 1895 brought industry and population growth.