Burg bei Magdeburg

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Burg
Breiter Weg und Oberkirche Unser Lieben Frauen - geo.hlipp.de - 4881.jpg
Coat of arms of Burg
Coat of arms
Burg is located in Germany
Burg
Burg
Coordinates: 52°16′21″N 11°51′18″E / 52.27250°N 11.85500°E / 52.27250; 11.85500Coordinates: 52°16′21″N 11°51′18″E / 52.27250°N 11.85500°E / 52.27250; 11.85500
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Jerichower Land
Subdivisions 9
Government
 • Mayor Jörg Rehbaum (SPD)
Area
 • Total 164.02 km2 (63.33 sq mi)
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 22,814
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 39288
Dialling codes 03921
Vehicle registration JL
Website www.stadt-burg.de

Burg bei Magdeburg is a town of about 23,900 inhabitants on the Elbe-Havel-Canal in northeastern Germany, 25 kilometers northeast of Magdeburg. It is the capital of the Jerichower Land district in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.

Statue of Roland, reproduction of the one from 1581

The town is known for its mediaeval churches and towers. Due to the numerous towers and steeples Burg has also the sobriquet City of Towers. Like furher German towns and cities, Burg shows its connection to the Roland saga by a statue, renewed in 1999.

The name of Burg is the same as the German word Burg, meaning castle. But it is more likely that the name comes from the Slavic word bor, meaning coniferous forest.

Burg formerly had the first shoe manufacturing factory in Europe and was the first to produce manufactured crispbread in Germany, beginning production in 1931.

The town is notable as both the birthplace and the final resting place of General Carl von Clausewitz.

Near Burg there is a large transmission site for long- and mediumwave, which was among other things used for the transmissions of Radio Wolga.

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The municipality Burg bei Magdeburg consists of the town Burg bei Magdeburg and the formerly independent municipalities Detershagen, Ihleburg, Niegripp, Parchau, Schartau and Reesen.

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