Harzgerode

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Harzgerode
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Harzgerode
Coat of arms
Harzgerode   is located in Germany
Harzgerode
Harzgerode
Coordinates: 51°38′32″N 11°8′39″E / 51.64222°N 11.14417°E / 51.64222; 11.14417Coordinates: 51°38′32″N 11°8′39″E / 51.64222°N 11.14417°E / 51.64222; 11.14417
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Harz
Government
 • Mayor Horst Schöne
Area
 • Total 164.57 km2 (63.54 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,419
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06493
Dialling codes 039484
Vehicle registration HZ
Website www.harzgerode.de

Harzgerode is a town in the district of Harz in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Its localities include:

Harzgerode lies in the eastern part of the Harz Mountains, south of Quedlinburg. It is connected to Gernrode by a narrow gauge railway called the Selke Valley Railway (Selketalbahn).

History[edit]

The settlement was built in connection with the Benedictine abbey of Hagenrode in the Selke valley, to which King Otto III granted market, minting and customs rights in 993. The following year the place was mentioned as Hazacanroth. It lost its minting rights by the 11th century, but its town rights were renewed in 1338.

When the town became part of the Principality of Anhalt in 1535, the town became the administrative centre of the double Amt for Harzgerode and Güntersberge. The town was the residence of the principality of Anhalt-Bernburg-Harzgerode from 1635 to 1709. The seat of the princes was the Harzgerode castle, built in the middle of the 16th century.

Heinrichsberg Castle is located near the town quarter of Mägdesprung, as are the ruins of Anhalt Castle which gave the entire state its name.

On 1 August 2009 the towns of Güntersberge and Harzgerode (with their villages of Alexisbad, Mägdesprung and Silberhütte) together with the municipalities of Dankerode, Königerode, Schielo, Siptenfelde and Straßberg became part of the new borough of Harzgerode. On 1 September 2010 Neudorf (Harz) was also incorporated.

Town fires[edit]

Due to its protected location the town did not suffer from many military conflicts, but it was repeatedly devastated by fire. Before 1503 there was a great fire. In 1635 (on Midsummer's Day) every building in the town was razed with the exception of seven houses. On 30 June 1722 42 houses burned down. On 23 October 1817 52 houses were razed.

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