|• Mayor||Frank Gerhard (SPD)|
|• Total||109.30 km2 (42.20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||43 m (141 ft)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Parts of the town
Since 1997/2003 the following villages are part of the city:
- Genshagen (with Genshagen Palace)
- Groß Schulzendorf
(at the end of each year)
- 1998: 22,726
- 1999: 22,942
- 2000: 23,031
- 2001: 23,809
- 2002: 23,652
- 2003: 24,164
- 2004: 24,260
- 2005: 24,157
- 2006: 24,371
- 2007: 24,292
- 2010: 24.044
The first settlement in the main town took place at 1750 under Frederick II of Prussia; several villages already existed in the 13th century (Gröben 1170). Ludwigsfelde has been classified as a town since 1965.
Culture and places of interest
Ludwigsfelde is one of the sister towns of football club, Hertha BSC Berlin. The Ludwigsfelder Football Club played in the Oberliga Nord/Ost in 2005/2006. The Ludwigsfelder Handball Club have been promoted to the Regionalliga.
There are also German champions in cycle ball and model gliding.
On 7 August 2005, a marathon was run during the European Speed Skating Championships.
Economy and infrastructure
In 1936 Daimler-Benz Motoren GmbH was founded with a new factory at Genshagen / Ludwigsfelde. The factory made Daimler-Benz DB 600 series aircraft engines until 1945, when the USAAF bombed the plant and then what plant had survived the bombing was removed and taken to the Soviet Union as war reparations. In 1952 the factory was refounded as the VEB Industriewerke Ludwigsfelde, which made various products including heavy machinery and Multicar small trade vehicles. For a brief period the plant made Pirna jet engines for the ill-fated Dresden 152 airliner. For more than a decade, 1954–65, it made IWL motor scooters, including the SR 59 Berlin (1956–59).
In 1965 the plant was enlarged and converted to build IFA trucks. When completed, the new production complex was the largest in the DDR. From 1965 the plant built IFA W50 five-tonne trucks, and from 1988 it made the larger L60 six-tonne trucks as well. Production collapsed after the DDR adopted the Deutsche Mark in July 1990. Daimler-Benz took a minority share in the plant in 1991 and complete ownership in 1994. In the 1990s the factory made T2 and Vario vans, and then at the end of the decade DaimlerChrysler modernised the plant to produce the Mercedes-Benz Vaneo. Since 2006 the plant has made Mercedes Sprinter vans and major components for Volkswagen Crafter vans.
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