Oederan

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Oederan
Coat of arms of Oederan
Coat of arms
Oederan   is located in Germany
Oederan
Oederan
Coordinates: 50°51′42″N 13°10′2″E / 50.86167°N 13.16722°E / 50.86167; 13.16722Coordinates: 50°51′42″N 13°10′2″E / 50.86167°N 13.16722°E / 50.86167; 13.16722
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Mittelsachsen
Subdivisions 7
Government
 • Mayor Steffen Schneider (FW)
Area
 • Total 77.35 km2 (29.87 sq mi)
Elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 8,258
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 09569
Dialling codes 037292
Vehicle registration FG
Website www.oederan.de

Oederan is a town in the district of Mittelsachsen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Oederan is situated 14 km southwest of Freiberg, 17 km east of Chemnitz and about 50 km west of Dresden.

The town includes the villages of Börnichen, Breitenau, Frankenstein, Gahlenz, Görbersdorf, Kirchbach, Lößnitztal and Schönerstadt.

History[edit]

Oederan was first mentioned as town in 1286. The settlement of the area dates back to a Sorbian tribe in the 9th and 10th century. Rhenish Franconian farmers, craftsmen and traders settled down in the 12th century. Since the Middle Ages the most important industries had been cloth manufacturing and linen weaving. In the 19th century the railway construction had a great influence to the growth of the town. Some medium-sized factories were built around the train station of Oederan.[2]

During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp was located here.[3]

Literature[edit]

Cziborra, Pascal. KZ Oederan. Verlorene Jugend. Lorbeer Verlag. Bielefeld. 2008 ISBN 978-3-938969-06-9

Places of interest[edit]

Oederan is known for its tourist attraction “Klein-Erzgebirge”, the oldest miniature park in Germany. About 185 miniatures of famous buildings from the area of the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) in a reduced scale of 1:25[4] are shown here.

The most important old building is the gothic hall church. The history of the church goes back to the 13th century.[2] An organ built by famous Gottfried Silbermann is located inside.

The second most prominent building of the town is the town hall. First built around 1400 AD, it burned down several times (1632, 1709 and 1753), and was re-erected in its present shape in 1785.

People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen – Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). 6 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b oederan.de: History of Oederan. June 8, 2008
  3. ^ Christine O'Keefe: Concentration Camps.
  4. ^ klein-erzgebirge.de: Der älteste Miniaturpark der Welt lädt ein!. June 8, 2008