Röcken

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Röcken
Stadtteil of Lützen
Dorfbild von Röcken.jpg
Röcken   is located in Germany
Röcken
Röcken
Coordinates: 51°14′27″N 12°6′58″E / 51.24083°N 12.11611°E / 51.24083; 12.11611Coordinates: 51°14′27″N 12°6′58″E / 51.24083°N 12.11611°E / 51.24083; 12.11611
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Burgenlandkreis
Town Lützen
Area
 • Total 11.80 km2 (4.56 sq mi)
Elevation 122 m (400 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 610
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06686
Dialling codes 034444
Vehicle registration BLK

Röcken is a village and a former municipality in the Burgenlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 July 2009, it has been part of the town Lützen.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born there in 1844, and the house where he was born still exists. His father was the pastor. Nietzsche was also buried in Röcken.

In 2006 the Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mining company disclosed plans to demolish the village to mine for coal, but their met the opposition of the Coalition for Action with the motto "future instead of lignite"; in a public hearing, 64% of the residents voted against drilling on community-owned land. In April 2008 the plans were officially dropped.

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