Market place and St Andrew's
|• Mayor||Thomas Schmidt (SPD)|
|• Total||21.54 km2 (8.32 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The Teltow Canal links the River Havel near the city of Potsdam with the River Dahme near Köpenick in Berlin's eastern suburbs. It passes immediately to the north of Teltow, forming the border between Brandenburg and Berlin.
The settlement was first mentioned in a 1265 deed issued by Margrave Otto III of Brandenburg. It received its name from an eponymous plateau, a moraine of the last glacial period. Teltow was formerly known for the Teltower Rübchen (Brassica rapa ssp. rapa f. teltowiensis), a special type of turnip quite popular in the 18th and 19th century. The main sight of the town is the Protestant St Andrew's fieldstone church of the 12th century rebuilt in 1812 according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It was depicted by Lyonel Feininger in his 1918 painting Teltow II.
The present municipality was established in 1994 by the merger of Teltow and the former village of Ruhlsdorf. It has seen a major increase of population since the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. In 2005, German painter Markus Lüpertz installed his studio of sculpture at Teltow.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtverordnetenversammlung) as of 2008 elections:
- Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD): 9
- The Left: 6
- Initiative: 4
- Christian Democratic Union (CDU): 3
- Free Democratic Party (FDP): 3
- Alliance '90/The Greens: 2
- Independent: 1
Teltow is twinned with:
Since February 2005 Teltow has access to the Berlin S-Bahn network at Teltow Stadt railway station.
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