Bad Liebenwerda

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Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms of Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms
Bad Liebenwerda   is located in Germany
Bad Liebenwerda
Bad Liebenwerda
Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 13°24′0″E / 51.51667°N 13.40000°E / 51.51667; 13.40000Coordinates: 51°31′0″N 13°24′0″E / 51.51667°N 13.40000°E / 51.51667; 13.40000
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Elbe-Elster
Government
 • Mayor Thomas Richter (CDU)
Area
 • Total 138.41 km2 (53.44 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m (282 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,305
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 04924
Dialling codes 035341
Vehicle registration EE, FI, LIB
Website www.badliebenwerda.de

Bad Liebenwerda is a spa town in the Elbe-Elster district, in southwestern Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated on the river Schwarze Elster, 57 km northwest of Dresden, and 28 km east of Torgau.

History[edit]

The first written mention is from 1231 as Lievenwerde. The meaning of the name is Live, or Lieb for life or lovely, and -werde from werda meaning island, high place in water. The document of 1231 mentions an Otto of Ileburg, Vogt of Lievenwerde, and Plebanus Walterus, a priest. Liebenwerda has a moated castle with a keep known as the Lubwartturm. The first mention as Liebenwerda as a city is from 1304. Liebenwerda was part of the Electorate of Saxony and Kingdom of Saxony until 1815; as a result of the Congress of Vienna the area became a district in the Kingdom of Prussia. The town has had a health spa since 1905, and in 1925 the word Bad was prefixed to its name.

Demography[edit]

Bad Liebenwerda:
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
[2]
Year Population
1875 7 715
1890 8 058
1910 9 075
1925 9 943
1933 10 257
1939 11 012
1946 14 574
1950 14 459
1964 13 316
1971 13 548
Year Population
1981 12 690
1985 12 445
1989 12 123
1990 11 937
1991 11 703
1992 11 677
1993 11 733
1994 11 638
1995 11 649
1996 11 574
Year Population
1997 11 590
1998 11 593
1999 11 483
2000 11 326
2001 11 231
2002 11 068
2003 10 981
2004 10 866
2005 10 720
2006 10 573
Year Population
2007 10 391
2008 10 236
2009 10 038
2010 9 973
2011 9 772
2012 9 634
2013 9 486
2014 9 411
2015 9 305

Culture and architecture[edit]

Bad Liebenwerda is home of the Gothic church of St. Nikolai. The tower of the church was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century after lightning struck the tower and caused a fire. The Lubwartturm is the oldest building in town. The tower was built around 1207 as part of the moated castle. Next to this tower is the museum with an exhibition on the composer Carl Heinrich Graun and his brothers. Also is there an exhibition on Marionettes, other puppets and puppeteers of south-east Germany. Bad Liebenwerda has a beautiful little park.

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

  • Gotthard Fritzsche (1797-1863), theologian and founder of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia
  • Ernst Theodor Echtermeyer (1805-1844), philosopher and philologist
  • Ernst Eberhard (1843-1909), popular science writer
  • Erich Müller (1897-1980), writer

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Bad Liebenwerda at Wikimedia Commons