Bethau

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Bethau
Ortsteil of Annaburg
Location of Bethau
Bethau is located in Germany
Bethau
Bethau
Bethau is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Bethau
Bethau
Coordinates: 51°40′N 13°00′E / 51.667°N 13.000°E / 51.667; 13.000Coordinates: 51°40′N 13°00′E / 51.667°N 13.000°E / 51.667; 13.000
CountryGermany
StateSaxony-Anhalt
DistrictWittenberg
TownAnnaburg
Area
 • Total5.67 km2 (2.19 sq mi)
Elevation
77 m (253 ft)
Population
 (2009-12-31)
 • Total183
 • Density32/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
06925
Dialling codes035386
Vehicle registrationWB

Bethau is a village and a former municipality in the Wittenberg district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2011, it is part of the town Annaburg. It lies right on the boundary with Saxony about 35 km southeast of the district seat at Wittenberg and 12 km north of Torgau. Bethau was part of the administrative municipality (Verwaltungsgemeinschaft) of Annaburg-Prettin.

Geography and transport[edit]

Bethau lies in the lowlands on the east bank of the Elbe west of the Annaburg Heath. This is, however, to a great extent a Bundeswehr troop drilling ground, and is therefore off limits. West of the municipality runs the Federal Highway (Bundesstraße) B 182, and to the north is the B 187. In the south, the municipality borders on Saxony.

History[edit]

Bethau is believed to have been founded in 1159 by Flemish migrants. They were settled in the area by Wichmann von Seeburg, Archbishop of Magdeburg, and Albert the Bear.

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