Boitzenburger Land

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Not to be confused with Boizenburg-Land or Boizenburg.
Boitzenburger Land
Boitzenburg Castle
Boitzenburg Castle
Coat of arms of Boitzenburger Land
Coat of arms
Boitzenburger Land   is located in Germany
Boitzenburger Land
Boitzenburger Land
Coordinates: 53°16′0″N 13°36′0″E / 53.26667°N 13.60000°E / 53.26667; 13.60000Coordinates: 53°16′0″N 13°36′0″E / 53.26667°N 13.60000°E / 53.26667; 13.60000
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Uckermark
Government
 • Mayor Bernhardt Rengert
Area
 • Total 215.90 km2 (83.36 sq mi)
Elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 3,213
 • Density 15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 17268
Dialling codes 039884, 039885, 039889
Vehicle registration UM
Website gemeinde-boitzenburger-land.de

Boitzenburger Land is a municipality in the Uckermark district, in Brandenburg, Germany.

Geography[edit]

The municipality, with an area of 215.9 square kilometres (83.4 sq mi) one of largest in Germany, is located in the northeastern part of Brandenburg, close to the border with the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The rural community is part of the Uckermark historic region, it is surrounded by extended forests and the Uckermark Lakes Nature Park. In the south, it borders the towns of Templin and Lychen.

History[edit]

Monastery ruins

A settlement named Bozineburc was first mentioned in a 1215 deed. After the whole Uckermark region had passed to the Margraves of Brandenburg according to the 1250 Treaty of Landin, a Cistercian monastery at the site was founded; documented since 1271, about the time when nearby Chorin Abbey was established. In 1536 the abbey was secularised during the Protestant Reformation and devastated by Danish troops in the Thirty Years' War one hundred years later.

Boitzenburg Castle was first mentioned in 1276, it was occupied by Margrave William I of Meissen in 1398 but returned to Brandenburg in 1415. From 1429 the estates were held by the Arnim noble family. Damaged in the Thirty Years' War, when it was a possession of Field Marshal Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg, the fortress was rebuilt by his descendants in a Baroque style from 1740 onwards. Refurbished according to plans designed by Friedrich August Stüler between 1838 and 1842, it received its present Neo-Renaissance appearance in 1881–1884. The adjacent landscape garden was laid out by Peter Joseph Lenné around 1840. Boitzenburg was then held by Adolf Heinrich von Arnim-Boitzenburg, who became the first Minister President of Prussia in 1848.

After World War II, the Arnim family was disseized and the castle was used as recreation home of the East German National People's Army. Today it houses a hotel. The present-day municipality was established by the merger of ten villages in 1992.

Demography[edit]

Boitzenburger Land:
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
[2]
Year Population
1875 5 797
1890 5 687
1910 5 234
1925 5 504
1933 4 983
1939 5 019
1946 7 536
1950 7 443
1964 5 677
1971 5 365
Year Population
1981 4 918
1985 5 068
1989 5 256
1990 5 251
1991 5 075
1992 5 069
1993 5 152
1994 5 009
1995 4 997
1996 4 947
Year Population
1997 4 826
1998 4 740
1999 4 631
2000 4 631
2001 4 553
2002 4 343
2003 4 270
2004 4 204
2005 4 119
2006 4 032
Year Population
2007 3 939
2008 3 853
2009 3 732
2010 3 668
2011 3 392
2012 3 360
2013 3 319

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