Coswig, Anhalt

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Coswig town hall.jpg
Coat of arms of Coswig
Coat of arms
Coswig  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°53′N 12°26′E / 51.883°N 12.433°E / 51.883; 12.433Coordinates: 51°53′N 12°26′E / 51.883°N 12.433°E / 51.883; 12.433
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Wittenberg
 • Mayor Doris Berlin
 • Total 295.73 km2 (114.18 sq mi)
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,184
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06869
Dialling codes 034903
Vehicle registration WB

Coswig is a town in the district of Wittenberg of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Elbe, approx. 12 km west of Wittenberg, and 15 km east of Dessau.



The Castle of Coswig was mentioned first in 1187. There is no evidence for slav settlements before this date. In 1215 Coswig is called an "Oppidium". During this time it was one of the most important cities North of the river Elbe. In the 16th century Coswig was already connected to a drinking water pipe from Wörpen. Weaving, pottery and farming played the most important role in economics. The city was nearly completely destroyed by Hispanic troops during the Schmalkaldic War. From 1603 to 1793, Coswig belonged to Anhalt-Zerbst. The Castle was constructed at the end of the 17th century. The railway station was inaugurated on 10 September 1841. In 1987 the city celebrated its 800th-year of existence.



Turnout at the last election on June 13, 2004 was 43,6%.

Town Council: 20 seat to the following parties:

  • 7 seats - CDU
  • 4 seats - Linkspartei.PDS
  • 3 seats - SPD
  • 3 seats - Bürgerblock
  • 2 seats - FWG
  • 1 seats - FDP

Twin town[edit]

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

People associated with Coswig[edit]

  • Caroline Bardua (1781-1864), painter, one of the first bourgeois women who could build up an existence as a free-lance artist, worked in Coswig Castle
  • Heinrich Berger (1844-1929), military musician, conductor and composer


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