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View on the old town
|• Mayor||Hans-Joachim Egerer (CDU)|
|• Total||91.74 km2 (35.42 sq mi)|
|Elevation||159-262 m (−701 ft)|
|• Density||260/km2 (670/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Vehicle registration||FG, BED, DL, FLÖ, HC, MW, RL|
- 981: First written proof that Döbeln existed.
- Around 1220: Döbeln got the official status of a town.
- 1293: Church of St. Nicholas was first mentioned.
- 1296: Castle and town are occupied by Adolf of Nassau.
- 1330: Monastery buildings are completed.
- 1333: A serious fire incinerates the entire town.
- 1360: Knight Ulmann of Staupitz builds castle Reichenstein.
- 1429: Looting of the town and destruction of the castle by the Hussites.
- 1450: Döbeln is raided by the Bohemians, severely damaging the castle. After that, the castle declined in its importance.
- 1567: Döbeln was mentioned as "deserted palace" and afterwards only used as a quarry.
- 1637: Plundered by the Swedes
- 1730: Another serious fire hit Döbeln. As a result, the remains of the castle were used as building material for rebuilding. In this fire, 266 homeowners and 400 renters lost their homes.
- 12 May 1762 (during the Seven Years' War): Battle between the Prussians and the Austrians. The troops of Prince Henry of Prussia defeated the Austrian troops and took prisoners including the commander General von Zedtwitz.
- 1754–1810: Döbeln is a garrison of the infantry regiment Lubomirsky.
- 1847: Döbeln was connected to the railway from Riesa.
- 1857: The railway was extended to Chemnitz.
- 1868: The Dresden-Döbeln-Leipzig railway line was opened.
- 1945: Döbeln was occupied by the Soviet Army without a shot being fired.
1694 to 1946
1950 to 1998
1999 to 2006
2007 to 2017
- Memorial in front of the Crematorium in the graveyard for 21 Polish and Russian men and women who were transported to Germany during World War II and died as slave laborers.
- Memorial at Wettinplatz for all victims of fascism.
- Memorial in front of the Lessing School for the victims of war and dictatorship between the years 1933 and 1989.
It has two connections to the A14 motorway (Autobahn).
- Rainer Kirsch (1934–2015), writer and poet
- Helmut Rosenbaum (1913-1944), Korvettenkapitän, Kriegsmarine
Döbeln is twinned with:
- "Alle politisch selbständigen Gemeinden mit ausgewählten Merkmalen am 31.12.2018 (4. Quartal)". DESTATIS. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
- "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2017 (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). October 2018.
- MGH DD Otto II. 195. Digitalisat: [dead link]
- Source from 1998: Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen
- Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen - Döbeln
- Census 29 October 1946
- Census 31 August 1950
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