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Grimma Stadt.jpg
Coat of arms of Grimma
Location of Grimma within Leipzig district
Grimma in L.svg
Grimma is located in Germany
Grimma is located in Saxony
Coordinates: 51°14′19″N 12°43′31″E / 51.23861°N 12.72528°E / 51.23861; 12.72528Coordinates: 51°14′19″N 12°43′31″E / 51.23861°N 12.72528°E / 51.23861; 12.72528
 • Mayor (2015–22) Matthias Berger[1]
 • Total217.38 km2 (83.93 sq mi)
128 m (420 ft)
 • Total28,149
 • Density130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes03437
Vehicle registrationL, BNA, GHA, GRM, MTL, WUR

Grimma (Upper Sorbian: Grima) is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Central Germany, on the left bank of the Mulde, 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Leipzig. Founded in c. 1170,[citation needed] it is part of the Leipzig district.


The town is in northern Saxony, 25 kilometres (16 miles) southeast of Leipzig and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south of Wurzen.


The river Mulde flows through the town, a significant section of which is situated in a floodplain. Massive floods in 2002 washed away the old Pöppelmannbrücke bridge and caused significant damage to buildings in the town. In the summer of 2013 there was further flood damage.

Destroyed Pöppelmannbrücke


  • Großbardau (merged with Grimma January 2006)
  • Döben
  • Hohnstädt
  • Höfgen
  • Beiersdorf
  • Kaditzsch
  • Schkortitz
  • Naundorf
  • Neunitz
  • Grechwitz
  • Dorna
  • Kleinbardau (merged with Grimma January 2006)
  • Bernbruch (merged with Grimma 2006)
  • Waldbardau (merged with Grimma 2006)
  • Nerchau (merged with Grimma 2011)
  • Thümmlitzwalde (merged with Grimma 2011)
  • Großbothen (merged with Grimma 2011)
  • Mutzschen (merged with Grimma 1 January 2012)


Grimma is of Sorbian origin and was first documented in 1065.[citation needed] The Margraves of Meissen and the Electors of Saxony often resided at the castle in the town.

The town was chosen as one of three government elite boarding schools, the 'Princely Schools of Saxony', in 1550. The purpose of these schools was to educate future civil servants and to prepare them for further studies at universities which is why a number of historical personalities are biographically related to this rather small town. The Gymnasium St. Augustine still exists today as one of only a few public boarding schools in Saxony.

Grimma was the scene of witch trials between 1494–1701. At least two women were executed as witches.[3]

Due to the town being located at the second main railway line between Leipzig and Dresden (via Meissen), the town developed well in the 19th century.

By 1890 the population had reached 8,957.[4]

The town was affected by heavy flooding in 2013. Work had by this time started on the construction of flood barriers, but their completion had been delayed by local opposition [5]

In 2017, the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference held their international, triennial convention in Grimma.[6]


Grimma has been the site of many historic structures, including a town hall dating from 1442, a famous school (the Fürstenschule) erected on the site of a former Augustinian monastery in 1550, and a school of brewing.[7]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Datteln is twinned with:[8]

Notable people[edit]



  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen 2015, Freistaat Sachsen, accessed 12 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ Manfred Wilde: Die Zauberei- und Hexenprozesse in Kursachsen. Köln, Weimar, Wien 2003, S. 508f.
  4. ^ The Century Cyclopaedia of Names, coordinated by Benjamin E Smith and published by the De Vinne Press, New York 1894
  5. ^ 2013: Versäumter Hochwasserschutz: "Diese Flut kommt vier Jahre zu früh"
  6. ^ "REFORMATION - then and now" (PDF). Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  7. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Grimma" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 602–603; see page 602, lines seven and eight. There are also a modern school, a teachers’ seminary, a commercial school and a school of brewing.
  8. ^ "Partnerstädte". (in German). Grimma. Retrieved 2021-03-10.

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