Ludwigsfelde

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Ludwigsfelde
Ahrensdorf Ludwigsfelde Feuerwache.JPG
Coat of arms of Ludwigsfelde
Coat of arms
Ludwigsfelde   is located in Germany
Ludwigsfelde
Ludwigsfelde
Coordinates: 52°17′59″N 13°16′00″E / 52.29972°N 13.26667°E / 52.29972; 13.26667Coordinates: 52°17′59″N 13°16′00″E / 52.29972°N 13.26667°E / 52.29972; 13.26667
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Teltow-Fläming
Government
 • Mayor Frank Gerhard (SPD)
Area
 • Total 109.30 km2 (42.20 sq mi)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 23,852
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14974
Dialling codes 03378
Vehicle registration TF
Website www.ludwigsfelde.de

Ludwigsfelde is a town in the north of the district Teltow-Fläming in Brandenburg.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The town is located south of Berlin in the district Teltow-Fläming on the plateau of Teltow. In earlier times, it was part of the district Zossen.

Parts of the town[edit]

Genshagen Palace

Since 1997/2003 the following villages are part of the city:

Demography[edit]

Ludwigsfelde:
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
[2]
Year Population
1875 2 979
1890 3 188
1910 3 548
1925 3 856
1933 3 835
1939 7 110
1946 10 451
1950 10 221
1964 15 440
1971 19 912
Year Population
1981 23 380
1985 24 830
1989 25 481
1990 24 817
1991 24 328
1992 24 340
1993 23 609
1994 23 551
1995 23 590
1996 23 674
Year Population
1997 23 694
1998 23 834
1999 24 061
2000 24 183
2001 24 303
2002 24 155
2003 24 164
2004 24 260
2005 24 273
2006 24 371
Year Population
2007 24 177
2008 24 179
2009 23 992
2010 24 044
2011 23 769
2012 23 852
2013 23 956

History[edit]

Town hall, inaugurated in 1996, with sculpture Stundeneiche
Heinrich-Heine-Monument, created by the sculptor Waldemar Grzimek, unveiled in 1956 (poets quarter/Dichterviertel)

The first settlement in the main town took place at 1750 under Frederick II of Prussia; several villages already existed in the 13th century (Gröben 1170). Ludwigsfelde has been classified as a town since 1965.

Culture and places of interest[edit]

Sport[edit]

Ludwigsfelde is one of the sister towns of football club, Hertha BSC Berlin. The Ludwigsfelder Football Club played in the Oberliga Nord/Ost in 2005/2006. The Ludwigsfelder Handball Club have been promoted to the Regionalliga.

There are also German champions in cycle ball and model gliding.

On 7 August 2005, a marathon was run during the European Speed Skating Championships.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

In 1936 Daimler-Benz Motoren GmbH was founded with a new factory at Genshagen / Ludwigsfelde. The factory made Daimler-Benz DB 600 series aircraft engines until 1945, when the USAAF bombed the plant and then what plant had survived the bombing was removed and taken to the Soviet Union as war reparations. In 1952 the factory was refounded as the VEB Industriewerke Ludwigsfelde, which made various products including heavy machinery and Multicar small trade vehicles. For a brief period the plant made Pirna jet engines for the ill-fated Dresden 152 airliner. For more than a decade, 1954–65, it made IWL motor scooters, including the SR 59 Berlin (1956–59).

In 1965 the plant was enlarged and converted to build IFA trucks. When completed, the new production complex was the largest in the DDR. From 1965 the plant built IFA W50 five-tonne trucks, and from 1988 it made the larger L60 six-tonne trucks as well. Production collapsed after the DDR adopted the Deutsche Mark in July 1990. Daimler-Benz took a minority share in the plant in 1991 and complete ownership in 1994. In the 1990s the factory made T2 and Vario vans, and then at the end of the decade DaimlerChrysler modernised the plant to produce the Mercedes-Benz Vaneo. Since 2006 the plant has made Mercedes Sprinter vans and major components for Volkswagen Crafter vans.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Ludwigsfelde at Wikimedia Commons