Mittweida

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Mittweida
Coat of arms of Mittweida
Coat of arms
Mittweida   is located in Germany
Mittweida
Mittweida
Location of Mittweida within Mittelsachsen district
Mittweida in FG.png
Coordinates: 50°59′8″N 12°58′52″E / 50.98556°N 12.98111°E / 50.98556; 12.98111Coordinates: 50°59′8″N 12°58′52″E / 50.98556°N 12.98111°E / 50.98556; 12.98111
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Mittelsachsen
Municipal assoc. Mittweida
Government
 • Mayor Ralf Schreiber (CDU)
Area
 • Total 41.24 km2 (15.92 sq mi)
Elevation 288 m (945 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 14,907
 • Density 360/km2 (940/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 09648
Dialling codes 03727
Vehicle registration FG, BED, DL, FLÖ, HC, MW, RL
Website www.mittweida.de

Mittweida (German pronunciation: [mɪtˈvaɪda]) is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, in the Mittelsachsen district.

Geography[edit]

Mittweida is situated on the Zschopau River, 18 km north of Chemnitz, and 54 km west of Dresden. Embedded within the steep hills and valleys of the river and two smaller creeks, the town is green and picturesque.

Mittweida has a station on the Riesa–Chemnitz railway. A branch line, closed in 1997, served the industries in nearby Dreiwerden and Ringethal. Major roads are the state roads S200, S201, and S247, connecting the town with various federal roads and the motorway A4 which passes south-east of Mittweida.

History[edit]

The town was first mentioned in 1209. In 1286 it was known as civitas and oppidum.[2] Weaving of wool and linen were major occupations of the inhabitants in the Middle Ages, and after a spinning mill was founded in 1816, the town grew into one of the major textile-producing centers in Saxony of the 20th century. Mittweida was already a sizeable town in the mid-16th century, and despite having more inhabitants than Rochlitz, it had remained part of Amt and Amtshauptmannschaft Rochlitz for many years. In 1924 it became a separate urban district. During World War II, a subcamp of Flossenbürg concentration camp was located in Mittweida.[3] In 1946 the town was reintegrated into Landkreis Rochlitz and was transferred to Kreis Hainichen in 1952.[2] Landkreis Mittweida was formed from the districts Rochlitz and Hainichen in 1994, it was integrated into Landkreis Mittelsachsen in 2008.

Buildings and culture[edit]

Of interest are the Gothic church from the 15/16th century, the old town, the historic and technical museums and the nearby Kriebstein castle.

Mittweida is home to a University of Applied Sciences with about 5000 students. Founded in the late 19th century, it is known far beyond the Saxon borders. Among its students were August Horch, Walter Bruch, Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen, and Gerhard Neumann.

Mayors[edit]

  • 1960–1972 Günter Kluge (SED)
  • 1972–1988 Max Gerhard Imhof (SED)
  • 1988–1989 Hans Günter Beulich (SED)
  • 1990 Helene Gerda Wunderlich (SED)
  • 1990–2001 Bruno Rudolf Kny (CDU)
  • 2001–2015 Matthias Damm (CDU)
  • since 2015 Ralf Schreiber
Mittweida Marketplace

Notable citizens[edit]

Heinrich Gottlieb Tschirner

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2016] (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Mittweida in the Digital Historic Index of Places in Saxony (Digitales Historisches Ortsverzeichnis von Sachsen)
  3. ^ Christine O'Keefe. Concentration Camps
  4. ^ "Twin Towns". gabrovo.bg. Archived from the original on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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