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Coat of arms of Pulsnitz
Coat of arms
Pulsnitz   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°10′54″N 14°0′47″E / 51.18167°N 14.01306°E / 51.18167; 14.01306Coordinates: 51°10′54″N 14°0′47″E / 51.18167°N 14.01306°E / 51.18167; 14.01306
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Bautzen
Municipal assoc. Pulsnitz
 • Mayor Peter Graff (FDP)
 • Total 26.72 km2 (10.32 sq mi)
Elevation 290 m (950 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 7,488
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 01896
Dialling codes 035955
Vehicle registration BZ
Website www.pulsnitz.de

Pulsnitz (Upper Sorbian: Połčnica) is a town in the district of Bautzen, in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the small river Pulsnitz, 11 km southwest of Kamenz, and 24 km northeast of the centre of Dresden.

Pulsnitz became famous for its Pfefferkuchen, a type of Lebkuchen, when in 1558 the bakers of Pulsnitz received permission to bake them. Today there are still eight Pfefferküchlereien bakeries. In 1745 the Pfefferküchler Tobias Thomas was known to be practising his craft in Pulsnitz as well as in Toruń in Poland, where the famous Thorner Kathrinchen were made. Pulsnitz is informally known as Pfefferkuchenstadt meaning "Gingerbread Town".

The first Protestant missionary to arrive in India, Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg was born in Pulsnitz on July 10, 1682.[2]


Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

Ernst Rietschel
  • 1682: Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg, first Protestant missionary and Indian linguist
  • 1804: Ernst Rietschel, one of the most important sculptors of his time
  • 1825: Julius Kühn, an important agricultural scientist, he founded the first agricultural institute to be taken seriously at a German university
  • 1897: Curt Haase, politician (NSDAP)
  • 1938: Klaus Staeck, graphic artist


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