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Stadtteil of Lützen
Dorfbild von Röcken.jpg
Röcken   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°14′27″N 12°6′58″E / 51.24083°N 12.11611°E / 51.24083; 12.11611Coordinates: 51°14′27″N 12°6′58″E / 51.24083°N 12.11611°E / 51.24083; 12.11611
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Burgenlandkreis
Town Lützen
 • Total 11.80 km2 (4.56 sq mi)
Elevation 122 m (400 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 610
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06686
Dialling codes 034444
Vehicle registration BLK

Röcken is a village and former municipality in the Burgenlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 July 2009, it has been part of the town of Lützen.

In 1844 philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born in the town, where his father was the pastor. The house where he was born still stands. Nietzsche is also buried in Röcken.

In 2006 the Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mining company disclosed plans to demolish the village to mine for coal, but their plan met with opposition from the "Coalition for Action" with the motto "future instead of lignite". In a public hearing, 64% of the residents voted against drilling on community-owned land. In April 2008, the plans were officially dropped.

Monument in the garden of Nietzsche's childhood home

Historical Population[edit]

from 1995 as of 31st December:

Year Population
1990 665 *
1995 618
2000 617
2005 611
2006 610

* 3 October

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