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Flag of the "village-republic" of Rüterberg (2004)

Rüterberg is a Stadtteil of Dömitz in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The community lies in the former East Germany on a portion of the Elbe River that formed part of the border with the former West Germany. By the end of the communist era, Rüterburg was surrounded by a wall that completely cut the community off from the rest of East Germany. From 1988 to 1989, the local residents, led by Hans Rasenberger, raised the idea of creating a free town, with the powers of establishing their own laws, breaking their ties with East Germany. The "Republic" was proclaimed by an assembly of 90 citizens on 8 November 1989, just a day before the fall of the Berlin wall. On 14 July 1991, the secretary of state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern acknowledged the right of the people of Rüterberg to use the title of Dorfrepublik (Village-Republic).[1][2]


  1. ^ "Tschüss DDR: Rüterberg wird Dorfrepublik" by Gisela Jaschik (German)
  2. ^ "10 Jahre Dorfrepublik Rüterberg" by Andreas Herzfeld (German)
City limit sign of Rüterberg

Coordinates: 53°09′N 11°11′E / 53.150°N 11.183°E / 53.150; 11.183