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Market place and St Andrew's
Market place and St Andrew's
Flag of Teltow
Coat of arms of Teltow
Coat of arms
Teltow   is located in Germany
Location of Teltow within Potsdam-Mittelmark district
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Coordinates: 52°24′8″N 13°16′14″E / 52.40222°N 13.27056°E / 52.40222; 13.27056Coordinates: 52°24′8″N 13°16′14″E / 52.40222°N 13.27056°E / 52.40222; 13.27056
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Potsdam-Mittelmark
 • Mayor Thomas Schmidt (SPD)
 • Total 21.54 km2 (8.32 sq mi)
Elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 25,667
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14513
Dialling codes 03328
Vehicle registration PM

Teltow [German pronunciation: ['tɛltoː] (About this sound listen)] is a town in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg, Germany.


Teltow is part of the agglomeration of Berlin. The distance to the Berlin city centre is 17 km (11 mi), while the distance to Potsdam is 15 km (9.3 mi).

The Teltow Canal links the River Havel near the city of Potsdam with the River Dahme near Köpenick in Berlin's eastern suburbs. It passes immediately to the north of Teltow, forming the border between Brandenburg and Berlin.

The central Teltow Stadt railway station is part of the Berlin S-Bahn line S 25. Teltow railway station is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the south-east and is served by RegionalExpress lines 3, 4 and 5.

Protected specialty[edit]

Teltow turnips

Teltow turnips are a well known regional specialty; however, yield, homogeneity and handling properties are sub-optimal. Since 1993 they have been registered as a trademark.


The settlement was first mentioned in a 1265 deed issued by Margrave Otto III of Brandenburg. It received its name from the eponymous plateau, a moraine of the last glacial period. Teltow was formerly known for the Teltower Rübchen (Brassica rapa ssp. rapa f. teltowiensis), a special type of turnip quite popular in the 18th and 19th century. The main sight of the town is the Protestant St Andrew's fieldstone church of the 12th century rebuilt in 1812 according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It was depicted by Lyonel Feininger in his 1918 painting Teltow II.

Teltow shared its borders with the former West Berlin, and so during the period 1961-1990 it was separated from it by the Berlin Wall.

The present municipality was established in 1994 by the merger of Teltow and the village of Ruhlsdorf which lies just to the southwest. It has seen a major increase of population since the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification. In 2005, German painter Markus Lüpertz installed his studio of sculpture at Teltow.


Teltow: Population development
within the current boundaries (2013)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 2,771—    
1890 3,364+1.30%
1910 4,943+1.94%
1925 6,281+1.61%
1933 9,343+5.09%
1939 13,309+6.07%
1946 12,087−1.37%
1950 12,864+1.57%
1964 13,974+0.59%
1971 16,179+2.12%
1981 15,809−0.23%
1985 15,355−0.73%
1989 15,966+0.98%
1990 15,661−1.91%
1991 15,666+0.03%
1992 15,584−0.52%
1993 15,478−0.68%
1994 15,567+0.58%
1995 15,576+0.06%
1996 15,488−0.56%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1997 16,021+3.44%
1998 16,593+3.57%
1999 17,343+4.52%
2000 17,938+3.43%
2001 18,445+2.83%
2002 18,841+2.15%
2003 19,188+1.84%
2004 19,541+1.84%
2005 19,972+2.21%
2006 20,315+1.72%
2007 20,658+1.69%
2008 21,226+2.75%
2009 21,904+3.19%
2010 22,538+2.89%
2011 22,716+0.79%
2012 23,449+3.23%
2013 24,031+2.48%
2014 24,609+2.41%
2015 25,483+3.55%
2016 25,667+0.72%


Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtverordnetenversammlung) as of 2008 elections:

International relations[edit]

Teltow is twinned with:


Since February 2005 Teltow has access to the Berlin S-Bahn network at Teltow Stadt station, which is at the end of the Berlin-Lichterfelde Süd–Teltow Stadt railway.

Via sections of the Expressway Potsdam-Schönefeld it is linked to the Potsdam city center as well as the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport.


Honorary citizens[edit]

The honorary citizenship of the town of Teltow was awarded to the following persons:

  • 1906: Ernst von Stubenrauch (1853-1909), district councilor of the district of Teltow from 1885-1908; did much to improve the regional infrastructure
  • 1934: Wilhelm Kube (1887-1943), high official in Brandenburg-Berlin
  • 1936: Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945), politician in the time of National Socialism, withdrawn in 2014 by resolution of the town council
  • 1956: Erich Correns (1896-1981), chemist, then director of the Institute for Fiber Research of the German Academy of Sciences in Teltow
  • 1968: Albert Wiebach (1893-1974), first mayor of Teltow after the end of the Second World War
  • 1975: Konstantin Fyodorovich Chika, one of the first Red Army soldiers to reach Teltow at the end of the Second World War; in a shell attack, he was seriously injured in Teltow and lost an eye
  • 2017: Jason "Jigsaw" Teltow, An American TV personality and horror host, Who s ancestry and name sake is from Teltow Germany

In January 2014, the honorary citizenship for Joseph Goebbels and Wilhelm Kube was withdrawn.

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

  • Erich Koschny (1846-1875), publisher and bookseller
  • Günther Feustel (1924-2011), author of children's and youth literature
  • Wolfgang Hegemeister (born 1924), former leader and co-founder of the German Forest Youth
  • Harry Zedler (born 1946), football player in the GDR, played three years for the 1. FC Union Berlin in the GDR-Oberliga

Other personalities[edit]

  • Erich Correns (1896-1981), chemist and President of the National Council of the National Front of the GDR
  • Peter Brock (1916-1982), children's and youth book author of the GDR, lived from 1960 until his death 1982 in the local part Seehof
  • Markus Lüpertz (born 1941), painter and sculptor, has his studio in Teltow[3]


External links[edit]

Media related to Teltow at Wikimedia Commons