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|• Mayor||Robert Philipp (Ind.)|
|• Total||212.61 km2 (82.09 sq mi)|
|Elevation||53 m (174 ft)|
|• Density||28/km2 (71/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Until 1919, Fürstenberg was part of the former Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
The city lies at the southern edge of the Mecklenburg Lake District and is framed by the Röblinsee, Baalensee, and Schwedtsee lakes. The River Havel splits into several channels as it flows through the town, one of which contains a lock used by vessels navigating the river. The original town site was situated on an island between these channels.
Districts of Fürstenberg
Fürstenberg consists of 9 districts:
North from the center of the city 'Fürstenberg Palace' is located, which has been built between 1741 und 1752 by the architect Christoph Julius Löwe for Dorothea Sophie of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of Adolphus Frederick III, the Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. In World War I and World War II, the palace was used as a hospital.
Overrun by the Soviet Army in 1945, post-World War II they established the base of the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the Soviet Forces in Germany. In early 1959, three years before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the site was equipped with 6 of the R-5 Pobeda nuclear missiles, capable of launching from a mobile launcher from one of four tennis-court-sized sites capable of handling the larger R-12 Dvina. Similar sites were set up at Vogelsang, Zehdenick and Lychen (1xpad). After the withdrawal of the missiles in September 1959, the site returned to its original purpose as a tank army base.
Since the formation of the states (German Länder) in the GDR in 1990, Fürstenberg again belongs to the state of Brandenburg, and from 1993 became part of the newly formed district Oberhavel. The Russian Army troops were withdrawn from their former East German bases in 1994.
Sons and daughters of the city
- Martin Blumner (1827-1901), composer, conductor and musical theorist
- Walter Bartel (1904-1992), resistance fighter and historian
Connected to Fürstenberg
- Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), archaeologist, 1836-1841 Apprentice in Fürstenberg
- Otto Hammann (1852-1928), lawyer and presser, died in Fürstenberg
- Oskar Minkowski (1858-1931), physician, died in Fürstenberg
- Semyon Konstantinovich Kurkotkin (1917-1990), Marshal of the Soviet Union, commander of the 2. Armored Army in Fürstenberg
- Daniel Domscheit-Berg (born 1978), former speaker of the Unveiling Platform WikiLeaks, lives in Fürstenberg
- "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2015 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 2016.
- Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
Media related to Fürstenberg/Havel at Wikimedia Commons
- Official site (in German)