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Coat of arms of Zeithain
Coat of arms
Zeithain   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 51°20′N 13°21′E / 51.333°N 13.350°E / 51.333; 13.350Coordinates: 51°20′N 13°21′E / 51.333°N 13.350°E / 51.333; 13.350
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Meißen
 • Mayor Hannes Berger
 • Total 81.49 km2 (31.46 sq mi)
Elevation 98 m (322 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,839
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 01619
Dialling codes 03525
Vehicle registration MEI
Website www.zeithain.de

Zeithain is a municipality in the district of Meißen, in Saxony, Germany.

Historically, it is known for the Zeithain Encampment (Zeithainer Zeltlager or Zeithainer Lustlager), which was a huge agglomeration of tents and troops, involving the whole 27,000-men-strong army of August the Strong. This event took place from 1 to 26 June 1730.[2]

During World War II a large prisoner-of-war camp, Stalag IV-B/H, was located in Zeithain. A memorial and museum commemorate it.[3]

Municipality subdivisions[edit]

Zeithain includes the following subdivisions:

  • Cottewitz
  • Gohlis
  • Jacobsthal
  • Kreinitz
  • Lorenzkirch
  • Moritz
  • Neudorf
  • Promnitz
  • Röderau-Bobersen
  • Zschepa


In June 2012 Ralf Hänsel was elected mayor.


Twin towns[edit]


  1. ^ "Aktuelle Einwohnerzahlen nach Gemeinden 2015] (Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2016. 
  2. ^ Holger Schuckelt: The Turkish Chamber: Oriental Splendour in the Dresden Armoury, Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-422-06914-5, p. 112
  3. ^ Memorial and History of Zeithain camp