Wittenberg
Flag of Wittenberg
Coat of arms of Wittenberg
CountryGermany
StateSaxony-Anhalt
CapitalWittenberg
Area
 • Total1,929.89 km2 (745.13 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total124,185
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationWB, GHC, JE
Websitelandkreis-wittenberg.de

Wittenberg is a district (German: Kreis) in the east of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from west clockwise) Anhalt-Bitterfeld, the district-free city of Dessau-Roßlau, the districts of Potsdam-Mittelmark, Teltow-Fläming and Elbe-Elster in Brandenburg, and the district of Nordsachsen in the Free State of Saxony. Capital and largest city is Wittenberg, a UNESCO world heritage.

History

In 1994 the district was merged with the district of Jessen and a small part of the district of Gräfenhainichen. In 2007, 27 municipalities from the former district Anhalt-Zerbst were added to the district of Wittenberg.

Geography

The main rivers in the district are the Elbe and its tributary, the Schwarze Elster.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms show two swords which is the symbol of a field marshal in the Holy Roman Empire. This title was bestowed upon the counts of Saxony, who therefore added the symbol to their coat of arms. The center of the principality of Saxony was located in the area now covered by the district.

Towns and municipalities

The district of Wittenberg consists of the following towns:

  1. Annaburg
  2. Bad Schmiedeberg
  3. Coswig
  4. Gräfenhainichen
  5. Jessen (Elster)
  6. Kemberg
  7. Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
  8. Wittenberg
  9. Zahna-Elster

After the resolution of 6 October 2005, as part of municipal reform, the (then) 27 towns and municipalities of the former Verwaltungsgemeinschaften of Coswig and Wörlitzer Winkel, formerly in the Anhalt-Zerbst district, were assigned to Wittenberg district on 1 July 2007.

Sights

Media related to Landkreis Wittenberg at Wikimedia Commons

References

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2020" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). June 2021.

Coordinates: 51°48′N 12°41′E / 51.800°N 12.683°E / 51.800; 12.683