Bad Dürrenberg

Bad Dürrenberg is a spa town in the Saalekreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Saale, approx. 8 km southeast of Merseburg. It is known for its graduation tower, the largest one in Germany.

Bad Dürrenberg
Train station
Train station
Coat of arms of Bad Dürrenberg
Location of Bad Dürrenberg within Saalekreis district
Bad Dürrenberg in SK.png
Bad Dürrenberg is located in Germany
Bad Dürrenberg
Bad Dürrenberg
Bad Dürrenberg is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Bad Dürrenberg
Bad Dürrenberg
Coordinates: 51°17′N 12°4′E / 51.283°N 12.067°E / 51.283; 12.067Coordinates: 51°17′N 12°4′E / 51.283°N 12.067°E / 51.283; 12.067
 • Mayor (2015–22) Christoph Schulze[1] (CDU)
 • Total36.13 km2 (13.95 sq mi)
104 m (341 ft)
 • Total11,499
 • Density320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes03462
Vehicle registrationSK


The town of Bad Dürrenberg is located on the river Saale between the cities of Leipzig, Merseburg and Weißenfels. In the south of the town, the Ellerbach flows into the right side of the Saale.

Neighboring districtsEdit

The neighboring districts are Leuna to the north, Markranstädt in (Leipzig district) to the east, Lützen (Burgenlandkreis) to the south and, to the west, Weißenfels (Burgenlandkreis).

Town and hinterlandEdit

The following table shows the population of the town itself and those of the municipal divisions (Ortschaften) which were formerly independent municipalities.[3] Oebles-Schlechtewitz was absorbed into Bad Dürrenberg in 2008,[4] and Nempitz and Tollwitz in 2010.[5]

Town Population Areas  
Bad Dürrenberg 10,805 Bad Dürrenberg, Balditz, Goddula, Keuschberg, Kirchfährendorf, Lennewitz, Ostrau and Vesta
Nempitz 293 Nempitz
Oebles-Schlechtewitz 209 Oebles-Schlechtewitz
Tollwitz 1,175 Ellerbach, Kauern, Ragwitz, Teuditz, Tollwitz and Zöllschen

Events and FestivalsEdit

Each year on the last weekend of June the town has a festival held over a period of three days, which is known as Brunnenfest (Well Celebration).

Population developmentEdit

Historical population (from 1995 as of 31 December). Values since 2010 also include neighboring villages which were annexed by the town.

Year Inhabitants
1990 13,0081
1995 12,214
2000 11,902
2005 11,391
2006 11,287
2012 11,844

1 3 October

Bad Dürrenberg Borlach museum


  • Kurt Eckart (SPD), May–June 1945
  • Karl Herfurth (KPD), July 1945 – 1946
  • Paul Drese (SED), 1946-1947
  • Fritz Singer, 1948-1952
  • Kurt Boose, from 1951 (deputy)
  • Gerry Chisel (SED), from 1952 acting / Edmund Jatz
  • Martha Wessler (SED), 1953-1976
  • Liselotte Wehowski (SED), 1976-1986
  • Frank Klappach (SED), 1986-1988
  • Karin Zeisler (SED), 1988-1990
  • Thomas Heilmann (CDU), 1990-2001
  • Jürgen Elste (FDP), 2001-2008
  • Árpád Nemes (CDU), 2008-2015
  • Christoph Schulze (CDU), since 2015


Sons and daughters of the townEdit

SPD-Party convent 1990, Ibrahim Böhme
  • Ibrahim Böhme (1944–1999), politician
  • Lars-Broder Keil (born 1963), journalist and author
  • Andreas Ihle (born 1979), world champion and Olympic champion in canoe racing

Those associated with the townEdit


Twin towns – sister citiesEdit



  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen in den Gemeinden, Endgültige Ergebnisse, Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt, accessed 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2020" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ Hauptsatzung, Stadt Bad Dürrenberg, October 2019.
  4. ^ Gebietsänderungen vom 01.01. bis 31.12.2008, Statistisches Bundesamt
  5. ^ Gebietsänderungen vom 01. Januar bis 31. Dezember 2010, Statistisches Bundesamt