Dannenberg is a town in the district Lüchow-Dannenberg, in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated near the river Elbe, approx. 30 km north of Salzwedel, and 50 km south-east of Lüneburg. Dannenberg has a population of 8,147 inhabitants (December 2010).
Old town hall
|• Mayor||Günter Voß|
|• Total||76.31 km2 (29.46 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Dannenberg is located on the German Timber-Frame Road.
The actual history of the town began with the construction of the castle (first mentioned in 1153) during the rule of Volrad I, Count of Dannenberg (1153–1169), who had been given the task of settling and securing the territory by Duke Henry the Lion.
The Polabian Names for Dannenberg are Weidars and Woikam.
Dannenberg is twinned with:
- Łask, Poland, since 1999
- Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1579-1666)
- Johannes Schultz (1582-1653), composer
- Augustin Gottfried Ludwig Lentin, (1764-1823), writer and translator of works on chemistry and metallurgy
- Eleonore Prochaska (1785-1813), who died in Dannenberg, female soldier of Napoleonic Wars
- Theodor Körner (1791-1813), wrote in Dannenberg before Battle of the Göhrde the Federal song Before the battle
- Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866), important mathematician
- Harry Bresslau, (1848-1926), Jewish historian and diplomat, father in law of Albert Schweitzer
- Detlef Weigel (born 1961), development biologist
- Kai Fagaschinski (born 1974), jazz clarinetist and composer
- Nicolas Born (1937-1979), writer
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