Königs Wusterhausen

Königs Wusterhausen (Lower Sorbian: Parsk) is a town in the Dahme-Spreewald district of the state of Brandenburg in Germany a few kilometers outside Berlin.

Königs Wusterhausen
Königs Wusterhausen Castle
Königs Wusterhausen Castle
Coat of arms of Königs Wusterhausen
Location of Königs Wusterhausen within Dahme-Spreewald district
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Königs Wusterhausen is located in Germany
Königs Wusterhausen
Königs Wusterhausen
Königs Wusterhausen is located in Brandenburg
Königs Wusterhausen
Königs Wusterhausen
Coordinates: 52°17′30″N 13°37′30″E / 52.29167°N 13.62500°E / 52.29167; 13.62500Coordinates: 52°17′30″N 13°37′30″E / 52.29167°N 13.62500°E / 52.29167; 13.62500
Subdivisions7 Ortsteile
 • Mayor (2021–29) Michaela Wiezorek
 • Total95.83 km2 (37.00 sq mi)
36 m (118 ft)
 • Total38,111
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
15537, 15711, 15751
15754, 15758
Dialling codes03375
Vehicle registrationLDS
View over Krüpellake


Geographical locationEdit

Königs Wusterhausen – or "KW" (German pronunciation: [ˈkaː ˈveː]) as it is often called locally – lies on the Notte canal and the river Dahme southeast of Berlin. Much further away to the west lies the state capital Potsdam.

Notte canal in Königs Wusterhausen

The abbreviation "KW" is also a reminder of the Königs Wusterhausen radio transmitter as "KW" is also the abbreviation for "Kilowatt" and "Kurzwelle" (German: "Shortwave")

Parts of townEdit

Königs Wusterhausen is the biggest town in the Dahme-Spreewald district. The municipal reforms in 2003 brought about seven amalgamations, since which time the communities of Zeesen, Kablow, Diepensee, Niederlehme, Senzig, Wernsdorf and Zernsdorf have belonged to Königs Wusterhausen, the town's land area has grown sixfold, and its population has doubled.


Königs Wusterhausen: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 5,033—    
1890 6,030+1.21%
1910 12,062+3.53%
1925 13,159+0.58%
1933 15,494+2.06%
1939 19,286+3.72%
1946 20,902+1.16%
1950 21,320+0.50%
1964 23,155+0.59%
1971 24,728+0.94%
1981 29,078+1.63%
1985 30,738+1.40%
1989 30,176−0.46%
1990 29,717−1.52%
1991 29,123−2.00%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1992 29,223+0.34%
1993 29,033−0.65%
1994 29,145+0.39%
1995 29,447+1.04%
1996 29,903+1.55%
1997 30,095+0.64%
1998 30,473+1.26%
1999 30,969+1.63%
2000 31,522+1.79%
2001 31,909+1.23%
2002 32,161+0.79%
2003 32,335+0.54%
2004 32,785+1.39%
2005 33,092+0.94%
2006 33,201+0.33%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2007 33,370+0.51%
2008 33,400+0.09%
2009 33,762+1.08%
2010 33,981+0.65%
2011 33,747−0.69%
2012 33,975+0.68%
2013 34,240+0.78%
2014 34,795+1.62%
2015 35,765+2.79%
2016 36,468+1.97%
2017 36,706+0.65%
2018 37,190+1.32%
2019 37,639+1.21%
2020 38,111+1.25%


In 1320, in connection with an investiture on 19 September, the place ("hus to wosterhusen") and the castle got their first known documentary mention. By 1400, the two were both a fiefdom held by the noble family of Schlieben. In 1500 the estate of Wendisch Wusterhausen was verified for the first time by the Schenken (a noble title) of Landberg zu Teupitz.

On 14 October 1669 Privy Councillor Friedrich von Jena acquired the castle and the village of Wendisch Wusterhausen. In early July 1683, Kurprinz Friedrich, later (1688) Elector Friedrich III, and later still (1701) King Frederick I of Prussia, acquired the castle and the village. In 1698, Kurprinz Friedrich Wilhelm was given the castle along with the attached estate as a gift by his father. In 1707, the Crown Prince and later King Frederick William I in Prussia founded his Company, the "Potsdam Giants". Between 1713 and 1718, the castle was remodelled as a hunting lodge, which his son Frederick II (Frederick the Great) despised. In 1718, the town, hitherto known as Wusterhausen, was given its current name, Königs Wusterhausen ("Königs" = "king's" in German).

Checking the radio transmitter tower, 1930

In 1862, novelist and poet Theodor Fontane visited Königs Wusterhausen for his Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg.

Since 1901, Königs Wusterhausen has been home to the Brandenburg School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Brandenburgische Schule für Blinde und Sehbehinderte), endowed by the Hamburg merchant Hermann Schmidt.

In 1920 came the launch of Germany's first radio transmitter, the Transmitter Königs Wusterhausen, and in 1935, Königs Wusterhausen was raised to town status. In 1937, Saint Elisabeth's Catholic Church was built and consecrated.

In 1938, the Berlin Autobahn ringroad – now Bundesautobahn 10 – was dedicated, and now serves cities and towns around Berlin, including Königs Wusterhausen. By now, the National Socialists were in power, and in 1944 they built a concentration camp for Jews and Poles at the railway goods station.

After the Second World War and until 1990, Königs Wusterhausen was in East Germany.

In 1972, the Central tower, the most prominent structure at the radio transmission facility at 243 m tall, collapsed. That same year, Germany's deadliest aviation accident occurred when an Ilyushin Il-62 crashed in Königs Wusterhausen, killing 156 people.



In Königs Wusterhausen, there is a Catholic parish as well as congregations of the Protestant church body named Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia. The oldest church in town is the village Wehrkirche (a church whose architecture contains typically military elements) in Deutsch Wusterhausen, built in the 13th century. In 1998 the Evangelical Königs Wusterhausen deanery (German: Kirchenkreis) merged in the Berlin-Neukölln deanery. The Protestant congregations in Königs Wusterhausen (KW), Deutsch Wusterhausen, Niederlehme, Senzig, Zeesen, and Zernsdorf (all components of KW) as well as that in Schenkendorf (a component of Mittenwalde), today make up the ecclesiastical Region 9.

The Catholic parish belongs to the Deanship of Köpenick-Treptow of the Archdiocese of Berlin.

Both communities have very active youth groups, the Evangelical Junge Gemeinde ("Young Community") and the Katholische Jugend ("Catholic Youth").

In January 2013, the Freie Baptistengemeinde Königs Wusterhausen was organized. They are located near the post office and hold weekly services as well as other Bible studies including "Jungschar" and a monthly "Jugendtreff".


City councilEdit

Königs Wusterhausen's council consists of 33 town councillors, with the mayor (Bürgermeister) as head.

  • PDS 10 seats
  • SPD 8 seats
  • CDU 7 seats
  • BB/UFL Free Voters (citizens' coalition) 4 seats
  • FDP/PUD 3 seats

(as of municipal elections on 26 October 2003)

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Königs Wusterhausen is twinned with:[3]

Culture and sightseeingEdit


Schloss in Königs Wusterhausen
Cross Church
Water tower
  • Königs Wusterhausen Hunting Lodge and Garden, known as Prussian King Frederick William favourite place to stay.
  • Kreuzkirche ("Cross Church"), begun in 1693, new glazing in 1949 with 3 choir windows and 4 ornamental round panes by Charles Crodel.
  • Neue Mühle ("New Mill") Canal lock (first documented in 1739), difference in levels: 1.50 m
  • Watertower (begun 1910, shut down 1965), now a café with beergarden and exhibition areas
  • 210-metre transmission mast (built 1925)


  • Königs Wusterhausen Transmission and Radio Technology Museum on the Funkerberg

Of the once great number of building works on the Funkerberg ("Transmitter Mountain"), only very little is preserved nowadays, as many transmission towers were dismantled for technical reasons after the Central Tower collapsed and fell on 15 November 1972. Today, only a 210-m-high mast and two small freestanding towers are to be found there. Along with the remaining buildings, this forms a technological monument.

Until 1999 this mast bore the transmitting antenna that served as the reserve antenna for the longwave stations at Zehlendorf bei Oranienburg and Donebach.

In 1994, a 67-m-high precast concrete cellular transmission tower was put up. It is today the only active transmitter on the Funkerberg.

The first attempts at transmissions were in 1908. On 22 December 1920, music and speech were transmitted wirelessly from the Funkerberg for the first time on "Welle 2400" – longwave. It went down in history as the German postal system's Christmas concert. Königs Wusterhausen is thus also said to be the cradle of German radio. The artists in that broadcast were, incidentally, postal employees. The initiative was German radio pioneer Hans Bredow's brainchild (for this and other groundbreaking work, he is considered the "Father of German Radio").

Until 1926, the popular Sonntagskonzerte ("Sunday Concerts") were broadcast. The station's studio was in the beginning a remodelled bathroom at the first broadcasting house on the Funkerberg.

Economy and infrastructureEdit


Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2020". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). June 2021.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
  3. ^ "Städtepartnerschaften". koenigs-wusterhausen.de (in German). Königs Wusterhausen. Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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