Michendorf

Michendorf is a municipality in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg, Germany.

Michendorf
Coat of arms of Michendorf
Location of Michendorf within Potsdam-Mittelmark district
Michendorf in PM.png
Michendorf is located in Germany
Michendorf
Michendorf
Michendorf is located in Brandenburg
Michendorf
Michendorf
Coordinates: 52°18′N 13°01′E / 52.300°N 13.017°E / 52.300; 13.017Coordinates: 52°18′N 13°01′E / 52.300°N 13.017°E / 52.300; 13.017
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictPotsdam-Mittelmark
Subdivisions6 Ortsteile
Government
 • Mayor (2019–27) Claudia Nowka[1]
Area
 • Total68.51 km2 (26.45 sq mi)
Elevation
45 m (148 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total13,278
 • Density190/km2 (500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
14552
Dialling codes033205
Vehicle registrationPM
Websitewww.michendorf.de

GeographyEdit

Michendorf lies in a vast wooded area about nine kilometers south of Potsdam. The civil parishes ("Ortsteile") Fresdorf, Stücken and Wildenbruch lie in the Nature-Park Nuthe-Nieplitz. In the south the town adjacent to the Great Seddiner Lake and to the west by the Lienewitzer lakes.

The municipality is composed by Michendorf itself and fivecivil parishes. Population statistics are as of December 31, 2011:[3]

  • Fresdorf (293)
  • Langerwisch (1,823)
  • Michendorf (4,237)
  • Stücken (492)
  • Wildenbruch (1,845)
  • Wilhelmshorst (3,103)

DemographyEdit

Michendorf: Population development
within the current boundaries (2020)[4]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 1,766—    
1890 2,039+0.96%
1910 2,739+1.49%
1925 3,720+2.06%
1939 7,104+4.73%
1950 8,572+1.72%
1964 8,313−0.22%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1971 8,372+0.10%
1981 7,742−0.78%
1985 7,598−0.47%
1990 7,419−0.48%
1995 7,751+0.88%
2000 10,233+5.71%
2005 11,163+1.75%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2010 11,805+1.12%
2015 12,178+0.62%
2016 12,271+0.76%
2017 12,437+1.35%
2018 12,726+2.32%
2019 13,134+3.21%
2020 13,278+1.10%

HistoryEdit

 
Michendorf railway station, probably opened in 1879

During the Division of Germany (1945–90), Michendorf was in East Germany,[5] although only a few kilometers from West Berlin. The Michendorf rest stop was the last stop in East Germany for travelers driving into West Berlin, and a popular spot for East and West Germans to meet up with friends and family who lived on the other side of the Berlin Wall. Despite efforts by the Michendorf historical society, the rest stop was demolished in 2008.[6]

Notable residentsEdit

  • Otto Böckel (1859–1923), politician notorious for exploiting anti-Semitism as a political issue, died in Michendorf.[7]
  • Karin Hübner (1936–2006), actress who grew up in Michendorf.[8]
  • Gerit Kling (born 1965), actress who grew up in Michendorf.
  • Kurt Kreuger (1916–2006), actor, was born in Michendorf, although he grew up in Switzerland.[9]
  • Bernhard Seeger (1927–1999), author, lived and worked in Michendorf.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Landkreis Potsdam-Mittelmark Wahl der Bürgermeisterin / des Bürgermeisters, accessed 2 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2020". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). June 2021.
  3. ^ (in German) Information from official website of Michendorf
  4. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
  5. ^ Marc Fischer (June 30, 1990). "E. GERMANS SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' TO LIFE AS THEY KNOW IT". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "End of the Road for Historic Rest Stop". Spiegel Online. July 17, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  7. ^ Sabine Dietzsch (September 21, 1997). "Otto Böckel". Archiveschule Marburg. Retrieved March 19, 2017. (in German)
  8. ^ Peter E. Müller (July 31, 2006). "Karin Hübner (1936-2006)". Die Welt (The World). Retrieved February 11, 2017. (in German)
  9. ^ "Kurt Kreuger, 89, Actor in Many War Films, Dies". New York Times. July 31, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Ortsteil Stücken" [Areas of the Village]. Michendorf official website. Archived from the original on December 31, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2017. (in German)

See alsoEdit