Waldenburg, Saxony

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The pottery town of Waldenburg lies in the valley of the Zwickauer Mulde. The environment is characterized by forest areas, river meadows and the hilly landscape of the Erzgebirge foothills.

Waldenburg
Waldenburg Castle
Waldenburg Castle
Coat of arms of Waldenburg
Location of Waldenburg within Zwickau district
Waldenburg in Z.svg
Waldenburg is located in Germany
Waldenburg
Waldenburg
Waldenburg is located in Saxony
Waldenburg
Waldenburg
Coordinates: 50°52′33″N 12°35′59″E / 50.87583°N 12.59972°E / 50.87583; 12.59972Coordinates: 50°52′33″N 12°35′59″E / 50.87583°N 12.59972°E / 50.87583; 12.59972
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictZwickau
Municipal assoc.Waldenburg
Subdivisions7
Government
 • Mayor (2015–22) Bernd Pohlers[1]
Area
 • Total25.07 km2 (9.68 sq mi)
Elevation
254 m (833 ft)
Population
 (2020-12-31)[2]
 • Total4,059
 • Density160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
08396
Dialling codes037608
Vehicle registrationZ, GC, HOT, WDA
Websitewww.waldenburg.de

Waldenburg was founded around 1254 and first documented in 1336 as the town of "Waldinberg". The German settlement of the area that later became Waldenburg began with the founding of the monastery in Remse in 1143. The construction of Waldenburg Castle took place between 1165 and 1172. It was built as a security post on the salt trade route at the Mulden crossing.

The streets, buildings and remains of the town wall in the upper town still show Walsenburg's roots in the Middle Ages. A look into the multi-story cellar systems of the upper town reveal even more evidence of this.

Walsenburg's pottery tradition has been strong for 700 years. Friedrich XI of Schönburg-Waldenburg awarded the Waldenburg potters their first letter of guild in 1388. Salt-glazed Waldenburg stoneware became very famous throughout Europe in the late Middle Ages.

Neighborhood municipalities are Callenberg, the city of Glauchau and Limbach-Oberfrohna, Oberwiera and Remse as well as Göpfersdorf, Jückelberg and Ziegelheim.

SubdivisionsEdit

The town of Waldenburg consists of the following subdivisions:

  • Waldenburg
  • Dürrenuhlsdorf
  • Franken
  • Niederwinkel
  • Oberwinkel
  • Schlagwitz
  • Schwaben

AttractionsEdit

The town is famous for pottery and for the Grünfelder Park, an English-style park.

Other famous attraction are:

  • Naturalienkabinett (museum of natural produce)
  • Heimatmuseum (museum of local history)
  • The castle of Schönburg-Waldenburg

European Grammar SchoolEdit

The European Grammar School (German: Europäisches Gymnasium Waldenburg) is a private language school, established in 1994. The building was built in 1844 as a "Lehrerseminar" (School for teachers). Karl May was one of the famous students.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bürgermeisterwahlen 2015, Freistaat Sachsen, accessed 13 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen nach Gemeinden am 31. Dezember 2020". Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). June 2021.

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