Wandlitz is a municipality in the district of Barnim, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 25 km north of Berlin, and 15 km east of Oranienburg. The municipality was established in 2004 by merger of the nine villages Basdorf, Klosterfelde, Lanke, Prenden, Schönerlinde, Schönwalde [de], Stolzenhagen, Wandlitz and Zerpenschleuse.

Castle Dammsmühle in Schönwalde
Castle Dammsmühle in Schönwalde
Coat of arms of Wandlitz
Coat of arms
Location of Wandlitz within Barnim district
Wandlitz in BAR.png
Wandlitz is located in Germany
Wandlitz is located in Brandenburg
Coordinates: 52°45′00″N 13°26′59″E / 52.75000°N 13.44972°E / 52.75000; 13.44972Coordinates: 52°45′00″N 13°26′59″E / 52.75000°N 13.44972°E / 52.75000; 13.44972
Subdivisions9 Ortsteile mit je einem Ortsbürgermeister
 • MayorJana Radant
 • Total164.27 km2 (63.43 sq mi)
59 m (194 ft)
 • Total22,937
 • Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes033397
Vehicle registrationBAR

The communal government of the Great municipality has its seat in Wandlitz directly. It consists of deputies from the several parts of the commune and in accordance with the election results of the existing parties here.


The post-war influx of refugees from eastern regions led to a rise in the population. The population growth stagnated during the communist era. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the population began a rising tendency again.

YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 6,868—    
1890 7,474+0.57%
1910 8,793+0.82%
1925 9,309+0.38%
1933 11,069+2.19%
1939 13,163+2.93%
1946 15,674+2.53%
1950 16,180+0.80%
1964 15,851−0.15%
1971 16,415+0.50%
1981 14,762−1.06%
1985 14,560−0.34%
1989 14,607+0.08%
1990 14,194−2.83%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 14,125−0.49%
1992 14,278+1.08%
1993 14,935+4.60%
1994 15,179+1.63%
1995 15,744+3.72%
1996 16,086+2.17%
1997 16,625+3.35%
1998 17,236+3.68%
1999 17,905+3.88%
2000 18,494+3.29%
2001 18,859+1.97%
2002 19,159+1.59%
2003 19,525+1.91%
2004 19,987+2.37%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 20,463+2.38%
2006 20,760+1.45%
2007 21,065+1.47%
2008 21,237+0.82%
2009 21,530+1.38%
2010 21,704+0.81%
2011 20,775−4.28%
2012 20,945+0.82%
2013 21,212+1.27%
2014 21,656+2.09%
2015 22,095+2.03%
2016 22,363+1.21%
2017 22,585+0.99%
2018 22,937+1.56%


  • Wandlitzsee lake
  • The nearby lake of Liepnitzsee
  • The Agricultural Museum in Wandlitz-old village (Barnim Panorama)
  • The Steam Railway Museum in Basdorf (Heidekrautbahn-Museum)
  • The International Museum of Circus Performers in Klosterfelde (Internationales Artistenmuseum)
  • Several old churches
  • Beautiful lakes in the surrounding area such as Wandlitzsee, Liepnitzsee, Bogensee, Rahmersee, Stolzenhagener See
  • In the woods North East of the village Wandlitz is the small Bogensee with a former summer house of Joseph Goebbels, later part of the academy of the Free German Youth organization. Today the area belongs to the Berlin state forests and the buildings are to let.


  • Goldener Löwe Kulturbühne: regular concerts, cabaret, opera, poetry readings, and comedy events.
  • Studio of stained glass artist Annelie Grund
  • Studio of Biomech tattoo Artist Markus Lenhard also known as Lux Altera

Sport & LeisureEdit

  • Windsurfing school and board hire on Wandlitzsee lake
  • public beach and bathing area on Wandlitzsee
  • Horse-riding
  • 27-hole golf-course at nearby Prenden

Twin townsEdit


Wandlitz was first mentioned as Slavic Vandlice in a 1242 deed, when the Margraves of Brandenburg John I and Otto III sold it to the Lehnin Abbey. The word means men who live at the water. Situated on the Barnim plateau among woods and lakes it became a popular recreation area especially in the 20th century. Since 1901 the Heidekrautbahn railway line links Wandlitz with Berlin.

The townhouse in Wandlitz, former being a private hotel.

The name Wandlitz was and is also often used as a synonym for the nearby "Waldsiedlung" compound, where the highest East German functionaries lived removed from the general population. But this settlement is a part of the town Bernau.

Shortly after World War II, the village was home to an orphanage of children from Berlin. The orphanage, run by nuns, later became a holiday spot for visiting high-ranking Communist party members. The children of the small orphanage were frowned upon as second-class citizens by villagers, and often went hungry.

Pictures from Towns and Villages in Gemeinde WandlitzEdit


Wandlitz is situated at the junction of the Bundesstraße 109 to Berlin and the Bundesautobahn 10 (Berliner Ring) with the Bundesstraße 273 leading from Oranienburg to the Bundesautobahn 11. The NEB Heidekrautbahn links Wandlitz with the Berlin-Karow railway station on the Berlin S2 S-Bahn line. Wandlitz is known to be the home of the only existing Skoda Fabia that still uses a steam power engine. Alleged owner is Ernest B ("IM Siggi").


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

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