Wittenberg (district)

Wittenberg is a district (German: Kreis) in the east of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from west clockwise) Anhalt-Bitterfeld, the district-free city of Dessau-Roßlau, the districts of Potsdam-Mittelmark, Teltow-Fläming and Elbe-Elster in Brandenburg, and the district of Nordsachsen in the Free State of Saxony. The capital and largest city is Wittenberg, famous for its association with the influential religious reformer Martin Luther and containing a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2]

Flag of Wittenberg
Coat of arms of Wittenberg
 • Total1,929.89 km2 (745.13 sq mi)
 (31 December 2020)[1]
 • Total124,185
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationWB, GHC, JE


In 1994 the district was merged with the district of Jessen and a small part of the district of Gräfenhainichen. In 2007, 27 municipalities from the former district Anhalt-Zerbst were added to the district of Wittenberg.


The main rivers in the district are the Elbe and its tributary, the Schwarze Elster.

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms show two swords which is the symbol of a field marshal in the Holy Roman Empire. This title was bestowed upon the counts of Saxony, who therefore added the symbol to their coat of arms. The center of the principality of Saxony was located in the area now covered by the district.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

The district of Wittenberg consists of the following towns:

  1. Annaburg
  2. Bad Schmiedeberg
  3. Coswig
  4. Gräfenhainichen
  5. Jessen (Elster)
  6. Kemberg
  7. Oranienbaum-Wörlitz
  8. Wittenberg
  9. Zahna-Elster

After the resolution of 6 October 2005, as part of municipal reform, the (then) 27 towns and municipalities of the former Verwaltungsgemeinschaften of Coswig and Wörlitzer Winkel, formerly in the Anhalt-Zerbst district, were assigned to Wittenberg district on 1 July 2007.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Landkreis Wittenberg at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden – Stand: 31. Dezember 2020" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt Sachsen-Anhalt (in German). June 2021.
  2. ^ "Luther Memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Retrieved 3 July 2022.

Coordinates: 51°48′N 12°41′E / 51.800°N 12.683°E / 51.800; 12.683