Woltersdorf, Brandenburg

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Woltersdorf
New commune center with the town hall in the background
New commune center with the town hall in the background
Woltersdorf is located in Germany
Woltersdorf
Woltersdorf
Coordinates: 52°26′52″N 13°45′26″E / 52.44778°N 13.75722°E / 52.44778; 13.75722Coordinates: 52°26′52″N 13°45′26″E / 52.44778°N 13.75722°E / 52.44778; 13.75722
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictOder-Spree
Government
 • MayorWolfgang Höhne (Ind.)
Area
 • Total9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Elevation50 m (160 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total7,812
 • Density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes15569
Dialling codes03362
Vehicle registrationLOS
Websitewoltersdorf-schleuse.de
 
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Woltersdorf
New commune center with the town hall in the background
New commune center with the town hall in the background
Woltersdorf is located in Germany
Woltersdorf
Woltersdorf
Coordinates: 52°26′52″N 13°45′26″E / 52.44778°N 13.75722°E / 52.44778; 13.75722Coordinates: 52°26′52″N 13°45′26″E / 52.44778°N 13.75722°E / 52.44778; 13.75722
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictOder-Spree
Government
 • MayorWolfgang Höhne (Ind.)
Area
 • Total9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Elevation50 m (160 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total7,812
 • Density860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes15569
Dialling codes03362
Vehicle registrationLOS
Websitewoltersdorf-schleuse.de

Woltersdorf is a municipality in the Oder-Spree district in Brandenburg. It is often referred to as "near Berlin" (German: "bei Berlin") or "near Erkner" (German: "bei Erkner") as there are a number of other places bearing the same name in Germany.

Geography[edit]

The municipality is located at the three lakes Flakensee, Kalksee and the Bauernsee, between Schöneiche, the Berlin forest and Erkner.

Bordering municipalities[edit]

Woltersdorf borders (in clockwise direction, starting in north) on Rüdersdorf, Erkner, Berlin and Schöneiche.

History[edit]

Around 1240 14 farmer families settled on a bank. Today the church, the city hall and the "old school" (German "alte Schule") are located here, representing the Woltersdorf "downtown". The first residents were farmers and mariners. In 1319 Woltersdorf was first documented as Waltersdorf slawika. Waltersdorf means "the village from Walter". In 1375 Woltersdorf was first noted in the "Landbuch". Together with Rahnsdorf, it paid taxes for the castle of Köpenick.

In 1487 Berlin acquired Woltersdorf. Then in 1550 a lock was built between the Flakensee and the Kalksee, the same year the first church of Woltersdorf was built. Between 1618 till 1648 Woltesdorf was desolated (Thirty Years' War) and temporarily uninhabited. About 1886 a touristic observation tower is built on top of the Kranichsberge. It granted a great perspective from a height of 105 meters, and on clear days you were able to see the Berliner Fernsehturm. Inside the tower today is an exhibition "When Woltersdorf still was Hollywood" (German "Als Woltersdorf noch Hollywood war"). It recalls the 1920s, where Joe May shot famous movies (Das indische Grabmal (1920), Herrin der Welt (1919) and Der Tiger von Eschnapur). Today you are able to find remains of the movie scenery on site.

At the end of the 19th century the rail from Berlin to the east was finished. In the bordering commune of Woltersdorf, Erkner, a train station was built. Many Berlin people had their summer residence in Woltersdorf. Since 1913 a tramway has run between the lock and the S-Bahn station of Rahnsdorf.

Demography[edit]

At the time of the German reunification, 4,790 people lived in Woltersdorf. Since then, the population of Woltersdorf has risen from 6,800 (2001) to nearly 8,000 (2010). Today, Woltersdorf is the youngest commune in the Oder-Spree district. More than 12% of the population is younger than 15 years of age.

Woltersdorf:
Population development within the current boundaries
[2]
YearPopulation
1875728
18901 323
19102 517
19253 348
19335 146
19396 071
19465 765
19506 202
19646 156
19716 109
YearPopulation
19815 520
19855 318
19895 075
19904 902
19914 831
19924 824
19934 854
19944 865
19955 007
19965 216
YearPopulation
19975 655
19986 247
19996 645
20006 799
20017 003
20027 198
20037 390
20047 570
20057 564
20067 642
YearPopulation
20077 781
20087 831
20097 791
20107 802
20117 744
20127 812

Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.[3]

Politics[edit]

The City Council has 18 members, one however has not accepted his seat which remains vacant.

(Election 2008)

Famous Persons[edit]

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