Church in Falkenberg/Elster
|• Mayor||Herold Quick (SPD)|
|• Total||81.80 km2 (31.58 sq mi)|
|Elevation||86 m (282 ft)|
|• Density||78/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
It was first mentioned in 1251. In 1547 the Battle of Mühlberg was decided in the vicinity of Falkenberg when the Saxon prince-elector Johann Friedrich I. was taken prisoner. The village itself remained of low importance until the 19th century. The manor changed hands several times, until it was bought by the municipality in 1911. In 1848, Falkenberg (Elster) station was opened on the railway Jüterbog–Röderau railway. The Halle–Cottbus railway was opened in 1872 and crossed the former at Falkenberg which became a major junction and grew considerably. Industry and businesses were established, including a power station. World War II caused major destruction. In 1962 Falkenberg was awarded town privileges. The coat of arms reflects the major branches of economy in the town: energy supply, railway, and agriculture.
Large numbers of derelict steam locomotives are stored at an old railway depot just to the north-east.
Sons and daughters of the cityEdit
- Ernst Hildebrand (1833-1924), painter
- Emil Winkler (1835-1888), engineer
- Lothar Schneider (born 1943), cartoonist
- Robert Zickert (born 1990), footballer
Other personalities associated with the cityEdit
- Steffen Blochwitz (born 1967), cyclist
- "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
- Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
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