Lychen (German pronunciation: [ˈlyːçən]), also known as Flößerstadt (raftsman city), is a town in the Uckermark district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of Neustrelitz, and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) east of Fürstenberg/Havel. This is the town where the thumbtack was created.

Lychen
Church of Saint John
Church of Saint John
Coat of arms of Lychen
Coat of arms
Location of Lychen within Uckermark district
Lychen in UM.png
Lychen is located in Germany
Lychen
Lychen
Lychen is located in Brandenburg
Lychen
Lychen
Coordinates: 53°12′12″N 13°19′11″E / 53.203235°N 13.319617°E / 53.203235; 13.319617Coordinates: 53°12′12″N 13°19′11″E / 53.203235°N 13.319617°E / 53.203235; 13.319617
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictUckermark
Subdivisions4 Ortsteile
Government
 • MayorKarola Gundlach
Area
 • Total110.51 km2 (42.67 sq mi)
Elevation
60 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total3,178
 • Density29/km2 (74/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
17279
Dialling codes039888
Vehicle registrationUM
Websitewww.lychen.de

HistoryEdit

Historically, timber rafting was one of the most important sectors of the economy. The timber was built into rafts and used for building projects, and was also used to transport other goods. Lychen has a timber rafting museum, and tourists can travel by raft on the lake.

Flat-headed thumbtacks were invented in Lychen in 1903 by Johann Kirsten. His invention is celebrated in a memorial. At the beginning of the 20th century there were a number of small factories here manufacturing thumbtacks.

The Hohenlychen Sanatorium used by the Schutzstaffel during World War II, is located in the town.

DemographyEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 3,184—    
1890 3,359+0.36%
1910 3,919+0.77%
1925 4,828+1.40%
1933 4,662−0.44%
1939 5,261+2.04%
1946 4,981−0.78%
1950 5,053+0.36%
1964 4,452−0.90%
1971 4,490+0.12%
1981 4,205−0.65%
1985 4,209+0.02%
1989 4,118−0.54%
1990 4,114−0.10%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 4,060−1.31%
1992 4,290+5.67%
1993 4,299+0.21%
1994 4,154−3.37%
1995 4,122−0.77%
1996 4,118−0.10%
1997 4,064−1.31%
1998 4,073+0.22%
1999 4,015−1.42%
2000 3,966−1.22%
2001 3,989+0.58%
2002 3,967−0.55%
2003 3,943−0.60%
2004 3,943+0.00%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 3,905−0.96%
2006 3,805−2.56%
2007 3,729−2.00%
2008 3,626−2.76%
2009 3,571−1.52%
2010 3,527−1.23%
2011 3,257−7.66%
2012 3,150−3.29%
2013 3,114−1.14%
2014 3,109−0.16%
2015 3,135+0.84%
2016 3,222+2.78%
2017 3,207−0.47%

PhotogalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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