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Altenburger Land
Altenburger Land
is a district in Thuringia, Germany. It is bounded by (from the west and clockwise) the district of Greiz, the Burgenlandkreis
Burgenlandkreis
(Saxony-Anhalt), and the districts Leipzig, Mittelsachsen
Mittelsachsen
and Zwickau in Saxony.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography 3 Coat of arms 4 Towns and municipalities 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The region on the Pleiße
Pleiße
River was part of a huge forest, where the Thuringii
Thuringii
formed the Thuringian Kingdom. After this was in 531 taken over by the Franks, Slavic people
Slavic people
were also moving in. Thuringians reestablished independent rule. The castle of Altenburg
Altenburg
already existed in the 10th century, it became an imperial seat. In the following centuries German settlers from other parts moved in. It was part of the Margravate of Meissen
Margravate of Meissen
in the 14th century. At this time most of the forests were cleared. The town of Altenburg
Altenburg
and the surrounding lands were the tiny Duchy of Saxe- Altenburg
Altenburg
from 1826 to 1918; afterwards it was a state within the Weimar Republic
Weimar Republic
for a short time, before it was dissolved in 1922 in order to join the Free State of Thuringia. The district in its present borders was established in 1922 under the name "Altenburg". In 1952 there was an administrative reform splitting the districts into two smaller units, called "Altenburg" and "Schmölln". They were merged again in 1994, but now under the name Altenburger Land. Geography[edit] Altenburger Land
Altenburger Land
is the easternmost district of Thuringia. It is a mainly agricultural region. The main river is the Pleiße, a tributary of the White Elster, crossing the district from south to north. The hilly Osterland
Osterland
constituting the northernmost foothills of the Ore Mountains slopes gently away to the plains of eastern Saxony-Anhalt. Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms displays:

The red rose from the arms of the city of Altenburg The lion, which was the symbol of the reeves of Plauen; they had great power in the region during the 14th and 15th centuries The black and gold stripes with the green ring was the coat of arms of the Saxon Wettin dynasty The red acorn symbolises the skat game, which was invented in Altenburg

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft-free towns and municipalities

Altenburg Gößnitz Lucka Meuselwitz Schmölln

Heyersdorf Nobitz Ponitz

Verwaltungsgemeinschaften

1. Altenburger Land

Altkirchen Dobitschen Drogen Göhren Göllnitz Lumpzig Mehna1 Starkenberg

2. Oberes Sprottental

Heukewalde Jonaswalde Löbichau Nöbdenitz1 Posterstein Thonhausen Vollmershain Wildenbörten

3. Pleißenaue

Fockendorf Gerstenberg Haselbach Treben1 Windischleuba

4. Rositz

Kriebitzsch Lödla Monstab Rositz1

5. Wieratal

Frohnsdorf Göpfersdorf Jückelberg Langenleuba-Niederhain1 Ziegelheim

1seat of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft

References[edit]

^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). January 2018. 

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Landkreis Altenburger Land.

External links[edit]

Official website (German, English, French)

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Urban and rural districts in the Free State of Thuringia
Thuringia
in Germany
Germany

Urban districts

Eisenach Erfurt Gera Jena Suhl Weimar

Rural districts

Altenburger Land Eichsfeld Gotha Greiz Hildburghausen Ilm-Kreis Kyffhäuserkreis Nordhausen Saale-Holzland-Kreis Saale-Orla-Kreis Saalfeld-Rudolstadt Schmalkalden-Meiningen Sömmerda Sonneberg Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis Wartburgkreis Weimarer Land

Coordinates: 51°0′N 12°25′E / 51.000°N 12.417°E / 51.000; 12.417

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 238135298 GND: 4682860-6 BNF:

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