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Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms of Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Elbe-Elster
Elevation
86 m (282 ft)
Population
 (2019-12-31)
 • Total 9,140
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
04924
Dialling codes 035341
Vehicle registration EE, FI, LIB
Website www.badliebenwerda.de

Bad Liebenwerda is a spa town in the Elbe-Elster district, in southwestern Brandenburg, Germany. It is on the river Schwarze Elster, 57 km northwest of Dresden, and 28 km east of Torgau.

History

The first written mention is from 1231 as Lievenwerde. The meaning of the name is Liev, or Lieb for life or loveley, and -werde from werda means island, high place in a wather. In the document of 1231 is also mentioned an Otto of Ileburg, Vogt of Lievenwerde, and a Plebanus Walterus, a priest. Liebenwerda had a Water castle with a Keep called Lubwarttower. the first mention as Liebenwerda as a city is from 1304. Liebenwerda was part of the Electorate of Saxony and Kingdom of Saxony till 1815. In reason of the Congress of Vienna the area became part of the Kingdom of Prussia as district Liebenwerda. Since 1905 has Liebenwerda a spa clinical, since 1925 has Liebenwerda the word Bad as a part of the name.

Culture and architecture

Bad Liebenwerda is home of the Gothic church of St. Nikolai. The tower of the church was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century after lightning struck the tower and caused a fire. The Lubwarttower (Lubwartturm) is the oldest building in town. The tower was built around 1207 as part of the water castle. Next to this tower is the museum with an exposition about Carl Heinrich Graun and his brothers. Also is there an exposition about Marionettes, other puppets and the puppet-players of south-east of Germany. Bad Liebenwerda has a beautiful little park.

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