Michendorf

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Michendorf
Coat of arms of Michendorf
Coat of arms
Michendorf   is located in Germany
Michendorf
Michendorf
Location of Michendorf within Potsdam-Mittelmark district
Michendorf in PM.png
Coordinates: 52°18′N 13°01′E / 52.300°N 13.017°E / 52.300; 13.017Coordinates: 52°18′N 13°01′E / 52.300°N 13.017°E / 52.300; 13.017
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Potsdam-Mittelmark
Government
 • Mayor Reinhard Mirbach (CDU)
Area
 • Total 68.51 km2 (26.45 sq mi)
Elevation 45 m (148 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 12,271
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14552
Dialling codes 033205
Vehicle registration PM
Website www.michendorf.de

Michendorf is a municipality in the Potsdam-Mittelmark district, in Brandenburg, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Michendorf lies in a vast wooded area about nine kilometers south of Potsdam. The civil parishes ("Ortsteile") Fresdorf, Stücken and Wildenbruch lie in the Nature-Park Nuthe-Nieplitz. In the south the town adjacent to the Great Seddiner Lake and to the west by the Lienewitzer lakes.

The municipality is composed by Michendorf itself and fivecivil parishes. Population statistics are as of December 31, 2011:[2]

  • Fresdorf (293)
  • Langerwisch (1,823)
  • Michendorf (4,237)
  • Stücken (492)
  • Wildenbruch (1,845)
  • Wilhelmshorst (3,103)

Demography[edit]

Michendorf: Population development
within the current boundaries (2013)[3]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 1,766—    
1890 2,039+0.96%
1910 2,739+1.49%
1925 3,720+2.06%
1933 5,325+4.59%
1939 7,104+4.92%
1946 8,681+2.91%
1950 8,572−0.32%
1964 8,313−0.22%
1971 8,372+0.10%
1981 7,742−0.78%
1985 7,598−0.47%
1989 7,477−0.40%
1990 7,419−0.78%
1991 7,372−0.63%
1992 7,312−0.81%
1993 7,375+0.86%
1994 7,529+2.09%
1995 7,751+2.95%
1996 7,848+1.25%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1997 8,482+8.08%
1998 9,065+6.87%
1999 9,740+7.45%
2000 10,233+5.06%
2001 10,392+1.55%
2002 10,535+1.38%
2003 10,641+1.01%
2004 10,945+2.86%
2005 11,163+1.99%
2006 11,350+1.68%
2007 11,530+1.59%
2008 11,614+0.73%
2009 11,699+0.73%
2010 11,805+0.91%
2011 11,766−0.33%
2012 11,903+1.16%
2013 11,927+0.20%
2014 12,128+1.69%
2015 12,178+0.41%
2016 12,271+0.76%

History[edit]

Michendorf rail station, probably opened in 1879, placed on the cultural heritage list[further explanation needed] in 2012

During the Division of Germany (1945–90), Michendorf was in East Germany,[4] although only a few kilometers from West Berlin. The Michendorf rest stop was the last stop in East Germany for travelers driving into West Berlin, and a popular spot for East and West Germans to meet up with friends and family who lived on the other side of the Berlin Wall. Despite efforts by the Michendorf historical society, the rest stop was demolished in 2008.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Otto Böckel (1859–1923), politician notorious for exploiting anti-Semitism as a political issue, died in Michendorf.[6]
  • Karin Hübner (1936–2006), actress who grew up in Michendorf.[7]
  • Gerit Kling (born 1965), actress who grew up in Michendorf.
  • Kurt Kreuger (1916–2006), actor, was born in Michendorf, although he grew up in Switzerland.[8]
  • Bernhard Seeger (1927–1999), author, lived and worked in Michendorf.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2016 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 2016. 
  2. ^ (in German) Information from official website of Michendorf
  3. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
  4. ^ Marc Fischer (June 30, 1990). "E. GERMANS SAY 'AUF WIEDERSEHEN' TO LIFE AS THEY KNOW IT". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "End of the Road for Historic Rest Stop". Spiegel Online. July 17, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ Sabine Dietzsch (September 21, 1997). "Otto Böckel". Archiveschule Marburg. Retrieved March 19, 2017.  (in German)
  7. ^ Peter E. Müller (July 31, 2006). "Karin Hübner (1936-2006)". Die Welt (The World). Retrieved February 11, 2017.  (in German)
  8. ^ "Kurt Kreuger, 89, Actor in Many War Films, Dies". New York Times. July 31, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Ortsteil Stücken" [Areas of the Village]. Michendorf official website. Retrieved March 19, 2017.  (in German)

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