The Elbe-Elster district is a district in the south of the state of Brandenburg. It marks the Elbe- Elster- country and part of Lower Lusatia. The northern circuit parts, especially the city Schoenewalde, do not have shares in the flaming.

  • 2.1 county history
  • 2.2 Demographics
  • 3.1 District Administrators
  • 3.2 Kreistag
  • 3.3 Coat of Arms
  • 3.4 official seal
  • 3.5 flag
  • 4.1 Regular Festivals and Events
  • 4.2 Museums
  • 4.3 Historical Monuments
  • 6.1 Periodicals


The county can be geographically divided into three parts:

  • The Elbe- Elster- land in the west and south
  • The western part of Lower Lusatia in eastern
  • The southern edge of Low flaming in the far north

The Elbe -Elster country is relatively sharply demarcated by the two eponymous rivers, with all your flow and tributaries, as distinct from the rest of lowland district. Southeast of Schlieben begins with the circle parts Doberlug -Kirchhain and Finsterwalde the western part of Lower Lusatia. The places north of Schweinitzer flow be counted directly to the flaming, while the southern extracts still pass into the country and dominate the villages in cultural history. Called here are particular areas of the city Schoenewalde and northern communities in the Official Schlieben.


The district is located in the south of Brandenburg. In addition to the Prignitz he is the only Brandenburg circle ( with the city Miihlberg ) lies on the Elbe. The other two eponymous rivers are Schwarze Elster, which flows through the south and west of the county, and the Kleine Elster, which crosses the center of the county from northeast to southwest.

Neighboring districts are in the north- west of Saxony- Anhalt Wittenberg district, in the north, the counties Teltow -Flaming and Dahme -Spreewald, to the east of the Oberspreewald -Lausitz, south of the Saxon administrative district of Meißen and to the west the district of North Saxony.

The total area of the district is 1889 km ², of which 972 km ² agricultural, 673 km ² forest economically, and used 66 km ² as buildings and open space ( as at 31 December 2005). The geographical center of the county lies north of Tröbitz, 2011 was determined and a column near the center at 51 ° 36'51, 0 - O marked " N 13 ° 25'32, 6".

Towns and villages of the district

→ See also: List of places in the Elbe -Elster

After the municipal reform in 2003, the district still includes 33 municipalities, including eleven cities. In brackets the number of inhabitants on 31 December 2012

Cities ¹ amt nationals city

Official Free community

Offices and associated communities ( The seat of the Office Administration * )

1 Elsterland ( 4852 )

2 Small Magpie ( Lower) ( 5824 )

3 Plessa ( 6531 )

4 Schlieben ( 5609 )

5 Schradenland ( 4767 )


County history

→ See also: Elbe -Elster country

The Elbe-Elster district was formed on 6 December 1993 as part of the district reform in Brandenburg from the former (country ) circles Finsterwalde, bathroom Liebenswerda and Herzberg, without the community Schoena - Kolpien the Office Dahme / Mark.

On 25 May 2009, the county received the loaned by the federal government entitled " City of Diversity".


The following overview shows the population development of the district Elbe- Elster (population 1990 of 3 October, from 1991, each December 31 of the year ). All figures are according to the respective territorial status (1990 to 1992 area the 6 December 1993).

Population development in the current territorial status and forecasts

Forecast of population development

Forecast age structure


District administrators


The 50 seats in the district council groups since the election on September 28, 2008 follows on the individual parties and groups:

In the district council, the following groups have formed: CDU (14 members), SPD/Grüne/Bü90 (11 members ) The Left (10 members), WG LUN/BVB/50Plus (7 members), FDP / UWG EE / BfF (5 members). There are three non-attached the DVU.

The fractions of the CDU, FDP and SPD/Grüne/Bü90 / UWG EE / BfF form a coalition. This includes 30 of the 50 seats.

Coat of arms

The Elbe-Elster district has been awarded the right to bear a coat of arms on 24 April 1995.

Blazon: "In the quartered shield front nine divided up by gold and black, back in silver a gold reinforced back looking red bull; down the front of a gold rotbewehrter and langued, erect black lion, the back nine divided by red and silver. "

In the gold reinforced retrospective red bull is the bull niederlausitzischen (also Luckauer bull). When rotbewehrten and rotgezungten, erect black lion at the Meissen lions. Both go together in the same direction, watchful on all sides. The black and gold stripes date back to the Duchy of Saxe -Wittenberg of the late 12th century. The red and silver stripes stand for the Brandenburg coat of arms since 1815, the Saxon offices Doberlug and Finsterwalde, as well as the caste domination Sonnenwalde, which was under Saxon suzerainty, 1815, the Province of Brandenburg in the circle Luckau for Lower Lusatia, who to the 15th century already belonged to, were supplied divided.

The coat of arms of the offices, cities and towns of the district can be found in the list of the coat of arms in the Elbe-Elster district.

Official seal


Culture and sights

Regular festivals and events

  • Roth Steiner rock hard
  • Schliebener Moienmarkt
  • Finsterwalder Song Festival
  • Spring Festival Elsterwerda
  • Zoo festival ( Herzberg / Elster)
  • Herzberger telescope meeting
  • Big Herzberger Farmers Market ( Herzberg / Elster)
  • Oktoberfest Munich ( Elster)
  • Beach party on Kiebitzer lake
  • Historic Shopping Night Elsterwerda
  • International Puppet Theatre Festival in the Elbe -Elster country
  • International Music Festival Hirschfeld
  • Boat race in Bad Liebenswerda
  • Farmers market in Prestewitz
  • Elster run in Bad Liebenswerda
  • Fountain Festival of mineral springs bath Liebenswerda
  • Motocross race in Maas village and Kröbeln
  • Pond Drive in Ossak


  • Visitor mine overburden conveyor bridge F60 lights in box
  • Briquette Louise in Domsdorf
  • Power plant Plessa
  • County museums in Bad Liebenswerda and Finsterwalde
  • Weißgerber Museum Doberlug -Kirchhain
  • City Museum Miihlberg

Historical monuments

  • Memorial commemorating the POW camp Stalag IV -B and the following it Special Camp No. 1 Miihlberg at Neubuxdorf
  • Jewish Cemetery and other memorial sites in Tröbitz in memory of the victims of the Lost train
  • Memorial commemorating the satellite camp of Buchenwald concentration camp Schlieben


In the Elbe-Elster district, Brandenburg, the dialects meet the obersächischen dialects of the neighboring states. In the villages of the north county area encountered occasionally even in Flemish Platt, a Low German dialect, while in the south already prevails a distinct Upper Saxon.

The particular situation may, where appropriate, to cause confusion about the origin of the speaker, especially in the rest of Brandenburg.