Infobox Ort in Deutschland
Art = Stadt
Wappen = Wappen Belzig.png
lat_deg = 52 |lat_min = 08 |lat_sec = 32
lon_deg = 12 |lon_min = 35 |lon_sec = 44
Lageplan = Belzig in PM.png
Bundesland = Brandenburg
Landkreis = Potsdam-Mittelmark
Höhe = 88
Fläche = 234.82
Einwohner = 11675
Stand = 2006-12-31
PLZ = 14806
Vorwahl = 033841
Kfz = PM "(früher BEL)"
Gemeindeschlüssel = 12 0 69 020
LOCODE = DE BZG
Gliederung = 4 Stadtteile & 14
Straße = Wiesenburger Straße 6
Website = [http://www.belzig.de/ www.belzig.de]
Bürgermeister = Peter Kiep
Partei = SPD
Belzig is a town in
Brandenburg, Germanywith a population of 11,808. It is located approximately 70 km southwest of Berlin. Belzig is the capital of Potsdam-Mittelmarkdistrict.
Since 2003, when 14 surrounding villages were incorporated into Belzig, some of them voluntarily, others by State Parliament legislation, Belzig has an area of 234.83 km². Belzig is located in the region and hill chain
Flämingand the central town in the High Fläming Nature Park.
These villages became districts (Ortsteile) of Belzig:
*997 first written mention of Belzig
Martin Lutherpreached in St. Mary's church
Thirty Years' War: Eisenhard Castle was destroyed by Swedish soldiers
*1813 Battle of Hagelberg
*1815 Belzig became
Prussian, after having belonged to Saxonyfor centuries
*1818 Belzig became capital of Zauch-Belzig District
*Between 1940 and 1945 there was a subcamp of
Ravensbrückin the town.
*1993 Belzig became capital of Potsdam-Mittelmark District
*1995 Belzig was awarded the title "climatic spa"
*2002 Opening of SteinTherme spa
Peter Kiep (SPD) is mayor of Belzig. In 2002 he was elected for a second term with a support of 77,4% of the vote.
The town council has 22 members. The Social Democrats SPD have 7 seats, the Left Party
Die Linkehave 3 seats, the Christian Democrats CDU 3 seats and the Liberals FDP and the Greens die Grünen1 seat each. The remaining seats went to small local groups.
twinnedwith Ritterhude, a town in the German state of Lower Saxony.
Places of Interest
Main attractions are medieval Eisenhardt castle and the thermal bath SteinTherme. There is also a pittoresque historic town centre with the town hall and the market place in the middle.
Places of interest in the incorporated villages include Glien Manor (Klein Glien) in Hagelberg and the windmill in Borne.
Belzig is also located in the center of
High Fläming Nature Park.
The district administration is the major employer in Belzig. Belzig is the central town of rural High Fläming area. Thus there are schools, shops, supermarkets, a hospital and a cinema that are used by folk from the surrounding villages and towns. There is a successful rehabilitation clinic in Belzig. After 1989, Belzig has started an ambitious programme to become a spa town and to bring forward tourism.
* [http://www.stadt.belzig.de official website] de icon
* [http://www.belzig.com official website of the Tourist Board] de icon
* [http://www.steintherme.de Stein Therme - thermal bath] de icon
* [http://www.flaeming.net High Fläming Nature Park] de icon
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