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Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
The Lubwartturm, Bad Liebenwerda
Coat of arms of Bad Liebenwerda
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Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Elbe-Elster
Mayor Thomas Richter (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 138.41 km2 (53.44 sq mi)
Elevation 86 m  (282 ft)
Population  10,573  (31 December 2006)[1]
 - Density 76 /km2 (198 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate EE, FI, LIB
Postal code 04924
Area code 035341
Location of the town of Bad Liebenwerda within Elbe-Elster district

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.


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.