Machern (German pronunciation: [ˈmaxɐn]) is a municipality in the Leipzig district in Saxony, Germany. It is in the vicinity of the city of Leipzig.

View of Machern Castle from the east

Coat of arms
Location of Machern within Leipzig district
Coordinates: 51°21′30″N 12°37′40″E
  MayorDoreen Lieder (Ind.)
  Total38.87 km2 (15.01 sq mi)
135 m (443 ft)
  Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes034292
Vehicle registrationL, BNA, GHA, GRM, MTL, WUR


Machern lies 20 km east of Leipzig, about 10 km west of Wurzen over the Mulda river. The Leipzig-Riesa-Dresden railway line runs through the town, as does the B 6.

Machern is approximately 12 km south of Eilenburg, which can be reached with the B 107.

The divisions of the municipality are Machern, Gerichshain with Posthausen, and Püchau with Dögnitz (first historic mention 1313[2]), Lübschütz und Plagwitz.


There is a museum located in an old Stasi bunker about 3 km north of Machern. The bunker was designed as a refuge for Stasi employees from Leipzig in the event of nuclear war or similar catastrophe.

Machern castle (Schloss Machern) was a manor house of the local nobility. Adjacent to the castle there is an English-style landscape park which dates back to the 18th century.

Another manor house is located at Püchau, a formerly independent village which is now administered by Machern. Püchau Estate is notable for its English Tudor Revival Style. It is still owned privately and regularly hosts cultural events.

There is a golf course located north of the village center.


  1. "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2019.
  2. Festkomitee in Dögnitz, Ortschronist Klaus Ungewiß (Püchau): Festschrift 700 Jahre Dögnitz – anlässlich der 700-Jahr-Feier von Dögnitz am 27.+28. September 2013. Dögnitz 2013, OCLC 876133760.
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