Rheinsberg

Rheinsberg is a town and a municipality in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated on the river Rhin, approx. 20 km north-east of Neuruppin and 75 km north-west of Berlin.

Rheinsberg
Rheinsberg Castle

Coat of arms
Location of Rheinsberg within Ostprignitz-Ruppin district
Rheinsberg
Rheinsberg
Coordinates: 53°5′54″N 12°53′45″E
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictOstprignitz-Ruppin
Subdivisions17 Ortsteile
Government
  MayorFrank-Rudi Schwochow
Area
  Total324.83 km2 (125.42 sq mi)
Elevation
61 m (200 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
  Total8,015
  Density25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
16831
Dialling codes033931
Vehicle registrationOPR
Websitewww.rheinsberg.de

History

Frederick the Great, while still Crown Prince, designed and moved into a restored chateau in Rheinsberg shortly after his 1733 marriage to Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Bevern. Here he experienced his "Rheinsberg Period", an era marked by regular correspondence with Voltaire, boisterous celebration in the company of minor philosophers and musicians, and the writing of several works of political theory, including the Anti-Machiavel.[2]

In 1870, the painter Eduard Gaertner and his family decided to leave the hectic atmosphere of Berlin and settle in Flecken Zechlin, a suburb of Rheinsberg - where he lived until his death in 1877.

Demography

Rheinsberg: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[3]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 7,461    
1890 7,554+0.08%
1910 8,015+0.30%
1925 8,263+0.20%
1933 8,681+0.62%
1939 9,063+0.72%
1946 11,268+3.16%
1950 11,188−0.18%
1964 10,391−0.53%
1971 10,450+0.08%
1981 9,635−0.81%
1985 9,612−0.06%
1989 9,681+0.18%
1990 9,700+0.20%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 9,477−2.30%
1992 9,362−1.21%
1993 9,469+1.14%
1994 9,387−0.87%
1995 9,390+0.03%
1996 9,388−0.02%
1997 9,454+0.70%
1998 9,395−0.62%
1999 9,414+0.20%
2000 9,374−0.42%
2001 9,320−0.58%
2002 9,280−0.43%
2003 9,198−0.88%
2004 9,085−1.23%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 9,005−0.88%
2006 8,889−1.29%
2007 8,814−0.84%
2008 8,705−1.24%
2009 8,579−1.45%
2010 8,466−1.32%
2011 8,254−2.50%
2012 8,179−0.91%
2013 8,120−0.72%
2014 8,029−1.12%
2015 8,153+1.54%
2016 8,161+0.10%
2017 8,111−0.61%
2018 8,015−1.18%

Geography

Lakes

Photogallery

Twin towns

People from Rheinsberg

References

  1. "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. MacDonogh, Giles (1999). Frederick the Great: A Life in Deed and Letters. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. pp. 98–129. ISBN 0-312-27266-9.
  3. Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
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