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Coordinates: 51 ° 29 '  N , 13 ° 52'  E

Basic data
State : Brandenburg
County : Oberspreewald-Lausitz
Height : 99 m above sea level NHN
Area : 33.44 km 2
Residents: 5635 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 169 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 01987
Area code : 035752
License plate : OSL, CA, SFB
Community key : 12 0 66 296

City administration address :
Ruhlander Strasse 102
Website :
Mayor : Christoph Schmidt
Location of the city of Schwarzheide in the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district
Sachsen Cottbus Landkreis Dahme-Spreewald Landkreis Elbe-Elster Landkreis Spree-Neiße Landkreis Teltow-Fläming Altdöbern Bronkow Calau Frauendorf (Amt Ortrand) Großkmehlen Großräschen Grünewald Guteborn Hermsdorf (bei Ruhland) Hohenbocka Kroppen Lauchhammer Lindenau (Oberlausitz) Lübbenau/Spreewald Luckaitztal Neupetershain Neu-Seeland Ortrand Ruhland Schipkau Schwarzbach (Lausitz) Schwarzheide Senftenberg Tettau (Brandenburg) Vetschau/Spreewaldmap
About this picture
Old village center of Zschornegosda, since 1936 Schwarzheide-West. No. 1: Single-class school from 1859, No. 2: Single-class school from 1894, No. 3: Four-class school from 1902, the mirror-like extension was built in 1911. On the free space, No. 5, a school extension with an auditorium and, for the first time, indoor toilets was built in 1933 .

Schwarzheide (until 31 December 1998 Schwarzheide / NL ; Sorbian Carny Gózd ) is an office-free town in the Oberspreewald-Lausitz in the south of Brandenburg .


Geographical location

Schwarzheide is located in the south of the state of Brandenburg , about 50 km north of Dresden and 110 km south of Berlin . The urban area is located north of the Schwarzen Elster in the lowlands of Niederlausitz . In the eastern part of the city the river Pößnitz flows .

Neighboring communities

Immediate neighboring communities of the city are Schipkau (north), the city of Senftenberg with the district Brieske (northeast), Schwarzbach (east) and the cities of Ruhland (south) and Lauchhammer (west).

City structure

Schwarzheide is divided into the residential areas

  • Naundorf
  • Schwarzheide-Mitte
  • Schwarzheide-Ost
  • Schwarzheide-West (formerly Zschornegosda )
  • Victoria
  • Wandelhof


Church planting and history of the districts

The water tower, the symbol of the city
Environmental protection water analysis in the laboratory of the VEB Synthesewerk Schwarzheide , 1990

Today's industrial community Schwarzheide was created on October 1, 1936 through the merger of the two previously completely independently developed communities Zschornegosda (today Schwarzheide-West) and Naundorf (today part of Schwarzheide-Ost). The name of the city arose in the course of the Germanization of place names from the free translation of the Sorbian name of the place "Zschornegosda" ( čorny = black, gozd = heather, forest).

The time of the establishment of the place is not known. The villages of Zschornegosda and Naundorf were probably founded in the course of Christian proselytizing in the course of the 12th and 13th centuries. However, such small villages were only mentioned in writing when certain rights or obligations were laid down for them vis-à-vis the respective sovereigns or church representatives.

The first written evidence of Naundorf (as Nuwendorff ) comes from a pledge from 1421. Zschornegosda was first mentioned in 1449 (as Cschörnegast ) in the feudal deed of Duke Friedrich of Saxony . While Naundorf, located at a crossing point between the Schwarzen Elster and the town of Ruhland , was a typical street village , the original fishing village of Zschornegosda was, in contrast to the Slavic Rundlingen typical of the area , a so-called riding village . It consisted of a strongly curved row of farmsteads, which opened to the northeast around the chapel of the village. The chapel itself stood on the highest point of a flat sand dome, today's village meadow. The then about 20 properties of the farmers, the court riding, were areas of about 25 x 300 meters, the front side facing towards the chapel.

The development of the two villages was repeatedly hindered by looting as a result of wars, large fires and epidemics. Until the 18th century the number of inhabitants was barely more than 100. A pitch hut (1673), which made pitch from pine wood to seal the fishing boats, wagon grease, charcoal and soot, as well as an iron hammer (1725), the origin of today's Lauchhammerwerk , were up to now the only major industrial settlements in the immediate vicinity.

Industrialization and factory settlements

After the first finds of raw lignite west of Zschornegosda on the Bockwitzer Flur around 1780, its mining (above ground) on a large scale did not begin until about a hundred years later, as a result of which the first briquette factories were founded (Ferdinand, Victoria, Victoria II). With the accompanying straightening and sewerage of the Black Elster in order to allow the resulting pit water to drain better, the natural floodplain landscape and the associated abundance of fish also disappeared, so that fishing, which was once the most important branch of business, disappeared completely. For the new industry, the brown coal and briquette industry AG , or BUBIAG for short, had a settlement built near the Wandelhof after 1900 , which was completed in 1920. The Bürenhof residential complex , today Hugo-Wolfram-Platz, was added as early as 1921 as an employee housing estate in Zschornegosda / Schwarzheide-West. The Victoria settlement in Schwarzheide Ost was also built around 1900.

In order to be able to produce gasoline independently of oil imports during a war, the Ruhland hydrogenation plant (later called the Schwarzheide hydrogenation plant ) was built north of the city north of the city by the brown coal-gasoline company ( BRABAG ) , which produced gasoline from brown coal using the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis . Together with the construction of the industrial facilities, today's federal motorway 13 and the numerous apartments of the workforce were created as a Wandelhof and water tower settlement. The residential development was designed by the architects and landscape planners Gustav Allinger , Alfred von Bodisco and Walther Stridde in the style of the garden cities of the 1930s. The concept also included a city center around today's Schillerplatz, after later planning on the Wasserturmplatz. This part of the plan was not completed by the war.

From July 1944 to April 1945, the Schwarzheide subcamp was located in the north-east of the city , a forced labor camp of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp , whose approximately 1,000 mostly Czech Jews had to work mainly to maintain the production of the BRABAG plant. Only about 600 prisoners survived the heavy and sometimes life-threatening work, of whom only about 200 survived the death march to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in May 1945 .

Due to the strategic importance of the BRABAG works, the city was partly destroyed by numerous bomb attacks during the Second World War . As a result, there are hardly any buildings from the time before 1945 in the city and its surroundings, with the exception of the water tower settlement, for example, while several duds weighing several centimeters are still recovered every year . As a result of the Potsdam Agreement , the BRABAG plant became a Soviet state stock corporation (SAG) and served the reparations payments to Poland and the Soviet Union . It was not until January 1, 1954 that the SAG plant was handed over to the GDR as VEB Synthesewerk Schwarzheide .

Development after 1954

When the industrial community of Schwarzheide already had over 8,000 inhabitants in the 1960s, it was granted town charter on January 11, 1967 . In the early 1980s, the city even had more than 10,000 inhabitants for a short time.

As a result of the German reunification of 1990 , the synthesis Schwarzheide plant was one of the first operations of the Trust Agency with more than 6,000 jobs by the BASF SE BASF Schwarzheide GmbH acquired. With the decline in lignite mining, BASF Schwarzheide is today (2019) the largest employer in the region with around 1,800 direct and 1,650 indirect employees, including numerous suppliers. As of 1996, BASF's own housing company SEWOGE GmbH modernized part of the historic Wandelhofsiedlung in accordance with listed buildings. The apartments were sold in 2012.

Political Affiliation

The course of the river Black Elster forms the border between Lower and Upper Lusatia , which have belonged to the Kingdom of Bohemia as neighboring countries since 1367 . From 1635 both villages belonged to the Electorate of Saxony . In 1815, both places became parts of Prussia and its province of Brandenburg as a result of the Prussian division of the Kingdom of Saxony as part of the Congress of Vienna as a result of the Saxon participation in the Napoleonic Wars. Between 1818 and 1952, Zschornegosda and Naundorf near Ruhland and from 1936 the municipality of Schwarzheide belonged to the district of Calau .

After the dissolution of the federal states and the reorganization of the districts in the GDR in 1952, Schwarzheide came to the Senftenberg district in the Cottbus district . Since the restoration of the states in 1990, the city has belonged to the state of Brandenburg and since the regional structural reform of December 6, 1993 to the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district .

Population development

year Residents
1939 5 898
1946 7 449
1950 8 287
1964 8 169
1971 8 570
1981 9 920
1985 9 262
1989 9 198
year Residents
1990 8 936
1991 8 377
1992 8 286
1993 8 153
1994 7 995
1995 7 881
1996 7 699
1997 7 540
1998 7 323
1999 7 298
year Residents
2000 7 203
2001 7 107
2002 6,941
2003 6 793
2004 6 676
2005 6 555
2006 6 510
2007 6 451
2008 6 344
2009 6 211
year Residents
2010 6 053
2011 5 893
2012 5 855
2013 5,743
2014 5,772
2015 5 795
2016 5 711
2017 5 679
2018 5,652
2019 5 635

Territory of the respective year, number of inhabitants: as of December 31 (from 1991), from 2011 based on the 2011 census


City Council

Local elections 2019
Turnout: 54.0%
Template: election chart / maintenance / notes
a Alliance for Schwarzheide
d Free voter group Schwarzheide

The city council of Schwarzheide consists of 18 city councilors and the full-time mayor. The local election on May 26, 2019 resulted in the following distribution of seats:

Party / group of voters Seats
Alliance for Schwarzheide 5
CDU 4th
The left 3
Free voter group Schwarzheide 3


  • 1996–2008: Bernd Hübner
  • since 2008: Christoph Schmidt

Schmidt was elected mayor in the mayoral election on October 12, 2008 with 52.0% of the valid votes. On September 11, 2016, he was confirmed in office for another eight years with 81.0% of the valid votes.

coat of arms

The coat of arms was approved on October 25, 1993.

Schwarzheide coat of arms
Blazon : “Diagonally divided by a wave cut from silver over black. In front a silver heather flower stalk bent up to the edge of the shield with three vertical leaf stalks. In the back a black, rising, resisting otter with a blue fish bent to the left in its mouth. "
Founding of the coat of arms: In 1993 the city ​​administration selected the new version of the city coat of arms from a large number of drafts. The new coat of arms shows the heather in accordance to the name of the city and an otter , a former characteristic and widespread animal in the Lower Lausitz , as an indication of the once operated by the population of fish, crustaceans and eel fishing.
Historical coat of arms
Schwarzheide coat of arms
Blazon : “Divided by blue over green; above a silver industrial plant, below a golden ear of corn; the whole thing is covered with a black S "
Founding of the coat of arms: In the course of the granting of city ​​rights , the first city ​​coat of arms was designed in 1967 , which, with its symbolism, referred to the local chemical industry and the originally operated agriculture. It was replaced by today's coat of arms in 1993.

Town twinning

Sights and culture

The list of monuments in Schwarzheide includes the monuments entered in the list of monuments of the state of Brandenburg.

The town's landmark is the 36 m high water tower, which was originally planned as a town hall tower and was built in 1943/44 mostly by French prisoners of war. With its completion, the water shortage in Schwarzheide that began with the construction of the BRABAG settlements also ended. The Schwarzheider water tower only lost its function in 1958 with the construction of the Tettau waterworks , the water ring main and the water tower in Lauchhammer-Ost . As the central point of the city, the tower was completely restored in 1994 and a modern plastic fountain (Die Welle) was added to its forecourt . In addition, there is the listed Luther Church from 1754 in the city . The BASF gallery offers the opportunity for exhibitions and events. Schwarzheide has East Germany's oldest large-capacity disco , the Wandelhof amusement park and a cinema with four halls with a total of 650 seats. A city chronicle - city history in 10 panels - is located in Ruhlander Straße by the cemetery wall (inaugurated on September 6, 2017).


Holy Cross Church

Historical monuments


  • Culture House of the BASF, Schipkauer Strasse
  • Heimatstube of the Kultur- und Heimatverein Schwarzheide (permanent exhibition on the history of the city), Dorfaue 1

Nature and recreation


Large-scale pine forests, lakes, meadows and pastures can be found in the immediate vicinity of Schwarzheide. The wooded, renatured high tip offers a wide view of the south of the Lower Lusatian region on a clear day. Numerous cycle paths allow you to explore the Lower Lusatian nature and also lead through the large recreational areas of the Lusatian Lake District and the Spreewald .

Regular events

  • Wasserturmfest: Volksfest am Wasserturm, since 1994
  • Christmas market: on the 2nd Advent , since 1993, first at the Heide-Center, then until 2009 on the Wasserturmplatz, now on the Schwarzheide-West village square, including the Luther Church

Economy and Infrastructure

Established businesses

The largest resident industrial company is BASF Schwarzheide GmbH (emerged from the VEB Synthesewerk Schwarzheide ), which is also the largest employer in the region. On the periphery of the chemical company and in the southern industrial area there are some medium-sized (Fränkische Rohrwerke, PeinigerRöRo) and numerous smaller companies. The business location is one of 15 regional growth centers in the state of Brandenburg. This promotes selected future-oriented industries.


Schwarzheide-Schipkau airport

Schwarzheide is located on federal highway 169 , the "Lower Lusatia route", between Elsterwerda and Senftenberg . The A 13 Berlin – Dresden motorway crosses the city, the Schwarzheide and Ruhland junctions are on the city's territory.

The Schwarzheide Ost stop on the Großenhain – Cottbus line is served by the regional train line RB 49 Falkenberg (Elster) - Cottbus .

A branch of the Finsterwalde – Schipkau railway line runs through Schwarzheide.

In the north of the town is a special airfield , the airfield Schwarzheide-Schipkau .


  • Local TV Schwarzheide & Ruhland (LSR)


In Schwarzheide there is a primary school (Schwarzheide-Wandelhof), a grammar school (named after Emil Fischer ), a department of the Lausitz Upper School Center (OSZ) for training laboratory technicians , chemical technicians , car mechanics , body builders and process control electronics technicians, as well as a music school.

In the Kultur- und Heimatverein Schwarzheide eV Dorfaue 3 there is a permanent exhibition on the history of the city of Schwarzheide. It shows the beginnings from 1449 to the founding of the city in 1967.


The Eurospeedway Lausitz is located in the immediate vicinity of the city . BSG Chemie Schwarzheide will represent Schwarzheide in the Südbrandenburg regional league in the 2019/2020 season .


Honorary citizen

  • 2002: Hans-Hermann Dehmel (* 1939), Chairman of the Board of Management of BASF Schwarzheide from 1990 to 1995
  • 2004: Socrates Giapapas (* 1937), head of the Franconian Rohrwerke branch in Schwarzheide

sons and daughters of the town

Personalities associated with Schwarzheide

Web links

Commons : Schwarzheide  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Schwarzheide  - travel guide


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  6. Memorial sites for the victims of NS II, published by the Federal Agency for Political Education Bonn, pp. 346f.
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