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City of Thale
Former municipal coat of arms of Weddersleben
Coordinates: 51 ° 45 ′ 53 ″  N , 11 ° 5 ′ 13 ″  E
Height : 151 m
Area : 6.43 km²
Residents : 1066  (Dec. 31, 2007)
Population density : 166 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : January 1, 2009
Postal code : 06502
Area code : 03946
View of Weddersleben from the Teufelsmauer
View of Weddersleben from the Teufelsmauer

Weddersleben is a district of the town of Thale in the Harz district in Saxony-Anhalt .


The community is located on the northeastern edge of the Harz , about three kilometers northeast of Thale an der Bode , which flows around the place.


In Weddersleben there was a hillside settlement from the Young Bronze Age .

From 1908 to 1969 there was a railway connection to Quedlinburg, Thale and Blankenburg with the Blankenburg – Quedlinburg railway line . In 1974 the old station building was shut down and one year later the track in the direction of Thale was dismantled. Today Weddersleben is connected to Thale and Quedlinburg by a bus from the Harz Transport Authority .

On July 24, 2008, after the referendum of March 2, 2008, the Weddersleben municipal council gave its approval for incorporation into the city of Thale. Confirmation from the Harz district was given on December 10, 2008. On January 1, 2009, the previously independent community was incorporated into Thale.


coat of arms

The coat of arms was approved on May 11, 1998 by the Magdeburg Regional Council.

Blazon : “Divided and half-divided; above in blue a silver rock wall, below in front in red an upright golden ear of wheat inclined diagonally to the right between two leaves, below in blue a silver swan with a black beak and a knocked out black tongue on silver water with seven black wavy lines. "

The colors of the parish are blue - silver (white).

The coat of arms is based on an emblem already used by various associations in the municipality, including the volunteer fire brigade . The rock face above refers to the so-called Devil's Wall, sandstone rocks that were already under conservation in 1852 and are famous in the area as a subject of folk tales and as rare natural attractions. The motif of the swan refers to the signet of a paper-making workshop that has shaped the site for a long time. The wave threads are supposed to symbolize the Bode and the ear of corn stands as a symbol for agriculture.

The coat of arms was designed by the local heraldist Frank Jung .


The flag is blue - white - blue (1: 4: 1) striped with the coat of arms of the municipality on the wider median.


Rock face of the Königstein of the Teufelsmauer near Weddersleben

The Teufelsmauer , one of the oldest nature reserves in Germany, is located near Weddersleben .

According to a legend, a shepherd is said to have found an old church bell on the Devil's Wall, which is still hanging in the church tower of Weddersleben today. Due to the shape, the production method and the incised marks on the bell, it is considered more than 1,000 years old by experts at the Bell Museum in Apolda .



The Self Help resin Circle Quedlinburg gGmbH has Weddersleben a workshop for the disabled as well as several residential facilities Weddersleben.


  • W. Weiß, H. Löbel: 425 years of the Weddersleben paper factory . Quedlinburg 1974.
  • Berent Schwineköper (Hrsg.): Handbook of the historical sites of Germany . Volume 11: Province of Saxony Anhalt (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 314). 2nd, revised and expanded edition. Kröner, Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-520-31402-9 , p. 485.
  • P. Wenzel, H.-J. Lerche, C. Röper, A. Stempel / B. Ohlendorf, K. George, M. Thomae and others, R. Schwarz: 150 Years of Protection of the Devil's Wall (= reports from the State Office for Environmental Protection Saxony-Anhalt, Halle 2002, SH 1).
  • Bernd Feicke, Udo Wolff: 150 years of protection for the Teufelsmauer near Weddersleben - an important anniversary for nature conservation in Germany . In: Quedlinburger Annalen 5 (2002), pp. 56-61.
  • Bernd Feicke: Manuscripts of the literary youth estate of Hardenberg / Novalis on paper from the Weddersleben paper mill . In: Zs. F. Heimatforschung, no. 11, Halle 2002, pp. 24–27.
  • Paper museum of the Lebenshilfe Weddersleben (ed.): The history of the paper mill Weddersleben . 2007.
  • Friends of the Devil's Wall Weddersleben e. V. (Ed.): De Düwelsmur tau Wedderslewe . 2007.
  • Art. Weddersleben . In: Monument Directory Saxony-Anhalt, Vol. 7.2 (= Quedlinburg district), Halle 2007, pp. 241–244.

Individual evidence

  1. StBA: Area changes on 01/01/2009
  2. Harzer Kreisblatt - Official Gazette of the Harz district , edition 12/2008: Area change agreement of September 3, 2008, as well as approval of area change agreement of December 10, 2008