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Coat of arms of the city of Zörbig
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Coordinates: 51 ° 38 '  N , 12 ° 7'  E

Basic data
State : Saxony-Anhalt
County : Anhalt-Bitterfeld
Height : 107 m above sea level NHN
Area : 113.68 km 2
Residents: 9172 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 81 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 06780
Primaries : 034956, 034975, 034604
License plate : ABI, AZE, BTF, KÖT, ZE
Community key : 15 0 82 440

City administration address :
Am Markt 12
06780 Zörbig
Website : stadt-zoerbig.de
Mayor : Matthias Egert ( CDU )
Location of the town of Zörbig in the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district
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Zörbig is a town in the Anhalt-Bitterfeld district .


The town of Zörbig is located in the south of Saxony-Anhalt between Bitterfeld-Wolfen and the district town of Köthen (Anhalt) .


Zörbig and its surroundings belong in the broadest sense to the old moraine area of the North German lowlands , in the narrower sense to the arable land of the Köthen level as a loess location with a high credit rating.

City structure

Precipitation diagram

By existing local law, the 18 districts have been divided into 11 localities. These localities are divided as follows: Zörbig (with the districts of Zörbig and Mößlitz), Löberitz, Salzfurtkapelle (with the districts of Salzfurtkapelle and Wadendorf), Großzöberitz, Quetzdölsdorf, Spören (with the districts of Spören and Prussendorf), Schrenz (with the districts of Schrenz, Siegelsdorf and Rieda), Stumsdorf (with the districts of Stumsdorf and Werben), Göttnitz (with the districts of Göttnitz and Löbersdorf) and Cösitz (with the districts of Cösitz and Priesdorf). Since March 1, 2009, Schortewitz has been the eleventh village and the 18th district within Zörbig.


Climatically, the landscape around the city can be assigned to the area of ​​the more continentally influenced East German inland climate. Due to the rain shadow of the Harz Mountains , very little rainfall occurs.


Zörbiger Castle and Castle Tower
Historical view of the city, Wilhelm Dilich, 1626–1629

The area between Strengbach and Fuhne has been settled for more than 5000 years , as archaeological finds confirm. Arable farmers and cattle breeders defined the image of this fertile region since the Neolithic. Around 700 AD the Slavs pushed into the areas abandoned by the Germanic tribes and also took possession of the region around Zörbig. As early as the beginning of the 9th century, the Slavs were gradually pushed back again, but they shape this area through their local foundations to this day. The place name of Zörbig - first mentioned as Zurbici - is probably derived directly from the tribal name of the Sorbs .

Zörbig developed around a castle complex that offered the people who settled there the necessary protection. The center of this early German stone castle complex was a round donjon , which has been preserved to this day. In the 16th century this was raised by a brick shell and got its pointed high roof.

Zörbig was first mentioned in a document on July 29, 961 in a deed of gift from King Otto I to the Mauritius monastery in Magdeburg as "Civitas Zurbici". At that time the settlement was already the center of a castle award.

The city developed rapidly in the Middle Ages within the closed city wall, which showed its defensibility to the outside with three city gates, a Hausmannsturm, ramparts and moats. Apart from the Halle Tower as part of the fortifications, only a small piece of the city wall has survived today. The course of the former city ditches, on the other hand, is still partly recognizable today in the form of green spaces. In addition to the old castle complex, which was converted into a residential palace under Duke August von Sachsen-Merseburg in the 17th century , the town church of St. Mauritius can be seen as the oldest building in the town.

The castle houses the historical city archive, the city library, the museum and the citizens' and club rooms, which have been amalgamated to form the "Zörbig KULTURQUADRAT" since January 1st, 2020. The castle tower can be climbed.

Until 1815, Zörbig was the capital of the Electoral Saxon Office of Zörbig . The decisions of the Congress of Vienna the place to Prussia came only in 1816 the district Bitterfeld in the administrative district of Merseburg of the Province of Saxony assigned to which he belonged until 1944th



In 2004 seven parishes were incorporated into the city of Zörbig. Cösitz and Quetzdölsdorf followed in early 2005. Schortewitz joined in 2009.

Already in 1950 and 1974 there were incorporations in the area of ​​the current city of Zörbig.

Former parish date annotation
Cösitz January 1, 2005
Gottnitz March 1, 2004
Großzöberitz March 13, 2004
Löberitz March 1, 2004
Löbersdorf July 1, 1950 Incorporation to Göttnitz
Prussendorf July 1, 1950 Incorporation after Spören
Quetzdölsdorf January 1, 2005
Rieda July 1, 1950 Merger with Schrenzsiegelsdorf zu Schrenz
Salzfurt Chapel March 1, 2004
Schortewitz March 1, 2009
Schrenz March 1, 2004
Schrenz / Siegelsdorf July 1, 1950 Merger with Rieda zu Schrenz
Spying March 1, 2004
Stumsdorf March 1, 2004
Wadendorf July 1, 1950 Incorporation to Salzfurtkapelle
Advertise April 1, 1974 Incorporation to Stumsdorf

Population development

year Residents According to the current territorial status
1970 5,774 13,253
2005 9,766
2008 10,076


City Councilor and Mayor

The Zörbiger city council consists of the mayor and 20 city councilors. The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following distribution of the city council seats with a turnout of 56.7%:

Zörbiger town hall and post mile column
Parties / lists Share of votes Seats +/-
CDU 29.5% 6th + 1
SPD 3.8% 1 - 1
The left 4.5% 1 - 1
AfD 11.0% 2 + 1
FDP 3.4% 1 ± 0
Voter groups * 47.8% 9 ± 0
total 100% 20th ± 0

* of it

  • three seats for "Citizens for Zörbig" (BfZ)
  • One seat each for “Free Voting Community Löberitz” (FWL), “Citizens for Salzfurt Chapel” (BfS), “Independent Voting Community Schortewitz” (UWS), “Citizens Association Spören” (BVS), “Citizens' Initiative Stumsdorf-Werben” (BISW), “ Citizens for Rieda and Schrenz - Voters List Sport "(BfRuS-WS)

Matthias Egert (CDU) has been Mayor of Zörbig since July 1, 2019. He was elected to office on April 14, 2019 in the runoff election with 56.75 percent of the valid votes. The turnout was 49.3 percent.

coat of arms

The coat of arms was on 6 September 1994, the regional council Dessau approved and in Landeshauptarchiv Magdeburg registered under Wappenrolle number 44/1994.

Blazon : "Two blue stakes on a damascus gold background."

The city colors show blue - gold (yellow).

The seal stamp of the city of Zörbig, found in 1944, dates back to the first half of the 15th century. The Saxon main archive in Dresden was able to identify this coat of arms seal on the certificate of homage issued by the city of Zörbig to Elector Friedrich II of Saxony on December 28, 1445. The city has the so-called Landsberg stakes in its coat of arms . This is a herald's mark of the Wettins that appeared at the beginning of the 13th century and later became the coat of arms of the margraviate Landsberg , to which Zörbig also belonged. The Landsberg stakes appear as the only coat of arms in the town of Landsberg in the Saalekreis. As partial coats of arms, the Landsberg Piles have also found their way into a number of coats of arms of other cities in the Wettin area. They are contained in split shields together with the Markmeißnischen lion coat of arms in the coat of arms of the cities of Chemnitz , Dresden and Leipzig .


The flag of the city of Zörbig is blue and yellow with vertical stripes. It was approved on July 4, 1995 by the Dessau Regional Council.

Culture and sights


  • Museum in the KULTURQUADRAT Schloss Zörbig - Am Schloss 10 (maintained by the Heimat-Verein Zörbig 1922 eV)
  • Schachmuseum Löberitz (maintained by the Schachgemeinschaft 1871 Löberitz eV)
  • Heimatstube - Schulstraße 5 (maintained by the Heimatverein “Strengbachaue” Spören-Prussendorf eV)
Zörbig, Hallescher Turm


  • Evangelical town church “St. Mauritius ”, late Gothic, first mentioned in 1202. In the interior a late Romanesque triumphal cross, which is well worth seeing, presumably from the collegiate church of Petersberg near Halle.
  • Catholic Church “St. Anthony "(1911)
  • Castle with widely visible castle keep , today CULTURE SQUARE Schloss Zörbig, originates in the oldest parts probably from the 12th century, unfinished baroque three-wing building.
  • White plastered gate tower (Hallescher Turm, 1556) of the "Hallescher Tor", demolished in 1897, with four Renaissance gables as part of the former city fortifications
  • Town hall , brick building from 1846
  • “Hospital zum Heiligen Kreuz”, founded in 1315, simple, classicist building from 1835
  • Schrenz manor house
  • Siegelsdorf Manor
  • Replica of the Saxon post distance column on the market square (re-erection took place in October 1989)
  • Water tower in the Wasserturmstrasse, reinforced concrete clinkered with clinker brick from 1929 by the Bitterfeld architect Reuter

Regular events

  • Christmas market at the castle in Zörbig in December
  • Subbotnik / spring cleaning in all localities of the city of Zörbig in early April
  • Walpurgis fire and harvest festival in Mößlitz
  • Löberitz Chess Days in the Löberitz district, on the last weekend in June of each year, commemorates the founding of the oldest chess club in Saxony-Anhalt in 1871 by Friedrich Franz Ohme and is the largest regional chess event with a folk festival character
  • Curbici Veterano in July, the classic car rally in the triangle between Leipzig, Halle and Dessau-Roßlau
  • Christmas tree burning by the volunteer fire brigade in January (fire station)
  • Easter fire of the volunteer fire brigade annually on Holy Saturday (fire station)


  • Schachgemeinschaft 1871 Löberitz e. V., the oldest chess club in the state of Saxony-Anhalt and founded in Leipzig in 1877 of the German Chess Federation. Furthermore, the then Löberitz chess club founded the Saale Chess Federation on October 8, 1882 together with the chess clubs from Halle / Saale and Zörbig in Bettmanns Hotel / Zörbig as the predecessor of the State Chess Federation of Saxony-Anhalt. The association was awarded the plaque of the Federal President ( Roman Herzog ) in 1996.
  • Heimat-Verein Zörbig 1922 e. V .: The association co-founded by the Zörbig teacher and local history researcher Otto Schmidt (1898 - 1959) is dedicated to the care, maintenance and support of the museum in the KULTURQUADRAT Schloss Zörbig.
  • Philatelic Association 1950 Zörbig e. V .: The association of stamp collectors in Zörbig and the surrounding area has existed since 1950. It appears regularly at regional level with exhibitions and documentary programs at various events that not only relate to philately , but also address local history.
  • SV Zörbig: Sports club, which mainly consists of basketball , table tennis and volleyball teams , but also offers badminton , bowling , fitness, health sports, gymnastics , karate , athletics , Nm30, Qi Gong , cycling, chess and tennis .
  • Zörbiger FC 1907: pure football club . With teams from Bambini to men.
  • Zörbiger Stadtmusiker e. V., since 1990 active music association without musical boundaries. B. many of the current members of experimental music.
  • Fishing club Zörbig 1956 in the AV Bitterfeld. The club, which consists of an adult and a youth group, looks after the practice of fishing and the preservation of the Leipzig pond.

Economy and Infrastructure

Transport links

Zörbig was only connected to the railway network in 1897 with the opening of the branch line Bitterfeld – Stumsdorf . The route was popularly known as the “Saftbahn”, because with it u. a. the most famous Zörbiger product, sugar beet juice, was transported. Before that, there was already a toll gate between Bitterfeld and Zörbig.

Local rail passenger transport was discontinued in 2002 and the railway line was shut down by DB Netz AG. Zörbiger Infrastrukturgesellschaft mbH (ZIG) leased the line from DB Netz AG and renovated it so that companies from the adjacent industrial areas can use the rail connection for rail freight transport.

The bus line 440 connects Zörbig to the train station in Bitterfeld and Stumsdorf in local public transport.

Regional trains still stop at Stumsdorf station on the Halle (Saale) –Köthen – Magdeburg route every hour.

Zörbig is close to the A 9 .

Established businesses

  • VERBIO United Bioenergy AG
  • Zuegg Deutschland GmbH, produces the Zörbiger jam
  • ABENA GmbH Betriebsstätte Heideloh (smaller manufacturing company for simple hygiene and care products).
  • smaller craft businesses



  • Elementary School Löberitz
  • Zörbig primary school
  • Zörbig Secondary School


  • Kindergarten "Pauli" (in the OT Großzöberitz)
  • Kindergarten "Pünktchen" (in the OT Löberitz)
  • Kindergarten "Abenteuerland" (in the OT Quetzdölsdorf), predecessor of the facility, was opened in July 1846 as one of the first kindergartens in Germany by Pastor Hildenhagen from Quetz , an enthusiastic supporter and friend of the founder of the kindergarten concept, Friedrich Fröbel .
  • Kindergarten "Märchenland" (in the OT Salzfurtkapelle)
  • Kindergarten "Zwergenland" (in the OT Stumsdorf) (today in the independent sponsorship of Kinderland2000 gGmbH)
  • Kindergarten "Spörner Spatzen" (in OT Spören)
  • Kindergarten "Rotkäppchen" (in the OT Zörbig) the oldest continuously operating kindergarten in Germany from 1846 (today privately owned by Johanniter)
  • Kindergarten "Max and Moritz" (in the OT Zörbig)


Honorary citizen

  • Walter Reiche (1913–2003), Catholic priest
  • Anton Rehmann, founder of the CDU local group in Spören and the Heimatverein Strengbachaue e. V.
  • Brigitta Weber (* 1934), former museum director, former chairwoman of the Heimat-Verein Zörbig 1922 e. V.

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Zörbig  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office Saxony-Anhalt, population of the municipalities - as of December 31, 2019 (PDF) (update) ( help ).
  2. Ernst Eichler: The Slavic place names between Saale and Neisse . tape IV . Domowina-Verlag, Bautzen 2009, ISBN 978-3-7420-1716-1 , p. 128 .
  3. ^ Karlheinz Blaschke , Uwe Ulrich Jäschke : Kursächsischer Ämteratlas. Leipzig 2009, ISBN 978-3-937386-14-0 ; P. 56 f.
  4. ^ The district of Bitterfeld in the municipality register 1900
  5. ^ StBA: Changes in the municipalities in Germany, see 2004
  6. StBA: Changes in the municipalities in Germany, see 2005
  7. StBA: Area changes from January 2nd to December 31st, 2009
  8. Federal Statistical Office (Ed.): Municipalities 1994 and their changes since 01.01.1948 in the new federal states . Metzler-Poeschel, Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3-8246-0321-7 .