Barby, Germany

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Coat of arms
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Location of Barby within Salzlandkreis district
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Coordinates: 51°58′N11°52′E / 51.967°N 11.867°E / 51.967; 11.867 Coordinates: 51°58′N11°52′E / 51.967°N 11.867°E / 51.967; 11.867
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Salzlandkreis
   Mayor Torsten Reinharz
  Total 152.61 km2 (58.92 sq mi)
Elevation 51 m (167 ft)
Population (2015-12-31) [1]
  Total 8,665
  Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 39249
Dialling codes 039298
Vehicle registration SLK

Barby is a town in the Salzlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the River Elbe, near the confluence with the Saale, approx. 25 km (16 mi) southeast of Magdeburg. Since an administrative reform of 1 January 2010 it comprises the former municipalities of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Elbe-Saale, except for Gnadau, that joined Barby in September 2010.

Salzlandkreis District in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Salzland is a district in the middle of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is bounded by the districts Harz, Börde, Magdeburg, Jerichower Land, Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Mansfeld-Südharz and Saalekreis.

Saxony-Anhalt State in Germany

Saxony-Anhalt is a state of Germany.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north, and the Alps to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.


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Coat of arms of the Counts of Barby

The burgward of Barby was first mentioned in a 961 deed by German king Otto I. Since the 12th century, the area was enfeoffed to the Counts of Barby descending from nearby Arnstein, who achieved Imperial immediacy in 1497. Upon the extinction of the line in 1659, the County of Barby fell to the Duchy of Saxe-Weissenfels, ruled by a cadet branch of the electoral Saxon House of Wettin. When Duke Georg Albrecht of Saxe-Weissenfels died without issue in 1739, Barby fell to the Electorate of Saxony. The Elector rented Barby to Count von Zinzendorf in repayment for a loan and Barby was for several decades the headquarters of the worldwide work of the Moravian Church as well as of its theological seminary.

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The Barby Ferry, a cable ferry across the Elbe, links Barby with Zerbst-Walternienburg.

Barby Ferry

The Barby Ferry, also known as the Ronney Barby Ferry, is a cable ferry across the Elbe river between Barby and Walternienburg in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Cable ferry ship type

A cable ferry is a ferry that is guided across a river or large body of water by cables connected to both shores. Early cable ferries often used either rope or steel chains, with the latter resulting in the alternate name of chain ferry. Both of these were largely replaced by wire cable by the late 19th century.

Zerbst Place in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Zerbst is a town in the district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Until an administrative reform in 2007, Zerbst was the capital of the former Anhalt-Zerbst district.

Twin towns

Barby is twinned with:

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Pruchnik Town in Subcarpathian, Poland

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Friedrich Schleiermacher German theologian, philosopher, and biblical scholar

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