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Prettin (Saxony-Anhalt)

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Prettin is a small town in Wittenberg district in Saxony-Anhalt, and is a part of the administrative community or Verwaltungsgemeinschaft of Annaburg-Prettin, whose seat is in the town of Annaburg. As of 2005, Prettin had a population of 2,114 residents living within an area of 28.79 square kilometers and had a population density of 73 residents per square kilometer. It lies situated at an elevation of 77 meters above sea level.
The town lies about 30 kilometers southeast of Wittenberg and about 12 kilometers north-northwest of Torgau in the lowland on the Elbe's east bank, west of the Annaburg Heath. This is, however, to a great extent a Bundeswehr, the organization that controls and administers the armed forces of Germany, troop drilling ground, and is therefore off limits.
Lying at an old river crossing in the Elbe valley, the first settlers in the Prettin area were Slavs, and the area itself belonged to the Slavic domain of Nisizi. After the German Burgward or castle district, it first crops up in one of Otto I's documents as Pretimi. Rudolf I of Saxony-Wittenberg built the so-called Schlosschen or little castle about 1335.
Today, the Lichtenburg with its palace church from 1581 is an imposing Renaissance creation that was at first a widow's seat until 1811 when the empty ruins were turned into a prison. The Schladitz detergent factory was located there.

Tourism in Germany has expanded since the end of World War II, and many tourists visit Germany to experience a sense of European history. The countryside exhibits a pastoral aura, while its cities exhibit both a modern and classical feel.

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