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Adm. Region:Dessau
Area:1225 km²
Inhabitants:79,500 (1999)
pop. density:65 inh./km²
Car identification:AZE

Anhalt-Zerbst is a district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is bounded by (from the north and clockwise) the districts Potsdam-Mittelmark (Brandenburg) and Wittenberg, the city of Dessau and the districts of Köthen, Schönebeck and Jerichower Land.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Coat of arms
4 Towns and municipalities
5 External links


While Zerbst is a small town today, it once was together with Dessau one of the two central cities of Anhalt. When the state of Anhalt was dissolved in 1603, one of the successor states was the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst. It was a small state with almost no political power. In 1793 the line of the princes became extinct, and Anhalt-Zerbst was annexed by the neighbouring principality of Anhalt-Dessau.

The present district was established in 1994 by merging the former districts of Zerbst and Roßlau with parts of the former district of Gräfenhainichen. Its borders are roughly identical with the ancient principality.


Anhalt-Zerbst comprises plain countryside north of the Elbe River. The Elbe enters the district in the east, runs through the southeastern part and then forms the southern and western border of Anhalt-Zerbst. The Elbe banks within the district are part of the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve. The north is occupied by the southern portions of the Fläming plateau.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms displays:
  • top left and bottom right: three red roses, the arms of the former principality of Anhalt-Zerbst
  • centre: a black bear on a red wall, symbolising Albert I of Brandenburg (called "Albert the Bear"), who ruled the region in the 12th century
  • top right and bottom left: the heraldic eagle of the county of Lindau, which existed in the region in the 14th century

Towns and municipalities

  1. Roßlau
  2. Zerbst
  1. Coswig¹
  2. Loburg¹
  3. Oranienbaum¹
  1. Rosseltal
  2. Vorfläming²
  3. Wörlitzer Winkel³
  4. Zerbster Land
1 Has city-rights, but is administrated together with the sorrounding Verwaltungsgemeinschaft
2 contains city Lindau
3 contains city Wörlitz

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