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Area:1,795.3 km²
Inhabitants:194,802 (2002)
pop. density:109 inh./km²
Car identification:OHV

Oberhavel is a Kreis (district) in the northern part of Brandenburg, Germany. Neighboring districts are (from north clockwise) Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the districts Uckermark, Barnim, the Bundesland Berlin, and the districts Havelland and Ostprignitz-Ruppin.

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


The district is located along the upper course of the Havel river from its source to the outskirts of Berlin. The north is characterised by many lakes including the Stechlin lake, which is well known due to a novel by Theodor Fontane called "Der Stechlin".


The district was created on December 6 1993 by merging the previous districts Gransee and Oranienburg.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms shows the eagle as the symbol of Brandenburg in the top part. In the bottom are two flying swans on green backbround representing the nature with many lakes. The coat of arms was inofficially used by the precursor district Oranienburg before the merging, but was never officially granted. It was granted to the district Oberhavel on May 18, 1994.

Towns and municipalities

  1. Fürstenberg
  2. Gransee¹
  3. Hennigsdorf
  4. Hohen Neuendorf
  5. Kremmen
  6. Liebenwalde
  7. Oranienburg
  8. Velten
  9. Zehdenick
¹ inside a Amt
  1. Gransee und Gemeinden
    free municipalities
  1. Birkenwerder
  2. Glienicke/Nordbahn
  3. Leegebruch
  4. Löwenberger Land
  5. Mühlenbecker Land
  6. Oberkrämer

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