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Cottbus (Bezirk)

Bezirk Cottbus

Location of Bezirk Cottbus within the German Democratic Republic

Coordinates: 51°45′N 14°10′E / 51.750°N 14.167°E / 51.750; 14.167

Country German Democratic Republic
Subdivisions 14 Kreise and 1 Stadtkreis
Formed 1952
Dissolved 1990
Seat Cottbus
 • Total 8,262 km2 (3,190 sq mi)
Population (1989)[1]
 • Total 884,700
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Vehicle registration Z

The Bezirk Cottbus was a district (Bezirk) of East Germany. The administrative seat and the main town was Cottbus.


The district was established, with the other 13, on July 25, 1952, substituting the old German states. After October 3, 1990, it was disestablished due to the German reunification, becoming again part of the state of Brandenburg, excepted for the area of Hoyerswerda.



The Bezirk Cottbus, mainly located in Brandenburg and partly in Saxony (Hoyerswerda), bordered with the Bezirke of Frankfurt (Oder), Potsdam, Halle, Leipzig and Dresden. It bodered also with Poland.


The Bezirk was divided into 15 Kreise: 1 urban district (Stadtkreis) and 14 rural districts (Landkreise):

  • Urban district : Cottbus.
  • Rural districts : Bad Liebenwerda; Calau; Cottbus-Land; Finsterwalde; Forst; Guben; Herzberg; Hoyerswerda; Jessen; Luckau; Lübben; Senftenberg; Spremberg; Weißwasser.


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