Elbingerode is a town
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 in the Harz district
Harz (district)
- History :The district was established by merging the former districts of Halberstadt, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg as well as the city of Falkenstein as part of the reform of 2007.-Towns and municipalities:...

, in the German
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 state of Saxony-Anhalt
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. Since 1 January 2010, it is part of the town Oberharz am Brocken
Oberharz am Brocken
Oberharz am Brocken is a town in the district of Harz, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It was formed on 1 January 2010 by the merger of the former municipalities:Benneckenstein,Elbingerode,Elend,Hasselfelde,Königshütte,Rübeland,Sorge,Stiege,Tanne,...

. Elbingerode has 3.672 inhabitants (1-1-2010).

It is situated in the eastern Harz
The Harz is the highest mountain range in northern Germany and its rugged terrain extends across parts of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The name Harz derives from the Middle High German word Hardt or Hart , latinized as Hercynia. The legendary Brocken is the highest summit in the Harz...

 mountain range, approximately 8 km south of Wernigerode
Wernigerode is a town in the district of Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Until 2007, it was the capital of the district of Wernigerode. Its population was 35,500 in 1999....

. The municipality consists of Elbingerode proper and the villages of Königshütte and Rübeland.

The area around Elbingerode had been a feudal hunting ground since the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
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. King Henry the Fowler stayed several times at the Bodfeld
Bodfeld was a small royal palace or lodge that was primarily established for hunting purposes and, when the town of Elbingerode was emerged, for the administration of ore mining in the central Harz that underpinned the power of the Ottonian and Salian kings and emperors in medieval Europe...

, a royal hunting lodge or Königspfalz, demonstrably in 935, as did his successors of the Ottonian and Salian dynasty
Salian dynasty
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. Emperor Henry III
Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor
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 died here on on an excursion with Pope Victor II
Pope Victor II
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. The town itself was first mentioned as Alvelingeroth in a 1206 deed, when Pope Innocent III
Pope Innocent III
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 granted it to Gandersheim Abbey
Gandersheim Abbey
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Notable people

  • Ferdinand Tiemann
    Ferdinand Tiemann
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    , chemist, born 10 June 1848 in Rübeland, died in Meran
  • Karl Friedrich Paul Ernst
    Karl Friedrich Paul Ernst
    Paul Ernst was a German writer, dramatist, critic and journalist.-Novels:*Der schmale Weg zum Glück*Das Glück von Lautenthal*Der Schatz im Morgenbrotstal*Saat auf Hoffnung...

    , author, born 7 March 1866 in Elbingerode, died in Sankt Georgen an der Stiefing
    Sankt Georgen an der Stiefing
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International relations

Elbingerode is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: Altenau
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, Germany Chambourcy
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, France
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 Elbingerode, Lower Saxony
Elbingerode, Lower Saxony
Elbingerode is a municipality in the district of Osterode, in Lower Saxony, Germany....

, Germany Gehrden
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, Germany Hoheneggelsen, Söhlde
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, Germany Purhus
Purhus municipality
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, Denmark
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 Velké Opatovice
Velké Opatovice
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, Blansko District
Blansko District
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, Czech Republic
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