Naturally, a true LUCKYwalder needs to know a few background details. So let’s begin with a little history lesson: Luckenwalde comes from the former Slavic settlement of Lugkin, although it was first mentioned in a 1216 deed. In the 18th century, the city experienced a huge economic upswing due to a thriving cloth-making trade. Luckenwalde subsequently became a key industrial city, not least thanks to the Berlin-Anhalter railway connection in 1841.

During the GDR era, Luckenwalde became a principal city and was able to expand its position as a key industrial hub. However, the political shift in 1989 marked a turning point. A profound structural transformation endangered its industrial base. Over the course of time, however, the city was able to recover and relive its previous success. Today, Luckenwalde is the regional centre and principal city of the district of Teltow-Fläming. In 2005, the city was designated a ‘regional growth centre’, making it one of 15 prime locations in the State of Brandenburg.

Just 35 minutes from the party capital.

Luckenwalde lies in the heart of the district of Teltow-Fläming, which stretches from the state boundary to Saxony-Anhalt to the southern border of Berlin. The city itself is easily accessible thanks to excellent road and rail links as well as optimal connections to the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. The city centre of the party capital Berlin is just 50 kilometres away.

The most important road link for the regional growth centre Luckenwalde is the B101, which runs northbound to the A10 autobahn, the Ludwigsfelde-Ost junction (Berlin ring road) and to Berlin-Mitte (an approx. 60-minute journey). Berlin Schönefeld Airport is an approx. 35-minute drive away. Southbound, the B101 runs via Jüterbog through the district of Elbe-Elster to Saxony. Incidentally, Berlin Central Station is just a 40-minute train ride away.

A small city with a great deal to offer.

You’re probably wondering who is actually drawn to the countryside? The answer is: lots of people. More people actually commute to the city rather than from it. And why not? Here you will find everything you need to live and work in Luckenwalde. For the around 20,000 children and adults living here, there are all kinds of schools, a sixth form college and great child care. A hospital, city theatre, cinemas, museums, a zoo, various clubs and numerous sports and recreational activities, including e.g. the Fläming Thermepool, sports and sauna facilities, the Flaeming-Skate® track, the Bibliothek im Bahnhof (library in Luckenwalde railway station), BMX trails and open-air swimming pool complete the wide range of offers available.

The city has a lot to offer architecturally, too. Renowned architects and far-sighted city planners shaped the city landscape significantly between 1918 and 1933 with buildings such as the ‘Am Anger’ and ‘Auf dem Sande’ housing developments and the hat factory built by Erich Mendelsohn. But naturally there are modern, innovative building projects for families and young people here, too.