Nebra (Unstrut)

For the pharaoh, see Nebra (Pharaoh). For the composers, see Manuel Blasco de Nebra and José de Nebra.

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 51°17′N 11°34′E / 51.283°N 11.567°E / 51.283; 11.567Coordinates: 51°17′N 11°34′E / 51.283°N 11.567°E / 51.283; 11.567
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Burgenlandkreis
Municipal assoc. Unstruttal
  Mayor Gerhard Hildebrandt (CDU)
  Total 25.42 km2 (9.81 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 3,349
  Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 06642
Dialling codes 034461
Vehicle registration BLK

Nebra (official name: Nebra (Unstrut)) is a town in the district of Burgenlandkreis of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Unstrut.


Nebra lies between Querfurt and Naumburg on the Unstrut river in the west of Burgenlandkreis county.


Locality Population
Nebra 2467
Reinsdorf 551
Wangen 551

Neighboring Towns

Neighboring towns are Querfurt, Barnstädt and Steigra (all three in Saalekreis) to the north, Karsdorf to the east, Bad Bibra to the south and Kaiserpfalz to the west.


In 1962, four Magdalenian figurines were found near Nebra from the late Upper Paleolithic, which belong to the oldest known artwork in Saxony-Anhalt. The figures are 12,000 to 14,000 years old.

The town is perhaps most famous due to the Nebra skydisk, which was found in Wangen near Nebra in 1999. It only became public in 2002 when the finders tried to sell it and were arrested. It was created between 2100 and 1700 BCE and buried in approximately 1600 BCE.

The oldest historical documents mentioning Nebra date back to 876. Town privileges were acquired in the 12th century.

Nebra Castle was built in 1540 by the von Nißmitz brothers.

For many centuries, red sandstone was mined in the region which was used for castles and farmhouses.

Between 1952 and 1994, Nebra was the seat of the Nebra municipality in Halle district.

The name of the town was changed on 1 January 1998, from Nebra to Nebra (Unstrut).

Nebra Sky Disk, a famous artifact of the bronze age (1600 BC)
New Castle of Nebra

On 1 July 2009 the previously separate village of Wangen was merged with Nebra,[2] and on 1 September 2010 the village Reinsdorf was annexed.[3]

Nebra today features the Courths-Mahler archives and a museum displaying the history of the Nebra skydisk.

Notable residents

See also


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