H I S T O R Y 

As findings verify Hohengrieben has been populated since the Middle Ages. It is provable that Hohengrieben has been named in 1320 for the first time. At its first location it was devastated in 1375 but in 1420 it is named again.
There are no information about the structure of the village at that time.
There is another information about Hohengrieben being devastated in 1530.
In 1749 Friedrich II. arranged the erection of the housing estate Hohengrieben between Beetzendorf and Diesdorf as a model.
Certificate of foudation, signed by Friedrich II. (1749)
Friedrich II. of Preußen was born on January 24th 1712 in Berlin.
He was Friedrich-Wilhelm I.'s son. Friedrich-Wilhelm I. died on May 31st 1740 and after that Friedrich II. came to power over Preußen. Friedrich II. showed his talent in leading his armee in three wars. He succeeded in giving Preußen a strong political postion in Europe. Furthermore, he saw himself as a servant of his state and reformed a lot of things in Preußen.

Drawing of the "Alter Fritz"
The "Alter Fritz" died on August 17th 1786 at castle Sanssouci near Potsdam in the north of Germany. According to his wish to be buried in Potsdam his corpse was brought to Potsdam in 1991.
In pursuance of his domestic politics Hohengrieben was erected in the western part of the Altmark. The extraordinary thing is that Hohengrieben was build according to a unique construction plan.
In 1749 ten colonists and their families settled about 200m from the former location of Hohengrieben again.
The colonists had to share the ground exactly and the farm-steads were build very similar.

Map of the area of Hohengrieben (1749)
There was a strict division between the residential house, stables and barns, which was quite unusual because at that time buildings in the middle of Germany were hall buildings. Established on a drawing board a village without a church but with a school and a special house for herdsmen was created. Until today the village is kept in a unique state.
All inhabitants are documented until now.