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Saint Mary’s church
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Kyritz
Coat of arms
Kyritz   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°57′00″N 12°24′00″E / 52.95000°N 12.40000°E / 52.95000; 12.40000Coordinates: 52°57′00″N 12°24′00″E / 52.95000°N 12.40000°E / 52.95000; 12.40000
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Ostprignitz-Ruppin
Subdivisions Kyritz and 12 town districts
 • Mayor Nora Görke (Ind.)
 • Total 156.09 km2 (60.27 sq mi)
Elevation 42 m (138 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,236
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 16866
Dialling codes 03 39 71
Vehicle registration OPR, KY, NP, WK

Kyritz (German pronunciation: [ˈkyːʁɪts]) is a town in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 28 km west of Neuruppin and 28 km southeast of Pritzwalk.

There are 9,900 inhabitants (2007).


The town is situated near the Kyritzer Seenkette, a chain of lakes. The town is nicknamed "Kyritz an der Knatter" (Kyritz at the Rattle). The noise of numerous water mills along a stream parallel to the river Jäglitz was the reason for this nickname. This river channel does not exist anymore.

The town includes the districts Berlitt, Bork, Drewen, Gantikow, Ganz, Holzhausen, Kötzlin, Lellichow, Mechow, Rehfeld and Teetz.


  • In the year 946 Kyritz was first mentioned in writing.
  • In the year 1225 a Franciscan friary was established here (dissolved in 1552)
  • In the year 1237 Kyritz (originally Chorizi) received the Stendal town right. The town is situated in the area Prignitz, Slavic pregynica (means "inaccessible woods").
  • In the 14th century Kyritz became a member of the Hanse. At this time the parish church St. Marien and the city wall were built. The church and rests of the city wall are still existing today.
  • In the year 1488 the first Kyritzer Beer named "Mord und Totschlag" (Murder and Manslaughter) was brewed. The Beer is still brewed in the village Dessow.
  • In 1600 count Hans Christoff von Königsmarck was born, a leading Swedish general in the Thirty Years' War who is most famous for conquering Prague in 1648.
  • In the year 1626 800 Kyritzer people died due to the bubonic plague.
  • In the 17th and 18th century half-timbered houses were built which still dominate the town center.
  • From 1806 to 1814 French occupation. In 1814 the "Peace oak" was planted which is still on the market place in front of the town hall.




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