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Location Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg,  Germany
Length 14 km
Source between Muchow and Stolpe
53°19′53″N 11°42′29″E / 53.33142°N 11.70794°E / 53.33142; 11.70794Coordinates: 53°19′53″N 11°42′29″E / 53.33142°N 11.70794°E / 53.33142; 11.70794
Source height ca. 42 m above sea level (NHN)
Mouth near Streesow into the Löcknitz
53°13′10″N 11°43′39″E / 53.21941°N 11.72753°E / 53.21941; 11.72753
Mouth height 26.2 m above sea level (NHN)
Descent ca. 16 mdep1
Basin Elbe
Progression Löcknitz → Elbe → North Sea
Right tributaries Meynbach
Navigable no

The Tarnitz is a tributary of the Löcknitz in southwest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and north Brandenburg in Germany.

The roughly 14 kilometre long river has its source in a small, wooded area on the municipal boundary between Muchow and Stolpe at a height of about 42 metres above sea level. From here the Tarnitz flows initially for about a kilometre in a southwestern and then southern direction, running east of the villages of Muchow and Zierzow. In the parish of Prislich meadows and larger woods frame its river banks, otherwise it runs almost entirely through arable fields from which many ditches drain into the Tarnitz. On the state border between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg it is joined from the west by the Meynbach. From here on the Tarnitz in a southeasterly direction on Brandenburg territory, then forms a short section of the state border and discharges into the Löcknitz near Streesow. The river descends about 16 metres over its length.

The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Advisory State Programme (Gutachtliche Landesprogramm Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) from 2003 describes the Tarnitz, which has been straighted along almost all its length, as not very natural (naturfern).[1]


  1. ^ Umweltministerium Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Gutachtliches Landesprogramm Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2003