|Town subdivisions||24 Ortsteile|
|Mayor||Ulrich Schoeneich (Ind.)|
|Area||377.01 km2 (145.56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||60 m (197 ft)|
|Population||16,269 (31 December 2011)|
|- Density||43 /km2 (112 /sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Area codes||03987, 039882, 039883|
Templin (Polish: Tęplin) is a small town in the Uckermark district of Brandenburg, Germany. Though it has a population of only 17,127 (2006), it is with 377.01 km2 (145.56 sq mi) the second largest town in Brandenburg (after Wittstock) and the seventh largest town in Germany by area. The town is located in the south of the rural Uckermark region and its capital Prenzlau, north of the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve. The municipality comprises the villages of Ahrensdorf, Bebersee, Beutel, Densow, Gandenitz, Gollin, Gross Dölln, Gross Väter, Grunewald, Hammelspring, Herzfelde, Hindenburg, Klosterwalde, Petznick, Röddelin, Storkow and Vietmannsdorf.
The town was first mentioned in a 1270 deed issued by Henry of Ostheeren, Bishop of Brandenburg. Then a possession of the Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg, it appeared as a town in 1314 under Margrave Waldemar, who in 1317 concluded the Treaty of Templin here, ending the war against Denmark, Mecklenburg and the Duchy of Pomerania. Heavily devastated by Danish troops in the Thirty Years' War, Templin from 1816 on belonged to the Prussian province of Brandenburg near the border with Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
From 1912 on, Templin was the seat of the Electoral Brandenburgian boarding school (Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium) established in 1601 by Elector Joachim III Frederick of Hohenzollern at nearby Joachimsthal. The school was finally dissolved in 1953. Today, Templin has a modern grammar school built in 1997.
Points of interest
Templin's city walls are small, but complete. There are 3 main gate towers and several modern entrances, where parts of the wall were torn down. The main Protestant church is the Marien Kirche. The town has many eastern era Plattenbau houses (highrise apartments) and smaller neighborhoods.
Templin has recently built a spa and mainly relies on tourism. It is a popular destination for day-trippers from Berlin to enjoy the many glacial lakes and extended forests. There is no discothèque in Templin, the closest is in Milmersdorf. The town square with the old town hall building is surrounded by an active downtown. There are many shops and restaurants in the area and an outdoor market every week. Many neighbouring municipalities like Milmersdorf and several other villages rely on Templin for many services.
- Friederike Krüger, Prussian soldier, died 1848 at Templin
- Walter Ulbricht, died 1973 at Groß Dölln
- Werner Pusch (1913–1988), politician, was born at Templin
- Angela Winkler, actress, born 1944 at Templin
- Manfred Kokot, Olympic athlete, born 1948 at Templin
- Angela Merkel, German chancellor, from 1957 grew up in Templin
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