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Coat of arms of Zarrentin
Coat of arms
Zarrentin   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°32′N 10°55′E / 53.533°N 10.917°E / 53.533; 10.917Coordinates: 53°32′N 10°55′E / 53.533°N 10.917°E / 53.533; 10.917
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Ludwigslust-Parchim
Municipal assoc. Zarrentin
Subdivisions 12
 • Mayor Marian Borowkoff
 • Total 91.89 km2 (35.48 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 4,878
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 19246
Dialling codes 038851
Vehicle registration LWL
Examination building of a former monastery, today the building serves as the seat of Zarrentin, a museum, library and an event hall.
Queues of East German cars at the Zarrentin border crossing on 12 November 1989, three days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Zarrentin is a town in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the Schaalsee lake, 19 km southeast of Ratzeburg, and 34 km west of Schwerin.

Hiking trail


Between 1982 and 1990 Zarrentin served as East German inner German border crossing for cars travelling along today's Bundesautobahn 24 between the East German Democratic Republic, or West Berlin and the West German Federal Republic of Germany. The traffic was subject to the Interzonal traffic regulations, that between West Germany and West Berlin followed the special regulations of the Transit Agreement (1972).