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Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Grabow
Coat of arms
Grabow  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 53°16′N 11°34′E / 53.267°N 11.567°E / 53.267; 11.567Coordinates: 53°16′N 11°34′E / 53.267°N 11.567°E / 53.267; 11.567
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Ludwigslust-Parchim
Municipal assoc. Grabow
 • Mayor Stefan Sternberg
 • Total 72.08 km2 (27.83 sq mi)
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 5,556
 • Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 19300
Dialling codes 038756
Vehicle registration LWL

Grabow (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁaːbo]) is a town in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the river Elde, 7 km (4.35 mi) southeast of Ludwigslust, and 34 km (21.12 mi) northwest of Wittenberge. It is twinned with Whitstable, in Kent.


The name Grabow is of Slavic Polabian origin, grab means "hornbeam". Names with this root occur often in Mecklenburg. It was only slightly changed as Grabowe (1186, 1252, 1275) and Grabow (1189, 1298). Pope Urban III. mentions castle Grabow for the first time in a letter from February 23, 1186. The city received city law in 1252 from the Count of Dannenberg. On 3 June 1725 the city was destroyed by a great fire. The palace was never rebuilt. At least since the 18th century there were Jews in the city, who left behind a synagogue and a cemetery. Both of them were damaged during the Kristallnacht.

The historical center of Grabow is distinguished by its close core of timber-framed houses of the 18th century.

From 1815 to 1918, Grabow was part of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Otto Plath, the father of Sylvia Plath, emigrated from Grabow to America. On 1 January 2016, the former municipality Steesow became part of Grabow.

Number of inhabitants[edit]

  • 1877: 4,200
  • 1910: 5,500
  • 1939: 5,900
  • 1946: 8,900
  • 1970: 8,500
  • 1984: 8,600
  • 1990: 8,098
  • 1995: 7,240
  • 1997: 6,934
  • 2000: 6,741
  • 2005: 6,231


Sons and Daughters of Grabow[edit]

Karl LeopoldDuke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Duke Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

External links[edit]

Media related to Grabow at Wikimedia Commons