|• Mayor||Olaf Arnold|
|• Total||22.74 km2 (8.78 sq mi)|
|Elevation||55 m (180 ft)|
|• Density||63/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
The municipality of Panker includes the villages Darry, Gadendorf, Matzwitz, Satjendorf, Todendorf and Panker estate. The nearest city is Luetjenburg.
Panker first got mentioned in 1433 as "Pankuren", which is a Slavic name.
The first owners of this estate was the Rantzau family, an old nobility, before it was sold to Frederick I, Lord of Hesse and King of Sweden, in 1739.
Frederick I gave this and some other estates to his misbegotten sons, hence they became Lords of Hessenstein. Occupants include Prince Frederik of Hesse, who died here in 1845.
The estate, which is located on the Baltic Sea, arose around that time, the villa was built around 1800. It belongs to the Hessian House Foundation. It is not available to public.
Villages in the municipality
Matzwitz is a small village near the Landesstrasse 165. Many barnyards, farms and ranches were built along the short road through Matzwitz.
A kindergarten, a voluntary fire department and an elementary school are in Darry.
A flak range is in Todendorf - it is an outpost of the military training area in Putlos.
Gadendorf has a voluntary fire department.
A voluntary fire department is in Satjenburg.
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