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Coat of arms of Preetz
Coat of arms
Location of Preetz within Plön district
Preetz in PLOE.png
Preetz is located in Germany
Preetz is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Coordinates: 54°14′12″N 10°16′56″E / 54.23667°N 10.28222°E / 54.23667; 10.28222Coordinates: 54°14′12″N 10°16′56″E / 54.23667°N 10.28222°E / 54.23667; 10.28222
 • MayorBjörn Demmin
 • Total14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
24 m (79 ft)
 • Total16,041
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes04342
Vehicle registrationPLÖ

Preetz (German pronunciation: [ˈpʁeːts]) is a town southeast of Kiel in the district of Plön, in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. Preetz is also known as "Schusterstadt"(engl: shoemaker town) because a lot of shoemakers used to live and work in this town. In Preetz are several lakes, called Postsee, Lanker See and in the centre a small one called Kirchsee. The river Schwentine is also going through Preetz.


Ancient oak tree, Preetz Priory in the background

The first mention of Preetz dates from the year 1185, when Ecbrecht Procensis writes about the location Poretz in the Versus de Vicelino. The origins of the name Preetz are said to be found in the Slavic term "po rece" (i.e., on the river). In 1221, the term "Poretzie" appeared, and in 1442 "Pretze".

A first town church was built in 1210. In 1211, Count Albrecht von Orlamünde established a Benedictine monastery: Preetz Priory. The foundation of the abbey was renewed by Adolf IV von Schauenburg in 1226, and it was given to nuns. In 1268, the nunnery church was built. The nunnery formed the highest administrative authority until 1867 and exercised jurisdiction as well.

Council Hall from 1871

Preetz obtained street lighting in 1852. The station was built in 1864, the Council Hall in 1871. An oak tree in front of the Council Hall, which was planted in 1871, still exists.

Limited city rights were awarded to Preetz on 17 May 1870, full city rights in 1901.

Today, Preetz has a population of about 16.000 people and is the largest city in the district of Plön.



  • 1946–1959: Max Grothe
  • 1959–1971: Heinrich Niendorf
  • 1971–1982: Bendix Herrmann
  • 1982–1991: Claus Feddersen
  • 1992–1999: Walter Riecken
  • 1999–2015: Wolfgang Schneider
  • since 2015: Björn Demmin

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of Arms

The fish in the top part is meant to show the past's principal source of food. Displayed is a Percidae. This kind of fish is known for its defensive traits and is meant to show the defensive traits the population of Preetz has.

Further reading[edit]

  • Peter Pauselius: Preetz unter dem Hakenkreuz, Großbarkau: Ed. Barkau, 2001, ISBN 3-928326-29-5.
  • Peter Pauselius: Dokumentation über die Kriegsgefangenen, Fremd- und Ostarbeiter in Preetz 1939-1946, in: Francia, 25/3, 1998, S.286ff., ISBN 3-928326-12-0.
  • Stadt Preetz (editor): Preetz: Landschaft, Mensch, Kultur, Großbarkau: Ed. Barkau, 2000, ISBN 3-928326-24-4.
  • Stadt Preetz (editor) (Text: Wilhelm Stölting): Preetz, Lebensbild einer holsteinischen Stadt, Preetz: Stadt Preetz, 1970.

Sons and daughters of the city[edit]

Karl August Genzken (1946/1947)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Preetz is twinned with: