Coordinates: 54°14′12″N 10°16′56″E / 54.23667°N 10.28222°E / 54.23667; 10.28222
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Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Preetz
Coat of arms of Preetz
Location of Preetz within Plön district
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; 10.28222
 • MayorBjörn Demmin (Ind.)
 • Total14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
24 m (79 ft)
 • Total16,005
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
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" (English: 'shoemaker town') named after shoemakers who used to live and work in this town[citation needed]. Preetz has a population of about 16,000 and is the largest city in the district of Plön.


Preetz is located in a hilly area referred to as the Holsteinische Schweiz (Holstein Switzerland) with a number of lakes and forests surrounding the town.

Lakes include the Postsee, Lanker See and the smaller Kirchsee in the centre of town, which forms part of the river Schwentine. There are multiple nature reserves around Preetz that attract tourists and locals alike for biking and hiking, especially in the summer months.


Historical drawing of Preetz around 1895
Preetz around 1895

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.

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

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



  • 1946–1946: Paul Schön
  • 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]

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.

Twin towns[edit]

Preetz is twinned with:

Notable people[edit]

Karl August Genzken (1946/1947)


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2021" (XLS) (in German). Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein.
  2. ^ "Dorset Twinning Association List". The Dorset Twinning Association. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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.