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Coat of arms of Preetz
Coat of arms
Preetz   is located in Germany
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
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Plön
 • Mayor Wolfgang Schneider
 • Total 14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,895
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 24211
Dialling codes 04342
Vehicle registration PLÖ

Preetz (German pronunciation: [ˈpʁeːts]) is a town in the district of Plön, in Schleswig-Holstein, Northern Germany. In the town centre is a small lake, the Kirchsee.


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.

Allison Mack, most known for her role as Chloe Sullivan on the American television series Smallville, was born in Preetz.

Preetz has today a population of 15,600.

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: