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 • Total2,123 km2 (820 sq mi)
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total76,508
 • Density36/km2 (93/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationPR

Prignitz (German pronunciation: [ˈpʁiːɡnɪts]) is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of Brandenburg, Germany. Neighboring are (from the north clockwise) the district Ludwigslust-Parchim in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the district Ostprignitz-Ruppin in Brandenburg, the district Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt and the district Lüchow-Dannenberg in Lower Saxony.


The term Prignitz originally meant the region north of the confluence of the Elbe and Havel rivers. This region is larger than the district. It also includes the town of Havelberg in Saxony-Anhalt and large portions of the neighbouring district of Ostprignitz-Ruppin.

The Elbe river forms the southwestern border of the district.


The historical region Prignitz consisted of the following eleven districts, established in the 13th century: Wittenberge, Lenzen, Perleberg, Putlitz, Kyritz, Nitzow, Wittstock, Pritzwalk, Havelberg, Wusterhausen and Grabow.

The present district of Prignitz was created in 1993 by merging the previous districts of Pritzwalk and Perleberg and a few municipalities from the district Kyritz. The westernmost part of the district was previously part of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and became part of Brandenburg on August 1, 1992.

The earlier district of Prignitz was the buffer between Brandenburg and Mecklenburg. It was resettled by Germans, especially from the Bremen area, following the First Wendish Crusade of 1147. The rate of German settlement increased over the following decades. The eastern half was dominated by the pro-German counts von Plotho who brought their own vassals such as the von Blumenthal and von Grabow families with them. The western half was dominated by robber barons, especially the Gans zu Putlitz family and their vassals, the von Quitzows. When Frederick, Count of Zollern was appointed Margrave in 1411, he faced an uprising of the Wendish nobility, supported by the Wendish Duke of Mecklenburg. However, he was able to put down the revolt at the battle of the Cremmer Dam, with the support of the German nobility. Families who had stayed loyal were rewarded. Otto von Blumenthal, for example, was made Captain of the Prignitz from 1415 to 1422 and of Lenzen from 1420.


Landkreis Prignitz: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 89,625—    
1890 92,023+0.18%
1910 104,107+0.62%
1925 113,250+0.56%
1933 112,411−0.09%
1939 115,354+0.43%
1946 156,782+4.48%
1950 153,728−0.49%
1964 129,143−1.24%
1971 128,537−0.07%
1981 117,182−0.92%
1985 114,812−0.51%
1989 112,443−0.52%
1990 109,435−2.68%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 105,987−3.15%
1992 104,690−1.22%
1993 103,740−0.91%
1994 102,650−1.05%
1995 101,421−1.20%
1996 100,422−0.99%
1997 99,024−1.39%
1998 98,205−0.83%
1999 97,076−1.15%
2000 95,701−1.42%
2001 94,015−1.76%
2002 92,646−1.46%
2003 91,214−1.55%
2004 89,792−1.56%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 88,340−1.62%
2006 87,221−1.27%
2007 85,705−1.74%
2008 84,284−1.66%
2009 83,086−1.42%
2010 82,023−1.28%
2011 79,574−2.99%
2012 78,799−0.97%
2013 77,993−1.02%
2014 77,550−0.57%
2015 77,573+0.03%
2016 77,813+0.31%
2017 77,263−0.71%
2018 76,508−0.98%

Coat of arms[edit]

Coat of arms
The coat of arms shows a goose preparing for flight, the symbol of the Gans zu Putlitz family (Gans is German for goose), who in the 12th century were one of a number of families (such as the von Plotho, von Blumenthal and von Arnim families) who introduced Christianity and German culture to Prignitz. The pearls around the goose symbolize Perleberg (which translates to Pearl Mountain). The wolf at bottom stands for the former administrative seat, Pritzwalk, as walk derives from the Slavonic wolk meaning wolf. The wavy separation between the top and bottom symbolizes the river Elbe; the colors red and white are those of Brandenburg.

Towns and municipalities[edit]

Amt-free towns Ämter
  1. Perleberg
  2. Pritzwalk
  3. Wittenberge

Amt-free municipalities

  1. Groß Pankow (Prignitz)
  2. Gumtow
  3. Karstädt
  4. Plattenburg

1. Amt Bad Wilsnack/Weisen

  1. Bad Wilsnack1, 2
  2. Breese
  3. Legde/Quitzöbel
  4. Rühstädt
  5. Weisen

2. Amt Lenzen-Elbtalaue

  1. Cumlosen
  2. Lanz
  3. Lenzen (Elbe)1, 2
  4. Lenzerwische

3. Amt Meyenburg

  1. Gerdshagen
  2. Halenbeck-Rohlsdorf
  3. Kümmernitztal
  4. Marienfließ
  5. Meyenburg1, 2

4. Amt Putlitz-Berge

  1. Berge
  2. Gülitz-Reetz
  3. Pirow
  4. Putlitz1, 2
  5. Triglitz
1seat of the Amt; 2town


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°00′N 12°00′E / 53.000°N 12.000°E / 53.000; 12.000