Ratzeburger See

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Ratzeburger See
Ratzeburger See is located in Schleswig-Holstein
Ratzeburger See
Ratzeburger See
Coordinates53°44′4″N 10°45′22″E / 53.73444°N 10.75611°E / 53.73444; 10.75611Coordinates: 53°44′4″N 10°45′22″E / 53.73444°N 10.75611°E / 53.73444; 10.75611
Primary inflowsSchaalseekanal, various creeks
Primary outflowsWakenitz
Basin countriesGermany
Surface area14.3 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
Average depth12 m (39 ft)
Max. depth24.1 m (79 ft)
Surface elevation4 m (13 ft)

Ratzeburger See  is a lake in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. At an elevation of 4 m, its surface area is 14.3 km².

Amidst the lake is an island upon which the City of Ratzeburg is located, accessible from the mainland via three isthmuses. The island is home to the Old Town, including a cathedral - one of the oldest in Germany. At the end of the 17th century, the old castle at the western end of the island was completely destroyed and the site has since been degraded to a mere parking lot.

External links[edit]

  • Nixdorf, B.; et al. (2004), "Ratzeburger See", Dokumentation von Zustand und Entwicklung der wichtigsten Seen Deutschlands (in German), Berlin: Umweltbundesamt, p. 46