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Ucker–Uecker, Randow, Welse.png
The rivers Ucker/Uecker, Randow, and Welse
Country Germany
Basin features
Main source Uckermark
69 m (226 ft)
River mouth Szczecin Lagoon
53°45′4″N 13°4′16″E / 53.75111°N 13.07111°E / 53.75111; 13.07111Coordinates: 53°45′4″N 13°4′16″E / 53.75111°N 13.07111°E / 53.75111; 13.07111
Basin size 2,200 km2 (850 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 102 km (63 mi)
The Ucker near Torgelow

The Uecker ([ˈʏkər]) or Ucker[1] is a river in the northeastern German states of Brandenburg, where it is known as the Ucker, and of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Its source lies in the Uckermark district, near the village Alt-Temmen. It flows north through Lake Oberuckersee, Lake Mollensee and Lake Unteruckersee, where the old town of Prenzlau stands. Near the small village of Nieden (the border between Brandenburg and Vorpommern) the Ucker changes its name to Uecker. It flows further north through the towns of Pasewalk and Torgelow, and passes Eggesin on the left site. Here the river Randow flows into the Uecker. In Ueckermünde, the Uecker flows into the Szczecin Lagoon, which connects with the Baltic Sea through the three straits Peenestrom, Świna and Dziwna.

The name "Uecker" originated in the Polabian word vikru/vikrus, meaning "fast" or "quick".[2] The Uecker gave its name to the Uckermark historical region and to the two districts Uckermark and Uecker-Randow.


  1. ^ Leciejewicz, p. 58
  2. ^ Heinrich, p. 382


  • Heinrich, Gerd (1973). Handbuch der historischen Stätten Deutschlands, Band 10, Berlin und Brandenburg (in German). Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag. p. 563. ISBN 978-3-520-31103-0. 
  • Leciejewicz, Lech (1989). Słowianie zachodni : z dziejów tworzenia się średniowiecznej Europy (in Polish). Wrocław: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich. ISBN 83-04-02690-2.