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Historical sight of the Wakenitz and Lübeck by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg (between 1572 and 1618)

The Wakenitz is a river in southeastern Schleswig-Holstein whose source is the Ratzeburger See in Ratzeburg.

Gardens at eastern bank in Lübeck

The Wakenitz is about 14.5 kilometers long and drains into the Trave in Lübeck. The majority of its eastern bank forms the border between Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. After the end of World War II this river formed part of the Iron Curtain between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic. The Wakenitz drains an area of about 445 km².

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Coordinates: 53°53′N 10°42′E / 53.883°N 10.700°E / 53.883; 10.700