Zarrentin am Schaalsee

Coordinates: 53°32′N 10°55′E / 53.533°N 10.917°E / 53.533; 10.917
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Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Monastery seen from the Schaalsee
Monastery seen from the Schaalsee
Coat of arms of Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Location of Zarrentin am Schaalsee within Ludwigslust-Parchim district
Zarrentin am Schaalsee is located in Germany
Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Zarrentin am Schaalsee is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Zarrentin am Schaalsee
Coordinates: 53°32′N 10°55′E / 53.533°N 10.917°E / 53.533; 10.917
Municipal assoc.Zarrentin
 • MayorKlaus Draeger
 • Total91.89 km2 (35.48 sq mi)
40 m (130 ft)
 • Total5,484
 • Density60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes038851
Vehicle registrationLWL
Examination building of a former monastery, today the building serves as the seat of Zarrentin, a museum, library and an event hall.
Queues of East German cars at the Zarrentin border crossing on 12 November 1989, three days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Zarrentin am Schaalsee, until 2004 simply Zarrentin, is a town in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated on the Schaalsee lake, 19 km southeast of Ratzeburg, and 34 km west of Schwerin.

Hiking trail
Lake Boissow


In the 11th century, the Slavic settlement of Zarnethin was at Zarrentin. It could translate vaguely to "place of evil" or "black site", indicating a former ritual place. In 1139/1143 the place was reigned by Henry of Badewide, a Saxon count. From the late 12th century on, many Germans settled here. The Ratzeburger Zehntregister mentions the place in 1230.

The Zarrentin Abbey was founded in 1246 and dissolved in 1552. Parts of the building remain until today. When the town was connected to train tracks in 1896 via the Hagenow Land–Bad Oldesloe railway, it grew larger and became home to various factories (for barrels, potato fabrication, a lime kiln), and construction entrepreneurs, corn and cattle dealers settled. 1938, when Zarrentin already grew to a population of 2000, it received town privileges. Since then, it also became popular with tourists for the surrounding nature and the renowned hospitality.[2]

Between 1982 and 1990 Zarrentin served as East German inner German border crossing for cars travelling along today's Bundesautobahn 24 between the East German Democratic Republic, or West Berlin and the West German Federal Republic of Germany. The traffic was subject to the interzonal traffic regulations, that between West Germany and West Berlin followed the special regulations of the Transit Agreement (1972).


  1. ^ "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2022" (XLS) (in German). Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 2023.
  2. ^ Stadt Zarrentin - Geschichte (de)