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Coat of arms of Zinnowitz
Location of Zinnowitz within Vorpommern-Greifswald district
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Zinnowitz is located in Germany
Zinnowitz is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Coordinates: 54°04′35″N 13°54′41″E / 54.07639°N 13.91139°E / 54.07639; 13.91139Coordinates: 54°04′35″N 13°54′41″E / 54.07639°N 13.91139°E / 54.07639; 13.91139
StateMecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Municipal assoc.Usedom-Nord
 • MayorCarsten Michalk
 • Total9.04 km2 (3.49 sq mi)
5 m (16 ft)
 • Total4,158
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes038377
Vehicle registrationVG

Zinnowitz is a Spa (resort) town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the northern German island of Usedom on the Baltic Sea. The town has rail connections to Wolgast and Ahlbeck.

Resort hotels in the Bäderarchitektur style in Zinnowitz (Neue Strandstraße)
The historic pier of Zinnowitz, 1906


The settlement of Zinnowitz is first mentioned under the Slavic name Tzys in 1309 in a deed of donation by Bogislaw IV, duke of Pomerania, to the Crumminer monastery. When the monastery was dissolved in 1563, Tzys reverted to Pomerania. At the end of the Thirty Years' War, in 1648, the island of Usedom on which Zinnowitz is situated fell to Sweden, which changed the town's name to Zitz.

In the middle of the 18th century, Zitz became part of Prussia. In 1751 the town was renamed Zinnowitz. When the Prussian state fell into financial need because of the Napoleonic Wars, it sold Zinnowitz to a businessman, the merchant F. W. Krause of nearby Swinemünde, who in turn sold it in 32 parcels it to a group of colonists. In June 1851 Zinnowitz was designated an official spa.[2]

Josef Alois Kessler, the last Volga German Bishop, retired and died here.

In GDR times, Zinnowitz was the most important bathing resort for Freier Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund tourism.

Zinnowitz is one of a couple of possible sites for the mythological sunken medieval city of Vineta. The legend is played out during the summer on the resort's open-air stage.

In the forest between Zinnowitz and Zempin, some remnants of the launching pads for testing V1 missiles can still be found. They were used between 1943 and 1945 as part of the nearby Peenemünde rocket testing facilities.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2020". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2021.
  2. ^ Meyers Reisebuch Deutsche Ostseeküste, II. Teil: Rügen und die pommersche Küste mit ihrem Hinterland, 2. Auflage, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1924, S. 62.
  3. ^ Documentation on rocket launching pads

External links[edit]

Media related to Zinnowitz at Wikimedia Commons