Medieval town gate Mitteltor and St Mary Church
Medieval town gate Mitteltor and St Mary Church
Coat of arms of Prenzlau
Coat of arms
Location of Prenzlau within Uckermark district
Prenzlau in UM.png
Prenzlau is located in Germany
Prenzlau is located in Brandenburg
Coordinates: 53°19′N 13°52′E / 53.317°N 13.867°E / 53.317; 13.867Coordinates: 53°19′N 13°52′E / 53.317°N 13.867°E / 53.317; 13.867
Subdivisions24 Ortsteile
 • MayorHendrik Sommer
 • Total142.18 km2 (54.90 sq mi)
Elevation30 m (100 ft)
 • Total18,970
 • Density130/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes03984
Vehicle registrationUM

Prenzlau (German: [ˈpʁɛnt͡slaʊ] (About this soundlisten), formerly also Prenzlow) is a town in Brandenburg, Germany, the administrative seat of Uckermark District. It is also the centre of the historic Uckermark region.


The town is located on the Ucker river, about 100 km (62 mi) north of Berlin. Prenzlau station -- which opened in 1863 -- is a stop on the Angermünde–Stralsund railway line.


Settled since Neolithic times, the Prenzlau area from the 7th century AD was the site of several gords erected by the Polabian Slavs. In the late 12th century, the Dukes of Pomerania had the region colonized by Low German settlers.

Prenzlau itself, named after Slavic Premyslaw was first mentioned in 1187. It received town privileges by Duke Barnim I of Pomerania in 1234. When Duke Barnim signed the Treaty of Landin with the Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg in 1250, Prenzlau was already a fortified town with walls and moats, four parish churches and a monastery. Together with Berlin-Cölln, Frankfurt and Stendal, it ranked among the largest towns in the margraviate.

The Prenzlau and the Uckermark region were devastated during the Thirty Years' War. From the late 17th century onwards French Huguenot refugees settled here and an economic recovery started. Also a garrison town, Prenzlau was again ravaged by passing troops during the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars. In the mid 19th century, several citizens emigrated to Australia, where they founded the town of Prenzlau, Queensland west of Brisbane.

In World War II the Oflag II-A is a prisoner-of-war camp located just south of Prenzlau on the main road to Berlin. The town centre was largely destroyed. The East German authorities had it rebuilt with large panel Plattenbau buildings.


Prenzlau: Population development
within the current boundaries (2017)[2]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 18,512—    
1890 20,823+0.79%
1910 24,327+0.78%
1925 24,572+0.07%
1933 25,118+0.28%
1939 27,697+1.64%
1946 21,532−3.53%
1950 22,960+1.62%
1964 23,267+0.09%
1971 24,890+0.97%
1981 26,020+0.44%
1985 26,326+0.29%
1989 26,211−0.11%
1990 25,900−1.19%
1991 25,167−2.83%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1992 24,743−1.68%
1993 24,451−1.18%
1994 24,120−1.35%
1995 23,847−1.13%
1996 23,630−0.91%
1997 23,501−0.55%
1998 23,133−1.57%
1999 22,946−0.81%
2000 22,737−0.91%
2001 22,225−2.25%
2002 21,785−1.98%
2003 21,341−2.04%
2004 21,039−1.42%
2005 20,904−0.64%
2006 20,735−0.81%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2007 20,461−1.32%
2008 20,285−0.86%
2009 20,173−0.55%
2010 20,078−0.47%
2011 19,139−4.68%
2012 19,045−0.49%
2013 19,023−0.12%
2014 19,070+0.25%
2015 19,275+1.07%
2016 19,279+0.02%
2017 19,110−0.88%
2018 19,024−0.45%
2019 18,970−0.28%


Seats in the town's assembly (Stadtverordnetenversammlung) as of 2014 local elections:

Twin towns – sister cities

Prenzlau is twinned with:[3]

Notable people

Natalia Alexeievna of Russia in 1776



  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2019". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2020.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
  3. ^ "Partnerstädte". prenzlau.eu (in German). Prenzlau. Retrieved 2021-03-11.

External links

Media related to Prenzlau at Wikimedia Commons

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