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Coat of arms of the community of Gettorf
Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Gettorf highlighted

Coordinates: 54 ° 24 '  N , 9 ° 58'  E

Basic data
State : Schleswig-Holstein
Circle : Rendsburg-Eckernförde
Office : Danish charity
Height : 28 m above sea level NHN
Area : 9.35 km 2
Residents: 7563 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 809 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 24214
Area code : 04346
License plate : RD, ECK
Community key : 01 0 58 058
Office administration address: Karl-Kolbe-Platz 1
24214 Gettorf
Website :
Mayor : Hans Ulrich Frank ( CDU )
Location of the community of Gettorf in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district

Gettorf ( Danish : Gettorp , Low German : Cheddebed, Geddörper ) is a municipality in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district about halfway between Kiel and Eckernförde .

Gettorf forms the geographical center of the Danish Wohld landscape and, as its second largest town, with its schools, public institutions and businesses, has the function of a sub-center .

Gettorf has a little over 7500 inhabitants. With the development of new building areas, an increase in the number of inhabitants is to be expected. The state development plan for the Wohld community provides for 9,990 inhabitants as the upper limit. Gettorf is known nationwide primarily for its zoo .


Gettorf was probably founded by Jutian and Saxon settlers between 1190 and 1220 . The place owes its creation to the increasing clearing of the Jarnwith and its geographical location. It lies about ½ an old mile north of the then isthmus between the old Levensau and the Eider and is cut through by a secondary military path to the north. Gettorf was first mentioned in writing in 1259 as Ghetdorpe .

In 1876 Gettorf received the right of local self-government and thus formed an independent district from 1889. At that time the place had 1221 inhabitants.

From 1948 the municipalities of Gettorf, Lindau and Neudorf-Bornstein formed the Gettorf office. With the county and offices reform from 1970 Gettorf comes from the county Eckernförde to Rendsburg-Eckernförde . The municipality of Lindau comes to the Danish Welfare Office. On January 1, 1979, the office is dissolved and Gettorf becomes an office-free municipality. Neudorf-Bornstein comes to the Office of Danish Welfare. In the course of the administrative structural reform in Schleswig-Holstein, the municipality of Gettorf joined the Danish Wohld office on January 1, 2008 , whose official seat it had already been.


Community representation

Since the municipal elections on May 6, 2018, the community council of Gettorf, made up of 21 members :

SPD CDU Green FDP total
6th 8th 4th 3 21 seats

coat of arms

Blazon : “In blue a wavy golden mountain, in front of it a red late Gothic church tower with an eight-sided silver helmet. On both sides of the same a floating, rooted silver oak tree. "


Economy and Transport

The economy of Gettorf is characterized by small craft and medium-sized service and commercial enterprises that have taken on great importance for the supply of the surrounding area. Agriculture plays a not insignificant role. A large proportion of the working population is employed in the neighboring cities of Kiel , Eckernförde and Rendsburg or has to travel further to work as a commuter .

Due to its proximity to Kiel, an international sea and ferry port and the Kiel-Holtenau airport are in the immediate vicinity.

Road traffic

Gettorf is connected to the national road network by a bypass of the federal highway 76 completed in 2004 .

Rail transport

Gettorf station platform side

Gettorf has had a train station on the Kiel – Flensburg line since 1881 , which means that further connections can be reached quickly via Kiel Hauptbahnhof . There is a central bus station on the station forecourt. As part of the StadtRegionalBahn-Kiel project, which has now been partially discontinued , the construction of an additional stop in Gettorf-Süd was planned.

Gettorf station was the starting point for the Gettorf – Stohl military railway from 1918 to 1922 and the freight railway of the Danish Wohld railway cooperative between Gettorf and Neu-Bülk from 1925 to 1932 . A 600 mm narrow-gauge railway ran from Stohl to Marienfelde. This railway supplied the Marienfelde guns with ammunition. These guns had the task of protecting the port of Kiel from an invasion. Similar plants existed in Fiefbergen and Stakendorf.


Church tower of the St. Jürgen Church

The list of cultural monuments in Gettorf includes the cultural monuments entered in the list of monuments of Schleswig-Holstein.

In the center of the village is the medieval St. Jürgen Church , construction of which began before 1250 and was completed with the construction of a 64 m high church tower around 1494. The church tower played a role as an observation post in the German-Danish War of 1864. For this purpose, a wooden structure several meters high was built on top of the tower.

In the pedestrian zone at Alexanderplatz, a small devil statue recalls an old legend, according to which the devil threw a rock, the devil's stone , on the church tower, which was diverted by God and thus only grazed the tower, which is why it is now slightly crooked. This Teufelsstein or Düvelstein, which is the largest boulder in Schleswig-Holstein, can be found outside Gettorf in the municipality of Lindau on the road between Revensdorf and Großkönigsförde.

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The devil sculpture in Gettorf - with the legend of the Teufelsstein - the largest boulder in Schleswig-Holstein
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The Low German text with the legend of the Teufelsstein in Königsförde
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The Düvelstein or Teufelsstein near Großkönigsförde, municipality of Lindau (near Kiel) in Schleswig-Holstein

The Gettorfer Mühle , built in 1869, is in Gettorf - a windmill that is now the seat of the local library . The mill is also used by the Danish Wohld registry office as a wedding mill and offers space for 50 guests in the wedding room there. The local history museum and the town hall border the grounds of the mill .

The Gettorf Zoo , which is particularly famous for its large collection of monkeys , has gained fame beyond the region . The Gettorf Zoo is so far the only privately run zoo in Schleswig-Holstein.


Since 1948 the footballers no longer wanted to be called gymnasts, there are two large sports clubs in Gettorf with the Gettorfer Turnverein (GTV) and the Gettorfer Sportclub (GSC), which are known nationally for the fields of speed skating, badminton and floorball . The GSC footballers play with their first men's team in the Schleswig State League. The Gettorfer TV organizes an important social event with the foundation festival in November and the largest sporting event in the Danish Wohld with the Gettorf-Lauf in June. In 2004 the Gettorf tennis club broke away from the Gettorf gymnastics club and now exists as an independent club with over 300 members. The first men's team was active in the regional league until 2007. The 1st Gettorfer Bowling Club from 1973 was repeatedly successful at national level, provided several youth and junior national squads and was represented at European championships. The 1st Gettorf Bowling Club from 1979 is also part of the Gettorf sports offer. The first men's team represented Gettorf for several years in the 2nd Bundesliga North. The Gettorfer Schützenverein from 1958 (GSV) with its leased shooting range in the Bürgerpark was able to win the state king title and championships at state, district or county level several times. In the summer of 2017, the new sports park in the community of Gettorf was opened. This is one of the most modern sports facilities in Schleswig-Holstein, as it has, among other things, heated artificial turf pitches and a 200-meter-long speed skating track.

Web links

Commons : Gettorf  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Gettorf  - travel guide

Individual evidence

  1. North Statistics Office - Population of the municipalities in Schleswig-Holstein 4th quarter 2019 (XLSX file) (update based on the 2011 census) ( help on this ).
  2.  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. Announcement of the municipal election results of May 6, 2018 of the Gettorf municipality. Retrieved February 11, 2019 .
  4. Schleswig-Holstein's municipal coat of arms
  5. Office Danish Wohld: Marriage in Danish Wohld ( Memento of the original from August 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ^ 1. Gettorfer Bowling Club from 1973
  7. ^ 1. Gettorf Bowling Club from 1979
  8. ^ Gettorf Rifle Club from 1958 (GSV)