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Coat of arms of the city of Parchim
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Coordinates: 53 ° 25 '  N , 11 ° 50'  E

Basic data
State : Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
County : Ludwigslust-Parchim
Height : 50 m above sea level NHN
Area : 124.74 km 2
Residents: 17,773 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 142 inhabitants per km 2
Postcodes : 19370, 19374
Area code : 03871
License plate : LUP, HGN, LBZ, LWL, PCH, STB
Community key : 13 0 76 108
City structure: 10 districts

City administration address :
Shoe market 1
19370 Parchim
Website :
Mayor : Dirk Flörke ( CDU )
Location of the town of Parchim in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district
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Parchim (also colloquially: Pütt , Low German : Parchen ) is the district town of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , 40 km southeast of the state capital Schwerin . The administrative seat of the Parchim Umland office , to which ten municipalities belong, is located in the non-official city of Parchim . The city is one of the 18 medium-sized centers in the country.


Geographical location

The city lies south of the Pomeranian main terminal moraine . To the north of the city lies the Sternberger Seenlandschaft , to the southeast the Mecklenburg Lake District and northwest to the Lewitz . The landscape was created during the Vistula Ice Age around 12,000 years ago in the glacial valleys and sands of the Pomeranian Stadium.

The river Elde flows through Parchim, which divides into several arms here and forms islands. In the northeast of the city is the 60 hectare Wockersee , on the northern bank of which the Wocker flows. Due to the city location, around two thirds of the west bank and the south bank are built on. It serves the city as a local recreation area. In the north and east the lake is surrounded by forests and meadows, in the north also by wet meadows. In the south of Parchim there is the " Slater Moor ", a natural wetland area. Larger forest areas are located in the north near the districts of Neuhof and Dargelütz and in the south near Slate and Kiekindemark . To the east of Parchim, arable land predominates. The “Buchholz” is located in the southeast. To the west of the actual urban area is a smaller exclave , at the western border of which the Stör Canal flows into the Müritz-Elde waterway .

Old town - Elde - Wockersee
Altstadt - Elde - Wockersee Photo: Florian Behncke

The highest elevations in the urban area are near Slate and Kiekindemark in the south and reach the Great Vietingsberg 108.9  m above sea level. HN and the Maiblumenberg 116.2  m above sea level. HN . The hills drop steeply to the Müritz-Elde waterway.

West town of Parchim
The Weststadt district in Parchim

City structure

Parchim includes the districts of Dargelütz , Kiekindemark , Neuhof, Neu Klockow and Slate . On May 25, 2014, the municipality of Damm with the districts of Malchow, Möderitz and Neu Matzlow was added to the urban area.

According to popular opinion, the city of Parchim is divided into the districts of Weststadt, Eldevorstadt, Südstadt, Brunnenfeld, Oststadt, Old Town including the center, Neustadt, Rabensoll and Wockerstadt as well as Regimentsvorstadt. Officially, however, this classification does not exist on the basis of fixed district boundaries, even if names such as Weststadt can be found in the naming of the local Weststadt-Center and the term "Brunnenfeld" has become established for the former B-Plan area "Brunnenfeld".



The name Parchim is derived from Slavonic. According to a very friendly version, the name is said to come from the sun god Parchom . The altpolabische name Parchom could otherwise of parch derived and translated from Polish / Lower Sorbian about mange hot and thus place the wilderness Feldmark have meant. The spelling changed little over the years, and as early as 1170 it was called Parchim or 1202 Parchem , although both forms were used alternately in the past.

As an unofficial and popular name for the city, “Pütt” has been mentioned for the first time in literature since the 1920s and is now widely used in the region. The Low German word for “puddle” probably alluded to the size of the Parchimer Wockersee, but is now associated with the city.

Panoramic view from St. Georgen church in east direction ( click here for west direction )

middle Ages

Parchim in the Middle Ages (sketch from 1896)
Ornamental disk with a representation of Christ, Archaeological Museum Groß Raden

The settlement area of the West Slavic tribe of Smeldinger suspected of recent research left and right of Elde to Parchim. An early medieval , self-contained Slavic settlement chamber has been archaeologically proven here.

Parchim Castle was first mentioned in a document in 1170 in a document from Emperor Friedrich I of Frankfurt am Main. Parchim received extended city ​​rights in 1225/26 by Heinrich Borwin II. From 1238 to 1248 Parchim was the residence of the Principality of Parchim-Richenberg . Prince Pribislaw I founded Parchimer Neustadt on the western bank of the Elde in 1240. Both cities (old and new town) merged in 1282. In 1289 part of the old town burned down.

St. George's Church, then still a basilica , was badly damaged. It was rebuilt and consecrated in 1307. In 1246 members of the Franciscan order came to Parchim. The brothers set up their convent on the outskirts of the Neustadt (repealed in the course of the Reformation in 1552/53). Around 1250, the construction of the Gothic St. Mary's Church in the new town began. In 1278 the church of the new town St. Marien was consecrated.

Between 1289 and 1310 the city wall was built, partly still visible, with a length of 2.7 kilometers, a thickness of 90 centimeters and a height of 5.5 meters. You entered the city through the three city gates: New Gate, demolished in 1797, 1833 and 1838, Kreuztor, demolished in 1847/48, Wockertor. The Wallhotel, today's Sparkasse am Moltkeplatz, is the first building to be built outside the city wall in 1863.

The Parchimer Landwehr was built in the middle of the 14th century . It was the outermost ring of the medieval city defenses in Parchim. In the north on the road to Sternberg, a guard tower, the so-called fishing tower, has been preserved from the old fortification . On the southern border of the urban area there are also well-preserved remains of this late medieval rampart for border security.

In 1316 Parchim appeared as a speaker at the city council. Parchim was a country town in Mecklenburg and, until 1918, as the front town, the first of the members of the state parliament in the Mecklenburg district . In 1377 the city bought the prince's castle and in 1384 Parchim engaged the mint master Tile von Kampen. In 1410 the rifle guild was founded. Around 1500 the city had about 3,000 inhabitants.

16th to 19th century

The Reformation took place in Parchim as early as 1530 and in 1540 the general superintendent "Riebling" settled in Parchim. Soon after, in 1550, the Franciscan brothers left the city. Joachim Loew worked as the first book printer in the city from 1548. In 1563 there were still witch trials taking place. The Great City School (Latin School) was built in 1564. Half of the old town was destroyed again in Parchim in 1586 by a city fire. The city was also hit by a plague in 1604.

In 1612 a city fire destroyed large parts of the city again. In 1620 the city had about 5,000 inhabitants. The plague epidemic of 1626 did not leave Parchim without a trace, it claimed 1,600 lives. The Thirty Years War caused immeasurable damage from 1637 to 1639. In 1648 only about 1,300 people lived in Parchim.

Regimental suburb of Parchim
District Regimentvorstadt Parchim / former Dragoon Regiment 18
Elementary school from 1892, today: Fritz Reuter School

Parchim was able to recover, however. From 1667 to 1708 the seat of the court and district court was in Parchim. From 1733 to 1788 Parchim was under a Prussian occupation. The population increased again by 1789 to around 4,000. In the 18th century, Jews also settled in the village and set up their Jewish cemetery on Voigtsdorfer Weg west of the Wockersee , where funerals took place until 1938.

One last major setback occurred during the occupation by Napoleonic troops in 1806. In the following wars of liberation, the Parchimer Landsturm was waged against Napoleon in 1813. After 1815 the city gradually recovered.

From 1818 to 1840, instead of the court and regional court, the higher appeal court had its seat in Parchim. The town hall building was extended and rebuilt in 1818 (see town hall).

The Friedrich-Franz-Gymnasium was built in 1827, the industrial school in 1838, the secondary school in 1841, the municipal elementary school in 1848, the middle school building in 1873, a larger grammar school building in 1890, today's Goethe school and in 1892 the new elementary school, today's Fritz Reuter school .

Parchim received a more democratic city constitution in 1832 and a new servant order in 1838 .

A cloth factory was built as early as 1819, followed by the paper mill in 1841, the Bauer machine factory in 1858 , the oven factory in 1874 and the Viktoriamühle in 1889. From 1863 further development took place outside the city wall. In 1867 Parchim became the location of the 2nd Mecklenburg Dragoon Regiment No. 18 .

The expansion of the infrastructure took place a. In 1841 with the construction of the Ludwigsluster Chaussee, in 1862 with the telegraph office and the gas station and in 1880 the city got a railway connection, the Ludwigslust – Parchim railway was put into operation and in 1885 it was connected to the Mecklenburg Southern Railway on the Neubrandenburg-Parchim line. For this purpose, the Mecklenburg Southern Railway Company was founded in Parchim in 1883.

Between 1841 and 1853 an attempt was made to mine lignite with the lignite mine at Sonnenberg .

20th and 21st centuries

Water tower from 1906
Central pioneer holiday camp "Kurt Bürger"

In 1905 the Villa Heucke was converted into a hospital. In 1910 there were 12,800 inhabitants in the city. In 1906 the waterworks was built and in 1921 Parchim received electricity. Parchim has been the official seat or district town since 1925. The new building of the district office was built in 1936.

At the beginning of the First World War , one of the largest prisoner-of-war camps in Germany with a capacity of up to 25,000 prisoners was set up on the former cavalry parade ground on the outskirts of Parchim. At times, 15,000 prisoners of war from Russia, France, Belgium, Serbia and England were housed here under bleak conditions. A total of 1402 of them died here. On the initiative and with donations of the camp inmates, a memorial was erected in the camp cemetery on Dammer Weg and consecrated on June 4, 1916. The city of Parchim has been responsible for maintaining and maintaining the facility since 1922.

Mid-1937 was approved by the Wehrmacht the airport Parchim commissioned. The Nazi Terror also caught Parchim: 1937 22 were  Jewish families ill-treated; they emigrated or they were deported to a concentration camp. The fate of 14 Jewish fellow citizens is highlighted in the list of stumbling blocks in Parchim . The synagogue was devastated during the November pogrom in 1938 , later demolished at the expense of the Jewish community, and the Jewish cemetery desecrated and destroyed. From 1939 to 1945 a labor camp was operated in the Bramfeld district , which housed around 1,000 Polish and Soviet prisoners of war who had to do forced labor in areas that are important for armaments . In addition, a transit camp for foreign forced laborers was set up, which is said to have had a frequency of 50,000 people. Only a tombstone reminds of them. The city ​​survived the Second World War largely undestroyed. The Red Army moved in around May 3, 1945 .

The air force of the Soviet Union used the airfield from 1945 to 1992. The Soviet secret police NKVD set up an office in Schweriner Straße 3/4 , in whose prison cellar brutal interrogations of alleged anti-Soviet detainees took place. A memorial plaque has been commemorating this since 1993. In 1951 the teachers of the grammar school Erich Creutzfeldt and Karl Richter were arrested with other Parchimers. After being sentenced to 20 years of forced labor , they were deported to the Siberian camp Taischet in the USSR, where Richter died and Creutzfeldt became seriously ill.

In 1946 - as in many places in the Soviet occupation zone - a cultural association was founded. The cloth factory was expropriated in 1948 and made public property . The amalgamation of carpenters to form a craft production cooperative took place in 1955, and in 1958 a state-owned estate was created . The aerated concrete plant was built in 1961 and the hydraulic plant in 1968. From 1963 the Weststadt developed as a large housing estate , mostly in prefabricated construction . The city was added to the list of regional city monuments of the GDR around 1970 , but the old town was not renovated.

During the GDR era, VEB Filmfabrik Wolfen in Parchim maintained the central pioneer holiday camp " Kurt Bürger " for the children of its employees.

After 1991, the historic old town was thoroughly renovated as part of the urban development subsidy and the urban monument protection program . In 1992 the 37-hectare regimental suburb was also included in the urban renewal as an urban development measure and converted into a residential park by around 2012. In 1997 the town hall renovation was completed. From 1993 to 2011, the Parchimer Weststadt housing estate was redeveloped by improving the residential area as part of urban redevelopment east and the dismantling subsidy.

Population development of Parchim.svgPopulation development of Parchim - from 1871
Population development in Parchim according to the table below. Above from 1500 to 2017. Below an excerpt from 1871

From 1952 to 1990 Parchim county seat was the same circle in the East German district of Schwerin . Even after the turning point and the peaceful revolution , Parchim remained the district town of the new, larger Parchim district . In the course of the district reform in 2011 , the city became the seat of the new Ludwigslust-Parchim district . In the run-up there was a considerable dispute about the future district town, Ludwigslust and Parchim were up for debate.

Population development

year Residents
1500 3,000
1620 5,000
1648 1,300
1789 4,000
1830 5,800
1850 6,270
1910 12,804
1939 16,000
1974 23,000
year Residents
1990 22,886
1995 20,915
2000 20,048
2005 19,348
2010 18,425
year Residents
2015 17,918
2016 17,964
2017 18,074
2018 18,037
2019 17,773

from 1990: as of December 31 of the respective year


City council

Election of the city council in 2019
Gains and losses
compared to 2014
 % p
-2.4  % p
-15.3  % p
+ 19.5  % p
-4.9  % p
+ 6.9  % p
+ 0.5  % p
+ 0.7  % p
+ 0.9  % p

The election of the city council on May 26, 2019 led to the following result with a turnout of 49.8% (2014: 35.2%):

Party / list Seats
SPD 7th
CDU 6th
AfD 5
The left 3
UBfP 2
Alliance 90 / The Greens 1
Individual applicant Heinz Madauß 1
All in all 25th


  • 1994–2015: Bernd Rolly (SPD)
  • since 2015: Dirk Flörke (CDU)

In the mayoral election on May 10, 2015, Flörke was elected for a term of seven years with 55.6% of the valid votes. He took office on September 1, 2015.

coat of arms

The coat of arms was established on April 10, 1858 by Friedrich Franz II , Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and registered under the number 21 of the coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Blazon : “In red, a black bull's head looking forward with black horns, around each of which three golden bands are wrapped and a golden crown showing five prongs alternately decorated with lilies and pearls; between the horns, growing up out of the bull's head, the four-ended rods of a golden deer antler. The bull's head is cut away: at the height of the crown circlet of two six-pointed golden stars, including two green clover stalks with the leaves tilted outwards . "


Parchim city flag

The city's flag is evenly striped lengthways in black, red and green. The length of the flag cloth is related to the height like 5 to 3.

Town twinning

Sights and culture


St. Georgen
Town hall , the symbol of the city
  • The town center of Parchim with its two centers in the old town (around St. Georgen) and in the new town (around St. Marien), traversed by the Elde and surrounded by the ramparts, is a well-preserved regional area monument with many individual monuments.
  • The parish church of St. Georgen is a brick hall church in the old town. In 1289 the construction of the Gothic church began. Inside are remains of medieval wall paintings. The neo-Gothic altarpiece by Gotthilf Ludwig Möckel was made at the end of the 19th century. The two late Gothic triumphal groups, the octagonal stone baptismal font from 1619, the pulpit from 1580, the Leptzow altar from 1421 and the council pews (1608/1623) are remarkable.
  • The St. Marien Church is the parish church of the new town. The vaults and buttresses of the hall church date from the 14th century. The west tower from 1310 was modeled on the towers of the Marienkirche in Lübeck. The most valuable pieces of equipment include the bronze baptismal font from 1365, the Marien Altar from around 1500, two bells from 1514, the pulpit and organ gallery from 1601 and the Jewish tombstones from the 13th and 14th centuries.
  • Numerous half-timbered houses characterize the historic city center of the old town and that of the new town of Parchim. The houses Alter Markt 2 (1618), Langestr. 24 (1612), Lindenstrasse. 3 (1583), Lindenstrasse. 6 (1604/1650), Mühlenstraße 37/38 (1691), Mittelstr. 12 (after 1588), Schuhmarkt 7 (1612) and in Apothekenstrasse 1 the pharmacy from 1703.
  • The tin house in Langenstrasse 24 from 1612 is the second oldest preserved secular building in Parchim. The half-timbered house - once also the house of the city watchman - has developed into an important art and cultural center after its excellent renovation.
  • The town hall on the old market is an elongated two-story brick building, originally from the 14th century. In 1818 the building for the Mecklenburg Higher Appeal Court was fundamentally rebuilt by the architect Johann Georg Barca , whereby the Gothic architecture was retained. The new entrance from the Altmarkt is centered on the longitudinal axis, supplemented by a porch. Around 1995 the town hall was again thoroughly renovated and modernized.
  • The medieval city fortification is only partially recognizable as a wall and very well as a rampart. The wall in the area of ​​the Wallhotel is up to one meter wide. The medieval city gates were unfortunately demolished in the 19th century.
  • The former imperial post office from 1883 on the shoe market is a good example of the public buildings from around 1900. The design was made by Prof. Hubert Stier from Hanover.
  • Among the most interesting buildings in the city are the then municipal savings bank, built in 1934/35, today Commerzbank (Schuhmarkt 8) and the district building built in 1935/36, the former district court on Moltkeplatz. Both buildings are works by Paul Schultze-Naumburg .

Listed building

Zinnhaus in Langen Strasse 24
Half-timbered house in Lindenstrasse 3

see also: List of architectural monuments in Parchim , List of architectural monuments in Parchim (outdoor areas)

In 2007, around 473 buildings or components were listed in Parchim . The buildings - mostly residential or residential and commercial buildings as well as a few former warehouses - are primarily in the old town, the new town and regimental suburbs such as u. a. in

Alte Mauerstraße (7), Alter Markt (11), Am Ilepool (7), Am Kreuztor (4), Am Rathaus (4), Am Wallhotel (6), Apothekenstraße (4), Auf dem Brook (18), Auf dem Sassenhagen (25, including the basalt pavement and the fire brigade with tower), August-Bebel-Strasse (4), Baadestrasse (7), Bahnhofsstrasse (4, including the station with the outbuildings), Bauhofstrasse (7), Bleicherstrasse (2), Blutstrasse (13), Brunnenstrasse (5), Buchholzallee (16), Clara-Zetkin-Strasse (1), Eichberg (war memorial), Fichtestrasse (8), Fischerdamm (4, including the mill), Floerkestrasse (2), three cemeteries (including memorials, tombs, chapels), Fritz-Reuter-Straße (war memorial), Hakenstraße (8), Heidestraße (7) churches (3), Kirchgasse 2), Lange Straße (25), Lindenstraße (26), Ludwigsluster Straße ( 15), Marienstraße (2), Marstall (7), Meyenburger Straße (2), Mittelstraße (7), Mittelstraße (3, St. Bartholdomäuskapelle) Moltkeplatz (5, including park, memorial, former district court, district office), Mönchhof (2 : School, transformers ha us), Mühlenberg (4), Mühlenstraße (17), Neue Mauerstraße (10), Neuer Markt (1), Pfaffenhaus (4), Piepenhäger Straße (3), Putlitzer Straße (22) (u. a. Barracks), Rosenstrasse (23), Schuhmarkt (7, including town hall and post office), Schweriner Strasse (9), Spiekerstrasse (3), Stegemannstrasse (1), Stiftstrasse (1), Voigtsdorfer Weg (4), in front of the New Gate ( 3), Waagestrasse (3), ramparts and city walls, Wallallee (4, including school), Wasserberg (3), Wockerstrasse (2), Ziegenmarkt (5).


  • 1876 ​​monument with statue of Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke by sculptor Ludwig Brunow
  • 1892 Otto Heucke memorial stone in Buchholz
  • 1896 War memorial 1870/71
  • 1900 Monument ( obelisk ) to Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke in Buchholz
  • 1906 memorial stone with bronze relief for Mayor Friedrich Stegemann by sculptor Ludwig Brunow (today in the Parchim Museum)
  • 1916 Memorial for the soldiers who died in the POW camp
  • 1920 War memorial 1914/18 of the Parchim gymnastics club (destroyed)
  • 1922 War memorial 1914/18 of the Dragoon Regiment No. 18
  • 1922 War memorial 1914/18 " Crucifix " in St. Mary's Church by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider
  • 1930 War memorial 1914/18 for teachers and high school students in the auditorium of the high school by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider (destroyed)
  • 1931 War memorial 1914/18 “Heldenhain” by architect Werner Cords-Parchim
  • 1946 Grove of honor on the New Cemetery for 40 victims of the death march of the inmates of the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps , who were murdered by SS men
  • 1950 Memorial stone for the anti-fascist Paul Sasnowski , Flörkestr. 44 A (stored in the municipal depot)
  • 1950 Memorial stone for the Spanish fighter Otto Volkmann , Flörkestr. 44 A (stored in the municipal depot)
  • 1950 Memorial stone in the park between the Goetheschule and the hospital for victims of the death march of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in April 1945. Behind it, since 1970, a sandstone sculpture “Stürzende” by the sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger
  • ? Memorial stone on the New Cemetery for 110 slave laborers from different countries
  • 1962 Memorial stone on Dammer Weg with the mass graves for 465 men, women and children from the Soviet Union who were victims of forced labor
  • 1970s Memorial stone on the corner of Leninstrasse and Walter-Hase-Strasse to Walter Hase and the Soviet citizens Avramenko and Etschkola, who had done resistance work against the war production and were murdered for it
  • 1971 Memorial for the Jewish cemetery, which was moved to the municipal cemetery in 1969, in memory of the cemetery and the Jewish victims of the Shoah
  • 1972 Memorial plaque on Auf dem Sassenhagen 8, for Otto Volkmann , who died in Spain in 1936. The plaque was removed in 1990 and is now in the city museum.
  • 1972 Memorial plaque on Alte Mauerstraße 21 for the anti-fascist Paul Sasnowski, who was murdered in 1944. The plaque was removed in 1990 and is now in the city museum.
  • 1976 Memorial plaque in the district of Slate an der Hauptstrasse, coming from Putlitz on the left on the first property, for the victims of the death march of the inmates of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp
  • 1979 Sandstone sculpture "Mother and Child" by the sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger , originally in the Mönchhof, today in the museum courtyard
  • 1985 Bust and grove of honor for Otto Volkmann Auf dem Brook, sculptor Manfred Wagner from Schmölln
  • 1988 Memorial plaque at the Goetheschule in Wallallee in memory of the poet Erich Mühsam , who studied at this school and was murdered in Oranienburg concentration camp in 1934
  • 1988 Memorial plaque at the Goetheschule in Wallallee in memory of the inventor Alexander Behm , who went to school here
  • 1988 Memorial plaque in the Goetheschule in Wallallee in memory of the architect Werner Cords-Parchim , who went to school here
  • 1988 memorial plaque on Langestr. 28 for Helmuth Karl Bernhard von Moltke , who was born in this house
  • 1996 Two memorial steles by the sculptor Wieland Schmiedel between Parchim and Slate and in front of the entrance to Parchim from the direction of Crivitz for the victims of the death march
  • 2001 Fountain "Woman on Bull's Head" by the sculptor Michael Mohns


There are several cultural institutions in the city:

  • Mecklenburgisches Landestheater Parchim with plays for adults, children and young people as well as a youth theater group in the Blutstraße
  • Multiplex cinema with three cinemas and art film days in the regimental suburb
  • ebe-art-gallery out of town towards Lübz
  • Parchim regional church community in the former school building at Ziegeleiweg 1c
  • Museum of the City of Parchim at Lindenstrasse 38

Parchim has some local musicians and bands who belong to the most varied of musical styles, such as B. Blues, Rock, Independent Music, Folk etc. These appear at various events in and around Parchim. In addition, there is a music festival in the city center every year, once in spring and autumn, the so-called music mile. Various international bands and individual musicians perform in different restaurants, bars and pubs.

A city festival in May and a “shopping night” (since 2005) on a Saturday in June are held every year. Every year on the first weekend in November the "Martini Market" takes place. For several years there has been an “Advent market” around St. Mary's Church.

Economy and Infrastructure

Established businesses

After the mill was closed at the beginning of 2008 (which had existed since 1809), the oldest company based in the city is an oven manufacturing company, whose roots go back to 1874.


Parchim station with signal box and Lint 41 of Ostseeland-Verkehr , ready to depart towards Schwerin

Parchim is on the federal highways B 191 (between Ludwigslust and Lübz ) and B 321 (between Schwerin and the Suckow motorway junction on the A 24 Hamburg-Berlin). The city can also be reached via the Neustadt-Glewe junction (also on the A 24).

Parchim station is on the Schwerin – Parchim and Ludwigslust – Parchim lines . It is served by the regional train lines RB 13 (Parchim - Schwerin - Rehna ) and RB 14 (Parchim - Hagenow Stadt). All routes are operated by the ODEG . Passenger traffic on the Mecklenburg Southern Railway to Malchow was discontinued on April 30, 2015. Until 1945 there was also a line to Suckow .

City buses run within the city from Monday to Friday on two lines from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

By Parchim as leads Müritz-Elde waterway canalised Elde .


Schwerin-Parchim Airport , which also serves the state capital Schwerin , is in the immediate vicinity of the city . The airport was built in 1934, destroyed in 1945 and then rebuilt by the Soviet occupiers and used as a military airfield. After their withdrawal in 1991 and some renovations, it was used for civil purposes and initially managed by the city and the district of Ludwigslust-Parchim . This was followed by a lease to the Wiggins Group , a US-Canadian aviation consultancy, in the hope of becoming a regional travel and cargo airport. After the bankruptcy of the Wiggins Group and meanwhile marketing by the city and district, u. a. built a warehouse.

The airport is now to become a pure freight hub, for the purpose of which a Swiss logistics company has settled. The state used 36 million euros in funding. Advantages for the Parchim location are the good connection to the road and rail network as well as a 24-hour flight permit and a 3000-meter runway suitable for large aircraft.

The Chinese freight company LinkGlobal Logistics Co. Ltd. bought Parchim Airport and the surrounding commercial space from the district in May 2007. The initially agreed purchase price of 30 million euros was reduced to 18 million euros. In addition to cargo flights from the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province , weekly passenger flights were also envisaged. The plan was to build luxury hotels, a casino and a shopping mall for Chinese tourists. It was hoped for 1000 new jobs in the foreseeable future. Flight operations were announced for the second quarter of 2014, but never materialized.

In 2017, the airport was primarily used by major German airlines for training flights (2174 of 2300 take-offs) and recorded 54 passengers handled. As of January 1, 2019, 20 of the 25 employees of Baltic Airport Mecklenburg GmbH working in the freight sector were laid off.


Evangelical primary school "Paulo Freire" 2010
  • Evangelical primary school "Paulo Freire", which was opened in the 1990s and bears the name of the Brazilian reform pedagogue Paulo Freire .
  • Regional school "JWGoethe"
  • Regional school "Fritz-Reuter"


  • In Parchim, the MC Mecklenburgring Parchim ensures that there is national interest in sport . On the "Mecklenburgring", a long track that offers world championship conditions, sand track races with international participation, but also concert events take place regularly .
  • Since the 2000/01 season, the volleyball players of 1. VC Parchim have been playing successfully in the 2. Bundesliga / North women in cooperation with Schweriner SC .
  • The best-known football club is SC Parchim , which played a total of three seasons in the GDR league . He plays in the Landesliga West Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the 2019/2020 season .
  • The cycling club "Vorwärts" Parchim was founded in 1990 after the army sports association Vorwärts no longer existed with the end of the GDR . The predecessor of ASG Vorwärts Parchim, which existed since December 1977, was the cycling section in the BSG unit Parchim, which was founded in 1953. The then cycling section of the Einheit Parchim (BSG) company sports association first introduced the traditional cyclo-cross race in 1959 , a cycling discipline that will be held for the 50th time in October 2009.
  • The wheelchair dance group Parchimer Tanzteufel at SV Einheit 46 Parchim eV, founded in 2007, competed in the 2010 German Cup for amateur athletes in wheelchair dance in Rheinsberg and won two trophies.


sons and daughters of the town

Angel memorial plaque

People connected to the city

  • Pribislaw I (1224–1275), was lord (prince) of Parchim-Richenberg from 1238 to 1256
  • Johann Riebling (1494–1554), first Mecklenburg superintendent, died in Parchim
  • Bertram Christian von Hoinckhusen (1651–1722), 1691 assessor and 1707 vice-president of the Mecklenburg regional and court court in Parchim,
  • Bernhard Latomus (1560–1613), historian; was rector of the Great City School in 1613 and died in Parchim
  • Paul Tarnow (1562–1633), Orthodox Lutheran theologian, was from 1589 to 1598 rector of the Parchim city school
  • Johannes Coler (1566–1639), Protestant pastor and representative of the early fathers' literature, died in Parchim
  • Johann Friedrich Chemnitz (1611–1686), Mecklenburg historian and archivist, died in Parchim
  • Johann Bellin (1618–1660), linguist, was rector of the Great City School from 1650 to 1654
  • Peter Goldschmidt (1662–1713), theologian, was superintendent in Parchim from 1709 and, as an author, was a staunch defender of the belief in witches.
  • Jacob Friedrich Friese (1765–1833), schoolmaster, organist and organ builder; had his workshop in Parchim and died here
  • Johann Christian Koppe (1757–1827), lawyer and university librarian, died in Parchim
  • Amalia Holst (1758–1829), educator and women's rights activist, ran an educational institution in Parchim
  • Christian Dietrich Carl von Bülow (1767–1850) was commandant of Parchim from 1815–1825
  • Johann Hermann Becker (1770–1848), doctor, died in Parchim, in 1843 made an honorary citizen
  • Friedrich Johann Christoph Cleemann (1771–1825), local researcher and private scholar, died in Parchim
  • Gustav von Both (1772–1835), officer and lieutenant general, attended the large city school in Parchim
  • Hellmuth Friedrich von Hobe (1776–1843), from 1818 to 1840 Vice President of the Higher Appeal Court in Parchim, died in Parchim in 1843
  • Christian von Nettelbladt (1779–1843), lawyer and Freemason, 1818–1840 President of the Higher Appeal Court, founded the Parchim Masonic Lodge in 1818
  • Hartwig von Hundt-Radowsky (1780–1835), German author, attended the Great City School in Parchim, and from 1809 to 1813 a lawyer in Parchim
  • Carl Uterhart (1793–1852), from 1818 general practitioner in Parchim
  • August Dühr (1806–1896), educator, was a teacher at Parchimer Gymnasium from 1835 to 1840
  • Fritz Reuter (1810–1874), Low German writer, graduated from high school in Parchim in 1831
  • Friedrich Lübker (1811–1867), classical philologist, 1851–1858 director of the Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Franz Floerke (1811–1889), lawyer and mayor of the city of Grabow, attended the Parchimer Gymnasium from 1827 to 1831
  • Carl Hinstorff (1811–1882), publisher, founded Hinstorff Verlag in Parchim in 1831
  • Ferdinand Schröder (1812–1884), theologian and pedagogue, was a teacher at Parchimer Gymnasium from 1833 to 1843
  • Gustav von Boddien (1814-1870), forester, poet and draftsman, attended the Parchimer high school
  • Rudolf von Nettelbladt (1814–1898), administrative lawyer and chamber president in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, grew up in Parchim and attended high school
  • Ludwig Rose (1819–1886), manor owner and member of the Reichstag, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • August Drechsler (1821–1897), lawyer and mayor of Parchim, honorary citizen
  • Ludolph Friedrich von Wrisberg (1823-1894), lawyer and member of the Reichstag, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Arthur von Wolffersdorff (1823-1897), Prussian lieutenant general, was commander in 1871 in the Grand Ducal Mecklenburg Dragoon Regiment No. 18
  • Bellachini (1827–1885), magician, died in Parchim
  • Ernst Bardey (1828–1897), mathematician and teacher, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Otto Staudinger (1830–1900), lepidopterist (butterfly researcher) and insect dealer, passed his Abitur in Parchim in 1849
  • Carl Wilhelm August Balck (1831–1920), administrative lawyer and historian, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Robert von Schalburg (1831–1896), Mecklenburg manor owner and agricultural functionary, honorary citizen
  • Albert Schultz-Lupitz (1831–1899), farmer and scientist, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Paul von Detmering (1831–1918), Prussian Lieutenant General, was a staff officer in the Grand Ducal Mecklenburg Dragoon Regiment No. 18 in 1867
  • Adolf Zehlicke (1834–1904), teacher and writer, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Leopold Gerlach (1834–1917), educator and cultural scientist, was a teacher at Parchimer Gymnasium from 1863 to 1873
  • Helmuth Schröder (1842–1909), teacher and Low German dialect poet, was a teacher in Parchim in 1866
  • Heinrich Behm (1853–1930), theologian and regional bishop; was pastor at St. Marien zu Parchim in 1887
  • Gottfried Bierstedt (1853–1924), German lawyer and senior church council president in Schwerin, attended Parchimer high school
  • Johannes Gillhoff (1861–1930), writer and teacher, died in Parchim
  • Bernhard Bronsart von Schellendorff (1866–1952), German general staff officer, joined the Grand Ducal Mecklenburg Dragoon Regiment 1886, and from 1901 to 1903 he commanded a squadron.
  • Ernst Sellin (1867–1946), professor and theologian, from 1891 to 1894 senior high school teacher in Parchim, excavated Jericho in 1908/09
  • Friedrich Franz Wolff (1873–1950), teacher and politician, member of the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, attended the Parchimer high school
  • Otto Weltzien (1873–1944), German author and publisher, 1899 editor at the Norddeutsche Post , Chronik 1903: Zur Geschichte Parchims
  • Erich Mühsam (1878–1934), political activist, anarchist, publicist and writer; graduated from high school in Parchim
  • Werner Schultz (1878–1944), internist and hematologist, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Alexander Behm (1880–1952), physicist; went to school in Parchim
  • Rudolf Kleiminger (1884–1967), Mecklenburg homeland researcher and educator, was a teacher at Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Carl Moltmann (1884–1960), politician; completed his professional training as a carpenter in Parchim from 1898 to 1901
  • Louis Ziercke (1887–1945), painter and graphic artist, the Ziercke family came from Parchim
  • Paul Schröder (politician, 1887) (1887–1930), lawyer and politician, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Ludwig Oldach (1888–1987), tax inspector and district manager
  • Friedrich Griese (1890–1975), Nazi writer; lived in the Markower mill near Parchim
  • Heribert von Larisch (1894–1972), German officer, was a flag junior in the Grand Ducal Mecklenburg Dragoon Regiment No. 18 in 1914
  • Walter Kadow (1900-1923), elementary school teacher, member of the right-wing extremist German Freedom Party, was murdered Parchimer Fememord
  • Bernhard Quandt (1903–1999), German politician, attended elementary school in Parchim. Member of the Central Committee of the SED and the State Council of the GDR
  • Paul Sasnowski (1903–1944), executed as a resistance fighter against National Socialism; lived in Parchim from 1924 to 1938
  • Otto Volkmann (1909–1936), resistance fighter, spent his childhood and youth in Parchim
  • Theo Saevecke (1911-2000), SS-Hauptsturmführer and war criminal, attended Parchimer Gymnasium
  • Hermann Kant (1926–2016), writer; lived from 1940 with his grandparents in Parchim and completed an apprenticeship as an electrician here
  • Bernhard Korupp (1927-2006), farmer, politician, member of the state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, attended the Parchimer grammar school from 1938
  • Walter Schöler (1928–1994), teacher and educational scientist, was in 1950 director of the Parchimer Fritz Reuter School
  • Friedrich-Franz Wiese (1929–2009), politician (LDP) in the Soviet Zone of Occupation (SBZ), chemist and holder of the Federal Cross of Merit
  • Carl Guesmer (1929–2009), poet and librarian, grew up in the Parchim rectory
  • Heiner Rank (1931–2014), pseudonym AG Petermann, German author, crime fiction and science fiction, was assistant director and dramaturgy at the Parchim State Theater
  • Jürgen Andrees (* 1935), German industrial engineer and politician, graduated from high school in Parchim.
  • Uwe Kant (* 1936), writer; From 1940 lived with his grandparents in Parchim and graduated from high school here in 1956
  • Ernst Röhl (1937–2015), German satirist and cabaret artist, graduated from high school in Parchim in 1956
  • Ursula Karusseit (1939–2019), German actress and director, grew up in Parchim in 1945 after being expelled from East Prussia
  • Klaus-Peter Thiele (1940–2011), German actor, worked in 1960 at the Parchim State Theater
  • Horst Krause (* 1941), theater and film actor, worked at the Landestheater Parchim in 1968
  • Walfriede Schmitt (* 1943), actress, was at the Parchim State Theater in 1966
  • Carlo Cazals (* 1948), painter and tenor, has been working and living in Parchim since 2002
  • Wolfgang Zessin (* 1948), German physicist, zoologist and politician, graduated from high school in Parchim.
  • Bernhard Kremser (* 1954), sculptor, designer, graphic artist and actor, lived and worked in Parchim from 1973 to 1988
  • Dietmar Langberg (* 1954), dramaturge and author, lived in Parchim from 1956 to 1974, graduated from high school in 1973
  • Leander Haußmann (* 1959), film and theater director and actor, worked at the Parchim State Theater from 1988 to 1989
  • Maik Klokow (* 1965), musical and theater producer, learned in Parchim, worked for several years at the Parchim State Theater from 1986


The area around Parchim is the setting for a regional legend , in which the robber Vieting is a main character. There are several versions due to tradition. Vieting is said to have robbed merchants and other travelers, and mostly murdered them. A girl who comes from Slate or the surrounding area and has been captured uses a trick to evade an oath and to lead city soldiers on the trail of the wanted robber who catch him. The robber Vieting is sentenced to death and expresses a kiss from the traitor as a last wish, during which he bites off her tongue.


  • Fritz Asmus: Railways in and around Parchim. Chronicle of a railway location in Mecklenburg . GVE-Verlag, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-89218-078-4 .
  • Karl Augustin: History of the City of Parchim. To mark the seven centenary of the city . Publishing house of the city administration, Parchim 1926 [reprint: Stock & Stein, Schwerin 1995].
  • Gerd Behrens: Parchim - city history in data. Part 1: 1170–1900, Part 2: 1901–1945, Part 3: 1945–1988, Part 4: 1989–2010. [Series of publications by the Parchim City Museum, issue 14, 20, 23 and 25, 2002–2011].
  • Friedrich Johann Christoph Cleemann, chronicle and documents of the Mecklenburg-Schwerin front town Parchim . 1825, digitized
  • Lars Herde: Preserving the old, building the new. 25 years of urban development funding . Ed .: City of Parchim. Parchim 2016.
  • Wolfgang Kaelcke: Parchim personalities. 8 parts, 1996-2010. [Series of publications by the Parchim City Museum].
  • Burghard Keuthe: Parchimer legends . 3 parts. Parchim 1995-1999.
  • Putt. Series of publications of the Heimatbund eV Parchim in Mecklenburg . Ed .: Heimatbund. Parchim 1983ff. (constantly)
  • Kurt Stüdemann: Parchimer Heimathefte . 25 booklets. Hamburg 1988–1996
  • Ingo Ulpts: The mendicant orders in Mecklenburg . Saxonia Franciscana 6. Werl 1995.

Individual evidence

  1. Statistisches Amt MV - population status of the districts, offices and municipalities 2019 (XLS file) (official population figures in the update of the 2011 census) ( help ).
  2. § 12 of the main statute ( Memento of May 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 61 kB) of the city
  3. Ernst Eichler and Werner Mühlner: The names of the cities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Ingo Koch Verlag, Rostock 2002, ISBN 3-935319-23-1
  4. Dictionary on ( Memento of the original from October 14, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was 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 /
  5. Fred Ruchhöft: From the Slavic tribal area to the German bailiwick. The development of the territories in Ostholstein, Lauenburg, Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania in the Middle Ages. (= Archeology and history in the Baltic Sea region. Vol. 4). Leidorf, Rahden (Westphalia) 2008, ISBN 978-3-89646-464-4 , p. 91.
  6. In the prisoner-of-war camp near Parchim. on
  7. Anna Kaminsky (ed.): Places of Remembrance, Memorial Signs, Memorials and Museums on the Dictatorship in the Soviet Zone and GDR. Bonn 2007, p. 260 f.
  8. ^ City of Parchim, EGS Development Company (ed.): Regimentsvorstadt Parchim. Final report for the urban development area . Parchim 2014.
  9. Population development of the districts and municipalities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Statistical Report AI of the Statistical Office Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  10. ↑ Record of the determination of the final election result of the municipal council election. Retrieved November 19, 2019 .
  11. Flörke promises "new Parchim". In: Schweriner Volkszeitung , May 10, 2015.
  12. a b § 1 of the main statute ( Memento of the original from May 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 61 kB) of the city @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  14. Timetable VLP - Verkehrsgesellschaft Ludwigslust-Parchim mbH . Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  15. a b c Crash landing for Parchimer Airport. Ostsee-Zeitung , December 18, 2018, accessed December 30, 2018 .
  16. Investor announces weekly charter flights from Parchim Airport., May 24, 2007, accessed on August 26, 2014 .
  17. Investor announces flight operations for Parchim Airport from 2014., June 28, 2013, accessed June 28, 2013 .
  18. Parchimer Tanzteufel ( Memento from February 11, 2013 in the web archive ) accessed on January 23, 2012

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