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Coat of arms of the city of Preetz
Map of Germany, position of the city of Preetz highlighted

Coordinates: 54 ° 14 '  N , 10 ° 17'  E

Basic data
State : Schleswig-Holstein
Circle : Plön
Height : 24 m above sea level NHN
Area : 14.4 km 2
Residents: 15,952 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 1108 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 24211
Area code : 04342
License plate : PLÖ
Community key : 01 0 57 062

City administration address :
Bahnhofstrasse 24
24211 Preetz
Website :
Mayor : Björn Demmin ( independent )
Location of the city of Preetz in the district of Plön
Ascheberg (Holstein) Barmissen Barsbek Behrensdorf (Ostsee) Belau Bendfeld Blekendorf Boksee Bönebüttel Bösdorf Bothkamp Brodersdorf Dannau Dersau Dobersdorf Dörnick Fahren Fargau-Pratjau Fiefbergen Giekau Grebin Großbarkau Großharrie Heikendorf Helmstorf Högsdorf Hohenfelde Höhndorf Hohwacht (Ostsee) Honigsee Kalübbe Kirchbarkau Kirchnüchel Klamp Klein Barkau Kletkamp Köhn Krokau Krummbek Kühren Laboe Lammershagen Lebrade Lehmkuhlen Löptin Lütjenburg Lutterbek Martensrade Mönkeberg Mucheln Nehmten Nettelsee Panker Passade Plön Pohnsdorf Postfeld Prasdorf Preetz Probsteierhagen Rantzau Rastorf Rathjensdorf Rendswühren Ruhwinkel Schellhorn Schillsdorf Schlesen Schönberg (Holstein) Schönkirchen Schwartbuck Schwentinental Selent Stakendorf Stein Stolpe Stoltenberg Tasdorf Tröndel Wahlstorf Wankendorf Warnau Wendtorf Wisch Wittmoldtmap
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Preetz is a small town southeast of Kiel in the Plön district in Schleswig-Holstein . Preetz is also known as the shoemaker town due to the once important professions of the shoemaker and with around 16,000 inhabitants the largest town in the district.


Neighboring communities

Kühren , Lehmkuhlen , Pohnsdorf , Postfeld , Rastorf , Schellhorn , Schwentinental , Wahlstorf


The Postsee , northwest of Preetz, is traversed by the Alte Schwentine , the Kirchsee in the center and the Lanker See south of the Schwentine . The Kirchsee is actually just a widening of the Schwentine. This flows from the Lanker See through the Kirchsee towards Kiel.


Schwentine and Mühlenau (or Postau or Alte Schwentine ). The Mühlenau flows into the Schwentine at the level of the Harderpark.

Nature reserves

The nature reserves "Peninsulas and bays in the Lanker See ", " Kührener Teich and surroundings" lie to the south, the nature reserve " Altarm der Schwentine " north of Preetz.

Landscape protection area

"Schwentinetal in the Plön district in the course of the Preetz city area to the city limits of Kiel" with the Rosensee , the Weiher Unterprobstenteich and the old arm of the Schwentine.


Preetz around 1895
Town hall from 1871

The burial mounds near Preetz to the north of Preetz testify to the prehistoric settlement of the region .

Between 1167 and 1173 (no exact date possible) the southern Jutland duke Christoph , illegitimate son of the Danish king Waldemar I , and the count von Schauenburg and Holstein Adolf III. - represented because of minority by the Holsteiner Overboden Marcrad I. and the Holsteiner Bruno - a battle. In the context of a phase of weakness in the Holy Roman Empire, it is to be understood as Denmark's first attempt to expand its territory to the south. The battle ended in a draw. In 1185 the municipality of Poretz was first mentioned by Ecbrecht Procensis in the Versus de Vicelino . The name of the city developed from the Wendish of po rece ( on the river ) via Poretzie (1221) and Pretze (1442) to today's Preetz .

Already at the time of the Wende there was a ford over the Schwentine and a connection between Wagrien and Holstein .

The first church was built in 1210 and in 1211 Count Albrecht von Orlamünde founded the Preetz Monastery of the Benedictine Order . He provided the decisive impetus for the development of the place in the Middle Ages. In 1226 Adolf IV von Schauenburg and Holstein renewed the foundation of the monastery and donated it to the nuns. The monastery church was built in 1268. Until 1867, the monastery represented the highest administrative authority and exercised jurisdiction.

The Preetz area developed more and more into a rural center of handicrafts with a focus on shoe production. Around 1850, 160 independent master shoemakers, 360 journeymen and 160 apprentices were working in the city.

In 1852 Preetz received the first street lighting. After the construction of the train station in 1864, the town hall was built in 1871, in front of which the oak planted in 1871 still stands today.

On May 17, 1870, Preetz finally received limited city rights , then in 1901 full city rights .



  • 1854–1858: A. Beig, Fleckenvorsteher
  • 1870–1872: Andreas Völkers, Patch Manager
  • 1872–1884: Johann Albrecht Diercks, Mayor
  • 1884–1894: Peter Heinrich Engel, Mayor
  • 1894–1916: Gustav Klinger, mayor
  • 1916–1933: Friedrich Krug, mayor
  • 1918–1919: August Nothdurft, mayor's deputy
  • 1933–1933: Arthur Nordmann, Acting Mayor
  • 1934–1937: Karl Schalow, Mayor
  • 1937–1939: Ludwig Wagner, mayor     
  • 1939–1945: Georg Uebel, mayor
  • 1945–1945: John Dales, Town Major
  • 1945–1946: Friedrich Krug, honorary mayor
  • 1946–1946: Friedrich Krug, City Director
  • 1946–1946: Paul Schön, honorary mayor
  • 1946–1959: Max Grothe , SPD , honorary / full-time mayor
  • 1959–1968: Heinrich Niendorf, SPD
  • 1968–1981: Bendix Herrmann, CDU
  • 1981–1990: Claus Feddersen, CDU
  • 1990–1999: Walter Riecken, SPD
  • 1999–2015: Wolfgang Schneider, independent
  • since 2015: Björn Demmin, non-party

City council

Local election 2018
FWG Preetz
Gains and losses
compared to 2013
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-3.7  % p
+ 6.5  % p
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FWG Preetz

The city council consists of 27 city representatives who, according to the results of the municipal elections on May 6, 2018, are composed as follows:

coat of arms

Blazon : "By a golden wavy bar divided by blue and red. Above a silver fish, below the silver Holstein nettle leaf."

The fish in the upper part of the coat of arms is said to be the main source of nutrition for the inhabitants of this area. The defensive perch was chosen for this because it is supposed to show the residents' willingness to defend themselves. With the probably higher water level in earlier times, which increased the lakes and rivers in and around the town of Preetz and surrounded the place with swamps , Preetz may have played the role of a refuge.

The blue field represents the water surrounding the city of Preetz.

The middle field indicates the only and important ford in the area in Preetz through the Schwentine . The ford as well as the suitability as a refuge gave the place its former importance and made it appear suitable to relocate the "Marienfeld Monastery" to this place in 1226.

Town twinning

Culture and sights

Movie theater

Capitol Preetz
  • Capitol Cine Center Preetz (consumption cinema, non-smoking)



First circus museum in Germany

The First Circus Museum in Germany opened on October 15, 1974 and showed a collection of pictures, posters, costumes, props and circus models on an area of ​​316 m². In 1990 the Association of Friends and Patrons of the Preetz Circus Museum was founded. Due to the lack of larger rooms for the growing holdings, the museum closed in 2010 and moved to Magdeburg .

Preetz local history museum

The Preetz local history museum was opened in January 1993. The collection covers the three main areas of regional archeology , city ​​history and local handicrafts .

Preetz Wooden Shoe Museum

Preetz Wooden Shoe Museum
Shoemaker figure on the market square

The Preetz clog museum opened on May 18th, 2008. In the renovated workshop of a clog maker, the manufacturing process and the history of Preetz clogs are presented.

Leisure, sightseeing and tourism

Regular events

  • The weekly market takes place on the market square every Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Every 3rd Saturday in August there is an arts and crafts market on the Preetz market.
  • The Preetz Papiertheatertreffen , the largest international gathering of paper theater actors in Europe, has been taking place in September since 1988 .
  • The Preetz Schusterfest has been the city's event highlight since 1977 . This city festival held in the city center traditionally takes place in May. Artistic performances and music provide entertainment during the festival. While activities for and with children take place during the day, a music program with a wide variety of groups is offered in the evening.
  • The 10-mile shoemaker's run around Lake Lank and a short-distance run over 5 km in the city have been held since 1984.
  • Since 2011, a “ Domino Day ” has been organized by the “Domino-Preetz” group during the summer holidays , which sets up the biggest chain reaction in Schleswig-Holstein.

Economy and Infrastructure



Until June 14, 2004 the federal highway 76 ran in north-south direction through Preetz, today the road runs east of the city. Starting from the old federal highway 76 at the Schwentine bridge, the country road 211 runs, which connects further east to the federal highway 202 ( Rastorfer Kreuz ).

From the country road 211 you can get between the city and the Preetz-Wakendorf industrial park on the federal road 76. South of Preetz, the old route of the federal road 76 in the area of ​​the Sophienhofer Kreuz is also connected to the same.

In a westerly direction, the highway 49 leads to the federal highway 404, which runs in a north-south direction.


In 1866 the Kiel – Ascheberg railway was opened. Preetz received a station for passenger and freight traffic on this in 1864. Freight traffic was stopped in 1990. The regional connection to Kiel or Lübeck takes place almost every half hour. In 2013 the station was sold to an investor by Deutsche Bahn AG. The first renovation work began in May 2013 and was completed in 2014. As before, there is a DB travel center and a waiting room at the Preetz train station , which are operated by Deutsche Bahn AG. The public toilets and the bicycle parking area will continue to be provided free of charge by the city of Preetz and operated by it. However, the adjacent car park is private property and belongs to the owner of the station.

In 1910 the small railway Kirchbarkau – Preetz – Lütjenburg was put into operation (passenger and goods traffic). As early as 1931, passenger traffic to Kirchbarkau was given up again. In 1938 passenger traffic to Lütjenburg ended , as did all freight traffic. The small train was dismantled.

Established businesses

FRANK Druck GmbH & Co. KG was founded in Preetz in 1957 as a book printing company and is now one of the largest printing companies in Northern Germany. Frank-Druck belongs to the Evers-Frank Group from Meldorf .

Former companies

  • Berg-Brauerei Jaeger & Schmidt, Am Schützenplatz, 1892–1952
  • H. Donath Malzfabrik, Kieler Strasse, founded in 1891
  • Central Meierei Preetz, Schellhorner Strasse
  • Franz Köpke, Oak Brewery sales point, Gasstrasse
  • Holstein sausage and meat product factory Detlev Schön, Mühlenstrasse
  • Sausage and meat products factory Johannes Schön, first Wakendorfer Straße, later Hufenweg, founded in 1846
  • Jokisch canning factory, Am Schützenplatz
  • Walter Kaiser Bauunternehmung GmbH, Kührener Strasse, formerly East Prussia
  • Liqueur factory Krisch & Co. (Cossack coffee), first at Am Kleinbahnhof, later on Kieler Strasse
  • Gerdes publishing house and printer, Wakendorfer Strasse
  • Preetzer Zeitung, Druckerei u. Publishing house, O. Hansen, Bahnhofstrasse
  • Typesetting studio Graap, first cross aisle, later Industriestrasse in the industrial area of ​​Wakendorf
  • Stadtwerke Preetz, Gasstraße, today Stadtwerke Kiel
  • Tar products factory u. Hartsteinwerke Preetz, Harder, Uebel & Co, behind the cemetery
  • Josef G. Landmann arms manufacturer, market
  • PW Brumm, grain trade, Kirchenstrasse 38

Public facilities

Preetz sewage treatment plant
  • Preetz Clinic, Plön District Hospital
  • City library
  • Sauna and indoor pool at the Postsee
  • Mobile library of the district of Plön

Sports facilities

  • Spruce Stadium
  • Jahnplatz
  • Blandford Hall
  • Rakverehalle
  • Redwood hall
  • Wilhelminensporthallen


General education schools

Student numbers from the school year 2018/2019

  • Funding Centers (FöZ)
    • Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi School (FöZ language, emotional and social development), Hufenweg, 14 students in 1 class, 159 supervised
    • School on Kührener Berg (FöZ Geistigeentwicklung), Kührener Straße, 109 students in 13 classes, 6 supervised
  • Primary schools (GS)
    • Friedrich-Ebert-Schule, Lohmühlenweg, 371 students in 16 classes
    • Friedrich-Ebert-Schule (Wilhelminenschule branch office for elementary school, organ. Connected since 2015), Hufenweg
    • Hermann-Ehlers-Schule, Max-Planck-Straße, 284 students in 13 classes
  • Community schools (GemS)
    • Theodor-Heuss-GemS, Castöhler Weg, 735 students in 35 classes
    • Theodor-Heuss-GemS, (Wilhelminenschule branch office for secondary level I, organ. Connected since 2015), Hufenweg
    • Free school life and learning e. V., Kirchenstrasse, 93 students in 3 classes
  • high school
    • Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium, Ihlsol, 657 students in 29 classes

Vocational schools

Student numbers from the school year 2018/2019

  • AWO-SH / State. Recognized college for elderly care, Hinter dem Kirchhof, 187 students in 13 classes
  • Vocational training center Plön
    • Branch office Preetz I, Kieler Straße, u. a. Commercial vocational school for building electrical and color technology
    • Branch office Preetz II, Kührener Straße, u. a. Technical school for social pedagogy


Preetz personalities

  • Anna von Buchwaldt was elected prioress by the convent of the Preetz monastery in 1484. She held this office until 1508 and then lived on as a simple nun in the monastery. She wrote the "book in the choir".
  • Johann Gottlieb Lesser , doctor of medicine, monastery doctor of the Preetz monastery, judiciary and personal physician to Duke Friedrich Carl of Plön. He was born in Nordhausen / Thuringia in 1699 and died in Preetz in 1770. Many of his sons and grandchildren became important men in the Schleswig-Holstein and Danish administration.
  • Hermann Lüdemann , first elected Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein after the Second World War , born on August 5, 1880 in Lübeck, lived in Preetz from 1947 to 1959. In 2006, the Preetz city council honored him by dedicating a street after his name.
  • Johann Friedrich August Dörfer , born in Petersdorf on Fehmarn in 1766, died in Preetz in 1827. In 1799 he became a deacon in Preetz, before that he had been pastor at the Heiligengeistkirche in Altona. He was a Danebrog knight and co-founder of the Preetz savings and loan fund in 1821. Dörfer wrote the commemorative publication for the 100th anniversary of the Plön School in 1804 and the chronicle of the Preetz monastery and patch.
  • Friedrich Graf von Reventlou (1797–1874), monastery provost , conservative member of the provisional government from 1848, governor of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein from 1849 to 1851, buried in Preetz.
  • Joseph Eduard Mose (1825–1898) was one of the most famous architects in the Duchy of Holstein. He was construction manager on the Blomenburg near Selent and architect of the mansions in Salzau and Heiligenstedten. He carried out partial construction and renovations on Helmstorf, Farve, Perdöl, Kühren, Panker, Neuhaus, Grünholz and Louisenlund. In addition, he was responsible for the renovation and restoration of the Preetz monastery church from 1886 to 1893. EJ Mose came to Preetz in 1821.
  • Fanny Countess von Bernstorff (1840–1930), whose books were self-published about 100 years ago and are very well known and popular, comes from an old noble family in Schleswig-Holstein. She was born on September 1, 1840 in Oldenburg in Holstein and died on October 30, 1930 in Preetz.
  • Medical Councilor Otto Jaspersen (1863–1926), founder of the Schellhorner Berg Sanatorium, a "private clinic for women with mental and nervous disorders" was born in Kiel in 1863 and came from a family of merchants and industrialists from Kiel. After the death of his father, he took advantage of a niche in the market with his inheritance: in the years 1895-96 he built three two-story villas with the latest technical standards such as central heating and gas lamps on an area of ​​5½ hectares on Schellhorner Berg according to the plans of the Kiel architect Schwerdtfeger electrical spark ignition to help mentally ill city dwellers from wealthy families in short-term therapy of an average of 9 to 17 weeks to alleviate or heal their very different diseases.
  • Reinhold Stühlmeyer (1934–2012), trade unionist and politician (SPD)
  • Richard Haupt , (1846 in Büdingen - 1940 in Preetz) studied philology and was a high school teacher in the school service in Eutin, since 1873 in Plön and Schleswig. He was a secret government councilor and from 1893 to 1924 Schleswig-Holstein's first provincial curator, author of the "Architectural and Art Monuments of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein" and about 450 other publications.
  • Hans-Hermann Junge , (1914–1944), Adolf Hitler's adjutant , Traudl Junge's husband , Adolf Hitler's last secretary
  • Alfred Dressel , b. 1912 in Kiel, was appointed to Preetz as the first full-time organist and church accountant in 1934. In 1945 the women's war singing group became a mixed choir. One of the highlights of concert trips was the trip with 50 choir members to southern England in May 1961, which also included a guest appearance on English television and a performance at Blandford Parish Church on May 26 at the Blandford Forum. The evening music in Blandford laid the foundation for the friendship between the cities and later twinning between the Blandford Forum and Preetz. Alfred Dressel died on June 25, 1985 in Preetz.
  • Paul Schön was a co-owner of the Schön sausage company , which was founded in 1846 and ceased production in 1996. For many years he was chairman of the Preetz tennis company and a generous sponsor of the sport. He has also set up a foundation named after him.
  • Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann (1940 in Viersen - 2010 in Preetz) was a well-known German composer and horn player beyond the city and state borders. He studied at the Cologne University of Music and worked as a horn player in various orchestras from 1961 to 1998 and lived in Preetz. One of his last works was the performance of the parish cantata for the church birthday of the anniversary year “800 years of the town church in Preetz”. This cantata of great importance for the city was specially designed by the composer for the occasion.
  • After the war, Robert Pruszkowski was the first pastor of the Catholic community in Preetz. He was born on February 1, 1907 in Wartenburg in Warmia . In 1940 he was transferred by the Gestapo to the Dachau concentration camp because, as a priest, he had looked after Polish forced laborers. He survived in the pastor's block and was liberated by the American soldiers on April 29, 1945. Bishop Maximilian Kaller sent him to Schleswig-Holstein in April 1946 , where he looked after the Preetz parish. The committed and warm Pruszkowski shaped the young Preetz community, in which he took up his pastor's position in 1946. With immense personal contribution from the community, he built the church on Hufenweg, which was inaugurated on Palm Sunday 1952. Pastor Robert Pruszkowski stayed in Preetz until 1960 and was transferred to Oldenburg and later to Schönberg . In March 1983 he celebrated his golden jubilee as a priest. He died on April 30, 1983 at the age of 76 in Malente . The Geschwister-Pruszkowski-Gang in Preetz was named after him and his sister Maria Pruszkowski .

sons and daughters of the town

Sorted by year of birth


  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. ^ Petersen, Georg Peter : New Schleswig-Holstein Provincial Reports . Third year, CF Mohr, Kiel , 1813, page 132.
  3. Mayor Wolfgang Schneider's website ( memento of the original from July 10, 2010 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 /
  4. Local election 2018 - distribution of seats in Preetz. In: Kieler Nachrichten Online. Retrieved June 4, 2019 .
  5. Schleswig-Holstein's municipal coat of arms
  6. Statistical Office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein: Directory of general education schools in Schleswig-Holstein 2018/2019
  7. Statistical Office for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein: Directory of vocational schools in Schleswig-Holstein 2018/2019


  • Brita Countess von Harrach: Preetz through the centuries. Harrach, Kiel 1983.
  • Peter Pauselius: House book of the city of Preetz. Ed. Barkau, Großbarkau 1998. ISBN 3-928326-13-9
  • Peter Pauselius: Preetz under the swastika. Ed. Barkau, Großbarkau 2001. ISBN 3-928326-29-5 .
  • Peter Pauselius: Documentation about the prisoners of war, foreign and Eastern workers in Preetz 1939-1946. Ed. Barkau, Grossbarkau 1996. ISBN 3-928326-12-0
  • Peter Pauselius: … despite the hardship of the time… Preetz 2009. ISBN 978-3-923457-91-5
  • Preetz. Landscape, people, culture. Edited by the city of Preetz. Ed. Barkau, Großbarkau 2000. ISBN 3-928326-24-4
  • Wilhelm Stölting (text): Preetz, life picture of a Holstein city. Edited by the city of Preetz. Preetz 1970, the book on one hundred years of city rights.
  • Wolfgang Petonke: Our little town Preetz. Frahm, Kiel around 1963.
  • Marlies Buchholz: Anna herself third . The blue books. Koenigstein i. Ts. 2005, pp. 4-27. ISBN 3-7845-2113-4 (about the noble Preetz monastery and the clan altar there)
  • Wally Peters-Leppin: Preetz Monastery and City of Westholsteinische Verlagsdruckerei Boyens & Co., Heide / Holst.
  • Karl Kobold: Preetz and his town church Ernst Gerdes Verlag, Preetz i. Holst. 1960
  • Rainer Gehrke: The Kapp Putsch 1920 in Preetz, in Democratic History No. 30, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Geschichtsverlag, Malente 2019, ISBN 978-3-933862-55-6

Web links

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