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Coat of arms of the city of Rerik
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Coordinates: 54 ° 6 ′  N , 11 ° 37 ′  E

Basic data
State : Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
County : Rostock
Office : Neubukow-Salzhaff
Height : 9 m above sea level NHN
Area : 33.46 km 2
Residents: 2160 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 65 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 18230
Area code : 038296
License plate : LRO, BÜZ, DBR, GÜ, ROS, TET
Community key : 13 0 72 085
Office administration address: Panzower Landweg 1
18233 Neubukow
Website :
Mayor : Wolfgang Gulbis ( SPD )
Location of the city of Rerik in the Rostock district
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The city of Rerik , until 1938 Alt Gaarz, officially Ostseebad Rerik , is located in the northwest of the Rostock district in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany). Rerik is administered together with five other communities by the Neubukow-Salzhaff office based in Neubukow . The city forms a basic center for its surroundings .


Geographical location

Rerik is located at the northeastern end of the Salzhaffes , part of the Wismar Bay between the mainland and the Wustrow peninsula . The city is located about 35 kilometers west of Rostock and 35 kilometers northeast of Wismar . To the east is the cooling , a wooded ridge. The island of Kieler Ort belongs to the city area .

City structure

The following districts belong to the city of Rerik:

  • Blengow
  • Gaarzer Hof
  • Garvsmühlen
  • Meschendorf
  • Roggow
  • Russov


The annual average temperature is 8.4 ° C, annual precipitation is 607 mm (annual average 1982–2012). The driest month is February, with the most rainfall in July.


Precipitation diagram
View from Schmiedeberg (left the Salzhaff, right the Baltic Sea)
Rerik (view over the Salzhaff)

Old Gaarz

Rerik was formerly called Ol Gartz , so Alt Gaarz . The name is of Slavic origin and means "old castle". Such a Slavic rampart existed in the 9th to the 12th centuries on the German Baltic coast only in Cape Arkona . At the foot of Reriks Schmiedeberg stood until the late 1950s, the smithy . The sheltered location behind the offshore island of Wustrow ensured early settlement of the place. Alt Gaarz was first mentioned in a document on October 18, 1230. The castle was probably destroyed by a storm flood . Gaarz was probably a prosperous village with several farms as early as the Middle Ages, where, in addition to agriculture, fishing and seafaring were pursued. Bathing began in Alt Gaarz at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the time of National Socialism , the Slavic past was supposed to be forgotten, and with the granting of town charter on April 1, 1938, the town of Alt Gaarz was renamed after the former Viking settlement Reric in Rerik, which was assumed here at the time . The Wustrow peninsula, Neu Gaarz, Gaarzer Hof, Blengow and Garvsmühlen became districts of Rerik at the same time. The population increased to about 2000 inhabitants. The legendary Slavic- Viking trading post Reric was, however, as archaeological research in the 1990s has shown, about 19 km south-southwest of the Baltic Sea resort near Groß Strömkendorf.

Wustrow was on 17 February 1933, the Reichswehr sold and the Flak - Artillery School  created I with vast barracks for over 3000 people and training areas. In 1943, due to their military importance, the facilities were the target of an air raid that claimed numerous victims and caused great damage. In 1993 the military use of Wustrow ended.

During the Second World War , a POW camp for Soviet POWs was operated on the Kuhberg am Salzhaff near Rerik , 46 of whom died and were buried in a "Russian cemetery", but were reburied in Rostock in 1948 . Presumably a memorial stone for soldiers of the Red Army , which has stood on Prof.-Hüsing-Platz since 1990, originally stood on the cliff and was dedicated to their memory. After the end of the war, the Wehrmacht's facilities were handed over to the Soviet armed forces without a fight and then partly blown up. The barracks on Wustrow served as a location for the group of the Soviet armed forces in Germany from 1949 to October 18, 1993 . The site is still closed to the public due to ammunition residues.

After 1945 the state recreation system of the GDR was set up, company vacation homes, homes for the vacation service of the unified union FDGB and camping sites were built. In 1963 Rerik accommodated around 16,000 vacationers.

Since 1991, the historic town center has been fundamentally refurbished as part of urban development funding, and the townscape has been significantly upgraded. In 1992 the new pier was inaugurated. Rerik has been a state seaside resort since 1996.

From 1952 to 2011 Rerik belonged to the Bad Doberan district (until 1990 in the GDR district of Rostock , 1990–2011 in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania ). The city has been in the Rostock district since 2011 .


On April 1, 1938, the Wustrow peninsula and the places Neu Gaarz, Gaarzer Hof and Garvsmühlen were incorporated into the municipality of Rerik. Blengow joined on July 1, 1950. Roggow was incorporated on January 1, 2002.

History of the districts

Blengow was first mentioned in 1238 or 1252. The estate is said to have been founded in 1582 by the von Bibow family ; after that there was a frequent change of ownership. The classicist manor house Blengow from around 1835 was built by Carl Wilhelm Anton Beste, after 1996 it was converted into holiday apartments. The Beste family owned the estate until 1945.

Neu Gaarz: Around 1914, Gut Neu Gaarz was owned by the von Wilamowitz- Moellendorff family . The two- and three-story manor house from this time has been renovated.

Nyengaartz was first mentioned in 1239.

Roggow: The manor house was first mentioned in a document in 1345. The von Oertzen family has owned the estate since 1192 . In the Thirty Years' War devastated and partially burned the mansion was in 1666 in Baroque style rebuilt. It made more conversions and extensions, including 1850, when an acting style facade Tudor Gothic was placed in front of. The estate was owned by the von Oertzen family until it was expropriated in 1945. The mansion was then used as a residence for up to 12 families. At the end of 1989 it was to be converted into a holiday home for children, after which it was empty. After reunification, after long negotiations, the heir Peter von Oertzen was able to buy back the manor house and part of the park in 1991. Apartments have been set up in the former manor house and are rented out.

Russow received its village church as a brick church with a fieldstone base at the beginning of the 14th century . The pointed helmet of the neo-Gothic tower from 1904 has recently been demolished. Under Jasper I. von Oertzen, the estate was a subsidiary of Roggow since 1500.

Population development

year Residents
1990 2042
1995 2068
2000 2111
2005 2352
2010 2218
year Residents
2015 2151
2016 2136
2017 2161
2018 2142
2019 2160

Status: December 31 of the respective year


City council

The city council of Rerik consists of 12 city representatives and the mayor. The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following result:

Party / list be right Seats
SPD 59.8% 7th
Free voter community Rerik (fWR) 25.4% 3
The left 04.6% 1
Individual applicant Kai Kloss 04.6% 1


  • since 1989: Wolfgang Gulbis (SPD)

Gulbis was confirmed in office in the mayoral election on May 26, 2019 with 69.0 percent of the valid votes.

coat of arms

The coat of arms was awarded on April 1, 1938 by the Reich Governor in Mecklenburg. It is registered under the number 217 of the coat of arms of Mecklenburg.

Blazon : "In red a three-masted golden cog with a fort on the fore and aft deck, the masts with billowing sails, mast cages and crowns on the tips, the main mast with a long pennant."

The coat of arms was designed by Hans Herbert Schweitzer .


The flag of the city of Ostseebad Rerik consists of golden (yellow) cloth and is covered in the middle with the city coat of arms.

Sights and culture

Economy and Infrastructure


The Ostseebad Rerik is characterized by tourism. In 2010, around 50,000 holiday guests were registered in addition to day visitors. In 2014 there were 388,844 overnight stays in Rerik and 65,736 at Salzhaff.


Rerik is on the L 122 state road to Kröpelin . The federal highway 105 ( Wismar - Bad Doberan ) in Neubukow is about eleven kilometers away.

The train stations Neubukow (11 km away) and Kröpelin (14 km away) are on the Wismar – Rostock railway line . They are served by the regional train line RB 11 ( Wismar - Rostock - Ticino ) every hour. Both train stations can be reached from Rerik by bus in a few minutes.

The Rerik-Zweedorf airfield near the city limits can be used by small aircraft.

In the summer months there was a ferry service with the "MS Salzhaff" to the island of Poel on the Salzhaff until it was closed in 2016 . Round trips on the Salzhaff are now offered with two ships.

Public facilities

  • Town hall, Dünenstrasse 10
  • Kurverwaltung, Dünenstrasse 7
  • Office Neubukow-Salzhaff in Neubukow


  • Goethe School (primary school), Kröpeliner Str. 5
  • Free school Rerik in association, Kröpeliner Str. 5
  • Kindergarten Uns Kinnerstuv, Kröpeliner Str. 3


  • Disabled sports community Salzhaff Rerik
  • Heimatverein Salzhaff-Region
  • Shantychor Reriker howling buoys
  • Alt-Gaarz sailing club
  • SV Rerik cliff
  • Fire Brigade Association


Honorary citizen

sons and daughters of the town

Personalities associated with Rerik


In the novel Sansibar or the last reason by Alfred Andersch , a city with this name is the main setting for a plot that focuses on a group of people who rescued Ernst Barlach's sculpture " Reading Monastery Students " from the National Socialists. In doing so, Andersch provides this literary Rerik with landscape and structural features that he takes from the entire coastal region and especially Wismar. For example, the real Rerik never had a sea port.

Web links

Wikivoyage: Rerik  - travel guide
Commons : Rerik  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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. Regional Spatial Development Program Central Mecklenburg / Rostock 2011 - Central locations and perspective development, planning region MMR, accessed on July 12, 2015
  3. ^ Main statute of the city of Ostseebad Rerik, § 2
  4. Climate Ostseebad Rerik on
  5. StBA: Changes in the municipalities in Germany, see 2002
  6. 1238 according to the information board in front of the manor house; 1352 according to the city's website
  7. MUB IX. (1875) No. 6564.
  8. Population development of the districts and municipalities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Statistical Report AI of the Statistical Office Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  9. ^ Result of the local election on May 26, 2019
  10. Three mayors are running again. In: Ostsee-Zeitung , February 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Result of the mayoral election on May 26, 2019
  12. ^ Nazi created Schwaan's coat of arms. In: Schweriner Volkszeitung , September 1, 2009.
  13. Niederhöffer, Albert: The haunted fisherman on the Baltic Sea near Alt-Gaarz, not far from Neu-Bukow . In: Niederhöffer, Albert (Ed.): Mecklenburg's Volkssagen . tape 2 . Leipzig 1859, p. 2 .
  14. Our sailing area around Rerik. Retrieved May 16, 2020 .
  15. ^ Ostseebad Rerik celebrates its honorary citizen Günther Uecker. In: Die Welt , March 29, 2015.