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Coordinates: 54 ° 21 '  N , 10 ° 13'  E

Basic data
State : Schleswig-Holstein
Circle : Plön
Office : Schrevenborn
Height : 27 m above sea level NHN
Area : 15.95 km 2
Residents: 6714 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 421 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 24232
Primaries : 0431, 04348
License plate : PLÖ
Community key : 01 0 57 074
Office administration address: Dorfplatz 2
24226 Heikendorf
Website :
Mayor : Gerd F. Radisch (independent)
Location of the community Schönkirchen 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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Schönkirchen is a municipality in the Plön district in Schleswig-Holstein .

Geography and traffic

The municipality includes the village of Schönkirchen itself and the villages of Schönhorst , Flüggendorf and Oppendorf, which used to belong to the municipality of Oppendorf , as well as the villages of Hof Schönhorst and Landgraben.

Schönkirchen is located directly northeast of Kiel on federal highway 502 , which runs along the coast north from Kiel to Schönberg (Holstein) , and on the Kiel – Schönberger Strand railway line .


At the beginning of the 13th century, the German colonization after the Wendekreuzzug reached the area of ​​today's Schönkirchen; the place itself was first mentioned in a document from 1294, the Codex Cismariensis.

The sovereign Johann II held the patronage of the church and village, but had to pass the village to his great-nephew Johann III in the deed of division of February 7, 1316 . resign. Schönkirchen was then directly owned by the sovereign and was compulsory for the Kiel castle. It later became a fiefdom and was therefore owned by various noble lords. In 1356 Schönkirchen was sold to the Heiligengeistkloster zu Kiel , in whose possession it remained for the next 200 years.

Like the Good Kronshagen associated villages of the monastery was managing the Kieler Council, which was committed to the jurisdiction to exercise and use the proceeds for the benefit of the pious with the monastery associated poor and hospitals as well as for other purposes. However, the Kiel Council subsequently only fulfilled this obligation incompletely, so that the complaints increased.

After the division of Schleswig-Holstein on August 9, 1544, Kiel and the surrounding villages became part of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf . Duke Adolf I regulated compliance with the stipulated distribution of income from the village of Schönkirchen and was only able to assert himself against the Kiel Council after the intervention of Emperor Maximilian II . Schönkirchen then remained liable to pay the city of Kiel until the 18th century, most recently with an annual payment of 10 Reichstalers and 45 Schillings to the Nikolaikirche in Kiel and wood transport for the foundations, schools and organists in Kiel.

Schönkirchen was a poor village with poor soil conditions, so that craftsmen could only eat poorly. The Fire and Church Guild was founded in 1560 as one of the first self-help organizations to provide support in the event of a fire.

In the middle of the 19th century, the great events of world history cast their shadows as far as Schönkirchen. War of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf by the Treaty of Tsarskoye Selo by way of exchange in the Danish state has been incorporated, Holstein was after the German-Danish War in 1864, first under joint management by Austria and Prussia , was amended by the Treaty of Gastein placed under Austrian administration until Austria was defeated by Prussia in the German War of 1866. The Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein was formed from the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein in 1867 .

The neighboring Kiel became the naval port of the North German Confederation in 1867 and the Imperial War port in 1871 . This entailed the establishment of the Kaiserliche Werft Kiel and industrial companies such as iron foundries, shipyards and other armaments factories or led to a change in the production of existing companies such as the mechanical engineering company and iron foundry Schweffel & Howaldt . The high demand for labor led on the one hand to a rapid increase in the population in Kiel itself, but also to an increased influx of people into the Kiel peripheral communities.

During the First World War , special shifts had to be worked in the shipyards without special rations of food being granted. The women, children and old-age dividers who remained on the farms managed to till the fields and bring in the harvests with great difficulty. 64 men from Schönkirchen died in the fighting.

The years of the Weimar Republic were marked by hyperinflation and the global economic crisis . As in the rest of Schleswig-Holstein , the NSDAP was able to attract voters at an early stage. After the seizure of power in 1933, armaments efforts were intensified again in the Kiel factories. The armaments factories built factory settlements for their workforce, B. the Anschützwerke (Anschützsiedlung) and the Deutsche Werke (Kalkstein, Kemmecken).

During the Second World War , various workers' camps were set up in Schönkirchen, in which the conscripts for the Kiel Navy shipyard, the precision engineering works and other armaments factories were housed. In later years the camps were also increasingly occupied with foreign workers . Several air defense batteries were also housed in the municipality to protect Kiel.

After the war there were a great number of refugees, displaced persons and people damaged by bombs to be accommodated. This initially happened in the barracks camps until housing construction sites could be identified in the entire municipality (Brammerkamp, ​​Augustental / Schönberger Landstrasse, Haferberg, etc.). However, in order not to become a mere dormitory - in 1951 70% of the working population were employed by the Howaldtswerke - the development of the Söhren industrial area began in 1967.

On April 1, 1970, the previously independent municipality of Oppendorf was incorporated into Schönkirchen.

Up until January 1, 2007, Schönkirchen was an unofficial community. Since then, the community together with the neighboring communities Heikendorf and Mönkeberg has formed the office of Schrevenborn .


Community representation

Of the 20 seats in the municipal council, the CDU has eight seats since the local elections in 2018, the SPD six seats, the Bündnis90 / Die Grünen five seats and the FDP one seat.

Municipal election 2018
Turnout: 47.3%
Gains and losses
compared to 2013
 % p
-3.7  % p
-3.1  % p
+ 4.4  % p
+ 2.5  % p
8th 6th 
A total of 20 seats


On November 6, 2016, a full-time mayor was elected again in Schönkirchen, who took office on January 2, 2017. Only the candidate Gerd F. Radisch, supported by all parties, stood for election.

coat of arms

Blazon : "On a red shield base, in it a silver (Holstein) nettle leaf accompanied by two golden ears , in gold the neo-Gothic red tower of the Schönkirchener Marienkirche with a gable roof, in the upper corners accompanied by two red heraldic roses."


There has been a partnership with the city of Brüel in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania since 1990 and with the market town of Schönkirchen-Reyersdorf in Lower Austria since 1999 . There is also a partnership between the local church community and one in Tanzania in Africa. The Schönkirchen parish has been supporting the local community with donations since 2006.



Marienkirche in Schönkirchen

The eponymous Marienkirche is a stone church from the 13th century. In it is a by Hans Gudewerth the Elder. J. designed ceiling-high carved altar in 1653. It also contains an organ built in 1968 by Detlef Kleuker / Brackwede and a harpsichord built in 1990 by Eckehart Merzdorf (after Andreas Ruckers 1638) .

Sculpture path

In order to offer a forum for contemporary art in rural areas and thus bring art and nature together, Rosita Sengpiehl and Wolf Zepfel from the Kiel ars + gallery took over the artistic direction of the sculpture trail. The trail opened in May 2012 and is referred to as a "growing project"; it is not yet finished. The works of art are presented to the public in a park that is freely accessible to all citizens near the Marienkirche. This should also inspire those who have hardly come into contact with art before. The community of Schönkirchen is to be established as a new place of art in Schleswig-Holstein , in particular an increase in reputation in local tourism is hoped for. The very different works of art stand directly in nature and are integrated into it. Most of the artists come from the region; some are also from outside.

Schmidt House

The Schmidt-Haus is a Low German hall house built in 1838, which is now a listed building. It was inhabited until 1984, today it is owned by the Schönkirchen cultural and landscape conservation association. On August 25, 1995, the Schmidt-Haus burned down to the ground, after which it was rebuilt. The reopening took place on May 7, 1997.


Horn Huus

The thatched half-timbered cottage Hörn Huus was built around the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century. In 1986 the community of Schönkirchen bought the dilapidated house and had it restored. Today the Kate is used for events at the Schönkirchen Volkshochschule. There is also the possibility of a wedding ceremony.

White kangaroo in Schönkirchen Zoo

Farm animal arche Heikendorfer Weg

In Heikendorfer Weg there is an animal enclosure in which various animal species, for example: kangaroos , emus , sheep and ostriches are kept. The extensive area is open to the public and free of charge.

See also

Economy and Infrastructure

At the end of the 1960s, the Söhren industrial park was created and expanded in 1973 and 1989. In the industrial park u. a. the Probsteier Wurstfabrik Pfeifer as well as the Wöhlk and Stryker production sites.


Schönkirchen has a primary school , a community school and a special needs school . There are offers for childcare in the afternoon. The adult education center, founded in 1949, offers a wide range of courses in various areas (culture and design, health, exercise, nutrition, languages, work and profession, IT, senior education, courses for children, as well as lectures and individual events).

Community library

The modernized community library, reopened in February 2010, currently has a stock of approx. 10,000 loaned media and offers a pleasant place to read and study for young and older people, but especially for schoolchildren.


  • TSG Concordia Schönkirchen , sports club
  • Tennis Club Schönkirchen e. V.
  • Tanzsportclub Rot-Gold Schönkirchen e. V.
  • Old Guild Schönkirchen from 1560 , traditional club with an affiliated sports shooting community
  • Workers' Welfare Local Association Schönkirchen e. V.
  • Allotment gardeners association Schönkirchen
  • Culture and landscape care association Schönkirchen


Sons and daughters of the church

Connected to the community

Web links

Commons : Schönkirchen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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. Schleswig-Holstein topography. Vol. 9: Schönberg - Tielenhemme . 1st edition Flying-Kiwi-Verl. Junge, Flensburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-926055-91-0 , p. 11 ( [accessed on July 30, 2020]).
  3. For the entire “History” section, see Brigitte Prien, Hanns Vorreiter, Jürgen H. Waldner (eds.): Chronicle 700 years of Schönkirchen. Howaldtsche Buchdruckerei, Kiel 1993, p. 24 (w. W. N.)
  4. ↑ Allocation of seats. May 6, 2018, accessed May 8, 2018 .
  5. Schleswig-Holstein's municipal coat of arms
  8. Archived copy ( memento of the original from December 21, 2015 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 /