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Coat of arms of the city of Wolgast
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Coordinates: 54 ° 3 '  N , 13 ° 46'  E

Basic data
State : Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
County : Vorpommern-Greifswald
Office : At the Peenestrom
Height : 12 m above sea level NHN
Area : 61.53 km 2
Residents: 11,879 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 193 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 17438
Area code : 03836
License plate : VG, ANK, GW, PW, SBG, UEM, WLG
Community key : 13 0 75 144
City structure: 6 districts

City administration address :
Burgstrasse 6
17438 Wolgast
Website : www.wolgast.de
Mayor : Stefan Weigler (independent)
Location of the city of Wolgast in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district
Brandenburg Landkreis Mecklenburgische Seenplatte Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen Buggenhagen Krummin Lassan Wolgast Wolgast Zemitz Ahlbeck (bei Ueckermünde) Altwarp Eggesin Grambin Hintersee (Vorpommern) Leopoldshagen Liepgarten Luckow Luckow Lübs (Vorpommern) Meiersberg Mönkebude Vogelsang-Warsin Bargischow Bargischow Blesewitz Boldekow Bugewitz Butzow Ducherow Iven Krien Krusenfelde Neetzow-Liepen Medow Neetzow-Liepen Neu Kosenow Neuenkirchen (bei Anklam) Postlow Rossin Sarnow Spantekow Stolpe an der Peene Alt Tellin Bentzin Daberkow Jarmen Kruckow Tutow Völschow Behrenhoff Dargelin Dersekow Hinrichshagen (Vorpommern) Levenhagen Mesekenhagen Neuenkirchen (bei Greifswald) Weitenhagen Bergholz Blankensee (Vorpommern) Boock (Vorpommern) Glasow (Vorpommern) Grambow (Vorpommern) Löcknitz Nadrensee Krackow Penkun Plöwen Ramin Rossow Rothenklempenow Brünzow Hanshagen Katzow Kemnitz (bei Greifswald) Kröslin Kröslin Loissin Lubmin Neu Boltenhagen Rubenow Wusterhusen Görmin Loitz Sassen-Trantow Altwigshagen Ferdinandshof Hammer a. d. Uecker Heinrichswalde Rothemühl Torgelow Torgelow Torgelow Wilhelmsburg (Vorpommern) Jatznick Brietzig Damerow (Rollwitz) Fahrenwalde Groß Luckow Jatznick Jatznick Koblentz Krugsdorf Nieden Papendorf (Vorpommern) Polzow Rollwitz Schönwalde (Vorpommern) Viereck (Vorpommern) Zerrenthin Züsedom Karlshagen Mölschow Peenemünde Trassenheide Benz (Usedom) Dargen Garz (Usedom) Kamminke Korswandt Koserow Loddin Mellenthin Pudagla Rankwitz Stolpe auf Usedom Ückeritz Usedom (Stadt) Zempin Zirchow Bandelin Gribow Groß Kiesow Groß Polzin Gützkow Gützkow Karlsburg Klein Bünzow Murchin Rubkow Schmatzin Wrangelsburg Ziethen (bei Anklam) Züssow Heringsdorf Pasewalk Strasburg (Uckermark) Ueckermünde Wackerow Greifswald Greifswald Polenmap
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Town hall square in Wolgast

Wolgast is a city in northeast Germany . Most of the city is west of the island of Usedom , a small part is on the island. It belongs to the district of Vorpommern-Greifswald and is the seat of the Am Peenestrom office , to which another six communities belong. It is one of the 18  medium-sized centers in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania .

Because of its location, Wolgast and Anklam are known as the “gateway to the island of Usedom ”, and the city is also known for its preserved historical center with many monuments , the city harbor and the Peene shipyard .


Geographical location

Wolgast is mostly on the west bank of the Peene River , an estuary arm of the Oder and the Peene, the island of Usedom separated from the mainland. The district Mahlzow is east of the Peene River on the island. Since this is connected to the mainland via two Wolgast bridges, the city is also known as the gateway to the island of Usedom .

About three kilometers southwest of the city, near the Ziesaberg , the Ziese, coming from the west from the Ziesebruch , flows into the Peene River .

City structure

According to its main statute, the area of ​​the city of Wolgast consists of six districts:



The place name changed from Hologost (1127), Hologosta (1165) to Woligost and documented in 1140 to Wologost and to Wolegast (1229) or Wolgust (1250) to today's Germanized Wolgast (1189, 1250, 1331). The castle was also called "Castrum Waleguste" (1194).

The name Wolgast could be a altpolabischer personal name Voligost have been, the second part of the name gość the meaning guest , even a friend has. The name thus denotes someone who has a bigger / better friend . Wilhelm Ferdinand Gadebusch also assumed great as the meaning of the first syllable ( woly ), but gast (Polish: gaszcz) should be interpreted as a thicket or grove , from which he derived Great Grove .

middle Ages

Old Town Hall

The area of ​​Wolgast belonged to the settlement area of ​​the Slavic Liutizen , later to the Duchy of Pomerania . The place was first mentioned in 1123 as a trading and customs office. Here was the temple of the Slavic god Jarovit , who was destroyed by Bishop Otto von Bamberg on his second mission trip in 1128. He probably built the St. Petri Church at this point . The church building and the Wendish Rundling south of it were the origin of the city.

A castellan was last mentioned for Wolgast in 1230 . The first granting of the town charter probably took place between 1250 and 1259. This emerges from a letter from 1259 in which consules (councilors) were mentioned (according to MUB ). The confirmation document from 1282 by Duke Bogislaw IV proves that the city charter was granted by Dukes Barnim I and Wartislaw III. took place together. It can be assumed that the granting of town charter referred to a new German town that was laid out with a regular road network next to the previous Wendish settlements of Kronwiek, Bauwiek and Fischerwiek. Wolgast received a confirmation of the city charter of Luebi from Duke Bogislaw IV in 1282 .

From 1295 to 1625, after the division of the Duchy of Pomerania into Pomerania-Stettin and Pommern-Wolgast , the city was the seat of the Dukes of the Wolgast line. Their residence, Wolgast Castle , was one of the most important Renaissance buildings in North Germany . It was located on an island off the city in the Peene River between the mainland and the island of Usedom, which is still known as the Castle Island to this day. Around 1820 the last remains of the castle disappeared from the cityscape. The Petrikirche with the ducal crypt and the Gertrudenkapelle in the old cemetery, an architectural gem, are worth seeing from this time .

Wolgast was a member of the Hanseatic League , but was never of greater importance within this association of cities. The proximity of the sovereign brought about by the residence meant that the city could not achieve the independence and autonomy of other cities of that time.

16th to 19th century

Wolgast on the Lubin map at the beginning of the 17th century
Siege of Wolgast
Wolgast around 1760

In the Thirty Years War in the Battle of Wolgast on September 2, 1628, the imperial troops under Wallenstein defeated the Danish defenders of the city under King Christian IV. In 1630 the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf landed with his army in Peenemünde , which belonged to the city of Wolgast. After the king's death in 1633 his body was returned to Sweden from Wolgast.

From the end of the Thirty Years' War in 1648 until the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the city, like the entire area of Western Pomerania , belonged to Swedish Pomerania and from 1720 became the border point for entering and exiting the Odra because the Swin exit was silted up . Wolgast benefited from the customs and tax levies. In 1713 the Russian Tsar Peter I had the city burned down in the Great Northern War . The residential palace and large parts of the city were almost completely destroyed. The ducal castle fell into disrepair after the severe war damage and was used as building material for inner-city houses and in several manor types e.g. B. Wrangelsburg and Krebsow related. Therefore, today's cityscape of Wolgast is largely based on baroque architecture, with the historic town hall as an outstanding example, with a largely medieval street layout. The church of St. Petri is one of the few remains of Gothic architecture that were not destroyed in this fire and thus still remain today.

From the end of the 18th century there was a new boom through trade and industry. Storage and trading houses emerged. Around the middle of the 19th century, the shipowners represented in Wolgast had 20 merchant ships.

Speicher from 1836 at the old port of Wolgast

The two large granaries at the city harbor were particularly worth seeing as well-preserved half-timbered buildings; one from 1836. The last stones of the castle are said to have been built into them. The close to the Peene-Werft standing in 1843 for grain wholesalers Wilhelm Homeyer built memory , was in the night of 6 to 7 June 2006 by arson destroyed.

From the 20th century

In 1899 and 1901, the company Pommerscher Industrie-Verein auf Actien, founded by Johannes Quistorp in 1872 and now run by his son Martin Quistorp , opened two large Portland cement factories in Wolgast, the most important raw material of which was Rügen chalk, which was delivered by ship . The Wolgasters were able to hold their own in the market until 1939. After that, the site lay fallow until 1945. It was used by the GDR Navy from 1950 until the fall of the Wall and is now part of the Südhafen industrial park.

Wolgast survived the Second World War without any significant damage , apart from the Wehrmacht's demolition of the Peene Bridge in April 1945. This is mainly due to the surrender of the city to the Red Army on April 30, 1945 without a fight .

During the GDR era , the Peene shipyard was built in the city . It was geared towards military shipbuilding and had around 3500 employees. In addition, Wolgast became a naval base. From 1952 onwards, Wolgast became the administrative center of the Wolgast district in the Rostock district . The population rose to around 17,000 by 1989.

Half-timbered store
at the harbor (granary), built in 1836, destroyed by arson in 2006

After the political change , the historic city center and the castle island were fundamentally renovated from 1991 onwards as part of urban development funding. The large neighboring residential areas were redeveloped through urban redevelopment and improvements in the residential area. After the reunification, the naval forces were withdrawn. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Wolgast has clearly lost its population. The reason for this is the emigration to other federal states, but also the urban flight to smaller surrounding communities.

In the course of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania district reform in 1994 , the Wolgast district was combined with the Anklam and Greifswald-Land districts to form the Ostvorpommern district, whose district seat was the city of Anklam . With the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania district reform in 2011 , Wolgast became part of the Western Pomerania-Greifswald district .

On September 23, 2008 the city received the title Place of Diversity awarded by the federal government .

History of the districts


The place Buddenhagen was first mentioned as buddenhaghen in 1387.


Hohendorf was first mentioned in a document as Hogendorp in 1319.


Pritzier was first mentioned as Prisser in the Lubin map in 1618 . The von Nienkerken (Neuenkirchen) family was already the owner of the fief , from when is not recorded. Their last heir died in 1641. After the Thirty Years' War, the Swedish Marshal Conrad Mardefelt became lord of Gut Pritzier with the villages of Hohendorf, Katzow and Netzeband through royal Swedish donation . As early as 1653 he sold to the Swedish field marshal Carl Gustav Wrangel . However, this sparked disputes over the ownership of the property during the reduction of 1694. The Wrangel's heirs got back the property acquired through legal purchase through the reduction commission. In 1720 the last heiress died with Wrangel's granddaughter, and so the estate became a sovereign domain . The place Pritzier became a domain village and manor.

In 1865 Pritzier had 143 inhabitants in 22 families, there were 1 school, 11 residential and 19 farm buildings.

Pritzier is a manor village with a manor and farm worker data line; there are remains of the property. It was incorporated into Hohendorf on July 1, 1950.


Schalense was first mentioned in a document in 1454 (source questionable) and in 1618 it was named as Schalensee in the Lubin map. It used to be a Vorwerk that belonged to the Wolgast Office. In the Thirty Years War, around 1637, the village burned down completely. In 1648, Schalense became the property of the General Provisioner of Pomerania Steffen Larßen Kempe and the Rittmeister Knäckfädt. In 1667, Schalense became a royal domain that King Charles XII. Pledged in 1701. It was not until March 1, 1763 that Schalense was again free domain property. From 1831 to 1945 the estate was owned by the family.

Schalense was a typical estate village with the dominant estate and a small row of cottages for the farm workers. From around 1850, the village owned a road house on today's federal road 111, which was built with the construction of the stone railway from Wolgast to Moeckow- Berg in order to collect tolls. As can still be seen today, the houses were built directly on the street, through the window leading there was cash. But that was soon abandoned everywhere, because at that time almost only farmers were out with horse-drawn carts and they simply bypassed the customs offices. The road houses were then used as apartments for the road masters and their workers.


Zarnitz, the smallest district, was first mentioned in 1387 as Zarentze . The name is derived from the Slavic black.

In Zarnitz in 1817 only one full farmer and one Kossät lived . As a Vorwerk, the place had been owned by the domain since 1648. In 1849 nine farmers lived here. By 1850 the village had 16 houses with 124 inhabitants. In 1855 the estate was dissolved and the place became a colonist village. In addition to the main town, there were about ten residential areas or farmsteads spread across the district. One of them was a mill farm with a post mill , and the other was the Poggenkrug on the border with Hohendorf. The village thus became a scattered settlement.

Housing areas and desertification

Districts of Wolgast

The Wolgast-Süd district was built around 1960, Tannenkamp around 1970 as a residential estate, Wolgast-Nord around 1980 as a prefabricated residential district and Am Schanzberg after 1990 as an industrial area. The old district of Wolgast ferry on Usedom was added to the later district of Mahlzow.

Hohenfelde (living space)

A forester's house was built there in 1854 and still exists today. Hohenfelde was mentioned for the first time in 1859. In addition, there was an associated forest workers' farmstead until recently, known as the "Flodderhaus", which burned out in 2012 and was cleared in 2014.

Mahlzow (Usedom Island)

Mahlzow was first mentioned in 1309 as Maltsow . The Slavic name is interpreted as small = malo . Mahlzow was a street village in shape and a farming village according to its function. Slightly north of Mahlzow there was an important hill for Wolgast, which had existed since the Thirty Years War and until 1835.

Mahlzow originally consisted of the village Mahlzow and the Wolgast district Wolgast-Fähre 'with the terminus and ferry station there. Both were united after 1945. In the meantime, the Wolgast ferry and Mahlzow are also structurally connected.

Weidehof (living space)

A single find shows that Weidehof settled the area at an early age. A Bronze Age button sickle was found in the moor northwest of the Weidehof farm 20 m south of the Ziesegraben by the tenant Zilm. It is 17 cm long, 3.2 cm in the middle and 3.3 cm wide at the button. (Information according to W. Petzsch - 1935)

Weidehof was first mentioned as such in 1859. The place belonged to the city of Wolgast early on, but was probably managed as a Vorwerk by Gut Karrin . The Vorwerk also had a brickworks with its own clay pits near the Peene River.

Wolgaster ferry (living space)

The Wolgast ferry was first named as the Wolgast ferry in 1631. The living space is on the island of Usedom opposite the Wolgast Castle Island. The important ferry point between the mainland and the island was located there. The settlement expanded until 1880, but had its own demarcated area with arable land and a windmill.

From 1906 to 1911, the railway line from Heringsdorf station to the Wolgaster ferry and the Wolgaster ferry station were built. This established the connection to the Ducherow-Swinoujscie-Zinnowitz line. In addition, a trajectory was set up on the Peenestrom to transfer the rolling stock and freight trains . For passenger traffic, passengers had to be ferried from Wolgast Hafen station to Wolgast Ferry station . There were three ferry lines: the passenger ferry from Schlossinsel, the carriage ferry from the port and, further south, the train ferry.

In 1937 the first steel bascule bridge was built as a road bridge over the Peenestrom with a length of 247 m for deliveries to the Peenemünde Army Research Center , which meant that the ferry connections apart from the rail transport were no longer necessary . The passengers now had to walk the distance from Wolgast Hafen station over the bridge to the Wolgast ferry station .

The bridge was blown up in 1945 by the retreating Wehrmacht. It was rebuilt in 1952 as a bridge of friendship . Since 1945, because of the demolition of the Karniner Bridge and the subsequent dismantling of the Ducherow-Swinoujscie railway line, rail traffic was only possible via Wolgast.

The bridge was renewed from 1997 to 1999 as a combination bridge for road and rail. She had a larger passage width for the ships from the Wolgaster Peenewerft. With the new route including the tunnel under the B 111 federal road , the Wolgaster ferry station became superfluous, only a stop for the Usedomer Bäderbahn (UBB) remained.

High point (desert)

High point was a residential place in the forest area between Buddenhagen and Jägerhof and was listed first in the Prussian Urmesstischblatt (PUM) in 1835, but not in Messtischblatt 1880. It seems to have been a forestry worker settlement.

Neuenzimmer (desert)

The place was in 1809 when New Limmer and in 1859 as a new room called. It was a forest farm that fell in ruins after 1859. It was between Buddenhagen and Jägerhof and was probably a forest workers' settlement.

Middle square (desert)

Mittelplatz was a residential area in the forest area between Buddenhagen and Jägerhof and was first listed in the Prussian Urmes table sheet (PUM) in 1835, but disappears again in the measuring table sheet in 1880. It seems to have been a forest workers' settlement.

Ziese mill (desert)

Ziese mill was mentioned as Zisemöhlen in the Lubin map in 1618 . The place was named until 1809, then it was probably desolate. The exact location on the Ziese in front of Wolgast is not known.


On January 1, 2012, the communities of Buddenhagen and Hohendorf were incorporated into Wolgast.

Population development

year Residents
1990 17,013
1995 15,512
2000 13,747
2005 12,583
2010 11,940
year Residents
2015 12,312
2016 12,172
2017 12,084
2018 12,028
2019 11,879

Status: December 31 of the respective year

The temporary increase in the number of inhabitants between 2010 and 2015 is due to the incorporation of Buddenhagen and Hohendorf in 2012.


Election for city council 2019
Turnout: 48.6% (2014: 39.4%)
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Gains and losses
compared to 2014
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+ 14.0  % p
-5.0  % p
+ 2.9  % p
-3.6  % p
-14.7  % p
-5.8  % p
+1.0  % p
+1.1  % p
+ 10.2  % p
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i Sum of the results of five individual applicants

City council

The city council, consisting of 24 members, has been composed as follows since the local elections on May 26, 2019 :

Party / group of voters Seats 2014 Seats 2019
AfD 1 5
CDU 6th 5
Competence for Wolgast (KfW) 4th 5
Citizens for Wolgast (BFW) 5 4th
The left 6th 2
SPD 3 1
Alliance 90 / The Greens - 1
Individual applicant Lars Bergemann - 1
All in all 25th 24

Bergemann's share of the vote corresponds to two seats. Therefore one seat in the city council remains vacant.


  • 1991-2008: Jürgen Kanehl (SPD)
  • since 2008: Stefan Weigler (independent)

Weigler was confirmed in the mayoral election on May 31, 2015 with 68.4% of the valid votes for another seven years.

coat of arms

Coat of arms of the city of Wolgast in the Greifswald district building
Wolgast coat of arms
Blazon : “In gold on a green ground, a red tin tower with a dome roof alternately striped vertically with blue and gold and a closed golden gate between two facing, red-tongued, gold-reinforced black griffins standing on the beards of two turned away black keys and with a paw grab the tower and the dome with your fangs. "

The coat of arms was designed at the end of the 19th century after it was determined by the Royal Prussian Herald's Office and redrawn in 1997. It was registered under number 52 of the coat of arms of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Justification of the coat of arms: The coat of arms, based on the SIGILLVM CIVITATIS WOLGAST - first handed down as an imprint in 1295 before the division of the country - symbolizes a fortified city with the tower. The griffin figures refer to the Pomeranian dukes as city founders and city lords, with their later black tinging in the golden field to the affiliation of the residential city to the partial duchy of Pomerania-Wolgast, which was created after the division of the country in 1295, and with the tinging of the dome roof, which is striped with blue and gold of the tower on its affiliation to the partial duchy of Pomerania-Wolgast, which was formed after the renewed division of the country in 1532. The two keys point to Peter as the patron saint of St. Peter's Church.

The historical coat of arms can be seen in the coat of arms frieze of the 24 lords and three cities of the administrative district council of the district of Greifswald in the district building on Markt 10/11.


Flag of the city of Wolgast

The flag was approved on June 18, 1997 by the Ministry of the Interior Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The flag is striped lengthways in yellow, red and yellow. The yellow stripes each take up one sixth, the red stripe two thirds of the height of the flag cloth. In the middle of the red stripe is the city coat of arms, which is five ninths of the height of the flag. The length of the flag is related to the height as 5: 3.

Official seal

The official seal shows the city coat of arms with the inscription "STADT WOLGAST".

Twin cities

Town twinning

Sister cities of Wolgast are:

Wolgast street scene, a gabled house in the background

Sights and culture


The renovated historic city center of Wolgast is well preserved. Only remains of the buildings on the ducal castle island have survived.

  • The Petrikirche was built from 1280 to 1350 in Gothic style and redesigned into a three-aisled basilica by the beginning of the 15th century . In the crypt from 1587 are the coffins of the last seven members of the Pomeranian-Wolgast ducal family . After a fire, the church was restored in 1713. The church tower offers a good overview of the city. It is possible to visit the crypt.
  • The historic town hall is a two-storey brick building, the current appearance of which is determined by the restoration from 1718 to 1724. The lantern towers on the baroque market gable date from 1780. Late Gothic remains have been preserved on the rear gable.
  • The Gertrudenkapelle is a church from the beginning of the 15th century. The Gothic chapel was built as a twelve-sided central building made of bricks and is intended to remind of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem . It stands south of the federal road 111 (Chausseestrasse, B 111 ) in the old cemetery and is one of the oldest preserved buildings in the city. Duke Wartislaw IX. von Pomerania had the building erected around 1420 as a hospital chapel outside the city walls.
  • The St. Jürgen Chapel from the 15th century is a single-nave brick building .
  • The late Gothic house at Burgstrasse 9 dates from the 16th century.
  • Remains of the city wall west of the old town and on the B 111 just before the harbor opposite the Runge House (restored in 2013)
  • The historical fountain in front of the old town hall shows the history of Wolgast in twelve pictures.
  • The Wilhelminian post office building at the B 111 thoroughfare
  • The Herz-Jesu-Kirche was built in 1910 and is the place of worship for the Wolgast-based Catholics who are looked after by the Salvator parish together with the Catholics of the city of Anklam .
  • Memorial from the 1950s above Bahnhofstrasse for the victims of fascism , among whom are social democrats , communists and Jews of the city.
  • The water mill fountain is a playable fountain sculpture that was created in 2001 as part of a contact art campaign by the sculptors Hans-Werner Kalkmann and Jens Kalkmann with the participation of the citizens. The cultural and historical background is the grinding stone collection in the Mühlen-Stein-Park on Dr.-Theodor-Neubauer-Straße.
Guild tree in front of Poelzig's bank building


  • Hohendorf: Gothic village church of Hohendorf from the 13th century as well as rectory with rectory and barn
  • Schalense: Two-storey manor house (manor house) from around 1881 and manor park with a small lake
  • Weidehof: Manor complex with manor house, today a hotel
  • Zarnitz: Manor house from the first third of the 19th century as a single-storey, thatched brick half-timbered building as well as other farms


Museum Rungehaus , birthplace of the painter Philipp Otto Runge

Recreational facilities

  • In the north of the city is the Tannenkamp zoo .
  • Between the castle island and the fish market there is a museum harbor , the main attraction of which is the Stralsund railway ferry, which is over 100 years old and was used until after the fall of the Wall .
  • The Dreilindengrund , which is used as a municipal swimming area, is located on the banks of the Peene River .

Forgotten places

The old Jewish cemetery on Paschenberg behind the district hospital was rediscovered in 2008; at that time it was overgrown and unrecognizable. The Jewish victims of the Shoah are commemorated here with a memorial.

Not far from the main train station on a hill was the former four seasons cultural center with restaurants, bars, multi-purpose halls and the largest dance hall in town. It was demolished at the end of the 1990s and the area was built over with single-family houses.

Economy and Infrastructure

Aerial view of Wolgast with the Peene shipyard (blue)
Wolgast harbor


Wolgast is the seat of the Am Peenestrom office and is considered a medium-sized center in the region. In Wolgast there is an employment office , an office of the social agency of the Ostvorpommern district, the Wolgast district hospital under the auspices of the Greifswald University Hospital , a medical center, a music school and a branch of the Ostvorpommern adult education center , a middle school, a municipal library , a vocational school and a grammar school as well as a Police station and an inspection by the water police . The former Wolgast tax office was merged with the Greifswald tax office at the Greifswald location with effect from August 1, 2009 . In addition, the Wolgast District Court was dissolved at the end of August 31, 2015.

The economy is shaped by the Peene shipyard with around 300 employees and various suppliers. The city also has a business start-up center as well as a city port and the south port for inland and sea shipping. In 2013, 470,000 tons of goods were handled in the port  (2012: 480,000 tons). In 2018, 243,500 t were handled, in 2019 251,000 t.

The headquarters of Volksbank Wolgast is in the city.


Peene Bridge ( Blue Wonder )


Wolgast is located on the B 111 federal road , which , coming from the Gützkow junction of the federal motorway 20 , crosses the city and leads to the island of Usedom .

The 1934 completed Peenebrücke over the Peenestrom was after blasting the end of the Second World War, rebuilt in 1950 and reopened. In 1994 construction began on a completely new building, which was completed in 1996 as a road bridge and in 2000 as a combined railway bridge. Because of its color, this bridge, like similar buildings, is called the Blue Wonder . Especially during the holiday season, the bridge, as the only western connection to the island of Usedom, is a bottleneck, and traffic in the city center and beyond, sometimes for kilometers

The construction of a bypass to relieve through traffic, especially in the tourist important summer months, has been planned since the mid-1990s. A further 1.5 km long road bridge over the Peene is planned for the construction of a 6.3 km long bypass. The plan approval procedure should be completed in 2020.


The Wolgast train station and the Wolgast Hafen and Wolgast ferry stations are located on the Züssow – Wolgast Hafen railway, which has been in existence since 1863, and on the Wolgast – Swinoujscie railway that opened in 1876 . The construction of the Peene Bridge, which was also provided with a railroad track, has enabled direct rail traffic to the island of Usedom to Świnoujście (Swinoujscie) in Poland since 2000 .

Bicycle traffic

Wolgast is connected to several national and international long-distance cycle routes, including a. to the Baltic Sea Cycle Route or the EuroVelo Route 10, which leads around the Baltic Sea, and to the Iron Curtain Trail , which runs as EuroVelo 13 along the former Iron Curtain from Norway to the Black Sea.


  • Elementary school Wolgast, Baustraße 16
  • Regional Realschule GL Th. Kosegarten , Baustraße 16
  • Runge-Gymnasium , Lustwall 7 / Schulstrasse 1
  • Janusz Korczak School , Special School, Schulstrasse 5
  • Vocational school, Schulstrasse 1
  • United Adult Education Centers Vorpommern-Greifswald , location Anklam / Wolgast, Am Lustwall 7
  • Carl Wilhelm Berthold Heberlein School Wolgast, Heberleinstraße 32



Philipp Otto Runge


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  • Gustav Kratz : The cities of the province of Pomerania. Outline of their history, mostly based on documents . Berlin 1865, pp. 541-547 ( full text ).
  • Joachim Wächter : Wolgast in the Middle Ages. First Wendish center, then German city . In: Pomerania. Journal of Culture and History . Issue 4/2007, ISSN  0032-4167 , pp. 18-23
  • Karl Heller : Chronicle of the city of Wolgast . Greifswald 1829 ( digitized version )
  • Berthold Heberlein : Contributions to the history of the castle and town of Wolgast . Wolgast 1892
  • Norbert Buske and Sabine Bock : Wolgast. Ducal residence and castle, churches and chapels, port and city. Thomas Helms Verlag , Schwerin 1995, ISBN 3-931185-05-2
  • Adrian Bueckling : Forgotten Wolgast life images . Thomas Helms Verlag , Schwerin 1999, ISBN 3-931185-51-6
  • Adrian Bueckling : The New Western Pomerania seaside town of Wolgast. Historical-maritime notes . Thomas Helms Verlag , Schwerin 2000, ISBN 3-931185-69-9
  • Joachim Krüger: Wolgast in the ashes . Selected sources on the lustration of the city in the Danish era (1715–1721) (publications by the Chair of Nordic History, vol. 8), Greifswald 2007.
  • Manfred Niemeyer: East Western Pomerania . Collection of sources and literature on place names. Vol. 2: Mainland (= Greifswald contributions to toponymy, vol. 2), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Institute for Slavic Studies, Greifswald 2001, ISBN 3-86006-149-6 . Pp. 150/152
  • Dirk Schleinert : Source studies on Stettin and Wolgast as residential cities in the 16th and early 17th centuries , in: Communications of the Residences Commission of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen. City and Court - Project Residential Cities in the Old Kingdom 1300–1800 , Vol. 2, 2013, pp. 60–76.
  • Dirk Schleinert: Wolgast as a ducal residence in the 16th and 17th centuries , in: Rafał Makała (ed.): Unknown ways. The residences of the Pomeranian dukes and related dynasties as art centers and stations of artistic migration between the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War , Schwerin 2018, pp. 11–28.

Web links

Commons : Wolgast  - 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. Main statute of the city of Wolgast, § 12
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l Manfred Niemeyer: Ostvorpommern I . Collection of sources and literature on place names. Vol. 1: Usedom (= Greifswald contributions to toponymy, Vol. 1), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Institute for Slavic Studies, Greifswald 2001, ISBN 3-86006-149-6 . P. 37 ff
  4. Ernst Eichler , Werner Mühlmer: The names of the cities in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern . Ingo-Koch-Verlag, Rostock 2002, ISBN 3-935319-23-1
  5. ^ Oskar Beyersdorf: About the Slavic city names in Pomerania . In: Society for Pomeranian History and Archeology (Ed.): Baltic Studies , Volume 25, Issue 1, Stettin 1874, p. 100
  6. ^ Wilhelm Ferdinand Gadebusch: Chronicle of the island of Usedom . W. Dietze, Anklam 1863, p. 243 ( digitized version )
  7. a b c Joachim Wächter: Wolgast in the Middle Ages . In: Pomerania. Journal for Culture and History , Issue 4/2002, pp. 18–23
  8. Dietmar Lucht: The urban policy of Duke Barnims I of Pomerania 1220-1278 . Publications of the Historical Commission for Pomerania, Series V: Research on Pomeranian History, Vol. 10. Cologne Graz 1965, page 57/58
  9. ^ E. Wendt & Co. (Ed.): Overview of the Prussian Merchant Navy . Stettin January 1848, p. 29 f . ( online [accessed June 4, 2015]).
  10. ^ Heinrich Berghaus : Land book of the Duchy of Pomerania and the Principality of Rügen. IV. Part Volume II, Anklam 1868 Google Books p. 972 ff for the parish of Hohendorf
  11. ^ Manfred Niemeyer: Ostvorpommern . Collection of sources and literature on place names. Vol. 2: Mainland (= Greifswald contributions to toponymy, vol. 2), Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Institute for Slavic Studies, Greifswald 2001, ISBN 3-86006-149-6 . P. 52 ff
  12. Open Street Map and table sheets 1880 and 1920.
  13. stadt-wolgast.de: Community merger on January 1, 2012: Wolgast and Amt Am Peenestrom , accessed on October 25, 2014.
  14. Population development of the districts and municipalities in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Statistical Report AI of the Statistical Office Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania)
  15. Wolgast city representative election 2019 - final result
  16. Wolgast city representatives - distribution of seats
  17. ↑ Allocation of seats in 2014
  18. Young entrepreneur in the executive chair. In: Schweriner Volkszeitung , December 13, 2008.
  19. Main statute of the city of Wolgast, § 7
  20. Stefan Weigler wins confidently: incumbent remains city hall boss. In: Ostsee-Zeitung , June 1, 2015.
  21. Hans-Heinz Schütt: On shield and flag production office TINUS, Schwerin 2011, ISBN 978-3-9814380-0-0 , p. 375.
  22. a b main statute § 1 (PDF).
  23. ^ Eckhard-Herbert Arndt: envelope in the northeast is increasing . In: Daily port report of January 20, 2014, p. 3, ISSN  2190-8753
  24. Thomas Schwandt: Grain trip between Vierow and Mukran . In: Daily port report of March 18, 2020, special supplement No. 4 Shortsea Shipping , pp. 10/11
  25. B 111: New Wolgast bypass at www.deges.de
  26. Plan approval procedure for the new building of the OU Wolgast in the course of the B111 at www.uvp-verbund.de
  27. Wolgast bypass: resolution expected in 2020. In: Ostsee-Zeitung , February 12, 2020.
  28. ^ Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern eV: Baltic Sea Cycle Route . In: Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern eV ( auf-nach-mv.de [accessed on May 14, 2017]).
  29. translator2: EuroVelo 10 - EuroVelo. Retrieved May 14, 2017 .
  30. Iron Curtain Trail - across Europe at the former Iron Curtain. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 20, 2017 ; accessed on May 14, 2017 . 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 / www.ironcurtaintrail.eu
  31. ^ Vorpommern Vandals Football