Müritz (district)

Müritz is a former Kreis (district) in the southern part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is named after the lake Müritz. Neighboring districts were (from the west clockwise) Parchim, Güstrow, Demmin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the district-free city Neubrandenburg and the district Ostprignitz-Ruppin in Brandenburg. The district was disbanded at the district reform of September 2011. Its territory has been part of the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district since.

Müritz
Locator map MÜR in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.svg
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
Disbanded2011
CapitalWaren
Area
 • Total1,713 km2 (661 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total64,615
 • Density38/km2 (98/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationMÜR
Websitelandkreis-mueritz.de

GeographyEdit

The district of Müritz constituted roughly the western half of the Müritz lakeland and the Müritz National Park. The lake Müritz has an area of 117 km²; it is the second largest lake of Germany after Lake Constance, and the largest lake entirely within the German borders.

HistoryEdit

Müritz District was established on June 12, 1994 by merging the previous districts of Röbel and Waren; along with a few municipalities from the districts of Malchin and Neustrelitz. This district was merged with the district of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and most of the district of Demmin at the district reform of September 2011, forming the new Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district.

Coat of armsEdit

  The coat of arms shows a bull head in the top left corner, symbolizing the Princes of Werle. The osprey to the right stands for the rich nature in the district. The city wall in the bottom with four tops stands for the four cities in the district, and the wavy lines in the city gate for the Müritz lake land.

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

The subdivisions of the district were (situation August 2011):

Amt-free town
  1. Waren (Müritz)
Ämter
  1. Alt Schwerin
  2. Fünfseen
  3. Göhren-Lebbin
  4. Malchow1, 2
  5. Nossentiner Hütte
  6. Penkow
  7. Silz
  8. Walow
  9. Zislow
  1. Ankershagen
  2. Krukow3
  3. Lapitz3
  4. Mallin3
  5. Möllenhagen
  6. Penzlin1, 2
  7. Puchow3
  1. Altenhof
  2. Bollewick
  3. Buchholz
  4. Bütow
  5. Fincken
  6. Gotthun
  7. Grabow-Below
  8. Groß Kelle
  9. Kieve
  10. Lärz
  11. Leizen
  12. Ludorf
  13. Massow
  14. Melz
  15. Priborn
  16. Rechlin
  17. Röbel1, 2
  18. Schwarz
  19. Sietow
  20. Stuer
  21. Vipperow
  22. Wredenhagen
  23. Zepkow
  1. Grabowhöfe
  2. Groß Dratow3
  3. Groß Gievitz3
  4. Groß Plasten
  5. Hinrichshagen3
  6. Hohen Wangelin
  7. Jabel
  8. Kargow
  9. Klink
  10. Klocksin
  11. Lansen-Schönau3
  12. Moltzow
  13. Neu Gaarz3
  14. Schloen3
  15. Schwinkendorf3
  16. Torgelow am See
  17. Varchentin
  18. Vielist3
  19. Vollrathsruhe
1 - seat of the Amt; 2 - town; 3 - former town/municipality

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Landkreis Müritz at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°25′N 12°42′E / 53.417°N 12.700°E / 53.417; 12.700