Templin (German: [tɛmˈpliːn] (listen)) is a small town in the Uckermark district of Brandenburg, Germany. Though it has a population of only 17,127 (2006), in terms of area it is, with 377.01 km2 (145.56 sq mi), the second largest town in Brandenburg (after Wittstock) and the seventh largest town in Germany. The town is located in the south of the rural Uckermark region and its capital Prenzlau, north of the Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve. The municipality comprises the villages of Ahrensdorf, Bebersee, Beutel, Densow, Gandenitz, Gollin, Gross Dölln, Gross Väter, Grunewald, Hammelspring, Herzfelde, Hindenburg, Klosterwalde, Petznick, Röddelin, Storkow and Vietmannsdorf.

Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Templin
Location of Templin within Uckermark district
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Templin is located in Germany
Templin is located in Brandenburg
Coordinates: 53°07′N 13°30′E / 53.117°N 13.500°E / 53.117; 13.500Coordinates: 53°07′N 13°30′E / 53.117°N 13.500°E / 53.117; 13.500
Subdivisions24 Ortsteile
 • Mayor (2018–26) Detlef Tabbert[1] (Left)
 • Total377.01 km2 (145.56 sq mi)
60 m (200 ft)
 • Total15,540
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
Dialling codes03987, 039882, 039883
Vehicle registrationUM


The town was first mentioned in a 1270 deed issued by Henry of Ostheeren, Bishop of Brandenburg. Then a possession of the Ascanian margraves of Brandenburg, it appeared as a town in 1314 under Margrave Waldemar, who in 1317 concluded the Treaty of Templin here, ending the war against Denmark, Mecklenburg and the Duchy of Pomerania. Heavily devastated by Danish troops in the Thirty Years' War, Templin from 1816 on belonged to the Prussian province of Brandenburg near the border with Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Former Electoral Brandenburgian boarding school (Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium)

From 1912 on, Templin was the seat of the Electoral Brandenburgian boarding school (Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium) established in 1601 by Elector Joachim III Frederick of Hohenzollern at nearby Joachimsthal. The school was finally dissolved in 1953. Today, Templin has a modern grammar school built in 1997.


  • 1990 - 2010 Ulrich Schoeneich (SPD, later independent)
  • 2010 - today Detlef Tabbert (The Left)

Detlef Tabbert was elected in 2010 with 63.4% of the vote,[3] and re-elected in 2018.[1]


Templin: Population development
within the current boundaries (2020)[4]
YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 11,669—    
1890 12,065+0.22%
1910 12,495+0.18%
1925 14,525+1.01%
1939 15,065+0.26%
1950 19,516+2.38%
1964 17,491−0.78%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1971 17,473−0.01%
1981 17,912+0.25%
1985 18,664+1.03%
1990 18,884+0.23%
1995 18,227−0.71%
2000 18,273+0.05%
2005 17,347−1.03%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2010 16,455−1.05%
2015 16,067−0.48%
2016 16,117+0.31%
2017 15,974−0.89%
2018 15,798−1.10%
2019 15,728−0.44%
2020 15,636−0.58%
Former brewery

Points of interestEdit

Templin's city walls are small, but complete. There are 3 main gate towers and several modern entrances, where parts of the wall were torn down. The main Protestant church is the St.-Maria-Magdalenen-Kirche. The town has many eastern era Plattenbau houses (highrise apartments) and smaller neighborhoods.

The Lehmann-Garten, a botanical garden was recreated in 1988 in the park of the former Joachimsthalsches Gymnasium.

Hermann Göring from 1933 on had his country residence Carinhall erected in the forest south of Gollin. The building designed by Werner March was destroyed by Luftwaffe personnel in April 1945, just days before the Red Army reached the area.

Alt Placht

North of Groß Dölln is an airfield built in the 1950s as a military airbase of the 16th Air Army of the Soviet Forces

Templin has recently built a spa and mainly relies on tourism. It is a popular destination for day-trippers from Berlin to enjoy the many glacial lakes and extended forests. There is no discothèque in Templin, the closest is in Milmersdorf. The town square with the old town hall building is surrounded by an active downtown. There are many shops and restaurants in the area and an outdoor market every week. Many neighbouring municipalities like Milmersdorf and several other villages rely on Templin for many services.

There is an old powder tower in the town wall known as the Pulverturm.

Twin townsEdit

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Landkreis Uckermark Wahl der Bürgermeisterin / des Bürgermeisters, accessed 4 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerungsentwicklung und Flächen der kreisfreien Städte, Landkreise und Gemeinden im Land Brandenburg 2021" (PDF). Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). June 2022.
  3. ^ "Templin | Landkreis Uckermark | Ergebnisse der Bürgermeisterwahlen | Wahlen". www.wahlen.brandenburg.de. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07.
  4. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

External linksEdit

  Media related to Templin at Wikimedia Commons