Grimmen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʁɪmən]) is a town in Vorpommern-Rügen, a district in the Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Prior to 2011 when district reforms were made in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern it was the capital of the now bygone Nordvorpommern district which was abolished and merged to create the district of Vorpommern-Rügen.

Grimmen
Church of Saint Mary
Church of Saint Mary
Coat of arms of Grimmen
Coat of arms
Location of Grimmen within Vorpommern-Rügen district
Grimmen in VR.svg
Grimmen is located in Germany
Grimmen
Grimmen
Grimmen is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Grimmen
Grimmen
Coordinates: 54°06′36″N 13°02′29″E / 54.11000°N 13.04139°E / 54.11000; 13.04139Coordinates: 54°06′36″N 13°02′29″E / 54.11000°N 13.04139°E / 54.11000; 13.04139
CountryGermany
StateMecklenburg-Vorpommern
DistrictVorpommern-Rügen
Subdivisions12 Ortsteile
Government
 • MayorBenno Rüster (CDU)
Area
 • Total50.29 km2 (19.42 sq mi)
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,572
 • Density190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
18507
Dialling codes038326
Vehicle registrationNVP
Websitewww.grimmen.de

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GeographyEdit

 
Stralsund gate
 
Mill's gate
 
Greifswald gate
 
Town hall

Grimmen is located in southeastern Nordvorpommern on the banks of the river Trebel, about 30 km south of Stralsund and 30 km west of Greifswald. The town is connected to the Stralsund- Neustrelitz-Berlin railways, and to Autobahn A 20. Adjacent to the city limits are Amt Franzburg-Richtenberg in the West, Amt Miltzow in the North, and the Süderholz municipality in the Southeast.

Villages within Grimmen's city limitsEdit

In addition to the town of Grimmen, the following villages are also within Grimmen's city limits:

  • Appelshof
  • Gerlachsruh
  • Grellenberg
  • Groß Lehmhagen
  • Heidebrink
  • Hohenwarth
  • Hohenwieden
  • Jessin
  • Klein Lehmhagen
  • Stoltenhagen
  • Vietlipp

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Neighbouring municipalities, listed clockwise beginning in the North, are Wittenhagen, Wilmshagen, Süderholz, Wendisch Baggendorf, Splietsdorf, Papenhagen.

HistoryEdit

Grimmen was founded during the Ostsiedlung, when about 1250 merchants and craftsman from Lower Saxony, Westphalia and the Lower Rhine settled the site which then was part of the Principality of Rügen. The first document mentioning Grimmens is of 1267. In 1287, a report mentions Vogt Berthold taking office in the town, and further mentions that Grimmen had already been granted Lübeck law before. The actual charter is lost, thus the exact date when the town received Lübeck law remains uncertain. Accordingly, the 700th anniversary was celebrated in 1987. Since 1325, Grimmen belonged to the Duchy of Pomerania.

During the Thirty Years' War, the town was looted several times. After the war, Grimmen became part of Swedish Pomerania, a dominion of the Swedish Empire. From 1695 to 1697, mayor Johannes Flittner cruelly pursued alleged witches; at least seven were executed. In 1797, a large fire destroyed almost the entire town. In 1800, Swedish king Gustav IV Adolph visited Grimmen and resided in the so-called king's house. Following the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Swedish Pomerania with Grimmen became part of the Prussian Province of Pomerania. An administrative reform of 1816 made the town capital of a Kreis. In 1853, cholera broke out.

At the end Second World War, Grimmen surrendered to the Red Army without fighting in April 1945. In the 1960s, numerous new factories and agricultural enterprises were set up, resulting in prosperity and physical growth of the city. After East Germany's Communist regime collapsed following Die Wende movement of 1989, the town's old buildings were reconstructed. After a reorganization of the Kreis districts in 1994, Grimmen became capital of newly created Vorpommern-Rügen.

DemographyEdit

  • 1600 - approx. 1,000 inhabitants
  • 1712 - approx. 850 inhabitants
  • 1809 - 1,840 inhabitants
  • 1900 - 3,616 inhabitants
  • 1946 - 8,298 inhabitants
  • 1986 - approx. 15,000 inhabitants
  • 1990 - of 14,242 inhabitants
  • 1993 - 13,376 inhabitants
  • 2003 - 10,892 inhabitants
  • 2004 - 11,201 inhabitants

Twin citiesEdit

  1. Chateaulin
  2. Czaplinek
  3. Kamień Pomorski (Cammin)
  4. Osterholz-Scharmbeck
  5. Staffanstorp

SightsEdit

BuildingsEdit

The oldest building of the town is St. Mary's church, built in 1267. Of the old fortifications, three Brick Gothic gates are still intact:

  • Mühlentor ("mill gate", built ~1320)
  • Stralsunder Tor ("Stralsund gate", built ~1320)
  • Greifswalder Tor ("Greifswald gate", built between 1350 and 1400).

Further sights are the city hall, built in Brick Gothic style around the year 1400, and the water tower, built in 1933.

ZooEdit

Grimmen's zoo holds more than 250 animals of 50 different kinds. The zoo opened in 1957 and also has a large variety in plants and green areas.

PeopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistisches Amt M-V – Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden 2018". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Grimmen at Wikimedia Commons