Saint Mary’s church

Kyritz (German pronunciation: [ˈkyːʁɪts]) is a town in the Ostprignitz-Ruppin district, in Brandenburg, Germany. It is situated 28 km west of Neuruppin and 28 km southeast of Pritzwalk.

Kyritz
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Kyritz
Coat of arms
Location of Kyritz within Ostprignitz-Ruppin district
Kyritz in OPR.png
Kyritz is located in Germany
Kyritz
Kyritz
Kyritz is located in Brandenburg
Kyritz
Kyritz
Coordinates: 52°57′00″N 12°24′00″E / 52.95000°N 12.40000°E / 52.95000; 12.40000Coordinates: 52°57′00″N 12°24′00″E / 52.95000°N 12.40000°E / 52.95000; 12.40000
CountryGermany
StateBrandenburg
DistrictOstprignitz-Ruppin
SubdivisionsKyritz and 12 town districts
Government
 • MayorNora Görke (Ind.)
Area
 • Total156.09 km2 (60.27 sq mi)
Elevation
42 m (138 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,303
 • Density60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
16866
Dialling codes03 39 71
Vehicle registrationOPR, KY, NP, WK
Websitewww.kyritz.de

There are 9,900 inhabitants (2007).

OverviewEdit

The town is situated near the Kyritzer Seenkette, a chain of lakes. The town is nicknamed "Kyritz an der Knatter" (Kyritz at the Rattle). The noise of numerous water mills along a stream parallel to the river Jäglitz was the reason for this nickname. This river channel does not exist anymore.

The town includes the districts Berlitt, Bork, Drewen, Gantikow, Ganz, Holzhausen, Kötzlin, Lellichow, Mechow, Rehfeld and Teetz.

HistoryEdit

  • In the year 946 Kyritz was first mentioned in writing.
  • In the year 1225 a Franciscan friary was established here (dissolved in 1552)
  • In the year 1237 Kyritz (originally Chorizi) received the Stendal town right. The town is situated in the area Prignitz, Slavic pregynica (means "inaccessible woods").
  • In the 14th century Kyritz became a member of the Hanse. At this time the parish church St. Marien and the city wall were built. The church and rests of the city wall are still existing today.
  • In the year 1488 the first Kyritzer Beer named "Mord und Totschlag" (Murder and Manslaughter) was brewed. The Beer is still brewed in Neuzelle.
  • In 1600 count Hans Christoff von Königsmarck was born, a leading Swedish general in the Thirty Years' War who is most famous for conquering Prague in 1648.
  • In the year 1626 800 Kyritzer people died due to the bubonic plague.
  • In the 17th and 18th century half-timbered houses were built which still dominate the town center.
  • From 1806 to 1814 French occupation. In 1814 the "Peace oak" was planted which is still on the market place in front of the town hall.

DemographyEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1875 7,639—    
1890 7,911+0.23%
1910 7,960+0.03%
1925 8,656+0.56%
1933 8,820+0.23%
1939 8,839+0.04%
1946 13,437+6.17%
1950 13,575+0.26%
1964 11,653−1.08%
1971 12,477+0.98%
1981 12,076−0.33%
1985 12,085+0.02%
1989 11,885−0.42%
1990 11,727−1.33%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1991 11,477−2.13%
1992 11,421−0.49%
1993 11,612+1.67%
1994 11,537−0.65%
1995 11,442−0.82%
1996 11,473+0.27%
1997 11,407−0.58%
1998 11,118−2.53%
1999 11,077−0.37%
2000 10,847−2.08%
2001 10,721−1.16%
2002 10,579−1.32%
2003 10,427−1.44%
2004 10,259−1.61%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2005 10,158−0.98%
2006 10,018−1.38%
2007 9,901−1.17%
2008 9,793−1.09%
2009 9,681−1.14%
2010 9,537−1.49%
2011 9,303−2.45%
2012 9,236−0.72%
2013 9,152−0.91%
2014 9,140−0.13%
2015 9,100−0.44%
2016 9,192+1.01%
2017 9,375+1.99%

PhotogalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2018". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kyritz at Wikimedia Commons