Plön (German pronunciation: [ˈpløːn]) is a district in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is bounded by (from the east and clockwise) the districts of Ostholstein and Segeberg, the city of Neumünster, the district of Rendsburg-Eckernförde, the city of Kiel and the Baltic Sea.

Coat of arms of Plön
Coat of arms
 • District admin.Dr. Volkram Gebel
 • Total1,082.71 km2 (418.04 sq mi)
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total128,647
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Vehicle registrationPLÖ


The district was established by the Prussian administration in 1867. In 1932 it was enlarged with parts of the dissolved district of Bordesholm. During the 20th century some municipalities left the district due to incorporation into the city of Kiel.


The inland part of this small district is covered with lakes. The Großer Plöner See ("Great Plön Lake", 29 km²) and the Selenter See ("Lake Selent", 22 km²) are the largest lakes in Schleswig-Holstein. The lakeland and the adjoining parts of the neighbouring district Ostholstein constitute the region called Holstein Switzerland, since this is a very hilly countryside. However, the highest hill (Bungsberg) has only 168 m. North of the lakeland there is the Probstei, a region on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms
The coat of arms displays:
  • the nettle leaf from the arms of Holstein
  • an oak leaf, symbolising the forests
  • a grain ear, symbolising agriculture
  • a wavy line and a fish, symbolising the lakelands and the Baltic Sea

Towns and municipalitiesEdit

Map of municipalities and ÄmterEdit



  1. ^ "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2018 (XLS-file)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German).

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