Plau am See is a town in the Ludwigslust-Parchim district, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. It is situated 28 km east of Parchim, and 29 km west of Waren.

Plau am See
Lock and former mill
Lock and former mill
Coat of arms of Plau am See
Coat of arms
Location of Plau am See within Ludwigslust-Parchim district
Plau am See in LUP.svg
Plau am See is located in Germany
Plau am See
Plau am See
Plau am See is located in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Plau am See
Plau am See
Coordinates: 53°27′29″N 12°15′45″E / 53.45806°N 12.26250°E / 53.45806; 12.26250Coordinates: 53°27′29″N 12°15′45″E / 53.45806°N 12.26250°E / 53.45806; 12.26250
Municipal assoc.Plau am See
 • MayorNorbert Reier
 • Total115.99 km2 (44.78 sq mi)
70 m (230 ft)
 • Total6,037
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes038735
Vehicle registrationPCH

Around 1235 the city was called Plawe, that being the Polabian field name for the place where rafting is practiced. The name lasted until the 16th century and was then written according to its German phonetic form Plau. On 11 January 1994, the name of the city was modified by the addition of am See (on Sea) to confusion with the similarly named towns of Plaue, Plauen and Plaue.

At the edge of town, there is a protected forest habitat named Plauer Stadtwald (literally: Plau city forest). Among the sights in town are a historic church building, the ruins of the Burg Plau castle and a bridge that may be vertically lifted to allow boats on the channel below to pass through.[2]

External linksEdit

  Media related to Plau am See at Wikimedia Commons


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