Halfway between Berlin and Hamburg that's were the Prignitz is located. On an 2.123 km² big area live 97.076 Menschen people (Last Update 2001). With an average of 50 inhabitants per squarekilometer this region is one of the most sparsely populated ones in Germany, but also one of the nicest. It is said to be the part of the state Brandenburg where the first settlers went. Man were already living here when Berlin was all swamps and moors. Even today you can find big old megalithic graves, proofs for those longgone times.


The Prignitz was first mentioned in 1349, in a document of so called wicked Waldemar. During the Thirtyyears-war (1618-1648) many, many people died, some because of wounds or inhuman tortures, like sprinkling salt on the bare feet and let goats licking it, some because of spreading diseases like plague. In the end everything was left devastated and deserted.


After Thirtyyears-war the population in the Prignitz was almost exterminated. In 1652 elector Friedrich Wilhelm gave the order to count all survivors throughout his principality. For example, they found only 44 males in Meyenburg, of whose 18 wasn't even born there.