The name …
The title “Prignitz”, describing the landscape, was first mentioned in a document in 1349, but it is far older. One of the possible translations of the—most likely Slavic—word is “impassable forest area”.
The name for the travel destination “Prignitz” roughly corresponds to the drawn borders during the middle ages. The territory consists of:
- the administrative district of the same name (including Bad Wilsnack, Wittenberge, Perleberg and Pritzwalk and their surroundinds, as well as the Elbe Valley wetlands around Lenzen)
- the Wittstock lands (town Wittstock and the municipality Heiligengrabe from the administrative district Ostprignitz-Ruppin)
- the Dosse lake lands (towns Kyritz, Wusterhausen, Neustadt (Dosse) from the administrative district Ostprignitz-Ruppin)
- and the town Havelberg (from the administrative district Stendal belonging to the state of Sachsen-Anhalt).
A little bit more about the history (in German):