Coat of arms
Country  Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Capital Wismar
  Total 2,117 km2 (817 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2015)[1]
  Total 156,270
  Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Vehicle registration NWM, GDB, GVM, WIS
Wismar: HWI

Nordwestmecklenburg (Northwestern Mecklenburg) is a Kreis (district) in the north-western part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is situated on the coast of the Baltic Sea and borders on Schleswig-Holstein to the west. Neighboring districts are (from east clockwise) Rostock, Ludwigslust-Parchim and the district-free city Schwerin, and the district Lauenburg and the district-free city Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein. The district seat is the town Wismar.[2]


The district is roughly situated in a triangle between the towns of Lübeck, Rostock and Schwerin. In the north there is the coast of the Baltic Sea with the small island of Poel; two large lakes are partially situated in Nordwestmecklenburg: the eastern half of the Schaalsee (23 km²) at the western border; and the northern half of the Schweriner See (63 km²) in the south, as well as one smaller lake, Mechower See (1.6 km2).


The district was created in 1994 by merging the previous districts Gadebusch, Grevesmühlen and Wismar, and also smaller parts of the districts Sternberg and Schwerin-Land. In the 2011 district reform, it was merged with the formerly district-free town Wismar.[2] The name of the district was decided by referendum on 4 September 2011.[3]

Coat of arms

Coat of arms
“Party per pale Or and Azure, dexter the half crowned bull's head Sable of Mecklenburg, sinister a bishopric staff Or”. The staff symbolizes the diocese of Ratzeburg, which in 1648 became the Principality of Ratzeburg. It also stands for the diocese of Schwerin. Also the Hanseatic city of Wismar is represented in red-white.

The coat of arms was designed by the designer and heraldic Heinz Kippnick, and was granted on July 1, 1996.

Towns and municipalities

Amt-free townsAmt-free municipalities
  1. Grevesmühlen
  2. Wismar
  1. Insel Poel
  1. Bad Kleinen
  2. Barnekow
  3. Bobitz
  4. Dorf Mecklenburg1
  5. Groß Stieten
  6. Hohen Viecheln
  7. Lübow
  8. Metelsdorf
  9. Ventschow
  1. Dragun
  2. Gadebusch1, 2
  3. Kneese
  4. Krembz
  5. Mühlen Eichsen
  6. Roggendorf
  7. Rögnitz
  8. Veelböken

[seat: Grevesmühlen]

  1. Bernstorf
  2. Gägelow
  3. Plüschow
  4. Roggenstorf
  5. Rüting
  6. Stepenitztal
  7. Testorf-Steinfort
  8. Upahl
  9. Warnow
  1. Boltenhagen
  2. Damshagen
  3. Hohenkirchen
  4. Kalkhorst
  5. Klütz1, 2
  6. Zierow
  1. Alt Meteln
  2. Brüsewitz
  3. Cramonshagen
  4. Dalberg-Wendelstorf
  5. Gottesgabe
  6. Grambow
  7. Klein Trebbow
  8. Lübstorf
  9. Lützow1
  10. Perlin
  11. Pingelshagen
  12. Pokrent
  13. Schildetal
  14. Seehof
  15. Zickhusen
  1. Benz
  2. Blowatz
  3. Boiensdorf
  4. Hornstorf
  5. Krusenhagen
  6. Neuburg1
  1. Bibow
  2. Glasin
  3. Jesendorf
  4. Lübberstorf
  5. Neukloster1, 2
  6. Passee
  7. Warin2
  8. Zurow
  9. Züsow
  1. Carlow
  2. Dechow
  3. Groß Molzahn
  4. Holdorf
  5. Königsfeld
  6. Rehna1, 2
  7. Rieps
  8. Schlagsdorf
  9. Thandorf
  10. Utecht
  11. Wedendorfersee
  1. Dassow2
  2. Grieben
  3. Groß Siemz
  4. Lockwisch
  5. Lüdersdorf
  6. Menzendorf
  7. Niendorf
  8. Roduchelstorf
  9. Schönberg1, 2
  10. Selmsdorf
1seat of the Amt; 2town


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