Coat of arms
Coordinates: 54°19′14″N 19°31′50″E / 54.32056°N 19.53056°E / 54.32056; 19.53056
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Warmian-Masurian
County Elbląg
Gmina Tolkmicko
  Total 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 2,731
  Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Postal code 82-340
Climate Dfb

Tolkmicko [tɔlkˈmit͡skɔ] (German: Tolkemit) is a town in northern Poland, on the Vistula Lagoon, about 20 km northeast of Elbląg. It is located in Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in Elbląg County. Its population is 2,766 (2004)


The site was first settled by Old Prussian tribes. The city law (Stadtrecht) followed the incorporation of the territory into Prussia in 1296 and was based on the German Kulm law (Kulmer Recht) by order of Ludwig von Schippe, then commander of the Teutonic Knights. On 21 March 1351 the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights Heinrich Dusemer renewed the municipal law and together with the village of Neuendorf (now Nowinka) Tolkmicko obtained fishing legislation. In 1390 Peter Turnow, the Theologian later burned at the stake as a heretic in 1426, was born here.

On 3 April 1440 it became part of the Prussian Confederation. In 1466, after the Second Peace of Thorn, the town became part of the autonomous Polish Prussia, which was associated with the Kingdom of Poland.

In 1525, during the Reformation, the Church property formally became the parish church Tolkemit Evangelical Lutheran church. This was undertaken by a former monk named Bommler, son of the mayor of Tolkemit. The town however remained in the Roman Catholic Bishopric of Warmia and thus remained subject to Catholic rule. After 1569 the special legal position of Polish Prussia within royal Poland was slowly undermined, and the town was formally absorbed into Poland proper in 1572.

During the Polish-Swedish war the Swedish King Gustav II of stayed in the town during 1626. Two large fires, in 1634 and 1694, partially destroyed the town.

The outbreak of the plague in 1710 halved the number of residents, although in 1720 there were enough people to justify building a brewery in the marketplace. There was yet another town fire in 1767, destroying the brewery, the Church and the Town Hall.

During the first partition of Poland in 1772, the region passed to the Kingdom of Prussia and remained part of East Prussia until 1945. In 1793 a new town hall was built. In 1818 the town became part of the newly formed district of Elbing. In 1832 the first pharmacy was opened. In 1851 the brewery closed and the first physician settled here. In 1862 construction began on the fishing harbor.

In 1900, the town was connected to the rail network and joined Elbing and Braunsberg. In 1901 SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Hans-Adolf Prützmann was born here.

In 1939 the construction of a jam factory began, which was completed in 1940. During World War II, the town was occupied and destroyed by the Red Army on 26 January 1945. About half of the inhabitants had fled from the Soviets by the end of World War II, while the remaining German population was forcibly expelled over the following years.

In 1975 an administrative reform transferred the town to the Province of Elbląg. A later reform dissolved the province and the town became part of the Warmia and Mazury district.


The town of Tolkmicko consists of the following districts known by both Polish and German names :

Polish name German name (to 1945) Polish name German name (to 1945) Polish name German name (to 1945)
Biała Leśniczówka Łęcze Lenzen Przylesie Louisenthal
Bogdaniec Nadbrzeże Reimannsfelde Rangóry
Brzezina Birkau Nowinka Neuendorf Suchacz Succase
Chojnowo Konradswalde Ostrogóra Scharffenberg Święty Kamień Wiek
Janówek Hansdorf Pagórki Rehberg Tolkmicko Tolkemit
Kadyny Kadinen Pęklewo Panklau Wodynia Klakendorf
Kamienica Elbląska Pogrodzie Neukirchhöhe Wysoki Bór Hohenwalde
Kamionek Wielki Groß Steinort Połoniny
Kikoty Kickelhof Przybyłowo Dünhöfen

Coordinates: 54°19′N 19°31′E / 54.317°N 19.517°E / 54.317; 19.517

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