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Coordinates: 54°05′N 12°45′E / 54.083°N 12.750°E / 54.083; 12.750Coordinates: 54°05′N 12°45′E / 54.083°N 12.750°E / 54.083; 12.750
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Vorpommern-Rügen
Municipal assoc. Recknitz-Trebeltal
  Mayor Thomas D. Molkentin (CDU)
  Total 54.75 km2 (21.14 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 2,732
  Density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 18465
Dialling codes 038320
Vehicle registration NVP

Tribsees (German pronunciation: [tʁiːpˈzeːs]) is a municipality in the Vorpommern-Rügen district, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. It is situated 33 km southwest of Stralsund, and 40 km east of Rostock.


Tribsees derives its name from a local Slavic tribe (Tribeden) who inhabited the area during the early Middle Ages.[2]


The Tribeden are mentioned for the first time in 955, and the town is mentioned in a document in Lübeck in 1241. In 1245 it is noted that the Neuenkamp monastery (Kloster Neuenkamp) had the right of patronage over the church in Tribsees. An agreement between the city council of Stralsund and that of Tribsees exists from 1267, and in 1285 the town was granted Lübeck law. The city was almost completely destroyed in a fire in 1702, but subsequently rebuilt.[2]

The city had 1040 inhabitants in 1782. Roman Catholics were acknowledged in the town only in 1816 and Jews only in 1861. The town population reached its peak in 1861, when there were 3692 inhabitants in Tribsees.[2]


The town church dates from the Middle Ages, it was mentioned for the first time in 1245. It is a Brick Gothic building but has been damaged through fire and war on several occasions throughout its history. In 1861 – 1869 it was renovated in a Neo-Gothic style. The church houses an unusual altarpiece from the early 15th century. It displays the transubstantiation in an allegorical form as a mill operated by angels. The elaborate altarpiece contains 67 sculpted wooden figures, painted and covered with gold leaf.[3][4]

Two medieval town gates still mark the entrance to the centre of Tribsees, the Mühlentor ("mill gate") and Steintor ("stone gate"). Both date from the 13th century and were originally part of more extensive fortifications which have since disappeared.[5][6]


The economy of the town is dominated by small and medium-sized enterprises.[7] There are two wind farms operating in Tribsees.[8]

Notable people


  1. "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2015". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 "Chronik der Stadt Tribsees" (in German). City of Tribsees. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. "Pfarramt Tribsees" (in German). Evangelische Kirche in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  4. "St. Thomas Kirche" (in German). City of Tribsees. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  5. "Mühlentor Tribsees". Tourismusverband Vorpommern e.V. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  6. "Steintor Tribsees". Tourismusverband Vorpommern e.V. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  7. "Wirtschaft und Unternehmen in Tribsees" (in German). City of Tribsees. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  8. "The second Windfarm in Tribsees near Rostock". CI Wind. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
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