Anklam, Germany Overview

Anklam, Germany Overview

Anklam – Gate to Usedom

Immediately in the unspoilt Peene glacial valley and in the eastern part of Western Pomerania is Anklam, the hometown of Otto Lilienthal, the pioneer of aircraft development. The small district town of the Ostvorpommern district is surrounded by numerous nature reserves and flowed through by the Peene, which flows into the Peene River at Anklam, which flows into the Baltic Sea. The eventful history of Anklam, which was first mentioned in a document in 1243 and became a member of the Hanseatic League in 1283, can still be read today in the many historical buildings in the city and its surroundings. Anklam is considered the gateway to Usedom, as this well-known German island is just 10 kilometers from the city. This is what the Hanseatic city does with its proximity to the sea, beaches, Baltic seaside resorts and islands are a popular destination not only for German travelers. However, the attraction of this still very east German city does not necessarily become apparent to the visitor at first glance.

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Name of the city Hanseatic city of Anklam
Other names “Gate to Usedom”
Country Federal Republic of Germany
Location Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, about 50 km from Neubrandenburg and 35 km from Greifswald.
The city extends on the Peene. The island of Usedom is only 10 km away.
Region East Western Pomerania
Landmark of the city Anklamer stone gate
Function of the city Capital of Eastern PomeraniaDistrict town of the district of Ostvorpommern

Hanseatic city

Area Approx. 41.65 km²
Population 15,000
Ethnicities Va German
Languages Va German
Religions Va Protestant Christianity
National currency Euro (1 € = 100 cents)
Rivers PeenePeene stream
Official website of the city
Tourist center Anklam-Information
Markt 3
17 389 Anklam
Tel: 0049 – (0) 3971 – 83 51 54
Fax: 0049 – (0) 3971 – 83 51 75
Telephone code with country code 0049 – (0) 3971 – participant number
Time CET or CEST (Central European Summer Time) in summer
Line voltage, line frequency 230/400 V and 50 Hertz
License Plate OVP (Ostvorpommern)

Anklam: city history

Mentioned for the first time in 1321 under its current name, Anklam’s city history began as a Slavic fortress, which was able to receive city rights in 1244. Anklam had already become a member of the Hanseatic League in 1283 and, despite its small size and lack of importance, was able to benefit enormously from this membership, as it brought wealth and prosperity to the population.

The decline of Anklam came with the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), when Swedish and imperial armies fought each other in front of Anklam for 20 years. After the Great War, the city like Stralsund went to Sweden, but was conquered by Friedrich Wilhelm I of Brandenburg in 1676. The southern parts of the city belonged to Prussia since the Treaty of Stockholm (1720), while the rest remained with the Swedes. Anklam’s status as a divided city ended in 1815 when the northern part also fell to Prussia.

The further history after the First World War is similar to that of other German cities, but Anklam was (also) bombed by the German air force, a fate that the city shared only with Freiburg (Breisgau) and Eberswalde. It was 80% destroyed by the devastating fighting.

After 1945, the city became the newly formed state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, received the new town hall on the market in 1950 and, in GDR times, became the district town of the district of the same name in the Neubrandenburg district in 1952. From 1991 the historic city center with the market and also the prefabricated housing estate Südstadt, built under the GDR government, were renovated. Anklam has been the district town of the East Western Pomerania district since 1994.

Anklam, Germany Overview

Anklam: Getting there and traffic


Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the traffic clubs in the country concerned

The federal highways 109, 110, 197 and 199 run towards Anklam in a star shape. The federal motorway 20 has a motorway exit to the city in the west of Anklams.

The most important traffic rules in Germany, which of course also apply in Anklam, can be found here >>>


3 km south of Anklam is the Anklam airfield on federal roads 109 and 197, which is permitted for aircraft up to 5,700 kg and, with special permits, also for heavier machines. There are currently no scheduled or charter flights. It also serves all types of air sports, including balloon, paraglider and model flying.

Train and bus

Arriving by train
Anklam has a train station on the train route between Berlin – Greifswald – Stralsund.

Detailed information on possible train connections from Germany to can be found under this link:

Arrival by bus
An inexpensive and comfortable journey from Germany is by long-distance bus:

Boat and ferry

Boats can be borrowed from

Kanustation Anklam
Mr. Carsten Enke
Werftstrasse 6
17389 Anklam
Telephone: 0049 – (0) 3971 – 24 28 39


Bicycles can be bought, rented or repaired at

Friedländer Straße 9
17389 Anklam
Telephone: 0049 – (0) 3971 – 21 06 15