Plön is a town on the shore of the Great Plön Lake, the biggest lake in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The surrounding landscape is dotted with smaller lakes as well. In the vicinity is the wooded lake district of Holstein Switzerland. Plön covers 37 sq km (12 sq mi) and has a population of 12,800 people (2012 estimate).
Plön traces its history to settlements established by Slavic tribes in the area around the early 7th century. The Slavs built a fortification on the island of Olsborg, which is on the island across from present-day Plön. They called the settlement Plune, meaning “ice-free water”, and the present town got its name from it.
Plön was under Danish rule until the 15th century, when it became the capital of an independent princedom. It fell back into Danish rule in 1761 and remained under the Danes until the Second Schleswig War in 1864, when it became part of the Kingdom of Prussia.
How to go to Plön
Hamburg, take Autobahn 1 until the Bargteheide Interchange, then continue on Autobahn 21 until interchange with Highway 430. Head northeast on Highway 430 to reach Plön.
Places of Interest in Plön
- Großer Plöner See
- Marionettetheater Plön
- Schloss Plön
- Suhrer See
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