In the 13th Century, two towns were established on each side of the river Recknitz: the Mecklenburg Ribnitz and the Vorpommern Damgarten. The towns were united in 1950 to become the modern “Amber Town” of Ribnitz-Damgarten.
Situated between the Hanseatic cities of Rostock and Stralsund, with roughly 16,000 inhabitants and a diverse cultural landscape, providing various attractive options to enjoy education, culture, sports, and recreation, this burgeoning town has developed into an excellent residential and commercial location.
The development of Ribnitz-Damgarten can be clearly seen in its affectionately restored historic old town centre as well as numerous new living areas in recent years. But many other features demonstrate just how much the town has going for it: its climate and excellent location in the immediate proximity to not only the Baltic Sea but also other recreational areas such as the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, the Recknitz Valley, the Rostock Heath nature preserve, and the Vorpommern national park with its bodden landscape.
Since 2013, this charming town was officially recognised as a state-certified health resort.
The proximity of Ribnitz-Damgarten to water has always defined the lives and, to a great extent, roles of those who live there: ship building and sea trade were highly significant aspects of its past, but the ties to maritime life live on in the “bodden” town to this day, with the harbour on both sides of the Recknitz offering berths for visiting boats as well as liner shipping for the Baltic Sea’s spa resorts.
Owing to its history of manufacturing from amber, the town is seen to have a majestic quality – this enchanting stone formed millions of years ago has always been treated as possessing magical qualities in almost all cultures: many seeing it as a healing agent and many others valuing it as a gem which brings good fortune. Being characterised by amber is certainly a key factor which continues to entice and enchant both guests and the locals alike.
The German Amber Museum in Ribnitz Monastery and the “Ostsee-Schmuck” Amber Show Manufacture in the Damgarten part of the town are dedicated to the magnificence of the “gold of the ocean”.
Accordingly and fittingly, the town logo shows the renowned Rostock Gate (Rostocker Tor) in the colour of amber.