Ostprignitz-Ruppin is a Kreis (district) in the northwestern part of Brandenburg, Germany. Neighboring are (from north clockwise) the districts Müritz and Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the districts
Oberhavel and Havelland, the district Stendal in Saxony-Anhalt, and the district Prignitz.
The main river in the district is the Dosse.
The district was created in 1993 by merging the districts Kyritz, Neuruppin and Wittstock. The district roughly covers the same territory as the two historic districts Ostprignitz and Ruppin. Osprignitz was created in 1815 as one of two districts covering the former county Prignitz, and was split into the districts Kyritz, Pritzwalk and Wittstock in 1952. Also in 1952 the district Ruppin was renamed to Neuruppin and had to give part of its territory to the districts Kyritz and Gransee.
Coat of arms
The eagle in the top of the coat of arms derives from the Counts of Arnstein, who ruled Ruppin in the 13th century. To the left is a fleur-de-lis representing the Lords of Plotho, who ruled Kyritz. The mitre to the right symbolizes Wittstock, as Bishop Heinrich I made Wittstock the capital of the Havelberg diocese.
Towns and municipalities
¹ inside a Amt
- Lindow (Mark)¹
- Neustadt (Dosse)¹
- Wittstock (Dosse)
- Wusterhausen / Dosse