Ruppin TV

Ruppin TV

Most of you who are familiar with the Ruppin family name are probably not aware that there is a city in northeastern Germany – on the northern end of the state Brandenburg, about 70km northeast of Berlin – called Neuruppin. Literally, in English, that means “New Ruppin.” Neuruppin is in the seat of the Gemeinde – equivalent to a county – of Ostprignitz-Ruppin, and has the license plate prefix OPR (Berlin is “B”, Frankfurt/Main is “F”, Frankfurt/Oder is “FFO”, etc.).

Neuruppin is located on the west shore of the lake called the “Ruppiner See” or Lake Ruppin. The original settlement – originally “Ruppin” but now “Alt Ruppin” – is located on the north end of the Ruppiner See. Neuruppin is about 5km (3 mi) from Alt Ruppin. The reason for the new town was that Alt Ruppin (founded 1150) became overcrowded and there were problems expanding it (presumably because it is in a marsh at the north end of the lake). Neuruppin was founded in the first part of the 13th century to take up the excess population. Today, Neuruppin has a population of about 33’000.

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According to Wikipedia, Neu Ruppin was considered the most Prussian town of Prussia. The main reason for this is that Neuruppin was a garrison town, and was always filled with the Prussian military. It was used as a garrison even into the late 20th century by the Soviets and Russians until the reunification of Germany. I was told there was a secret Soviet air force base nearby (not on the maps at that time), and the town had more Soviet soldiers resident there than natives. I visited Neuruppin during this period during a business trip from Hamburg to Gera (far in the south of what was then the DDR), and to be honest, it frightened me to see so strong a Soviet military presence there. It was like being on a Soviet military base. I only spent a few hours in Neuruppin and I was glad to leave!

Today, Neuruppin has a television channel, called Ruppin TV, that you can watch on the Internet at There are frequent TV articles about what’s happening in the area. It is all in German, but even if you don’t understand German, you can get a feel for what the town and the area looks like if you watch a few local reports.

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