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Coat of arms of Ratekau
Coat of arms
Ratekau   is located in Germany
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Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Ostholstein
 • Mayor Thomas Keller
 • Total 59.6 km2 (23.0 sq mi)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,132
 • Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 23626
Dialling codes 04504 (Sereetz: 0451)
Vehicle registration OH
Website www.ratekau.de

Ratekau is a municipality in the district of Ostholstein, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is situated approximately 10 km northeast of Lübeck.

It is the place where Blücher surrendered after the Battle of Lübeck in 1806.

The village ist best known for its well preserved fieldstone church St Vicelin of 1156.


  1. "Statistikamt Nord – Bevölkerung der Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein 4. Quartal 2013] (XLS-Datei) (Fortschreibung auf Basis des Zensus 2011)". Statistisches Amt für Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein (in German). 25 July 2013.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>