The city of Grevesmühlen with a population of about 10.000 is located in the country Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (also known as Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in English) which is a federated state in northern Germany. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's state capital is Schwerin. The largest city is Rostock with approximately 205,000 people, followed by Schwerin. Other major cities include Neubrandenburg, Stralsund, Greifswald, Wismar and Güstrow.
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the least densely populated and least industrial German state, being the sixth largest in size, but only 14th in population. The unemployment rate is relatively high, compared to other German regions. Formerly, it has been negatively affected by the breakdown of non-competitive former GDR industries after the German reunification in the 1990s. Now it is the lowest in more than 15 years while the economy is growing and the number of jobs is increasing continually. Growing sectors are biotechnology, information technology, life sciences, maritime industry and tourist services.
The coastline of the Baltic Sea, including islands such as Rügen and Usedom, as well as the Mecklenburg Lake District, features many holiday resorts and unspoilt nature, making Mecklenburg-Vorpommern one of Germany's leading tourist destinations. Three of Germany's fourteen national parks are in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in addition to several hundred nature conservation areas.
Grevesmühlen is located 33 km east of Lübeck, and 29 km northwest of Schwerin. A small train station provides train services to Lübeck and other cities. The city is in short distance connected to the freeway A 20 and the state road 105 and is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.