10 things to see in Schwerin, Germany

Top 10 things to do and see in schwerin, Germany

Top 10 things to do and see in schwerin, Germany

Top 10 things to do and see in schwerin, Germany

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Schwerin is about 110 kilometers east of Hamburg and stuns with its romantic palace and surrounding landscape bursting with lakes. But there’s more to explore – medieval works down to modern times, historic townhouses and unusual anecdotes from the city’s past. Here are the top 10 things to do when you visit the charming town in northern Germany.

Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle is something straight out of a fairy tale. For more than 1,000 years, the beautiful building has been reconstructed and expanded several times. Influenced by the Renaissance, the castle sits on an island surrounded by parks and gardens. Today it is the seat of the Landtag of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and has a castle museum. Daily tours are organized around the luxuriously decorated rooms and give a glimpse into the history of the castle.

Schwerin Castle, Lennestrasse 1, Schwerin, Germany


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Make sure to allow some time to wander through the castle’s huge parks and gardens. The rich green gardens, which follow the French walking garden, include several ponds and lakes and are dotted with 18th-century arcades, canopies and sandstone sculptures by Balthasar Permoser. The former glass and cast-iron greenhouse now has a café where you can tuck into coffee and cakes after your tour.

Schlossgarten, Lennéstraße 1, Schwerin, Germany

Schlefstadt Quarter

Schwerin’s Schlefstadt district bears witness to the city’s history. Nestled between the lakes Siegelsee and Pfaffenteich, the quarter’s charms with idyllic waterfront views, restored timber-framed houses and crafts, small boutiques and specialty stores. All of this is overlooked in the red-brick Schelfkirche, which stands at the highest point of the neighborhood.

Schelfkirche, Lindenstrasse, Schwerin, Germany


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Twelve Lakes

You will see water wherever you go when you visit Schwerin. The landscape is dominated by the 12 lakes that surround the city. Lake Schwerin alone covers more than 60 square kilometers and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. You can go boating, go sailing, kayaking, swimming, or stay on a houseboat for the entire trip.

Lake Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin Cathedral

The 13th-century cathedral is among the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Northern Germany. Instead of just marveling at its architectural features, it’s worth stepping inside to explore some of the details. Back in the Middle Ages, a reliquary believed to hold the blood of Christ made pilgrimages to Schwerin Cathedral.

Schwerin Cathedral, Am Dom 4, Schwerin, Germany


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Galerie Alte & Neue Meister

The museum complex first opened its doors in 1882 and welcomed the public to view portions of the Staatsmuseum’s extensive collection of works. Among the Galerie Alte & Neue Meister’s most notable works are 17th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish paintings and the extensive Marcel Duchamp collection.

Galerie Alte & Neue Meister, Alter Garten 3, Schwerin, Germany

Mecklenburg State Theater

The Mecklenburg State Theater hosts concerts, musical theater, ballet and performances year-round, but the annual Schlossfestspiele draws 70,000 people to Schwerin. For the festival, performances of the world’s most famous operas are moved to the stage in Alter Garten Park right in front of Schwerin Castle.

Mecklenburg State Theater, Alter Garten 2, Schwerin, Germany


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Monument to Henry the Lion.

The Lion sculpture stands on the old market square of the city, in honor of the founder of the city, Henry the Lion. The four sides depict scenes of the duke’s life, one of which caused a stir among the citizens of Schwerin when the statue was unveiled in 1995. Legend has it that Henry the Lion was welcomed by the people when they arrived in the town of Bardwick. The people are said to have resented him after their city lost importance in competition with Schwerin and Lübeck.

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Monument to Henry the Lion, Am Markt, Schwerin, Germany

Gustrow Palace.

About an hour east of Schwerin, but worth the trip, is Gustrow Palace. Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, commissioned the Renaissance palace built in 1558, which today is considered one of the most important Renaissance palaces in all of Germany. The stucco rooms of the sumptuous complex contain a museum with antique ceramics, ducal and medieval, Renaissance and modern art.

Güstrow Palace, Franz-Parr-Platz 1, Güstrow, Germany


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Ludwigslust Palace

Less than 40 kilometers south of Schwerin, another baroque palace awaits in the middle of a village. The 1172 Ludwigslust Palace was proclaimed the Versailles of Mecklenburg, and the pompous interiors feature silk wallpaper, chandeliers, paintings and stucco decorations. Its parks and gardens stretch across a colossal 120 hectares.

Schwerin, Germany: the most interesting sights, what to visit, where to eat, tourist reviews

Set in a picturesque landscape with lakes, parks and gardens, Schwerin is famous for its romantic castle, built from the 14th century for four centuries and the former main residence of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg. The capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is not far from Berlin, close to Rostock and Lübeck. It suffered little damage during the World War II, making it show a largely intact historic center.

In the Middle Ages almost the entire city was destroyed in a major fire, after which construction began almost from scratch. Thus, the Old Town developed in the style of historicism. Many of Schwerin’s impressive buildings that can be seen today were built in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Schwerin, Germany: The most interesting sights, things to see, where to eat, tourist reviews

View of the Paulstadt Cathedral with Arsenal and Polskirche in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (Photo© Niteshift (talk) / commons.wikimedia.org / License CC-BY-SA-3.0)

What to see in Schwerin: Museum collections

  1. Surrounded by a marvellous landscape of lakes and forests, the castle on an island in the lake of the same name (Schwerin Lake) is the main landmark of Schwerin and the whole of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Part of the castle is a museum, where you can stroll through the apartments, reception rooms and salons of the great dukes. The throne rooms, weapons collections and magnificent porcelain deserve special attention.
  2. You can’t miss the charming Orangery – a graceful structure made of cast iron and glass, a unique example of 19th-century architecture, the only one of its kind in Germany. The Baroque chateau park with its boulevards, arcades, flower gardens and canals, a masterpiece of garden art and architecture, makes an unforgettable impression on visitors.
  3. The small castle church, decorated with a golden roof, Gothic windows, gargoyles, resembles the Cologne Cathedral in miniature. It has an active community and is open for wedding ceremonies. But if there is no church service and no wedding ceremony, a visit is possible only by request.
  4. The Old Garden (Alter Garten) is a square surrounded by remarkable structures built in the 18th and 19th centuries: the Old Palace (Altes Palais), the neoclassical building of the Schwerin State Museum, the State Theater (Staatstheater).
  5. The State Art Museum (Staatliches Museum Schwerin), housed in several branches, with a gallery of old and new masters in its composition, a famous collection of medieval art, works of Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th century. The main gem is the Neustadt Altar. The museum preserves large collections of Furstenberg porcelain. In addition, the museum has a significant collection of works by French-American artist Marcel Duchamp, works by Max Liebermann, Franz Stuck.
  6. St. Mary’s and St. John’s Cathedral, an outstanding work of brick Gothic architecture with a tower dominating all the buildings in the city, is part of the European brick Gothic route.
  7. The Old Town Hall and Market Square, whose history dates back to the founding of the city in 1160, in the Old Town.
  8. The Schlosskirche of St. Nicholas with its ducal crypt is the only Baroque brick church in West Mecklenburg. It resembles the church of St. Michael in Hamburg in style. The interior of the Schölff church combines Baroque splendor and Scandinavian simplicity. It is open every day from 11:00 to 16:00.
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What to do: Tours in and around Schwerin

  1. Take a walking tour from the Market Square to the castle. The tourist office is in the old town hall, where you can join a walk through the historic center at night (the night watchman of Schwerin, dressed in historical clothing, equipped with a lantern, will reveal the secrets of the old town).
  2. See the sights and most beautiful places of Schwerin on a bus tour. The tour in a double-decker bus or the iconic “Barkas 1000” or modern open-top bus covers the historic center, the castle park, the shore of Lake Schwerin and the old mill. Usually all tours are conducted in German, but you can ask for tourist information in your own language before starting the tour.
  3. Experience the inextricable links between nature and architecture of this impressive city and see it in a new dimension on a Lake Schwerin cruise.
  4. Visit the zoo, one of the most beautiful in Germany with inhabitants such as giraffes, zebras, brown bears, tigers, kittens, capuchins, white rhinos, penguins, otters and many other exotic and native animals. The center of the green oasis is an aquatic bird park with marshland and abundant vegetation, which is inhabited by pelicans, flamingos, storks, marabou and various species of ducks.

Where to eat and drink in Schwerin

There are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Schwerin, offering both dishes cooked to original Mecklenburg and Northern German recipes as well as international cuisine.

  1. The uniquely designed Television Tower has an observation deck and restaurant 100 meters above the ground.
  2. Cafe Prag (Schloßstraße 17), a restaurant and coffee shop, is a historic establishment (more than 200 years old) with a charming Viennese-style interior in the historic center, popular with local politicians and journalists, offering delicious food for breakfast and lunch. But its main highlight is the best cakes and pastries in town. In warm weather, you can book a table outdoors and enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the view of the castle.
  3. Back Factory (Schloßstraße 35) – inexpensive snacks and sandwiches from the bakery.
  4. Zum Freischütz (Ziegenmarkt 11) – The best pub in town.
  5. Bolero Bar (Mecklenburgstraße 2) – cocktail bar with Mexican cuisine.

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  1. The nearly 118-meter-high tower of Schwerin Cathedral offers a stunning panoramic view of the city.
  2. A fascinating fire museum with a huge collection of fire engines, uniforms, training equipment and so on. Special attention to items from the former GDR.
  3. Magical concerts of church and classical music in the pleasant atmosphere of the Schoelf church.
  4. A very special experience opens in the water excursions on the lakes (from March to October)!
  5. Aromatic coffee and excellent hot chocolate at Roasterei Fuchs (Am Markt 4).

You can see a video about Schwerin at the link below:

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