Exploring Schwerin

It was warm, it was sunny and we had reached Schwerin, the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which has the most beautiful castle surrounded by lakes just next to the centre of town.

Schwerin palace

Schwerin cathedral

The Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Schwerin is is one of the earliest large examples of Brick Gothic architecture. The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid in 1172. After a construction period of seventy-six years, it was consecrated in 1248. During the Reformation in 1524, it was confiscated from the Catholic Church and given to the Lutherans.

Cross of triumph and the gothic altar are from the 15th century

Stralsunder windows
Main square with the town hall
Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Schwerin Castle lies on an island at Lake Schwerin. For centuries it was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Today parts of it serve as the residence of the Landtag, other parts are open for tourists. The first records of a castle are from 973 but the recent castle was built between 1845 and 1857, as a cooperation of four renowned historicist architects. The castle is regarded as one of the most important works of romantic Historicism in Europe and is designated to become a World Heritage Site. It is nicknamed the “Neuschwanstein of the North”.

Orangery

Views over the lake
Huge castle grounds
Flower of the Day

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