The best tourist guide to Schwerin

Schwerin Castle ©mueritz/Flickr

The magnificent city of Schwerin is the capital of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, being its second largest settlement. It can be found in the northern part of Germany. Not only the city is attractive, but its surroundings, too. There are numerous picturesque lakes which surround Schwerin. As for the cultural tourist attractions of the city, there are several fantastic buildings in Schwerin. These include the following: Schwerin Castle, the Schelfkirche, the Schwerin Cathedral, the State Art Museum, the Alter Garten Square and so on. If you want to read the best tourist guide to Schwerin, you read the right article. It will contain useful information about the best sights of the city.

Schwerin Castle

Perhaps the most representative landmark of the city is its gorgeous castle. The magnificent castle can be found on an island of one of the surrounding lakes of Schwerin named Schweriner See. The castle and its gardens are of an outstanding beauty, being very attractive to visitors. Schwerin Castle used to serve as the residence of German dukes for centuries. Actually it houses the state parliament. It also houses a museum named Museum Schloss Schwerin which amazes every visitor with the stunning collections of paintings, sculptures and craftworks. The castle can be visited from October to April every day except Mondays from 10:00 until 17:00 and from April to October from 10:00 until 18:00. (November 2012)

Schwerin Castle ©mueritz/Flickr


As for the religious buildings of the city, Schelfkirche is a magnificent Evangelical Lutheran church. Built in 1238, it was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. After it was destructed by a storm, the church was rebuilt in Baroque style in 1713. The church has the shape of a cross and presents a tall steeple. It is one of the best-known landmarks of the city.

Aerial view of Schwerin ©

Schwerin Cathedral

Another magnificent religious building of the city is its cathedral. The beautiful cathedral used to be a Roman Catholic cathedral, being today Evangelical Lutheran. It is considered to be as old as the city and it is dedicated to Saint John and Virgin Mary. It had been rebuilt several times over the centuries. The almost 118 m tall, 19th century tower of the cathedral dominates the city. You can climb the stairs which lead up to the top of the steeple and have stunning views over the city. The cathedral also hosts numerous concerts each year.

Schwerin Cathedral ©

The State Art Museum

For those who love to visit museums on their holiday, Schwerin has a great museum to offer. It is the State Art Museum of Schwerin. The gorgeous museum and art gallery is housed in a beautiful building situated on the Alter Garten Square. It houses outstanding collections which are considered some of the continent’s most extensive exhibitions of Dutch paintings. The works contain paintings by famous artists like Rembrandt, Hals, Rubens and so on. The museum can be visited from October to April from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 until 17:00. (November 2012)


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