A castle, a park, a lake - this romantic combination is more common in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern than in any other European region. Between green hills, dense forests and colorful meadows, some 2,000 castles, manor houses and stately homes lie picturesquely nestled in romantic parks and the vast landscape between the Baltic Sea coast and the Mecklenburg Lake District .
Approximately 300 of these stately homes invite visitors to stroll, relax and enjoy themselves as museums, concert venues and event locations or as stylish inns. Some of them are also very popular as romantic wedding venues.
The topics at a glance:
- The Most Beautiful Castles
- The Realm of the Flower Queen
- Visit Castles and Gardens
- Spend the Night in a Castle
- Culture in the Castle
The most impressive residences were left behind by the Dukes of Mecklenburg. The Renaissance palace of Güstrow, the baroque complex of the town of Ludwigslust, Schwerin Castle as a prime example of romantic historicism and the classicist palace of Hohenzieritz were all built primarily for representative purposes. This was followed by entire city ensembles such as Putbus and Neustrelitz, as well as noble summer residences and imposing hunting lodges such as those found in Granitz and Gelbensande.
These grand and princely estates offer visitors fascinating insights and views - from panoramic views of the Baltic Sea Island of Rügen to the 1000-year history of the Mecklenburg dukes, including the most extensive collection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age in Europe.
In the Realm of the Flower Queen
At Mirow Castle, the memory of Princess Sophie Charlotte and her enthusiasm for botany blossoms can still be witnessed in a stirring exhibition. In 1761, George III of Great Britain chose the 17-year-old from the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz as his wife. Today, the world knows her primarily by her nickname “The Queen of Flowers”.
In the exhibition at Mirow Castle, the life of the Queen Charlotte is told in a modern way. Of course, you can also see the flower named after the duchy: a single strelitzia stands in a vase right by the cash register, paying tribute to the "Queen of Flowers".
Tip: Annual pass "8 auf einem Streich“
The jewels of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's castles and art collections can be explored with the annual pass "8 in one go". With this discovery pass, visitors have one admission to each of the houses of the State Palaces, Gardens and Art Collections MV. The ticket can be purchased on the first visit to one of the participating houses and is valid for one year.