On the edge of the old town of Güstrow, one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe surprises with its southern charm. Magnificent stucco ceilings from the time of construction have been preserved. Extensive renovation work is currently taking place in the castle. Due to this, the castle museum is not open to the public.
Güstrow Castle is a jewel of Renaissance architecture in northern Germany. In two successive construction phases, Duke Ulrich of Mecklenburg commissioned the Italian master builder Franz Parr and the Dutchman Philipp Brandin, whose different formal languages produced a building of European rank, which even Wallenstein chose as his seat of power during the Thirty Years' War. Magnificent stucco ceilings from the time of construction have been preserved and are among the most remarkable in Germany. The curious ceiling of the ballroom with its predominantly exotic hunting scenes after Dutch copperplate engravings is particularly lavish.
The palace is currently undergoing extensive restoration and repair. The collections and the interior of the palace cannot be visited during the construction work.
The reconstructed garden is open to the public and invites visitors to stroll and linger with its lavender beds, hornbeam arbors and moat.