The Schwerin Cathedral, © Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Historical Buildings, Churches, Brick Gothic

The proverbial highlight of the churches in Mecklenburg: Schwerin Cathedral. This imposing masterpiece of brick Gothic is the oldest building in the city of Schwerin, has the highest church tower in Mecklenburg at 117.5 meters and is the only true cathedral in the state. The cathedral is open daily. Those who climb the 220 steps of the tower are greeted by a breathtaking view over Schwerin's lake landscape.


The original Romanesque cathedral was donated by Henry the Lion. As a pilgrimage church where a drop of holy blood was venerated, the Romanesque building quickly became too small, so it was later converted into a Gothic cathedral. With a length of 105 meters and a vault height of 26.5 meters, it is one of the largest works of brick Gothic architecture. Visitors' gaze automatically wanders upward, for its mighty brick pillars seem to reach straight for the sky. However, there was not enough for a tower in the Middle Ages. It was only built 700 years later and completed in 1893. The tower of the master builder Georg Daniel measures 117.5 meters. And the half meter is decisive, because the Schwerin Cathedral towers above the church of St. Peter in Rostock by this amount. Perhaps the most important 50 cm of Schwerin.

Worth seeing

In the cathedral, 220 steps lead to the visitor platform. It offers a breathtaking view over the city, castle and lakes. On the way up, the visitor passes five bells, the oldest of which dates from 1363. Inside, the Gothic crucifix altar, the bronze baptismal font from 1325 and the triumphal cross from 1420 are impressive. Every year, organists from all over the world play on the magnificent Ladegast organ with its 5100 tin pipes. The deep, rich sound of the organ penetrates every fiber.

The tombs of several dukes are also remarkable. Among them are the resting place of Grand Duke Frederick Francis II and the epitaph for Duke Christopher of Mecklenburg and his wife Elizabeth of Sweden.
Fairytale-like plays of sunlight are provided by the numerous stained glass windows. The multi-faceted Christmas window on the tower side of the nave is particularly impressive.

Opening hours and guided tours

Opening hours:
April to September: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., October to March: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Public guided tours:
Tue + Sat at 11 am
Cost: 2 euros per person (group tours: 2 euros per person, min. 30 euros)
Group tours are also possible outside opening hours. Cost: 3 euros per person, min. 45 euros.

The cathedral is accessible.

Approach/ Location/ Parking

The cathedral overlooks Schwerin's market square and cannot be missed from any direction. It is recommended to use the city's parking garages (approx. 500m walking distance) or the nearby parking lot "Grüne Straße" (approx.400m).

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Schweriner Dom St. Marien und St. Johannis

Am Dom 4
19055 Schwerin

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Today, May 20, 202410:00 - 17:00 clock
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Monday 10:00 - 17:00 clock
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00 clock
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Art installation "The Pilgrims"

  • Date: 4/28/24 to 7/21/24
  • Am Dom, 19055 Schwerin

The art installation "The Pilgrims" by artist Johann Kralewski has so far been exhibited at 8 locations in Switzerland. Schwerin Cathedral is the first location in Germany where the installation has been realized. The exhibition is complemented by 2 further installations, the "3D Portraits" and the "Ancestral Gallery"

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Art installation "The Pilgrims"

  • Date: 4/28/24 to 7/21/24
  • Am Dom, 19055 Schwerin

The art installation "The Pilgrims" by artist Johann Kralewski has so far been exhibited at 8 locations in Switzerland. Schwerin Cathedral is the first location in Germany where the installation has been realized. The exhibition is complemented by 2 further installations, the "3D Portraits" and the "Ancestral Gallery"

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© Gut Vorbeck / Stefan von Stengel

Vorbeck Manor

  • An der Warnow, 19065 Vorbeck

At the gates of the State capital Schwerin, surrounded by a natural landscape, lies GUT VORBECK with its golf hotel, café HerzensGUT and riding stable directly on the Warnow River. With its 20 rooms and suites located directly on course 13 of the WINSTONlink, the estate's golf hotel offers everything for a perfect vacation in the middle of Mecklenburg's unspoiled nature.

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© Foto: G. Bröcker, Staatliches Museum Schwerin

State Museum Schwerin

  • Temporarily closed
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

In a prominent location on Schwerin Lake, visitors will find a top collection of Dutch paintings, as well as paintings from the 16th to the 21st century and works of handicrafts and graphic art.

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© Zum Stadtkrug Schwerin

“Zum Stadtkrug” Altstadtbrauhaus Schwerin

  • Closed today
  • Wismarsche Straße, 19053 Schwerin

A cozy spot in the heart of Schwerin. A visit to the impressive brewery in Schwerin is well worth it.

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Open-air museum for folklore Schwerin-Mueß

  • Closed today
  • Alte Crivitzer Landstraße, 19063 Schwerin

In the historic village ensemble directly on Schwerin Lake, visitors stroll between old farmhouses, fruit trees, herb beds and through the restored garden of a village teacher. The museum-like buildings show village life in the 19th century. Markets, events with traditional music, Low German theater performances, seminars and children's holiday programs take place during the season.

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© Foto: J. Lehmmann, Stiftung Mecklenburg

Permanent exhibition "Mecklenburg - so far, so near" of the Mecklenburg Foundation

  • Closed today
  • Schliemannstraße, 19055 Schwerin

The Mecklenburg Foundation preserves and tells the history and culture of Mecklenburg!

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Hotel Schloss Basthorst

  • Schlossstraße, 19089 Basthorst

We welcome you warmly in our unique 4-star hotel in Basthorst, situated in the stunningly beautiful Mecklenburg landscape, far from the hustle and bustle of urban life. We believe in creating a special ambience. Whether it's in the room furnishings, the culinary range or our service – you will notice the special character of our hotel estate.

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© Ferienpark Retgendorf

Vacation park Retgendorf

  • Kiefernweg, 19067 Retgendorf

In a sparse pine forest, only 50m away from Lake Schwerin, you will find our spacious hotel complex with direct lake access and natural swimming area. The vacation park has 28 comfortably furnished hotel rooms and 24 vacation homes with modern to luxurious furnishings.

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Easyjump- Trampoline Park

  • Closed today
  • Ziegeleiweg, 19057 Schwerin

Easyjump is not only Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's largest trampoline hall but also one of the newest experience highlights in Schwerin.

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Greenhouse Garden and Alexandrine Monument

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin

In the style of English landscape gardens stand Grünhausgarten and the southern palace garden with hippodrome, maze and youth temple. This part of the palace garden was restored to its former glory for the Federal Garden Show 2009. In the center of a meadow surrounded by trees, the Grand Duchess Mother "Alexandrine" looks earnestly and solemnly in the direction of the Temple of Youth.

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Landscape Park and Castle Raben Steinfeld

  • Temporarily closed
  • 19065 Raben Steinfeld

The landscape park was originally designed by court gardener Theodor Klett and belonged to a grand ducal estate. The English-style park on a steep bank above Lake Schwerin incorporates existing trees and opened up to the landscape and the village of Raben Steinfeld with picturesque view axes.

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COSY Houseboats

  • Werderstrasse, 19055 Schwerin

Experience the beautiful Schwerin lake landscape. Either on one of the exclusive and license-free COSY houseboats or by kayak or SUP directly at the Schwerin Castle. Together with the adjacent Mecklenburg Lake District, it is one of the most beautiful boating areas in Europe. A paradise for all water lovers and nature lovers.

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Wiligrad Castle

  • Closed today
  • Wiligrader Straße, 19069 Lübstorf

The former ducal residence palace with the surrounding palace park and the historic estate ensemble is one of the most beautiful places on Lake Schwerin. The art exhibition in the castle is particularly worth seeing. With its location on a steep bank directly on the lake, it is considered an insider's tip for excursions, especially in autumn and in spring during the rhododron bloom. The old nursery houses a farm store and a popular farm café.

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© Lothar Steiner © Staatliches Museum Schwerin

Schwerin Castle Museum

  • Closed today
  • Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin

A variety of towers are reaching into the sky, on top of them golden domes and sparkling pinnacles. The museum shows the splendor of ducal times with beautiful rooms, weapons, fine china and silver. It is open to visitors.

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© SSGK MV / Timm Allrich

Schwerin Palace

  • Closed today
  • Lennéstraße, 19053 Schwerin

Schwerin Palace is located on an island in Lake Schwerin and is among the most important historicism edifices in Europe.

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© Silke Winkler

Mecklenburg State Theater

  • Closed today
  • Alter Garten, 19055 Schwerin

The Mecklenburg State Theater in the beautiful state capital Schwerin has a lot to offer: a talented acting ensemble, a versatile musical theater, the third oldest orchestra in Germany, an international ballet ensemble, the Young State Theater Parchim and the traditional Fritz Reuter Stage - up Platt, as well as the highlight of the season every summer, the Schwerin Castle Festival with a diverse program.

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