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Monuments and Sights

Paul Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, has significantly influenced the city of Schwerin. Under his reign, the residence of Ludwigslust was transferred back to Schwerin in 1837. He was popular among the people of Mecklenburg as a warm-hearted and friendly ruler.


With the relocation of the residence of the royal family to Schwerin the city experienced a huge boom during the times of the Grand Duke Paul Friedrich. He made Georg Adolf Demmler his master builder, thus initiating a unique building activity, which resulted in many of the magnificent buildings still existing today.

Even though he did not live to see the accomplishment of many of his projects, the Grand Duke has pushed and encouraged them. In addition, Paul Friedrich improved the legal system and infrastructure in the Grand Duchy. On his initiative one of Germany's first railway lines was built in Mecklenburg.

For this, but also for his friendly nature, his subjects thanked him, in whom he enjoyed great prestige. He died in 1842 at the age of only 42 years because of pneumonia. It is said he fell ill after he helped to extinguish a fire in the city. His monument is one of the few cases, where the people collected money for a monument at their own free will.

The bronze figure created by the Berlin sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch stands on a 3.5-meter-high natural stone base was erected in 1849 at Paul Friedrichs favorite place, the "Alter Garten". After the National Socialists transformed the Old Garden into a marshalling area in 1935, the Paul Friedrich Monument stood on the castle island for more than six decades. In July 2011, it was returned to its original place in front of the stairs of the State Gallery Museum.

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Alter Garten
19055 Schwerin


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Vorbeck Manor, © 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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The State Museum Schwerin is also an experience for blind and visually impaired people, © 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” Altstadtbrauhaus Schwerin

  • Open 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

  • Open 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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Club Zenit Schwerin

  • Pappelgrund, 19055 Schwerin

The Zenit Schwerin, a former heating plant, has been converted into a cultural stage in the heart of the State capital Schwerin.

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View into the permanent exhibition, © Foto: J. Lehmmann, Stiftung Mecklenburg

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

  • Open today
  • Schliemannstraße, 19055 Schwerin

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

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Pier directly at Schwerin Castle, © Oliver Borchert

VINDUA Houseboats

  • Werderstrasse, 19055 Schwerin

Experience the beautiful Schwerin lake landscape. Either on one of the exclusive and license-free VINDUA 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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Easyjump- Trampoline Park

  • Open 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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Außenansicht Schloss Basthorst, © Schloss Basthorst

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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Welcome, © 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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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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Dreamlike location: Scherin Castle on a small island in Schwerin Lake, © SSGK MV / Timm Allrich

Schwerin Palace

  • Open 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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© Lothar Steiner © Staatliches Museum Schwerin

Schwerin Castle Museum

  • Open 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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Exterior view of Wiligrad Castle from bird's eye view, © SSGK MV / Funkhaus Creative

Wiligrad Castle

  • Open 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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