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 have been preserved from the period of construction.
Güstrow Castle is a jewel of Renaissance architecture in Northern Germany. In two successive construction phases, Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg engaged the Italian master builder Franz Parr and the Dutchman Philipp Brandin, whose different formal idioms produced a building of European standing, which Wallenstein chose as the seat of power during the Thirty Years' War.
Magnificent stucco ceilings from the period of construction have survived, which are among the most remarkable in Germany. The curious banqueting hall ceiling is particularly luxuriant with predominantly exotic hunting scenes after Dutch copper engravings.
The historic rooms of the castle now house a collection of medieval art, one of the most important in Northern Germany. The ground floor offers courtly furnishings, including precious trophies, paintings by Lucas Cranach and one of the earliest painted menageries in art history. On the basis of ducal portraits, the history of the line of Güstrow of the Mecklenburg dynasty is traced. An exhibition of Italian art presents a picture of the world of Renaissance and Early Baroque art south of the Alps.
In the former floor of the duchesses, antique pottery and a multi-faceted glass collection are presented. With a neon work by François Morellet and exhibitions in the 19th century farm building, the 20th and 21st century positions are prominently represented.
The reconstructed garden invites you to stroll and linger: with its lavender beds, hornbeam pathways and the moat.