Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Enchanted by Originality

On the way with the fisherman on the Schaalsee., © TMV/Kirchgessner

Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Enchanted by Originality

Between the Baltic Sea, the Elbe and Lake Plauer See stretches a stretch of land whose natural diversity awakens the senses in its relaxing way, inspires the soul and is able to give the body new strength. Surprisingly close to the metropolises of Berlin and Hamburg and far away from the hustle and bustle, relaxation is waiting right outside the door.

Between the Baltic Sea, the Elbe and Lake Plauer See stretches a stretch of land whose natural diversity awakens the senses in its relaxing way, inspires the soul and is able to give the body new strength. Surprisingly close to the metropolises of Berlin and Hamburg and far away from the hustle and bustle, relaxation is waiting right outside the door.

Whether nature or culture lovers, whether Lewitz, Schaalsee or Schwerin Castle - once here, one succumbs to the charms of the region. Hikers can explore the pristine beauty on foot or by bike along well-marked trails. And there is another network of paths that attracts visitors to West Mecklenburg: the waterways. Water sports enthusiasts can paddle or paddle on the rivers and lakes in a particularly leisurely way. The UNESCO biosphere reserves Schaalsee and Flusslandschaft Elbe Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are home to a particularly diverse and varied flora and fauna. Beavers and otters also feel at home there and the eagle circles in the sky.

The former ducal residences of Ludwigslust and Schwerin occupy a special position. In both cities things are quite noble. The state capital Schwerin also developed into a widely appreciated shopping paradise and is worth a stroll through the lovingly restored alleys for that reason alone. But even the smaller towns and villages offer authentic half-timbered and brick architecture for culture lovers.

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Schwerin

Anyone coming to visit Mecklenburg-Schwerin should plan a stay in Schwerin, the state capital. In addition to the famous Schwerin Castle and the surrounding Schwerin Lake and Burgsee, culture lovers get to see old half-timbered houses and an abundance of cultural monuments in the old town. A visit to the castle festival in the Old Garden is also recommended, which inspires the audience with opulent productions every year.

Ludwigslust

Ludwigslust is also a well-known vacation resort for those interested in culture and history, and is unparalleled in northern Germany. As the "Versailles of the North", the town and palace of Ludwigslust convey impressions from the time of the baroque regency. The epoch that gave Ludwigslust its present face is also celebrated at the annual Baroque Festival in spring and with a Baroque Advent market in the pre-Christmas season.

Wittenburg

The small town of Wittenburg was considered an important bastion and trading center in the Middle Ages, and its ramparts and fortifications have been preserved and can be visited to this day. Families and cultural vacationers also have the opportunity to get to know the world's most important foodstuff from a different perspective in the MehlWelten Museum in Wittenburg. Those who enjoy sports will find an indoor snow paradise to let off steam at the Alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg at -1°C all year round.

Monastery Town Rehna

The monastery town of Rehna offers peace and relaxation, which can be found, for example, behind the walls of the former Premonstratensian monastery. The monastery garden, the mill pond with adjacent park area as well as a Kneipp basin invite you to relax, regular art exhibitions and concerts provide cultural entertainment. The unspoiled nature around Rehna is known as a pilgrimage route and is ideal for extensive hiking tours from monastery to monastery.

Activities On Water, On Land and On Horseback

 

Boat Tours and Water Fun at Lake Plau

If you like to be in action, you will love Lake Plauer See. Sailboats, excursion boats, motorboats and yachts meet, surfers do their rounds - Lake Plauer See is a true paradise for swimming and water sports. Water sports enthusiasts who want to explore the 38-square-kilometer lake and its surrounding waters undisturbed can paddle across the lake on canoe tours lasting several days.

Cycling and Hiking Tours

The hilly landscape of Mecklenburg-Schwerin is ideal for extensive cycling and hiking tours. The cycling trail "Runde Acht" (Round Eight) around Lake Schwerin, for example, invites you to explore the area on a bicycle for 63 kilometers. Those who want to plan more than one day will find a wide landscape of forests, lakes and fields, where cranes and sea eagles are at home, on the five-day hiking tour Klosterdreieck between Schaalsee, Ratzeburg and Zarrentin.

Horseback Riding

Horse lovers are in good hands on vacation in Mecklenburg-Schwerin: riding and carriage trails such as the 170-kilometer-long Gestüt Trail lead from Redefin through idyllic villages and tranquil landscapes. The traditional Redefin State Stud provides insights into its successful breeding history on tours of the facility and presents the most beautiful animals at the annual stallion parade in the fall.

 

Mecklenburg-Schwerin - characterized by sights and destinations that stand the test of time

Schwerin Castle

Built in the mid-19th century, the region's landmark attracts visitors with its magnificent living quarters and throne room from the era of romantic historicism. The Meissen porcelain, which can be admired in the Schwerin castle collection, is also world-famous. Nestled in a picturesque park and lake landscape, it is a dreamlike destination for culture lovers and romantics.

The Lake(len)calm Schaalsee

Until 1990, the inner-German border ran through the middle of the lake, so that a diverse flora and fauna could develop undisturbed around the Schaalsee. As a UNESCO biosphere reserve, nature lovers, families and solo travelers come here to relax, hike or take a guided tour of the reserve with a ranger. The whitefish from the Schaalsee are a local delicacy that must be tried.

The Romantic Schwerin Lake

It is this charming mix of city life and proximity to water that makes Germany's third largest inland lake so special. Almost every spot around Schwerin's inner and outer lakes can be explored by excursion boats and sailing boats, but also by bike on well-developed bike paths. The lake is made for romantic hours, because the view of the fairy-tale castle in the evening glow is unique.

Ludwigslust Castle

Ludwigslust Palace, with its magnificent and lavishly restored rooms, is a symbol of the late Baroque and one of Mecklenburg-Schwerin's most famous sights. And yet many things here are not as they appear at first glance: the elegant marble panelling and graceful statues of the magnificent palace are in fact often made of papier-mâché, which went down in history as Ludwigslust Carton. Outside the castle walls, vacationers and families interested in history can find relaxation in the adjacent park with its cascades and avenues.

Alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg

Situated between Hamburg and Berlin, winter sports fans can expect skiing fun at its best all year round at the Alpincenter. At a mild -1°C, head to the indoor slope, which is used by experienced skiers and beginners alike.

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© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Fort Dömitz (exhibition “Im Grunde“)

  • Auf der Festung, 19303 Dömitz

The bulwark of fort Dömitz overlooks the river Elbe by the city of Dömitz. Its walls saw princes, army commanders, and kings come and go and inspired poets. Nature lovers can find the exciting exhibition “Im Grunde” and the visitor centre of the biosphere reserve “Elbe-Schaalsee” here.

Read more: "Fort Dömitz (exhibition “Im Grunde“)"
© Fotostudio K3 Kruse GmbH Neustadt-Glewe

Neustadt-Glewe Castle

  • Alte Burg, 19306 Neustadt-Glewe

The oldest preserved fortress in Mecklenburg stands in Neustadt-Glewe. It is one of the best preserved castles in Mecklenburg and can be visited. At the castle, there is a museum that is well worth seeing, as well as a restaurant and a tourist information office.

Read more: "Neustadt-Glewe Castle"
© Hotel Hamburg-Wittenburg van der Valk GmbH

alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg

  • Zur Winterwelt, 19243 Wittenburg

Visitors can expect sensational wintry fun all year round in Europe's largest indoor snow and amusement park.

Read more: "alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg"
© 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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© PAHLHUUS/Dornblut

“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“

  • Open today
  • Wittenburger Chaussee, 19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee

Welcome to the PAHLHUUS, the visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Schaalsee“. We are happy to inform you about touristic offers and show you the most beautiful places in the biosphere reserve. Extraordinary insights into nature and landscape of the region await you in an interactive exhibition.

Read more: "“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“"
Lighthouse in Plau am See, © Hendrik Silbermann

Observation tower Plau am See

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Kalkofen, 19395 Plau am See

The lighthouse welcomes boaters as they enter the Müritz-Elde waterway from Lake Plaue. From its viewing platform at a height of 8 meters, it offers a fantastic panoramic view over Lake Plauer See. It is now considered the most popular photo motif among guests.

Read more: "Observation tower Plau am See"
© P.A. Kroehnert

State Stud Redefin

  • Betriebsgelände, 19230 Redefin

Visit our country stud in the middle of untouched nature. Experience our beautiful horses, stroll through the stud park and enjoy the wonderful ambience with a cup of coffee and cake. Whether horse breeding, equestrian sports, training courses, concerts or shows - we will make your visit a special experience!

Read more: "State Stud Redefin"
© Monty Erselius

Canoe Team Plau am See

  • Lübzer Chaussee, 19395 Plau am See

The canoe rental Plau am See exists since 1997, every year it has grown a bit and has given a home to many adventurers in that time. You can not only rent kayaks and canoes from us, but also stay overnight in the guesthouse. New at the canoe rental Plau am See: "SUP" - also suitable for beginners.

Read more: "Canoe Team Plau am See"
© Heiko Preller

Rehna Monastery

  • Open today
  • Kirchplatz, 19217 Rehna

Rehna is home to one of the most beautiful and largest preserved monastery complexes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The monastery offers space for art, theater and music and is a focal point for pilgrimage and long-distance hiking. Particularly worth seeing are the large monastery garden, the late Romanesque monastery church, the Kneipp basin on the monastery grounds, and the pretty town of Rehna with its half-timbered buildings.

Read more: "Rehna Monastery"
© SSGK MV / Jörn Lehmann

Ludwigslust Castle

  • Open today
  • Schlossfreiheit, 19288 Ludwigslust

The magnificent Ludwigslust Palace, situated in a spacious park with avenues, cascades, canals and water jumps, is the center of the late Baroque town complex. In the castle's museum, the restored rooms shine in courtly splendor and transport visitors back in time. In the hunting hall of the castle there is a café with a spacious terrace overlooking the castle park.

Read more: "Ludwigslust Castle"
© Kulturforum PAMPINERHOF gGmbH

kulturforum Pampin - sculpture park, art gallery

  • Dorfring, 19372 Pampin

The sculpture park is "a place of inspiration". On a space of about 7,500 m2, it has more than 70 objects or installations of renowned contemporary artists. Current exhibitions in the galleries and park complete the collection.

Read more: "kulturforum Pampin - sculpture park, art gallery"
© Gabriele Skorupski

Pottery farm Hohenwoos

  • Ziegelei, 19303 Vielank OT Hohenwoos

Become a guest at Töpferhof Hohenwoos and enjoy a piece of traditional craftsmanship in an idyllic atmosphere. In our own pottery we create decorative unique pieces, garden ceramics and tableware, which are available in the store or in the online store.

Read more: "Pottery farm Hohenwoos"
© Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Fort Dömitz (exhibition “Im Grunde“)

  • Auf der Festung, 19303 Dömitz

The bulwark of fort Dömitz overlooks the river Elbe by the city of Dömitz. Its walls saw princes, army commanders, and kings come and go and inspired poets. Nature lovers can find the exciting exhibition “Im Grunde” and the visitor centre of the biosphere reserve “Elbe-Schaalsee” here.

Read more: "Fort Dömitz (exhibition “Im Grunde“)"
© Fotostudio K3 Kruse GmbH Neustadt-Glewe

Neustadt-Glewe Castle

  • Alte Burg, 19306 Neustadt-Glewe

The oldest preserved fortress in Mecklenburg stands in Neustadt-Glewe. It is one of the best preserved castles in Mecklenburg and can be visited. At the castle, there is a museum that is well worth seeing, as well as a restaurant and a tourist information office.

Read more: "Neustadt-Glewe Castle"
© Hotel Hamburg-Wittenburg van der Valk GmbH

alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg

  • Zur Winterwelt, 19243 Wittenburg

Visitors can expect sensational wintry fun all year round in Europe's largest indoor snow and amusement park.

Read more: "alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg"
© 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.

Read more: "Schwerin Palace"
© PAHLHUUS/Dornblut

“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“

  • Open today
  • Wittenburger Chaussee, 19246 Zarrentin am Schaalsee

Welcome to the PAHLHUUS, the visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve „Schaalsee“. We are happy to inform you about touristic offers and show you the most beautiful places in the biosphere reserve. Extraordinary insights into nature and landscape of the region await you in an interactive exhibition.

Read more: "“PAHLHUUS“ – Visitor centre of the UNESCO biosphere reserve “Schaalsee“"
Lighthouse in Plau am See, © Hendrik Silbermann

Observation tower Plau am See

  • Freely accessible at any time
  • Kalkofen, 19395 Plau am See

The lighthouse welcomes boaters as they enter the Müritz-Elde waterway from Lake Plaue. From its viewing platform at a height of 8 meters, it offers a fantastic panoramic view over Lake Plauer See. It is now considered the most popular photo motif among guests.

Read more: "Observation tower Plau am See"
© P.A. Kroehnert

State Stud Redefin

  • Betriebsgelände, 19230 Redefin

Visit our country stud in the middle of untouched nature. Experience our beautiful horses, stroll through the stud park and enjoy the wonderful ambience with a cup of coffee and cake. Whether horse breeding, equestrian sports, training courses, concerts or shows - we will make your visit a special experience!

Read more: "State Stud Redefin"
© Monty Erselius

Canoe Team Plau am See

  • Lübzer Chaussee, 19395 Plau am See

The canoe rental Plau am See exists since 1997, every year it has grown a bit and has given a home to many adventurers in that time. You can not only rent kayaks and canoes from us, but also stay overnight in the guesthouse. New at the canoe rental Plau am See: "SUP" - also suitable for beginners.

Read more: "Canoe Team Plau am See"
© Heiko Preller

Rehna Monastery

  • Open today
  • Kirchplatz, 19217 Rehna

Rehna is home to one of the most beautiful and largest preserved monastery complexes in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The monastery offers space for art, theater and music and is a focal point for pilgrimage and long-distance hiking. Particularly worth seeing are the large monastery garden, the late Romanesque monastery church, the Kneipp basin on the monastery grounds, and the pretty town of Rehna with its half-timbered buildings.

Read more: "Rehna Monastery"
© SSGK MV / Jörn Lehmann

Ludwigslust Castle

  • Open today
  • Schlossfreiheit, 19288 Ludwigslust

The magnificent Ludwigslust Palace, situated in a spacious park with avenues, cascades, canals and water jumps, is the center of the late Baroque town complex. In the castle's museum, the restored rooms shine in courtly splendor and transport visitors back in time. In the hunting hall of the castle there is a café with a spacious terrace overlooking the castle park.

Read more: "Ludwigslust Castle"
© Kulturforum PAMPINERHOF gGmbH

kulturforum Pampin - sculpture park, art gallery

  • Dorfring, 19372 Pampin

The sculpture park is "a place of inspiration". On a space of about 7,500 m2, it has more than 70 objects or installations of renowned contemporary artists. Current exhibitions in the galleries and park complete the collection.

Read more: "kulturforum Pampin - sculpture park, art gallery"
© Gabriele Skorupski

Pottery farm Hohenwoos

  • Ziegelei, 19303 Vielank OT Hohenwoos

Become a guest at Töpferhof Hohenwoos and enjoy a piece of traditional craftsmanship in an idyllic atmosphere. In our own pottery we create decorative unique pieces, garden ceramics and tableware, which are available in the store or in the online store.

Read more: "Pottery farm Hohenwoos"
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