Although not far from the major cities of Hamburg and Berlin, you soon find yourself out in the middle of nowhere in Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Rivers cut their way through the landscape and informative nature trails take you through idyllic, protected areas that are home to beavers, white-tailed eagles and otters. Space to relax and be inspired. You can enjoy Mecklenburg hospitality in rustic restaurants and out-of-the-way garden cafés. The charming little towns, imposing country houses and fairy-tale castles with their romantic gardens stand in splendour in the midst of this sleepy holiday region.

A real gem of the Lewitz conservation area is the Jagdschloss Friedrichsmoor, a former ducal hunting lodge. Friedrich Franz I had the lodge, with its three half-timbered wings, built around 1790. Following sympathetic restoration, the listed hunting lodge, complete with restaurant and terrace, is once again open to the public. The pictorial wallpaper in the garden room is particularly eye-catching.

In the Lewitz, the largest contiguous area of meadow in Germany, there are soon to be many more attractions. On a walk along the Friedrichsmoor woodland adventure trail, for example, a puppet theatre brings fairy tales to life and you are invited to a witches’ feast at the Friedrichsmoor hunting lodge. During a musical boat trip on the Lewitz-Kieker, complete with stories and songs, you will find out how the Lewitz is connected to the surrounding lodges and castles and how the extensive meadowlands of today developed from an area of formerly marshy land.


The “Quetziner Tannen” woodland on the western bank of the Plauer See has been designated a “healing forest” and provides outstanding conditions for relieving minor ailments. In addition to the many opportunities to rest and relax, there is also a fitness trail with various pieces of equipment, an educational nature trail and a Nordic walking area.

In Wittenburg, on the other hand, an amazing new distillery has opened to the public – with tastings included, of course. The philosophy here at Elephant Gin is that by drinking multi-award-winning gin, you can change the world! Inspired by the wilds of Africa, the company produces award-winning gins and campaigns for the protection of African elephants.

A trip to Ludwigslust is always worth the detour. The church facing the famous Baroque castle houses the largest altar painting in Europe – a real focal point – painted on 1000 sheets of cardboard and made of papier-mâché.

Further regional information is available on the website or on Instagram.


Excursion to the fairy-tale castle of Schwerin

From the banks of Lake Schwerin, you have an outstanding view of the town. Once you have stepped through the colonnaded gateway, your glance will alight straight away on the incomparable outlines of buildings from the age of princes: the Medieval cathedral, the brilliant white government building, the neo-baroque Mecklenburg state theatre, the palatial state museum, the arched castle bridge and, last but not least, the romantic, fairy-tale castle itself.

The castle is a nineteenth century prince’s residence, complete with a court and a garden of 140 hectares. The castle museum’s doors open onto restored function rooms, state rooms and the throne room itself. The walls are decorated with papier-mâché – popular at the time for recycling discarded papers. Next, you can take a turn around the castle gardens and enjoy the colourful displays of plants and flowers. Families and couples use the vast expanse of lawn for picnicking, and open-air events are regularly held here.

Attractions in Schwerin’s old town include the two temples dedicated to the muses of theatre and painting, and once you’ve found your way through the narrow alleyways of half-timbered houses, you are bound to come upon the cathedral that towers above the market square. Cafés – including those by the lake in good weather – tempt you at every turn with iced coffee and delicious cakes. Why go to Lake Garda  when Lake Schwerin has the same Mediterranean feel?

Further regional information is available on the website

State capital meets nature reserve


  • 2 nights incl. breakfast at Hotel Speicher Ziegelsee
  • 2 nights incl. breakfast at Hotel Schloss Neustadt-Glewe
  • 2 nights incl. breakfast at Gut Vorbeck
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • 1 Schwerin ticket for 24h (adventure pass for the state capital incl. free travel on the buses and tram of Schwerin’s public transport system, numerous discount offers for activities in Schwerin)
  • maps, GPS data


  • from 595 € / p.p. in double room

Click here to book on the website.

Gut Vorbeck

On a tour of discovery to Mecklenburg-Schwerin!

Region Mecklenburg-Schwerin

The gentle heart of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania extends, green and untouched, from the former East-West German border to the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau. It’s an area that isn’t short of outdoor adventures or cultural pleasures. Charming little half-timbered towns, romantic castles and manor houses, inviting lakes and fascinating nature parks all wait to be discovered.

Off the beaten track and away from the crowds, incalculable riches await you here in Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Beautiful lakes are strung like pearls in a row, while little Medieval towns nestle into the peaceful Mecklenburg landscape, as if painted there, with their cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, majestic buildings and impressive churches.

Tourist-Information Schwerin
Am Markt 14/Rathaus
19055 Schwerin
Phone: +49 385 5925215

Tourist-Information Ludwigslust
Schloßstraße 36
19288 Ludwigslust
Phone: +49 3874 526251

More information about the Mecklenburg – Schwerin region can be found on the website and also on Instagram.

Photo credits: Felix Gänsicke, Thomas Grundier, Kirchgessner, Ralf Ottmann, Markus Riemann, Pollex Röttin, Stefan von Stengel, Juliane Struck, Maik Zilz, Schloss Kaarz, Schloss Ludwigslust, Schwerin Plus, TMV