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?
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