Speaking of castles in Germany, the image of the fairytale Neuschwanstein in Bavaria will pop up in the mind of many tourists. It is indeed a Germany’s icon and definitely a Must-See. However, there are others castles and palaces scattering around the country are as magnificent and definitely worth exploring.
Together with my master, I was able to see some of them, and I must admit each one is unique and beautiful on its own. In this post, I would like to introduce you a hidden gem of Northern Germany – the magical palace of Schwerin.
Schwerin Palace (Schweriner Schloss) is located at the center of Schwerin, the capital city of the federated state Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania. It is just about 70 km from Hamburg and easily accessible via regional trains (45 mins from Hamburg). This romantic fortress was once the residence of Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and was built on an island in the city’s main lake – the Schwerin Lake. With all its many towers, domes, and wings reflecting in the water, it can surely enchant any visitors.
A part of the appeal also lies in the surrounding palace garden. The beauty of the neo-renaissance formal garden can be described in one word “magic”. Statues, flowers, trees, and water are cleverly combined to give the whole area a fairytale impression.