Seemingly floating over the water, Schwerin Palace in northern Germany looks like the creation of a powerful magician. With turrets, wings and golden domes gleaming under the sun, it can surely enchant any visitor.
Settled on an island in the main lake of Schwerin, the capital city of the federated state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schweriner Schloss (Schwerin Palace) is regarded as one of the most profound works of romantic historicism in all Europe. Built between 1845 and 1857, as the cooperation of four renowned architects, the palace features a wide range of architectural style, including Gothic, Slavic, Hanseatic and French Renaissance.
In centuries past, this romantic fortress served as the residence of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. But during the 20th century, its role switched back and forth between a Landtag (the seat of the state parliament) and a museum. Today, the palace houses parliamentarians from the federated state, as well as a museum illustrating the castle’s history.
A part of the appeal also lies in the surrounding lake and 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.
Practical Information in Schwerin Palace
- Schwerin is an ideal day trip destination from Hamburg. It’s located just 70km from the port city and easily accessible by regional trains. The trip takes approximately 45 minutes.
- Admission fee to the palace is 8.5€, including photography permission.