Off to Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany!

We’ve arrived at the port of Warnemunde in Germany…… The skies are overcast this morning and I am not surprised. I have never been anywhere in Germany on a bright sunny day!  Today, hubby and I are off in different directions, as we often do, to see more! He is traveling south-east, to Schwerin, Germany, an hour-plus ride, to see the Schwerin Castle and the Old Town. This city is important to him because in the 1800’s, many residents from Schwerin moved to the United States, many to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and my husband’s family was part of this movement.

So, there will be several posts from different spots!  We’re off!

The Dock at Warnemunde, Germany

Maybe the skies will clear up after all!

The Dock at Warnemunde, Germany

A look back at the ship before boarding the bus………..

The Dock at Warnemunde, Germany

Well, we’re officially here!

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

Schwerin is the state capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Northern Germany. It is known for the Schwerin Castle, now a Unesco World Heritage site. The castle sits on an island on the city’s main lake, Lake Schwerin. For centuries, the castle was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The castle is regarded as the most important work of romantic Historicism in Europe and is nicknamed the “Neuschwanstein” of the North (which we visited years, ago so we can compare) Today, the castle serves as the residence of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament.

How did the castle come to be? Schwerin Castle was built in the place of an older building. The site was symbolic because for hundreds of years there had been a fortress on the island. The new castle was built because the old one was barely inhabitable and not suitable for a Grand Duchy.

Grand Duke Paul Frederick, planned to bring back the aristocracy to Schwerin and show them, who was who. Although he was largely interested in military matters and spent most of his time drilling troops, when he reached middle age, he adopted a more reclusive lifestyle, preferring the company of his mistress. He planned to demolish the castle completely and build a new palace, more to his liking, somewhere else. Suddenly, in 1842, the Duke died of a cold from attending to a fire. His 19 year-old son, who was a law student in Bonn, became Grand Duke, Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He decided to have his castle built right on the the old castle island and to build around some of the old fortress and the castle. He wanted to make it clear this was the home of the royal family, that had ruled for ages and would continue to rule despite the difficult times the nobility in Germany was going through. The impact of the War with Napoleon had made its toll, as well as social and economic changes that were sweeping through Prussia at the time.

What a beautiful castle! It consists of 653 rooms and dozens of pointed towers…..and has a fabulous view across the water…….

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and getting up closer…………

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

Now to walk across the bridge to the island. It’s a short walk……….to the castle’s main entrance.

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

Looking back over the bridge, you can get an idea of what the Old Town is like. We’ll explore that later……..

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and a look from here………

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and here………..

Schwerin, Germany Mechlenburgisches Staatsthearter View from Schwerin Castle

My, that is an impressive light fixture! Let’s look closer at that……….

Schwerin, Germany, Staatliche Art Museum View from Schwerin Castle
Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Bridge Light

Doesn’t that look like a type of terra cotta on the walls? Yep, terra cotta was dominant in Northern Germany architecture at the time………..

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and then there are those men announcing stuff and blowing their horns……………

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle
Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

A new section has been added, as you can see from the change in building materials……..

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

From the inside of the palace we can glimpse the courtyard…….

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and get a look at a different angle……….

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle
Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and see the cherub types, but not too plump, holding a shield with just a head of armor, with a crown, of course………….

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle

and looking out on the gardens……..wow!

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Lake and Garden View
Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Lake and Garden View

Pretty fancy!

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Lake and Garden View
Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Lake and Garden View

Let’s take another look from a different view……..this time from a boat in the lake………….

Schwerin, Germany, Schwerin Castle Lake Boat

Here we see some of the other magnificent buildings that are on the mainland. We’ll see more of those later……

Schwerin, Germany, View of Theater and Museum from Schwerin Castle Boat

Now, this is picture postcard perfect!……..

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany, Castle from the Lake
Schwerin, Germany,  Schwerin Castle from the Boat
Schwerin, Germany, View Schwerin Castle from the Boat

We’ll stop here for now and take a break, before I show you how Schwerin Castle looks on the inside today! Stay tuned!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Thank you, I so enjoy your tours. It’s as if I’m there with you.

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    1. Sheree are you turning in your British passport then ? How does that work?

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      1. Sheree says:

        No, I can have dual passport but if I had to, I would.

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  2. You’ve taken and shared so many great pictures of this castle. I love architecture and old places, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for posting and giving me a virtual tour.

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  3. Stay tuned for more! We loved this city!

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  4. What an absolutely stunning castle.

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