Castles & Palaces
Schwerin Castle and Gardens – a bright and shining gem
This romantic fairytale castle is reflected in the waters of Lake Schwerin in all its glory – complete with countless towers, domes and wings. Frederick Francis II had the building converted into an impressive symbol of his dynasty back in 1857.
Situated in a romantic spot on an island in Lake Schwerin, Schwerin Castle is one of the finest examples of historicism in Europe. Although its roots go back more than 1,000 years, the castle was brought to life in its current form with five wings when Frederick Francis II, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, ordered for reconstruction work to be completed. The magnificent building has no fewer than 953 rooms, which are decadently filled with marquetry flooring, intricate carvings, gilding and stucco ceilings.
Highlights include the throne room with columns made from Carrara marble and gilded cast-iron doors, the ancestral portrait gallery, the dining room and the round tower room, which is designed as a garden room and offers up a panoramic view across the lake. A remarkable porcelain collection and regular concerts at the castle make for further attractions not to be missed. And yet what makes the castle complex truly special is its perfect symbiosis with the splendid baroque garden, where there is an orangery, a grotto and the colonnade courtyard surrounding the castle.