Schwerin - charming town and fairytale castle

The capital city of Mecklenburg with its beautiful setting at the lake Schwerin has a pretty old town and a castle and gardens with this magical touch.

Schwerin guided tour

Schwerin Castle

Full day tour with your guide.

Discover the town of Schwerin and the beautiful castle with its gardens on a guided tour. The former residence of the Duke of Mecklenburg with the state theatre, state museum, historic and new government facilities and impressive cathedral is a popular tourist destination. The highlight is the visit to the castle that seems like it is out of a fairytale and a stroll through the thoughtfully designed gardens. A visit to Schwerin can be combined to a full day tour with a visit to either Rostock or Wismar in the morning or afternoon. Both towns have a preserved old town with brick gothic architecture.
  • 9-10 h tour
  • modern car/van/bus with AC
  • local guide from/to port
  • tour of Schwerin
  • tickets to Schwerin castle
  • tour of Rostock or Wismar
  • typical lunch (not included)
  • rates
    • car + guide max. 2 pax: 865 Euro
    • van + guide max. 6 pax: 925 Euro
    • bus + guide max. 49 pax: 1570 Euro

    Schwerin old town hall

    The historic town hall of Schwerin was decorated with a new facade in neo-gothic style on the late 19th century. The horseback rider on top is the city's coat of arms. Behind the town hall the small market square with its half-timbered houses and funny fountain is a good spot for a break.

    Castle Gardens

    Many visitors spend more time in the gardens than inside the palace. The main garden is a large landscape garden in english style from the 19th century. Even prettier are the small gardens around the palace with the orangery, grotto, sculptures and rare trees.

    Castle Schwerin

    The castle was the main residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg until 1918. From a modest fortress it was enlarged to a real palace in the 1850s with impressions from the french and italian style. The Duke used it for representation and festive dances. Today it is the seat of the Mecklenburg government and a museum.


    Schwerin is called the town of seven lakes. This little one called Pfaffenteich is artificial. Created in 1842 it served as water supply for the mills and drinking water for the new homes around it. The pretty town houses around the pond were built in classicism style. The most eye-catching is the bright orange Arsenal.

    Lion Monument

    Schwerin was founded by the German conqueror Henry the Lion from the dynasty of the Welfs in 1160. He was leading the expansion and mission journeys into the land of the Slaves. In 1995 the town honoured him with this monument. There are some surprisingly ironic scenes on it.

    Old town Schwerin

    Although the buildings of the 19th century show power and wealth, Schwerin was a small and modest town. The people were craftsmen and most of the business related to the Duke and the castle. Therefore the old town has many half-timbered baroque houses and narrow lanes.

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