Schloss Schwerin Reviews
Schloss Schwerin Jun 26, 2009
Schwerin's most famous and most romantic sight: the palace on an island among the lakes. Tourist marketing likes to call it „the Neuschwanstein of Northern Germany“. Bridges connect it to the government quarter and town centre and to the historical gardens on the opposite side of the lake. The fairy-tale style of the facades derives from 19th century historism and hides a building that has grown over centuries. Five wings form an irregular pentagon around the central courtyard.
The chapel on the eastern corner of the palace was built in the 1560s and belongs to those early protestant chapels built shortly after the introduction of the reformation - as such it will be interesting to art historians. The interior has seen a thorough refurbishment in the 19th century, though. The neogothic choir was also added at the same time. All the others will enjoy the general appearance of the church room underneath the golden stars on the blue vault. For sure this church is popular for weddings. It is hard to imagine a more romantic location than this one.
The palace museum can be entered from the southwestern wing next to the bridge to the gardens. It shows some historical rooms in the former residence of the Granddukes of Mecklenburg and art collections. Unfortunately I did not have time to see the museum, which I regretted a lot.
The parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern occupies another large part of the palace which is not open to the public.
The prettiest part of the gardens on the island is the Orangeriegarden by Peter Joseph Lenné on the eastern side. The architect turned parts of the old and now unused fortifications into an orangerie and colonnades around a central parterre.
The Siegessäule (Victory Column) in the park in front of the Schloss was erected in 1874 to recall Germany’s victory over France in the war of 1870/71 which lead to the foundation of the second Empire. The sculptor Hermann Willebrand designed it after ancient Roman models.
Part of the Mecklenburg 2009 travel blog
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