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Even those who have been to Schwerin before catch their breath at first sight of Schwerin’s impressive castle, rising from the lake on its own island, with its golden towers glittering in the sun. This palace's art treasures and several centuries of history are brought to life on an excellent public tour, and the layers of terraced gardens that surround it are spectacular. The former orangerie in the gardens houses a café, whose tables spread outside along the shore. The compact center of winding narrow streets is a pleasure to stroll through, with half-timbered medieval shops and houses leaning against each other. One of the oldest houses ...

Even those who have been to Schwerin before catch their breath at first sight of Schwerin’s impressive castle, rising from the lake on its own island, with its golden towers glittering in the sun. This palace's art treasures and several centuries of history are brought to life on an excellent public tour, and the layers of terraced gardens that surround it are spectacular. The former orangerie in the gardens houses a café, whose tables spread outside along the shore. The compact center of winding narrow streets is a pleasure to stroll through, with half-timbered medieval shops and houses leaning against each other. One of the oldest houses in town is now Weinhaus Wohler, a restaurant and tavern serving traditional dishes based on local ingredients. A brick cathedral towers over the medieval center, part of a series of brick Gothic churches that are unique to this region. An entire street not far from the cathedral is lined with Art Nouveau townhouses, and an eye-boggling brick building from the turn of the 20th century bookends the main shopping street. Facing the castle is an excellent fine art museum, the State Museum Picture Gallery. A short walk from the castle leads to a historic water mill where the millers demonstrate how the old wheels work.

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  • Location: Capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in north eastern Germany.
  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and summer for gardens, year-round for other sights. Winter can be cold and gray, but the cultural scene is lively.