The Rathaus was built from 1841 till 1843 in neo-classical style with arcades. It's not a surprise that the architect is again Buttel.
In its place there used to be another Rathaus but the Grand Duke gave this new one to the city for the town's 100th birthday. The Rathaus burnt in 1891 but was rebuilt.
Right behind it in the Strelitzer Strasse you find the tourist office.
Schlosspark and Goetterallee
I thought that one of the prettiest things in the castle park was the Goetterallee. This is an alley of gods. The gods themselves are copies of various antique gods made of sandstone from Pirna.
I also liked the old trees. Then there were various other things to be seen like a war memorial but I didn't photograph them all. There should be something there for you to discover when you visit.
Part of the park wasn't accessible when I visited as every summer the theatre has Operetta performances in the park.
You can see where the castle originally stood. It was unfortunately destroyed in WW2.
On the castle grounds you will also find this square which was used in the old days for parading. In the middle of the square there is a monument of Grand Duke Georg who reigned from 1816 till 1860. The monument used to stand on the market square.
Grand Duke George gave a lot of work to the architect, master builder and painter Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel (1796-1869), a scholar of Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Schinkel recommended Buttel to the Grand Duke. For a picture of him, see photo no. 3.
The Orangerie was originally built in 1755 by Seydel for exotic plants as a greenhouse. When the building wasn't in use anymore the Grand Duke Georg had it changed into a representative building by Buttel in 1842.
Later it became a café and restaurant. I didn't visit inside as there seemed to be some event with elderly people going on. Also I couldn't see the building from the park side as it was all closed off by the summer theatre.
On the square in front of the railway station you will also see an obelisk. This is a memorial dedicated to the people that got killed during the Nazi regime.
In March 2011 the project "Stolpersteine" (stumbling blocks) was started in Neustrelitz. It's planned such stumbling blocks will be planted in the city. Stolpersteine get a metal top on which the name and dates of a deported and murdered person are engraved and they are set into the ground in front of the house where the person last lived.
The Marstall was built from 1870 till 1872 by orders from the Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm. They used plans of Buttel and some English gothic elements. The building contained 3 riding halls, stables and living quarters for the employees.
After the revolution in 1917/18 the building was used as gym, the Landestheater got rooms there, then also part of the Soviet army used it and so on. Now, it's again used by the Landestheater.
The current theater only dates back to 1954 as the previous one was destroyed in 1945. It was rebuilt after Littmann's plans (see below).
But already in 1755 the duke's riding stable was changed into a theater. That one burnt down in 1924 after Wagner's Tannhaeuser was shown. In 1928 a new one was built by Max Littmann from Munich. So the current one is in fact already the third one.
Near the Schlosspark you will find beautiful old buildings. On photo number 1 you see the former
Landeshypothekenbank which is located opposite the Orangerie. It was built in 1899 and was used as bank until 1993. Today the building is privately owned and is in dire need of a new coat of paint.
On the second photo is the Carolinenpalais, which was built in 1850 by Buttel for the Duchess Caroline, daughter of the Grand Duke Georg. There is a neo gothic oriel but I must have taken the photo from the wrong side.
At the harbour you will also find the Kornspeicher (granary). The Kornspeicher dates back to 1852/53 and was by Buttel. All over town you will encounter this locally famous architect. He also enlarged the harbour and built the Kammer canal.
The harbour is a bit off the shore of the Zierker lake and rather pretty. It's very small but there are boats to be seen and there are cafes/restaurants with large outdoor seating in the warm season.
Further you will find the harbour master there with an information point and public toilets as well as a children's playground. There is also a large car park nearby. A tiny bit further on the Zierker Nebenstrasse you will find the spot, where you may park your mobile home.
When approaching the harbour from the city you will notice rail tracks. These date back to 1927.
The harbour looks secluded because in the 1870s it got another exit towards the lake and therefore an island was created where you find a hotel. In the old days the harbour was used to trade goods but since 2002 the main purpose is touristic.
Visit the tourist office
For information on Neustrelitz and the surrounding region it's best to visit the tourist office. They have free broschures on a city walk (in German only) and on the castle grounds etc. They also sell tickets for various events and hiking/biking map and so on.
If this tourist office is closed then you may get information by the small port in the house of the Hafenmeister (harbour master) where you also find clean public toilets for a small fee.
A short walk from the railway station and/or the city center you will find the Tiergarten. The Tiergarten is an activity for families as it features various animals. The list of the animals you may see on their website (in German only).
The park is open all year round and costs Euro 4.50 for adults (July 2011).
The most amazing thing to me is that you are allowed to take your dog in there but only on a short leash and it must also pay an entry fee.
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The catholic church which has the figures of Apostel Petrus and Bonifacius on the facade was inaugurated in 1875.
In 1944 the pastor was executed by the Nazi. Today you will find a memorial stone about this happening. Only in 1949 his ashed were buried there.
Flower of the city
When I first saw this monument I thought it was a kormoran or some other bird. Only on my walk back from the castle grounds I came past the marker that explained to me that this is actually a flower.
The "Strelitzia reginae" is a flower from Southern Africa and it was named after the Queen Charlotte of England from 1761 till 1818. Queen Charlotte was actually born in 1744 in Mecklenburg-Strelitz, hence the name Strelitzia of the flower. And since Neustrelitz means New Strelitz, it was now obvious to me why this is the flower of the city of Strelitz.
In 1822 a Strelitzia flower first flowered in Germany and this happened here in Neustrelitz in the Orangerie of the castle grounds.
The city church dates back to 1778 and was built by Leibmedicus Verpoorten. Buttel added the 45 meter high tower in Toscan style ind 1831. In summer you can climb the tower.
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