Our visits in many European cities have never happened if our dog Asslan v Haus Schiran and his participating in dog-shows in Germany.
In particular, we probably would never have got to Schwerin, if the SV BSZS 2000 (World German Shepherd Dog-Show) did not pass in Bremen which is rather close to Schwerin. We had a free day for excursions; therefore for us Schwerin will forever be associated with Asslan.
Unfortunately dog’s life is very short. Asslan left us several years ago. But we remember our exciting trip to Schwerin, the imposing Castle and the wonderful park and lake, where we were so fine with our dog.
It was a warm evening. After a long and hard day's sightseeing (we visited Hamburg and Lübeck that very day) we had a pleasant walk along the Schwerener lake shore. Asslan jumped into the water and drank greedily. After that he gratefully looked at us and we made our way further into the cave.
You can watch my 1 min 18 sec about Schwerin Video Asslan v Haus Schiran in Schwerin out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
We visited Schwerin in August of 2000. It was a short excursion without a guide but we were ready for a walk because read something about it in guidebooks. Internet wasn’t wide spread in Russia of that time…
My colleague spent two years there when he served his military service in Schwerin in Soviet times, when the city was a part of GDR. He told me a little about the city.
Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Schwerin is surrounded by many picturesque lakes.
The Schweriner See was named after the city Schwerin on its southwestern shore. Its surface is approximately 60 km².
In the midst of these lakes there was a settlement of the Slavic Obotrite (dated back to the 11th century). The area was called Zuarin (Zwierzyn), and the name Schwerin is derived from that designation. In 1160, Henry the Lion defeated the Obotrites and captured Schwerin.
Every old castle or palace needs a ghost on duty and of course Schwerin has one, too...
Petermännchen is a well-meaning but dangerous-looking little goblin who lives in the huge cellar vaults underneath Schwerin palace. He rewards the honest and the good but chases away burglars and intruders. He used to wake soldiers who fell asleep during night watch by rattling his keys to save them from punishment.
The legend tells that the island where the palace is now standing used to be the temple of a pagan god. When christianity arrived the pagan god fled into the depths of the ocean and his servants followed him. Only one remained.
Petermännchen appears in different shapes and outfis, for example as an old man in a long black robe, or as a medieval knight, or a rider with a big moustache. He often changed the colour of his clothing: under normal circumstances he was wearing a grey garment, a red one if war was due, black if someone had died.
Fondest memory: The picture of the ghost has been adopted by Schwerin's tourist office - the figure in the photo is put up at the tourist information in Marktplatz. They sell Petermännchen souvenirs and you can even do a guided tour of the old town with him. The Pfaffenteich ferry has been named aftern him.
Selecting an animal or other figure which is then multiplied and distributed all over town with individual painted decorations, paid for by sponsors, seems to have become the ultimate fashion in recent years.
In Schwerin, it's the rhinoceros. Rhinos in more or less imaginative designs are everywhere. My favourite is the one in Lederhosen in front of the train station...
"place of freedom"
Platz der Freiheit
From here you get all the most important places in schwerin. Another place is call "Marienplatz".
You´ll see from which place you´ll get the most popular places.
My tip is, take the street to the railroad station and see it, and he famous wunderfull standpipe with woman and man in love and than...do it yourself... ;o)
Fondest memory: More photos I´m gaving you in near future
Favorite thing: Swimming in Germany's third largest lake, the Schwerin Lake. In summer it has refreshing 22-24°C (72-75°F) and good water quality.
Walk through the beautiful centre, there are lots of old buildings (before 1900!) and: good restructered / restored!
Fondest memory: Nice flair in town
Favorite thing: Visit the wonderful Castle, coming from the highway Hamburg-Berlin You see it first before arrivin in town at the right side: