Two rather new monuments recall Duke Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion) of Saxony, the founder of the town. Both were erected in 1995to honour the 800th anniversary of his death.
Next to the steeple of the Dom a copy of the medieval lion monument in Heinrich’s residence Braunschweig has been put up.
The monument by Peter Lenk in market square also presents a statue of a lion on top of a high pedestal. The relief on its four sides show Heinrich’s deeds. However, they do paint neither a friendly nor a heroic image. Heinrich is depicted slaying the men in battle and riding along a row of women lining up to be copulated.
The Dom, seat of the Bishop undtil 1648 and since then the parish church of the old town, was built in 1270-1416. Although the construction works took almost 150 years the interior shows a uniform high gothic appearance. The colours of vaults and walls, white ground with green, pink and dark red lines, have been renewed according to rests of medieval paint. The furnishing has partly been renewed in the late 19th century and is mostly neo-gothic.
The steeple which dominates Schwerin's silhouette is a 19th century addition, it was erected in 1889-1892. It can be climbed (220 steps), the view of the town and the lakes must be amazing.
Hint concerning walking around the church: The stairs on the western side in front of the steeple have become the meeting point of the town's punks and their dogs. When I walked by in the afternoon they did not take any notice of me and were completely harmless but you never know what happens if they get drunk later on. If your nerves are weak better choose a different way around the church, i.e. the choir side.
Schlachtermarkt , butchers' market, is the name of the smaller market square behind the old town hall. It now has a little food and knickknack market. A passageway through the old town hall connects it with the main market square.
The fountain in the square, 1980 by Stephan Horota, depicts a famous Mecklenburg folk song: "Herrn Pastor sien Kauh" (Mr. Parson's Cow). It tells in a humoristic way how the cow has died and everybody in town gets a piece. More about the song and the funny pictures of the fountain in this travelogue!
Schloßstraße, the street that connects the town centre and the palace, is the seat of the government - once of the Grandducate of Mecklenburg, now of the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The big neoclassical buildings along Schloßstraße host the Staatskanzlei i.e. the seat of the Prime Minister, and several ministries. The Landtag, the parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, occupies a part of the palace.
The large orange-coloured, castle-like building at the southwestern corner of Pfaffenteich was built as arsenal for the grandducal arms in 1840-1844. Court architect Georg Adolph Demmler designed it in the style of English Tudor gothic. Today it hosts offices of civil authorities.
Pfaffenteich is an artificial, rectangular lake between the train station and the old town. The lake is surrounded by linden alleys and elegant 19th century buildings. A ferry, nicknamed "Pfaffenteich cruiser", does the round on the lake. You can board and disembark at five different landings.
To be honest, the lake is tiny and one could easily walk around it instead of waiting for the ferry to cross it. On the other hand the little boat is so cute in its uselessness that it is fun to do the mini cruise. The captain looks like a real Seebär with white beard and uniform.
Fare: adults 1 €, kids 0.50 €
Operating hours: 10.00-14.00 and 14.30-18.00. No fixed timetable, the ferry will come when someone is standing on the landing. It ran for me alone, in fact...
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. All the others will enjoy the general appearance of the church room underneath the golden stars on the blue vault.
The neogothic choir was added in the 19th century.
For sure this church is popular for weddings. It is hard to imagine a more romantic location than this one.
The parish is keeping the chapel open in the daytime, it can be entered from outside the palace next to the neogothic choir. However, this seems to be a special in 2009 due to the Bundesgartenschau. We will have to wait and see, and check out, how they are going to deal with opening hours after the end of the garden exhibition in autumn 2009.
Schwerin Museum, which should be called as Schwerin Paintings Museum. Contains 2 floors, 1 floor filled with the paper cutting which looks like painting (I dont know how to call it). And the 2 floor full of beautiful paintings from 1500 AD. It might take 1-2 hrs, depends upon your taste. Entrance fee is about 8 EUR. Visit if you are more interested in paintings. I may not recommend as a must see.
Little Peter lived long ago at the castle, since he is short...people used to make fun out of him, which hurt him a lot and still belived to live as a ghost in the castle....he is very kind for the good people and act bad for the others. So behave good while you are in Schwerin.
This little Peter's figure is at the enterance of the Museum near Rathus (town hall).
Its nice to walk around the castle, if you walk towards the left from the main enterance...you will find 2 pathways...one along the upper pathway and the other along the lower side of the lake. If you go along the lower pathway....there stays "Little Peter" (Who, long ago lived in the castle...) will throw stones, if you ever cheated your girl friend or wife....if you are hit by a stone...no need to worry....you can come back along with your girl friend or wife and walk over the bridge holding hands will solve all your relationship problems....this story was told by our tour guide!!
I suggest you go by the lower side and then get to the top...its nice to have both the views!
A day trip to the Baltic Sea (known in german as the Ostsee) is de rigeur for Schwerin residents and tourists alike. Situated some 30-40 kilometres north of the town, you could visit Schwarzer Busch and/or Insel Poel, which have sandy beaches and assorted cafés/restaurants to sate your appetite. A very nice day out.
A very nice way to spend a couple of hours out on the water is to take a boat trip on the Schweriner See, which is a very large lake by the side of the castle in Schwerin. There are two ways you can do this: you can hire your own motorboat for a cost of 20 euros an hour plus 100 euros “Kaution” (returnable deposit), or you can take a ferry boat for the cost of 9.50 euros per person, which will give you a tour of the lake of about one and a half hours, with a recorded commentary, and coffee, drinks, and cakes available on board. You will find the departure points near the castle (Schloss Burg).
Visit the Schweriner Sea, one of Mecklenburgs Paradise places:
Around Schwerin there´re a lot of small and large seas for sailing, fishing, biking, etc. and: no tourists anywhere!!!
Nature, relaxation, sports
Built on an island between lake Burgsee and Lake Schweriner, Schwerin Palace once a fortress now the seat of the State goverment. Lovely gardens surround the palace.
The market square, lovely gabled buildings and town hall. The cathedral is in one corner of square,nearby is the tourist office.