The Jewel on the Island: Schwerin Castle

Germany is a land filled with historical buildings and German castles and forts are among the most renowned in the world. Each week I publish a post about a German castle or fort and tell you – my readers – about its history, important things to see there and much more.


Schwerin Castle is regarded as one of Germany’s most beautiful castles and is located on an island on the Schweriner See (Lake Schwerin). It gets its name from the city of Schwerin in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania near which it was built. Whereas the south of Germany’s prime attraction is Neuschwanstein Castle, it is said that the north has Schwerin Castle.

Schwerin Castle was built between 1845 and 1857 by renowned architects of the time. However, at this location, there had been other forts built before, starting from the 10th century onward.

Schwerin Castle from above.

Schwerin Castle from above.

The castle served as the seat of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg who ruled the region Mecklenburg region in the name of the King of Prussia. The Mecklenburg region was incorporated with Western Pommerania into the state of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania at some point in time.

The Schwerin Castle is one of the most picturesque castles in the country, so if you have are a photographer, it’s an added reason to go visit it. Additionally, you can also view the lush, green and really pleasant gardens and grounds around the castle.

The interior of the castle contains many paintings. The Throne Room of the Grand Duke can also be visited.

The interior of the castle contains many paintings. The Throne Room of the Grand Duke can also be visited.

The tourist office of the castle has guided tours as well as audio tours. Keep in mind that the castle is now  the seat of the State Parliament of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania and is also a museum. Therefore, it has strict opening timings which you can find here in German. The ticket prices are available here. There is no need to buy tickets beforehand because they can be purchased hassle free at the ticket counter.

The castle and the surrounding gardens and grounds are really worth a stroll.

The castle and the surrounding gardens and grounds are really worth a stroll.

All in all, the Schwerin Castle should definitely be on your list of places to see when you are in Germany. It’s stunning, it’s historic and it’s quite photogenic. While there, don’t forget to visit the city of Schwerin as well which is the smallest state capital in Germany by population.

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