With a population just under 100,000 people, Schwerin is Germany’s smallest state capital and the second-largest city in its area at the same time. As contradicting as this sounds, the paradox stretches even further: being one of the cutest small towns in Germany, Schwerin, for some unexplainable reason, is often overlooked by tourists and travellers. Why’s that? No idea! Schwerin is absolutely lovely and is, in fact, a perfect little town — here is the proof!
1. Ultimate day trip destination
Whether coming from Berlin or from Hamburg, Schwerin is just some two hours away, which makes is a great choice for a day trip. Hop on, hop off, and you’re already there! On top of that, Schwerin is also very close from the Baltic Sea, so if you’re interested in exploring the German coast, the city is a great place to start with.
2. Visit the famous place of pilgrimage
When in 1222 Count Henry of Schwerin came back from a crusade, he brought a drop of Christ’s blood contained in jasper. He placed the precious stone in the Schwerin Cathedral, which became a famous place of pilgrimage ever since. Now, I don’t really know if this story is true or not, but the fact remains that Schwerin Cathedral played an interesting role in the history of Christianity, and, in fact, the world of architecture since a number of other churches were built based on the looks of the Cathedral.
3. Wonderfully romantic landscapes
If Rome is known as the City of Seven Hills, Schwerin is commonly referred to as the City of Seven Lakes — Stadt der sieben Seen, as Germans call it. And indeed, the town has so many lakes that it resembles an island. Completely surrounded by water, Schwerin has a subtle romantic flair with some seriously beautiful landscapes to offer. The lakes stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a perfectly languid, tranquil atmosphere.
4. The definition of picturesque?
Seriously. A picture within a picture is more hipster than a million words. If that makes sense.
5. Breathe in the history!
Schwerin was lucky to avoid the destructions of the Second World War, so the old town is practically intact. Walking along the narrow streets feels like a big change of scenery, compared to impossibly urban-looking Berlin, for example. In the very heart of the city, there’s a so-called Old Garden (Alter Garten), the brings together all the most significant buildings of Schwerin: the castle, the theatre, the state museum and the Old Palais.
6. A haunted castle with a naughty ghost
The real highlight of the city is, of course, the famous Schwerin Castle. Located in between of two lakes — Burgsee and Schwerinersee — it on a tiny island as if dividing itself from the rest of the world. The palace-like castle also comes with a lovely orangery, a huge royal garden nearby full of ducks and swans, and its own ghost. No kidding — it’s called Little Peterman, or Petermännchen, and is said to roam the halls of the Schwerin Castle dressed as a stylishly moustached cavalier from the 17th century. Little Peterman sees everything and can enter everywhere — he has the key to every door in the palace, and if he notices you trying to steal something, he’ll play some nasty pranks on you. True story.
Don’t you think Schwerin is pretty? Would you visit it?
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