I was a bit reluctant at my father’s request to visit some of the places he had been, not more nor less than 42 years ago!
He came to the Netherlands first and then we headed on road in search of some places that for him are dear and full of memories.
The city I’ll be talking today is Schwerin. It’s a very nice, romantic, clean, light city in the Northern Germany.
The city hosts a famous palace, built in a romantic style and is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. One curiosity about this ducal palace is that it is supposedly haunted by the small, impious ghost, called Petermännchen,”Peterman”. You can read more about this palace on this link.
The entrance ticket is 8 euros per person and if you want to take pictures inside, you’ll have to pay an extra 3 euros for each camera you want to use. Because the admission fee depends on many conditions and factors, better have a look on your own and see what price you’ll have to pay.
Schwerin is also known for its lakes, in fact this city is named “the city of 7 lakes” and it rises to its name. The largest is the Schwerin See, in German Schweriner See and it covers an area of 60 km². In the midst of these lakes, from 11th century, was a settlement of the Slavic Obotrite and was called Zuarin. The name Schwerin is derived from that designation.
One IMPORTANT event that will be held starting 14th of June until 21st of July, is the open-air opera festival – Nabucco. The performances will take place on each Thursday till Saturday (and 21th July) at 9 pm, Sunday at 4 pm. If you’re interested, then you can check the ticket prices and availability on this link.
We have extended our stay in the region with 1 day, and went to Schwerin twice. If you stay there for one night, then a MUST see is the sunset at the palace! The view is breathtaking and if you walk around the palace, in the garden, then you’ll discover a frame that faces the lake and you can take very nice pictures with it.
We had our lunch at Cafe Prag, where we ordered snitzels with salad and fries. The cakes were looking amazingly inviting, but we could not eat more as the portions were generous. The interior is very elegant and the atmosphere is nice, but avoid lunch time…go there between rush hours as this place tends to get crowded and if you’re in a hurry you may be annoyed waiting to get your food.
After lunch we had a cruise trip on Schweriner See. The ticket price is 12.5 euros per person for a 90 minutes trip. The only downside of this experience was that all explanations were in GERMAN! Unless you’re ok with not understanding what is that man talking about, and want to see the surroundings, you can take this trip…or try to find a tour that offers guided tours in English.
As we were traveling by car, we chose to rent an apartment at 10 minutes from Schwerin, in Dalberg. If you’re traveling up to 5 people, on a budget and don’t mind cooking for yourself, then I will recommend Fred’s accommodation.
For an apartment that can accommodate up to 5 people to pay 41 euros per night I think it’s a very good price as the prices in the region are much higher. 🙂
More information about Schwerin and where to go, what to see and where to eat, you can find on Schwerin website .