Mecklenburg-Vorpommern boasts architectural gems from the past like no other region in Europe. Around 2,000 estates, castles and manor houses are beautifully embedded in romantic parks and scenic landscapes.
A fairytale castle and parliamentary building in one: with its magnificent location on an island in Lake Schwerin and its 600+ rooms, 15 towers and 24 chimneys, Schwerin Castle is considered one of Germany’s most beautiful castles. Once the seat of princes, today it houses the State Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – the very heart of democracy in the state.
The grand Ludwigslust Palace, situated in an extensive park with avenues, cascades, canals and water features, once housed the dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Mirow Castle was built in 1709 on the banks of the picturesque Lake Mirow. The most famous resident of the palace was Princess Charlotte. She lived here until she left her home forever in 1761 in order to become queen in Great Britain.
A piece of England can also be found in Klütz in north-western Mecklenburg. Constructed by Imperial Count Hans Caspar von Bothmer, one of the most powerful politicians of the early 18th century and the first prime minister who lived in 10 Downing Street, Bothmer Castle stands proud in the middle of an idyllic park. Each year, the state’s largest baroque castle provides the breathtaking backdrop for the musical open-air festivals of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.