City, countryside and lakes

Holidays in Schwerin

Schwerin is a regional capital surrounded by lakeland scenery and with plenty for holidaymakers to discover. Where to begin? In the city of Schwerin itself. The city centre in only 6km (less than 4 miles) away from the
Best Western Seehotel Frankenhorst.

In order to get a first impression of Schwerin, you can take a city tour by bus or the somewhat more original rickshaw. You will be taken through the historic city centre, past the Pfaffenteich lake, the cathedral, castle and other beautiful sights in Schwerin. If you decide to take the red double decker bus tour, you can get off at various stops to have a closer look at the city. Then you can of course continue the tour later on. Would you rather discover Schwerin on your own? Then why not use the "Geocaching" digital treasure hunt? This will allow you to use a mobile navigation device to take various routes through the city and get to know some hidden places. This means that you can spend your time how you wish and even leave the route to visit a restaurant or do a bit of shopping.

Schwerin's main landmark is its castle, which Richard von Weizsäcker rightly describes as "the most beautiful parliament building in Germany". Situated on a small island on the Schwerin inner lake, the castle's magnificent residential and state rooms are open to visitors. The "From cellar to dome" tour is truly exceptional. Not only will you be able to visit the usual rooms on this tour, you will also be able to get a look behind the scenes of the "Landtag" regional parliament. A secret spiral staircase will take you up to the dome of the castle's tower, from where you will get a beautiful view of the city and its seven lakes. Tours are available at weekends from April to November and on Sundays in December. Important: Valid ID is required for this tour.

The castle gardens, which surround Schwerin Castle on three sides, are a lovely place to take a stroll. They were designed in the style of an English country garden and also feature the castle grotto. From the top of the castle grotto, there is a lovely view over Lake Schwerin and its islands.

Those with tired legs might like to take a trip on a "Weiße Flotte" boat. The steamers follow various routes from the main pier next to the castle across the inner and outer lake.

The Pfaffenteich Lake is right in the middle of the historic city centre and is a lovely place to spend some time. Historic buildings such as the Arsenal, as well as plenty of cafés, overlook the artificially created lake. The shady lakeside promenade regularly hosts events such as the "Altstadtfest" festival and the Dragon Boat Race. If you don't want to spend your holiday walking all the way round the lake, take one of the little "Petermännchen" ferries across to the other side.

The lakeland scenery around Schwerin is best discovered by bicycle. There are various bicycle tours starting from the Best Western
Seehotel Frankenhorst, which offer plenty of diversity for your holiday in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region. Cycle on cycle paths along the inner or outer lakes and don't forget your swimming things and a picnic. For along the shores of the lake, you will not only find beautiful nature reserves - there are also meadows, small bays and swimming areas where you can bathe and relax. On Lake Schwerin you will find the Zippendorfer beach, the biggest sandy beach in the city. As well as offering a great place for a cool dip, you will also find some inviting restaurants and cafés along the beach promenade.

The small towns surrounding Schwerin, such as Groß Trebbow on Trebbower Lake are easy to reach by bicycle and worth a visit.

Schwerin also has something cultural to offer in the evenings. The Mecklenburg State Theatre has something to suit every taste with operas, plays and musicals.
The annual open air opera festival, which takes place against the beautiful backdrop of the castle, is really not to be missed. What began as a secret amongst opera lovers has now established itself as an international festival. So book early to enjoy a unique finale to a wonderful day in Schwerin.

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