Friday, October 03, 2008

Schwerin Schloss - noble residence through 1000 years

One of the most impressive sights I have seen in years was the former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Located on an island in Schweriner see, its current appearance was created in the 19th century but it has been a fortress / palace her for over 1000 years.

The earliest settlement recorded was there in 973. This fort was destroyed in the 12th century, but due to the strategic location, a new fortress was built on the island.

The hereditary ducal line was founded in 1167 and the dukes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern lived in this palace until the end of World War I.

Major construction works were made during the 17th and 19th century, and Schweriner Schloss has today architectural elements from different ages.

Located on an island you get an impressive view over the Schweriner See. As you walk around the castle you can admire a beautiful garden, with rare trees and flowers.

One of the most beautiful parts of the surrounding park is the orangerie, a terraced garden with a distinctly Mediterranean touch. Here you find a good restaurant where you may sit outside or inside in the bright rooms where the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern could admire fountains and exotic plants through the window.

Today Schweriner Schloss is the location of the Parliament of the Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and many of the rooms in the palace are accessible to the public. We did not enter the building, but there is a museum as well as a chapel open for visitors.

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