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Schwerin lies in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and it is also the state capital. It is the second largest city here and it is also the oldest city. It was first mentioned in records in 1180 and it was in 1160 that Schwerin was awarded with the town charter. On an economic level, Schwerin is an important place in Germany, the technology companies and the Deutsche Bahn are the main employers here. Tourism also plays an important role in Schwerin and above all it is the castle that is seen as a tourist magnet.
The Schwerin-Parchim Airport is situated 37 km away from the city-centre. This route can be easily travelled by train or by car. The main railway station in Schwerin is connected to the DeutscheBahn IC network. Regional trains run regularly in all directions.
If you want to travel to Schwerin by car, you can rely on the well-developed motorway network. The A 14, A 20 and A 24 run around the city area. From here, the main roads branch off and they lead you directly into the centre of Schwerin.
Schwerin is made up of 18 urban districts which then divide further into municipal areas. It has currently been decided to reduce them to 17.
The garden city was once the most Eastern district of Schwerin and due to the expansion of the city, it now lies almost centrally within the city. The district was founded as an agricultural space,which was then handed over to Schwerin after the First World War. New residential space was supposed to be created for the workers but its implementation was at a standstill. After the Second World War, a military barracks was erected by the Soviet occupation and which then stood empty after the fall of the Wall. It was only after its demolition in the year 2002, that new living space was built, which is ideal for young families.
The district of Friedrichsthal lies to the West of the city border of Schwerin. After the fall of the Wall, a lot of money was also invested here to ensure that the inhabitants of Schwerin would not flee from the city. At first, various residential areas were built and which were later extended to includethe necessary infrastructure such as Kindergarten and supermarkets.
The Schweriner Schloss is a landmark of the city. The tourist magnet is located on the island between the Scheringer See and the Burgsee. The building you can see today was built between 1843 and 1857. It was thus more of a conversion in which the Slavonic castle dating back from the 10th Century was repeatedly extended and developed. The French Renaissance castles served as a model for the Schweriner Schloss, especially the castle in the Loire. Today, the rooms serve as a museum and you will feel like someone very special when you are in there.
If you want to go and take a look at the Schloss Neuschwanstein of the North, which is what it is always referred to, then you should pay a visit to Schlossgarten “Castle Garden”. The national garden show took place in the year 2009, whereby the former English garden was modernised. You should also stroll along the castle bridges with which the castle can be reached from the city-centre and you can feast your eyes on the surroundings of Schwerin. From here, you will also reach the Burggarten which is an additional green space in the heart of the large city of Schwerin. The focal point was once the orangery on the site which belonged to the castle.
The most important museum alongside the Schlossmuseum is the Staatliches Museum Schwerin. The building alone will inspire you with its monumental steps and pillars. It was intended to be the new palace for the Grand Duke Paul Friedrich yet when he died, the building was never completed. It was only at the end of the 19th Century that its completion took place in order to house the ducal art and collection of rarities. Today in the main building you can look at art collections from Flemish and Dutch painters that originate from the 16th and 18th Centuries and which are of international importance. Furthermore, there are several porcelain exhibits and clay pot collections to be found here. A medieval art collection from churches around Schwerin rounds off the exhibition. There are other lovely exhibitions to see in the outbuildings, the Schlossmuseum of Schwerin, Güstrow and Ludwigslust.
In the Kulturzentrum “cultural centre” in Schwerin, there has been alternating exhibitions on visual art and history since 1995. The Schleswig-Holstein-Haus, which takes its name from the strong connection with the federal state, boasts more than 100,000 visitors per year. Alongside the exhibitions from various famous artists from all over the world, there is still always aplace for the citizens of Mecklenburg who are able to display their artwork here. Readings, presentations, concerts and discussion panels also take place in the building.
A somewhat different kind of restaurant can be found at theSky Café. It is located on the roof of a car park in the Schweriner Höfe. The restaurant is only open during the summer months and it provides you with a beach club in the heart of the large city. There is a beach on the Baltic Sea, sun loungers, palm trees and sunshine- well when the weather is cooperating, you can really let yourself go here. The drinks menu predominantly consists of cocktails and it is very extensive. If you want to get something to eat, the menu can offer you light bites such as pizza, pasta dishes and salads from 4, 90 euros.
In the middle of the Schlossgarten “Castle Garden”, you will find a good place to get food. The „Ars Vivendi“ can offer you various culinary delights in the pavilion at the castle. The menu is