Sunday, 30 December 2012

Schwerin

On a Sunday after Christmas we returned to the Hauptstadt of MeckPomm, Schwerin, which we had last visited back in May 2009 (see that blog for Schwerin here).

It being somewhat colder than then, we explored inside Schwerin's rich heritage of buildings rather than just gawping at its fairytale castle. The Schweriner Dom (Schwerin cathedral) was particularly impressive:

Schweriner Dom
Altar, Shwerin Cathedral




Grave of a Prussian Princess

The neo-classical Rathaus gave a contrast to the brick-gothik of the cathedral



But as on our last visit, you couldn't get away from how stunning Schloss Schwerin is on its own island on the lake. It always comes as a surprise when you first see it from the top of Schloßstrasse (even if it was a bit shaded in the low, pale light of a Winter afternoon:

Schloss Schwerin
We went inside the castle, which was interesting enough but mostly demonstrated that the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin had rather more money than taste. Also that they probably took a lot of the castle's contents with them when they had to flee in a hurry in advance of the Allied Forces in 1945. (The title of Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin existed in name only after the mass-abdication of Germany's nobility at the end of World War I. That's not to say that they didn't retain all their wealth and properties. That the last two heirs were members of the Nazi SS isn't mentioned in the Schloss tourist guide). Anyway, the State of MeckPomm have done a good job restoring the rooms of the Schloss, even if it isn't authentic, and it is well worth a visit. Don't miss out on the Throne Room in particular, where pretensions of grandeur are notched up to the max.

As I didn't fork out 3€ for a photographers pass inside the Schloss, here are some photos of the exterior:

Equestrian statue guarding the bridge to the Schloss



Schloss Schwerin bathed in golden light as the sun set


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