Schloss Schwerin – a highlight in the heart of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
On an island, charmingly situated in a picturesque landscape of lakes and parkland, Schloss Schwerin is regarded as one of the most beautiful and most important buildings of Romantic Historicism in Northern Europe.
On the site of a Slavonic fortress, todays building, with the inclusion of the older wings, was developed between 1845 and 1857. The building work was commissioned by Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who engaged, in addition to the master builders Georg Adolph Demmler and Hermann Willebrand from Schwerin, the most influential architects of his era: Gottfried Semper from Dresden, the Cologne Cathedral’s master builder Ernst Friedrich Zwirner and Friedrich August Stüler, the court architect to the Prussian king.
Located picturesquely in the dreamy Burggarten garden and extensive parkland, the sumptuous stately building with its neo-Renaissance style was inspired by local traditions and the French castles along the Loire.
The grand living quarters and ceremonial rooms, including the throne room and an ancestral portrait gallery, impress the visitor with their rich sculptural and painted decor, complemented by ornate inlaid flooring.
The Museum Schloss Schwerin presents valuable paintings, sculptures and artisan craftwork, mainly from the 19th century, across three floors. Special highlights are the porcelain collection with exhibits from Meissen and KPM (Royal Porcelain Manufactory), as well as the extensive collection of royal hunting and decorative weapons.
Today Schloss Schwerin houses the State Parliament (Landtag) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.