The Gardens and Parks of Schwerin

A walk through the Palace Garden is a walk through the history of garden design. On 25 hectares, it unites the style of French pleasure gardens with baroque features, lined with trees to frame the entire composition. Green arcades take you along the cross canal and to the green cascades, which were created in 1748 according to plans by Jean Laurent Legeay. Numerous sculptures by Permoser underline the symmetry and lead the way.

Another landscape gardener, namely Peter Joseph Lenné, had the park extended even further, following the aristocratic ideals of that era. It was designed to fit the ducal glory, borrowing characteristics of English landscape gardening with a greenhouse garden, a hippodrome, a green labyrinth and groups of trees, which stand in contrast to the baroque parts of the park.

Every year, Schwerin’s Palace Garden is turned into the centre stage of the Summer Gardens event (Schweriner Kultur- und Gartensommer). As part of the park there is an open-air stage which hosts all kinds of concerts during the summer season, against the majestic backdrop of the Palace.


  • Schwerin Castle - Gardens

    Schwerin Castle - Gardens

    Though the Palace outshines almost everything around it, there is one more attraction on that island which you shouldn’t miss. To the left of the main entrance, walking through the castle garden, you will find the charming orangery. It is a delicate construction made of cast iron and glass, a unique example of 19th century architecture and one of a kind in Germany. With its parkways, arcades, flower beds, sculptures, and the cross channel the baroque-style castle garden knows how to impress. The garden is public and open to visitors.

  • Freilichtmuseum für Volkskunde Schwerin-Mueß

    Freilichtmuseum für Volkskunde Schwerin-Mueß

    Alte Bauernhäuser, blütenprächtige Obstgärten, uralte niederdeutsche Hallenhäuser und sogar eine alte Dorfschule: Das Freilichtmuseum Mueß ist ein Fenster in die Vergangenheit und die Lebenswirklichkeit der Menschen im 19. Jahrhundert.

  • Equestrian monument of Friedrich Franz II

    Equestrian monument of Friedrich Franz II

    The equestrian statue for the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin stands vis-à-vis with the castle on a square in the palace garden. Surrounded by flowers, rose bushes and the romantic leaves, it is a highlight of the palace gardens of Schwerin.

  • Historic Cemetery Schwerin

    Historic Cemetery Schwerin

    The "Alter Friedhof" is a historic graveyard founded in victorian times. It was planned by master builder Demmler and master gardener Klett. Many tombs and graves belong to notable members of Schwerin court and important persons of Schwerin's history. Many graves are protected as historic buildings and artwork. The Historic Cemetery is at the same time a beautifully composed landscape park.

  • Museum Schleifmühle Schwerin

    Museum Schleifmühle Schwerin

    Von prunkvollen Fußböden bis zum feinen Gehstockknauf wurden in der Schleifmühle Schwerin Kunstwerke aus Stein und Edelsteinen für den Herzogshof hergestellt. Die Mühle liegt am Rande des herrschaftlichen Schlossparkes und ist in Funktion und wird museal genutzt. Besucher können sich über die Steinschneide- und Steinschleiferei informieren und den Lebensbedingungen der Tagelöhner und Schleifmüller auf den Grund gehen. Das Museum ist ganzjährig geöffnet.

  • Schwerin Zoological Garden

    Schwerin Zoological Garden

    A green oasis lies in the centre of Schwerin, which is characterised by a 3 ha large bird meadow as well as semi-natural animal enclosures, which are a second home to the 650 animals from 120 species. Schwerin zoo is one of the most beautiful in Germany.