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.

  • Outdoor Museum for local rural history Schwerin-Mueß

    Outdoor Museum for local rural history Schwerin-Mueß

    Old farmhouses, flourish fruit gardens, historical buildings and even an old village school: The outdoor museum Mueß is a gate into the past and the daily life of people in the 19th century.

  • 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.

  • Ducal Grinding Mill

    Ducal Grinding Mill

    From luxurious tiles to artsy walking cane handles the Schleifmühle Schwerin created art from stones and gems for the duke and his staff. The mill is located on the outskirts of the castle garden, is still fully functional, and is being used as a museum nowadays. Visitors can learn about stone cutting and grinding techniques, as well as about the daily life of the laborers millers. The museum is open all week March through October from 10am-7pm.

  • 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.