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.
The castle garden in Schwerin is considered as one of the most impressive baroque gardens in Northern Germany. Wherever you go and wherever you look, you will see something new, perfectly arranged, with a great attention to detail. The castle garden offers the best of garden design on 1.8 hectares: elements of English landscape design by the lakeside of the island, followed by Italian architecture towards the Palace building with its terraces, typical of Roman parks and villas.
Originally constructed as a French-style pleasance, the garden began to transform in 1748. Architect Jean Legeay envisioned the cross channel to be the center, surrounded by sculptures from the manufacture of the famous Saxon sculptor Balthasar Permoser.
Based on plans by Lenné (the Prussian "Gardening Pope") the garden was expanded in the 19th century. While the general atmosphere remained baroque, the immediate surroundings, including the Greenhouse Garden and the shore area of the lake, became a classical English design. Today, the garden spans across more than 50 acres that are waiting to be explored and will let you experience highlights from several eras of ducal horticulture.
Entrance fee - none, open to public
Entrances - Castle Island, Stelling Straße, Schleifmühlenweg
Schwerin Castle - Gardens
Map of the Castle Garden in Schwerin
Even today it is still used as a greenhouse for delicate potted plants and flowers, especially in winter when they remain protected under the high metal arches. But it is more than just a winter garden. As soon as the sun comes out, the orangery café opens its doors to the public. With its peaceful atmosphere and outdoor seats, it is one of the most popular spots in town. Great architects like Demmler, Stüler and Lenné designed everything the park is made of: the fountains, the sculptures, the grotto, the stone steps, the terraces and ornamental plantings. Nevertheless, it was court gardener Theodor Klett who created the castle gardens in the first place.
The floating meadow seems like a futuristic garden on an island. Even though it doesn’t move with the waves, it is completely surrounded by water. Whereas the surface itself appears to be floating freely, the garden design is marked by strictly geometrical features. Wandering through the garden, you’ll find wavelike constructions and patches, luscious flowerbeds and stretches of green. The water of lake Burgsee is always near, with the waves swirling around the edges.
A very special Lady
Schwerin’s flower lady Bertha Klingberg gave the square its name. Next to the floating meadow and the palace gardens, her bronze statue seems to be watching the scene. She was one of Schwerin’s most popular residents, an honorary citizen and principal supporter of the National Garden Exhibition BUGA. She reached the age of 107, having known the Grand Duke himself. The floating meadow was designed as a 21st century garden for the National Garden Exhibition BUGA in 2009. In summer, it is still the perfect place to relax, enjoy an open-air concert and other events.