The Old Town District of Schwerin

Historic City Centre

In the Middle Ages, a great fire destroyed almost all parts of the city centre. Schwerin was left devastated and had to start everything from scratch. In the middle of ruins, its population was looking for a new beginning and built many of the buildings we see today. So the city centre developed in the 19th century’s style of Historicism, with 77 hectares of impressive squares and houses.

  • Castle Chapel Schwerin

    Castle Chapel Schwerin

    The small castle church is located on the north side of the castle island. It impresses with a golden star-sprinkled roof and a wonderful interior. Additionally, is has an active church community and is a hotspot for wedding ceremonies. If there is no church service or wedding ceremony taking place the church can be visited on request.

  • Schwerin Cathedral

    Schwerin Cathedral

    The tallest of all churches in Mecklenburg is a masterpiece of the northern gothic architecture. It is the oldest surviving building of the old town of Schwerin. In summer season the mighty church organ can be heard every monday at 2.30 pm. Schwerin Cathedral is open to visitors daily from 11 am to 2 pm.

  • Schleswig-Holstein-Haus


    The Schleswig-Holstein-Haus in Schwerin has been serving as a gallery for artists, as well exhibition for cultural history of the region and political movements and events. Since its opening in 1995 it has attracted thousands of visits. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm.

  • Schwerin State Gallery and Museum

    Schwerin State Gallery and Museum

    The biggest art museum of Mecklenburg presents an outstanding collection of old and new masters of Dutch and Flemish painting from the 17th and 18th century. It also houses Germany’s biggest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp and more notable works of modern artists such as Günther Uecker.

  • "Schelfkirche" St. Nikolai

    She is a rare beauty- the only baroque church made of brick in western Mecklenburg. Its style reminds many of the famous Sankt Michaelis church in Hamburg. Visitors cannot only admire the church, but also the graves of the Dukes of Mecklenburg during the daily opening hours.

  • Mecklenburg State Theatre

    Mecklenburg State Theatre

    The Mecklenburg State Theater Schwerin is one of the great tradition-rich stages in northern Germany. The schedule includes opera, operetta, musical, ballet, drama, puppet theater and concert. The highlight of the summer is the Castle Opera Festival of Schwerin. Great opera meets splendid scenery, starry sky and one of the most beautiful north European places.

  • Kommodenhäuschen Schwerin

    Kommodenhäuschen Schwerin

    Several fires in the 16th and 17th centuries almost completely destroyed Schwerin's medieval city center. A small half-timbered house from that time has nevertheless been preserved. The Kommodenhäuschen is a favorite photo spot.

  • The Lion on the market square

    The Lion on the market square

    On the north side of the Old Town Market, stands a lion sculpture, reminiscent of Schwerin's founder Heinrich the Lion. This was build up in 1995 on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the death of Heinrich. It was created by the sculptor Peter Lenk from Konstanz.

  • Paul Friedrich Monument

    Paul Friedrich Monument

    Paul Friedrich, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg, has significantly influenced the city of Schwerin. Under his reign, the residence of Ludwigslust was transferred back to Schwerin in 1837. He was popular among the people of Mecklenburg as a warm-hearted and friendly ruler.

  • Memorial

    Memorial "Runder Tisch"

    The artwork by Guillermo Steinbrüggen from Lübeck has been made from stone and steel. It reminds of political processes and events around 1989 and 1990 when the former German Democratic Republic came to an end peacefully.

  • Catholic Church St. Anna

    The catholic church St. Anna is located in the city centre. The building was erected in the late 18th century. There are services and concerts taking place on a regular basis.

  • St. Pauls Church

    St. Pauls Church

    The St. Pauls church is consider a role model of neo-gothic architecture. Its spot on top of a hill in the historic city center of Schwerin is not its only unique feature. The interior of the church has survived troubled times since the 1869 and has basically never changed. Glass windows, tracery, and a large organ are not the only relicts of church architecture of the 19th century. Tours of the protestant church are available upon request.