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Schwerin and the Schloss (Castle)

rain 21 °C

Headed toward Schwerin, a city in northern Germany, it had previously been a part of East Germany but became a part of unified Germany in 1990. It does not show any real ravages of WW2 although it did get bombed a couple of times, nor architectural elements of the former Soviet rule.
It is centered around the 'old town' which is predominately 18th century with some interesting, quirky elements. Its main feature is Schwerin Schloss first established in the 1200's but primarily built in 1800's.

The town itself was laid out by a chap called Henny the Lion, in the 1200's and he does not seem to have had a self-confidence problem, he was obviously very assured promoting himself. In the town square there is a sculpture erected that celebrates 800 years since he first established the town it was created by a controversial German sculptor, who has sculpted an eye-catching plinth. Each of the sides purports to represent a part of his life and one of the panels really catches your attention, it shows the Duke riding on horseback into a town where he is presented with a parade of bare butts to ride past, this was supposedly to reflect the towns response to his mercantile policies.
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We also checked out the cathedral from 1200's with lots of recognisable elements, but one feature which marks it out is the amount of light which pours into the main body of the building.

In the town square we were entertained by a very good Swedish brass band who continued to perform despite the sky opening up and rain pouring down. They were so good the audience grabbed umbrellas and cover but stayed to listen.

I omitted to mention that in an attempt to get internet we had lunch (in an absolute downpour) at McDonalds and after trying unsuccessfully to get on, the young man serving us offered us his phone so that we could hotspot.

As we are staying in a city park for 10 euros a night we decided to stay another night and headed off to the Schloss (Castle) It is set beside a beautiful lake and it has been designed so that the view from each of the room, and there are many, is like a painting. We had ridden our bikes down there, riding beside the lake, then wandered through the endlessly opulent rooms which indulged the elite minority. It was hard not to question the equitable distribution of wealth when we know that the majority of the population had such a daily struggle to eke out a living.

The gardens and the Orangery were magnificent and laid out in a very 'French' style but with the lake for a backdrop, it created a delightful setting, there were also a number of significant trees which are massive, one willow is over 150 years old, they were quite exceptional.
Finished off with a pleasant ride around the town and lunch by the lake.

Off to Berlin early in the morning.

Posted by Seniorcitizens 14:50 Archived in Germany

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