Schwerin Castle, located on a small island on Lake Schwerin, is one of Europe’s foremost examples of historicist architecture. The Spanish-Moorish traveler, Ibrahim ibn Jacub, first referenced this castle as a large fort settled by a group of Slavs that was situated on the island in Lake Schwerin.
Later down the road the fort was destroyed, but then rebuilt in the twelfth century. It wasn’t until the 16th century until the fort was built into what is now called the Schwerin Castle. Duke Johann Albrecht I decided to add bastions, a chapel, ornamentation and other comforts.
The castle had many years of vacancy in the next few centuries, but in the 19th century the castle was reconstructed into the beautiful, historical site it is today. In 1913, a fire broke out and was badly damaged. Following in the 1990’s, the castle was made into a museum becoming a must-see for visitors.
The museum presents valuable paintings, sculptures and artisan craftwork, mainly from the 19th century. Today, the castle is open year round daily (except Mondays) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (to 5:00 pm October 15th-April 14th). Admission costs 6 € for adults and 4 € for students, seniors (over 65) and disabled visitors, 5 € for children from 6 to 17 years old, and free for children under 6 years old.
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