Schwerin Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Schwerin is a city in Germany located in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. It is known as the city of lakes and the largest of them is the Schweriner See.

Schwerin GermanySchwerin Germany – Photo Credit: Karl Werner

How to spend 1 day in Schwerin Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Schwerin, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Schwerin

Start the day by visiting the beautiful Schwerin Castle located on Schlossinsel (Palace Island) on the city’s main lake. The interior is decorated with fine silk wallpaper and gilded ornaments.

Visit the castle gardens known as Schlossgarten with its numerous lakes as well as magnificent arcades and sculptures.

Head to the Alter Garten, a square where you will find several important buildings such as the Staatstheater and the Staatliches Museum.

Near the square is the Schwerin Cathedral, considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the north of the country.

Head to Schelfkirche, a church rebuilt in 1713 in the Baroque style after being destroyed by a storm.

Things to see

  • Schwerin Castle
  • Schlossgarten
  • Alter Garten
  • Schwerin Cathedral
  • Schelfkirche

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Sights in Schwerin

1. Schwerin Castle

Schwerin Castle

The Schwerin Castle was built between 1845 – 1857. It is located on the Schlossinsel on the main lake of the city.

The interior is sumptuously decorated with fine silk wallpaper and golden ornaments.

Lennéstraße 1, 19053

2. Cathedral

Schwerin Cathedral

The Schwerin Cathedral was built in the 13th century. It is considered one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in northern Germany.

Its tower is 118 meters high and was added in 1893.

Am Dom 4, 19055

3. Schweriner See

Schwerin Lake

The Schweriner See covers an area of 65 km², along with about 25 medium-sized lakes and numerous smaller ones.

4. Schlossgarten

Schlossgarten

The Schwerin Castle is home to the impressive Schlossgarten. Highlights of these beautiful gardens are its numerous lakes and sculptures.

Lennéstraße 1, 19053

5. Staatliches Museum

Staatliches Museum Schwerin

The Staatliches Museum is located in the Alter Garten, a square surrounded by imposing buildings.

Alter Garten 3, 19055

Where to stay in Schwerin

1. Plaza Schwerin

Amedia PlazaBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Plaza Schwerin

The PLAZA Schwerin is located 20 minutes from the historic city center.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk, and coffee maker.

Bleicherufer 23, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

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2. Boulevard Hotel Altstadt Schwerin

Boulevard Hotel Altstadt SchwerinBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Boulevard Hotel Altstadt

The Boulevard Hotel Altstadt Schwerin is located 10 minutes from the castle and lake.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, minibar, work desk, coffee maker.

Klosterstraße 28, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

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3. NH Schwerin

NH SchwerinBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©NH

The NH Schwerin is near the Ostorfer See and 5.1 km (3.2 miles) from the historic city center.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, minibar.

Zum Schulacker 1, 19061 Schwerin, Germany

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4. Hotel Speicher am Ziegelsee

Hotel Speicher am ZiegelseeBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Hotel Speicher am Ziegelsee

Hotel Speicher am Ziegelsee is a family hotel located in a quiet area on the shores of Lake Ziegelsee, a 15-minute walk from the old town.

Rooms have a TV and a work desk.

Speicherstraße 11, 19055 Schwerin, Germany

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5. Hotel Niederländischer Hof

Hotel Niederländischer HofBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Hotel Niederländischer Hof

The Hotel Niederländischer Hof is a historic hotel located in the city center on the shores of Lake Pfaffenteich.

The rooms are decorated with English furniture and are equipped with a TV and work desk.

The hotel has a bar.

Alexandrinenstraße 12-13, 19055 Schwerin, Germany

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6. Best Western Seehotel Frankenhorst

Best Hotels in Schwerin - ©Best Western Seehotel FrankenhorstBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Best Western Seehotel Frankenhorst

The Best Western Seehotel Frankenhorst is a charming hotel located directly on the lake 7.9 km (4.9 miles) from the center of Schwerin.

Rooms have TV, kettle, coffee maker and minibar.

The hotel has a swimming pool, a gym, and a spa.

Frankenhorst 5, 19055 Schwerin, Germany

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7. Biohotel Amadeus

Best Hotels in Schwerin - ©Biohotel AmadeusBest Hotels in Schwerin – ©Biohotel Amadeus

Biohotel Amadeus is located within walking distance of the castle and shopping places such as Schlosspark-Center, Schweriner Höfe, and Marienplatz-Galerie.

Rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

The hotel has a sauna.

Franz-Mehring-Straße 26, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

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Shopping in Schwerin

1. Schlosspark Center Schwerin

The Schlosspark Center has more the 120 stores.

Brands: Vero Moda, Tom Tailor, Tommy Hilfiger, Gerry Weber, Bonita.

Marienplatz 5 -6, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

2. MARIENPLATZ GALERIE Schwerin

MARIENPLATZ GALERIE is a shopping center located in the center of Schwerin, a short walk from the cathedral.

The mall houses clothing stores, restaurants, and cafes.

Martinstraße 6-13, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

3. Schweriner Höfe

The Schweriner Höfe is a small shopping center right in the heart of the city, directly on Marienplatz.

The mall has 34 stores and a wide range of restaurants.

Marienpl. 1-2, 19053 Schwerin, Germany

Plan your Trip

Schwerin has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Berlin, Lübeck, Hamburg.

Distances

Berlin – 225 km (140 miles)

Lübeck – 73 km (45.3 miles)

Hamburg – 111 km (69 miles)

Bremen – 224 km (139 miles)

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See also

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