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Castles, parks & manor houses Royal seats and estate villages in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


About castles and parks, stately homes and manor houses Chronicles and history. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Emotional history then and now Fascinating witnesses to history european cultural history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 State castles and gardens A portrait of the baronial residences . . . . . . . 42 Getting married in the castle A wedding like in a fairy tale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Castles, palaces and parks for everyone The endless world of castles and palaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Experiencing palaces and parks: the pleasant way We have strung together some hidden gems and combined them into seven exciting routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Packages Organized »parks and palaces« tours . . . . . . 79 Sights worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Portraits of 224 palaces, parks and stately homes in alphabetical order . . . . . . . . 80 Events in the castle Melodic gardens and glittering parties . . . . 98 General Map of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Contact for your visit to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

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Princely holidays The hosts of castles and manor houses. . . . . 60 Price information of castles and manor houses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Dargun. Today, weddings are held in the tea pavilion used by Princess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.


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Ivenack. Today the iron gate takes visitors into the realms of fantasy.

The foundations of power G端strow.

The vain Duke Ulrich von Mecklenburg adorned himself with the Renaissance Palace complete with pleasure garden. The appropriate mirror was of course also on hand.

Wedendorf. The classicistic gem is the most kissed awake of the many hundreds of sleeping castle beauties in the region.

Neustadt-Glewe. The Graf von Schwerin received his Knights of the Round Table in the Old Castle.

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Schwerin. Since the Bundesgartenschau (Federal Horticultural Show) 2009, the garden around the old fairytale palace has blossomed anew.


Klempenow. The medieval castle owes its unusual look to a number of sieges and dozens of renovations.

Marihn. The 30-hectar park is not only a treat for the eyes. Guests can enjoy exclusive French cuisine in the manor house.


2 Granitz. The romantic hunting lodge on Rügen is infused with the spirit of enlightenment and the »age of sensitivity«. 3 Landskron. The Thirty Year’s War sealed the fate of this once so proud fortress. Over time, however, it has made a career for itself as a theatrical ruin.



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1 Neustrelitz. The Greek goddess of youth in the castle garden’s Hebe Temple reveals herself to be just as pure and beautiful as she was 180 years ago.


Paradisiacal conditions Some pictures are just so perfect that we have doubts about their genuineness. The reality just cannot be that beautiful. Beyond the seven hills of Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania, one dream-castle stands dreamily next to the other. Sheltered by strong trees with character. Entwined with spiny roses. Flanked by an enchanted lake. And covered by such a moody sky with solemn light. There are said to be about 2,000 castles, monasteries, chateaux, manor houses and mansions. Mostly surrounded by a garden or park. Almost half of them are classified as historical monuments. There is hardly any other region in Europe where these colourful pearls are so densely sowed.


For Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this is an opportunity and obligation at the same time. Over recent years, many castles and gardens have awakened from their decades of slumber. Besides the Federal and State Government, mainly the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz (German Foundation for the Protection of Monuments), the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation Environment) as well as the communities and associations and, of course, many committed private owners contributed to their awakening. With vehemence, this priceless cultural inheritance was remembered and accepted throughout the state. And new surprises are emerging again and again. Especially small, totally forgotten properties turned out to be a jewel of unimagined beauty and often even as the

glamorous work of a grand master. So, many of the most beautiful castles and manor houses, for example, go back to Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the chief architect of the House of Hohenzollern and half a dozen of his best pupils. The park landscape of MecklenburgVorpommern on the other hand was influenced by nobody as much as by Peter Joseph Lenné, who isn’t missing in any book about the grand gardens of the world. Locals and guests are experiencing with amazement how, year after year, one gem after another is awakening to a new life. And as if that isn‘t enough, three garden shows in one decade have now finally turned Germany‘s incredibly beautiful North into a paradise. Come in. And enjoy it.

A wealth of princely

castles and parks

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern owes its »park and castle flood« mainly to the special and at times desolate political situation concerning the balance of power in the country. This situation started for the historians in the year 995, when King Otto III mentioned the Slavic »Michelenburg« (today near Wismar) for the first time. His paper is considered the birth certificate of Mecklenburg. 51 years later, the neighbouring Pomerania was mentioned for the first time. During those years, the Germans endeavoured to strengthen their young empire and to subdue the Slavs, who were located east of the Elbe river and to convert them to Christianity. The decisive success in this undertaking was finally achieved by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and

Bavaria. On a campaign in 1160, he defeated the mighty Niklot, whereas the last free Slavic sovereign of the Obotrite tribe met his death. His son Pribislaw escaped this fate because he pledged loyalty to the new belief and to the Saxon duke. Upon this, the same made him the first Prince of Mecklenburg. Already in 1125, the independent duchy Pomerania was established at the Oder river under Wartislaw I, who later also acknowledged the sovereignty of the German emperor. Now, the economy started to boom between the Elbe and Oder rivers. Craftsmen and merchants, knights and farmers, missionaries and monks, were streaming into the country. With pioneer spirit and initiative, they cleared forests, cultivated farm land, built harbours,

conjured up the most modern fleets, and founded is innumerable villages and more than 50 (!) cities within only 150 years. Two dozen monasteries and several hundred churches were built during this incredibly dynamic period, two of which were brick giants of never again reached dimensions. Furthermore, they equipped cities with thick walls, high ramparts and huge gates. Mecklenburg and Pomerania were from now on travelling on the same path, but existed next to each other almost without any relation. They rarely had any conflicts, but often the same enemy, and therefore, the same fate. The Brandenburg electors had always wanted access to the Baltic Sea and the Scan-


dinavian kings had always wanted to set foot on the continent. In addition to this, Russia and Poland were temporarily interested in Pomerania. But although they often became the bone of contention and came under fire, although the great powers kept using them as a deployment area, the two small countries were able to hold their ground and even to grow. Sometimes just by a clever marriage policy. Some Mecklenburg sovereigns that is to say, succeeded in marrying one of their daughters with Central or northern European monarchs or to marry a princess of a good house themselves. But the regents again and again weakened their own position by splitting up the duchies. Until 1701, the succession was not transferred only to the first-born son. The same had to share the power with his younger brothers. Several times, the dear relatives got into such big fights that they divided the land. So, at some point, e.g. MecklenburgGüstrow and Mecklenburg-Strelitz existed beside Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It was the

same thing with their neighbours, where there were also Pomerania-Demmin and Pomerania-Stettin beside Pomerania-Wolgast. Every split-up would cost an immense amount of power. Finally, each regent needed (at least) one residence besides, of course, the summer residence and hunting seat. Badly shaken by their mismanagement and their pomposity, as well as many wars, the sovereigns often had to sell rights, privileges and properties to the knights. This way many landlords advanced to become mighty rulers of their estates. Even though not all managed to get their own chateau, they »at least« got a presentable manor or mansion.

hen Duke Bogislaw XIV of Pomerania passed away in 1637 without heirs, a fierce fight between Sweden and Prussia started for the ownerless land. With the Westphalian Peace Treaty of 1648, WesternPomerania finally fell to Sweden. In 1815, it was ultimately awarded to Prussia, from which it certainly benefited. At the Vienna

Convention in 1815, the two Mecklenburg countries were raised to grand duchies. From then on, both sovereigns held the title »His Royal Highness«. After the split-ups of the land and the wars of the 17th and 18th centuries and after the Napoleonic occupation, they quickly recovered. The cultivation of potatoes and sugar beet provided for a significant upturn. Trade blossomed, the sailing-boat fleets grew, new harbours, lighthouses, a network of highways, and railways were built, and again, numerous castles and gardens. Besides the aristocratic »provincial rulers« many wealthy commoners also made there presents felt as lairds and also as building owners from the 19th century. In 1918, the era of the dukes ended and in 1945 that of the aristocracy. At best, the owners were »only« dispossessed. Most of the building complexes suffered a sad existence and were forgotten. Meanwhile, many people, associations, foundations, coorporations and authorities are committed to save whatever can still be saved.


1 Ueckermünde. The last castle of the dukes of Pomerania in Germany. The dukes hunted here with their noble entourages. 2 Schwerin. Niklot rises above the castle gates on a magnificent battle horse. The Dukes of Mecklenburg regard the Obotrite sovereign as their ancestral father. 3 Albrecht II. von Mecklenburg. In 1348, King Karl IV rewarded his loyalty with a dukedom. The sovereign lord appears well-equipped in this painting by Theodor Fischer, which hangs in the gallery of ancestral portraits in Schwerin Palace.




Middle Ages & gothic:

Well-fortified and useful

During the Middle Ages, the sovereigns and knights were obviously lacking the necessary loose cash for presentable palaces. Moreover, it rather mattered to equip the two young duchies with defensive installations. So, the fortified castles were - besides the aforementioned churches - some of the first larger stone buildings of the 13th century.

mines the picture of the fortress with the huge protective wall and the defence corridors. The later time and time again extended and reconstructed complex later fell together with the county to the duchy. This way, also the sovereigns lodged here from time to time. Today, the castle is used for cultural events as well as medieval banquets and festivals.

The Neustadt-Glewe castle is the best preserved. The Count of Schwerin ordered it as a defensive installation and residence. The bulky, all-overlooking tower still deter-

The oldest secular building to have survived the centuries more or less intact is Burg Stargard. Founded in 1236 by the Brandenburg margraves, it served them as fortress as well as residence. The still im-

pressive brick colossus, however, fell in 1299 together with the Stargard land to Mecklenburg by marriage. Located on one of the seven hills surrounding the town, from the 38 metre high castle keep, in good weather a view is offered that reaches 30 kilometres far into the picturesque countryside. At the knightly guesthouse and at the castle museum, stories are told about the last Mecklenburg witch trial, which allegedly took place here in 1726. The torture wasn’t legally abolished until 1769.

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4 Penzlin. The castle famous for its witches’ dungeons is rather crooked and eerie.



1 Bad Doberan. All kinds of plants with magical powers grow in the Minster’s garden. 2 Tellow. Two hundred year old hornbeams direct the visitor’s gaze through a tunnel of trees to Thünengut.

A good 200 years later, Penzlin castle was built nearby. It belonged to the Broda monastery, at some point also to the House of Stargard, to the House of Mecklenburg and finally to the Maltzahn family. Of the large aristocratic family line especially the strategist Joachim von Maltzahn has to be mentioned, who served the German emperor and the French king, before Charles V dubbed him Imperial Baron of Wartenberg and Penzlin in 1529. By the way, also at this castle, heart-rending screams are echoing through the underground dungeons again and again. Here, you must know, witches were also tortured. The local museum can offer a collection of the most eerie instruments and records of witch and heretic trials that is unique in Europe. At times, the northern Germany unique Dömitz fortress also served as a prison. The even pentagon secured the south-western border of the country and the Elbe crossings. Besides that, the Elbe duties were collected here. The monster with the thick walls became known mainly because of Fritz Reuter, who was detained here much later for several years. The castle museum therefore dedicates much of its attention to the LowGerman writer. During the Middle Ages, also the monks and nuns also acted as diligent and creative building owners. This is nowhere docu-


mented as impressively as in Bad Doberan. Once the convent had become one of the wealthiest and most influential in northern Europe, it built a minster of previously unachieved dimensions and unsurpassed harmony in 1280. The shell was completed around 1296. But the interior decorations must have been very lavish because the refined and style-assured Cistercians only consecrated this cathedral 72 years later. Building enthusiasts regard it as the crowning glory of the brick gothic style.

s was common at the time, a wall surrounded the ample complex, which also included a garden. It supplied the monastery inhabitants with fruit, vegetables, spices and herbs, but also served for communion and prayer the Lord. Certainly, also many flowers could be found in Bad Doberan next to useful plants on regularly laid out beds that were crossed by paths. Their beauty told of the heavenly kingdom and, according to the understanding at the time, illustrated the almightiness and creative power of God. The roses that could often be found in the monastery gardens referred to paradise as well as to the thorny martyrdom of the crucified. Last but not least, the pious souls wanted to propitiate the Saviour by cultivating medical plants and their redemptive use. Therefore, the work in the gardens was, for the friars and sisters, as


much a part of the fulfilment of their vows as prayer. Amazingly, we are still or again profiting from the experiences of monastery medicine. In the medieval occident, enclosures constituted an elemental component of any garden. It protected from wild animals as well as from highwaymen. After all, the monks had just snatched the modest area from the swamp or the forest and had cultivated it by hard work. At the time, the monastic brothers and sisters functioned as genuine »pioneers of space« in difficult social and economic conditions. Visitors are today able to see how they worked. The monastery gardens in Bad Doberan, at the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald and the Heilige Kreuz convent in Rostock among other places have been laid out according to historic examples. Some castle gardens have also been restored to their former glory.

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3 Güstrow. Dutch and Italian masters gave this unique renaissance castle to the north. The castle was even to the liking of Wallenstein when he ruled Mecklenburg. 4 Dömitz. The Low German poet, Fritz Reuter, languished in this damp stronghold on the banks of the River Elbe.



Reformation & renaissance:

Staging of power

With the 16th century, new times cleared their way between the Elbe and Oder rivers. Especially the reformation provided for a renewal and further development. Enforced in 1534 in Pomerania and in 1549 in Mecklenburg by the sovereigns, it led to a momentous shift of power. The church lost its prominent influence, above all, however, all of its gigantic cloistral properties. Without exception, they fell to the dukes, who used them to consolidate their public finances. Furthermore, they generously paid their considerable debts to the gentry, whose support for the reformation paid off this way.

Formative building owner was Duke Johann Albrecht I of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1525-1576). The very educated and prudent ruler maintained relations with many European courts and committed artists of all genres from the leading cultural centres of the time, among them, master builders from Italy. Their high-renaissance style was fused into the specific Mecklenburg form of expression of the subtly regent, which was later called Johann-Albrecht-style, and was often copied. Among the most significant buildings of the active sovereign - besides the fortress Dömitz - were the old Schwerin castle and the wellpreserved Gadebusch castle. He ordered it

in 1571 for his brother Christoph (the Bishop of Ratzeburg). The gardens have not been preserved. The Wismar prince’s court of 1552, which served as the representative residence of the sovereigns in the Hanseatic city, is considered to be a sophisticated, style-forming debut feature. Albrecht had the plastered façade adorned - following Italian examples - and structured with semi-plastic terracotta plates. In 1555, the conversion of the Bützow castle followed under his aegis through Franz Parr.


Three years later, the same started to build the grand renaissance castle of Güstrow for Johann Albrecht’s second brother, the Duke Ulrich of Mecklenburg, who was married to Elisabeth of Denmark. The huge building was not completed until 40 years later - under the participation of the master builders Philipp Brandin and Claus Midow. The ensemble that was bedded in the city with its very elaborate decoration remained unique in the North German region. While for the fortresses function was more important than appearance, during the Renaissance, the appearance of the castles became the function. Power and wealth was to be demonstrated. Subjects and competitors, friend and foe, were supposed to be impressed. The giant gates, stairs, corridors and halls served as scenery and the courtiers as supernumeraries for the mise-en-scène of the host.


hady arcades of hornbeams and a manmade moat enclose the area and harmoniously integrate garden and castle into the city’s ramparts and moat system as an esthetical highlight. After the residence was given up in the year 1695, garden and chateau received


little care. Major true-to-detail restoration work was commenced in 1963 and completed in 1972 culminating in the opening of a museum. The garden was redesigned with the help of old records, engravings and paintings. Due to this, Güstrow has one of the few renaissance gardens in Germany. In these unique surroundings the guests are enchanted each year by an international cabaret festival with music and magic, colour and fire, dance and theatre. The Cistercian monastery Dargun founded in 1172, incidentally, was one of first victims of the secularisation. »Seized« in 1552 by the duke, the magnificent building complex was converted into a presentable renaissance castle. Unfortunately, it burnt down in 1945. The ruins in the middle of the park with yew and hornbeam avenues, however, still tell of its former magnitude. Today, exhibitions, concerts and folklore

1 2 Dargun. Only the expressive stone skeleton remains of one of the most important monasteries and the largest castles in Mecklenburg. And several grand outbuildings with a well-tended park.

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And of course, also and especially the gardens submitted to this purpose. Güstrow is the best example of this. Directly in front of the castle, a pleasure garden was built following Italian models in a 100 m2 area. Today, low box-tree hedgerows border the nine beds of the same size, in which lavender and colourful summer flowers blossom. At the

centre of the symmetrical layout is a giant heart of red flowers. Formerly, herbs and vegetables, such as thyme, sage, parsley, garlic and asparagus also grew here. Several arbours, summer-houses, fountains, sculptures as well as exotic potted plants, completed the picture, which was literally lying at the feet of the castle’s inhabitants.



festivals take place here. In addition to this, the civic museum found a place in the former guesthouse, and in the 300-year-old tea pavilion, couples have romantic weddings. In Pomerania, the jointly ruling brothers Bogislaw, Barnim and Wartislaw had a gorgeous residence built at their ancestral seat Wolgast in the 14th century. 300 years later, however, it became »ownerless«, when the Pomeranian Greifen dynasty died out, was ravaged during the Thirty Years’ War and finally totally removed. A fate from which the Ueckermünde castle could escape at least partially. The tower, as well as the southern and eastern wings, still bear witness to the formerly huge size of the complex, which was first mentioned in 1284, and converted to the style of the renaissance in 1546. This last Pomeranian dukes’ residence in Germany houses today, besides other things, the Haff-Museum and the town hall.

lready in 1337, the old-established dynasty of count von Hahn purchased a large property in Basedow. The knight’s castle of 1467 was converted in the 16th century into a representative main seat in the style of the renaissance by the family. They belonged to the few families of that era that could afford a castle, which was considered one of the big ones in Northern Germany. After all, the capable farmers managed to get 99 hides of land and, in the course of the centuries, built up the largest farming estate in Mecklenburg. The widely branched dynasty even made it all the way up to the moon. Friedrich II Count Hahn (1743-1805) was that is to say an internationally recognised astronomer. After him, a Luna-crater is called »Mare Hahn«. Another stately renaissance manor was built by Ulrich von Maltzahn in 1562 on one of his many properties. The Ulrichshusen castle, obviously named after him, served

- as almost all renaissance manors in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - also as a fortress and had an outer defence ring. After the stately estate burnt down to its foundation walls in 1987, Helmuth Baron von Maltzahn purchased the ruin in 1992. As one of the 2,000 descendants of the large aristocratic family, which has been established in Mecklenburg for 750 years and is very closely connected with the destiny of the country, he returned to his roots. Supported by the state, he started the reconstruction in 1993. With the new castle and the restored concertbarn, an especially atmospheric forum of the arts came into being. For the longest time, Ulrichshusen has been counted among the most important and most beautiful festival locations in Germany. The restored romantic park merges seamlessly with the farm and includes a lake as well as partially restored ponds and moats. Restaurant and guestrooms complete the picture of the new Ulrichshusen.

The garden as a place of edification, diversion and education Since his banishment from the garden of Eden, man has been tinkering at his own island of eternal bliss. With colourful flowers, pleasantly smelling herbs and juicy fruits, he tries to escape at least temporarily from the earthly vale of tears. The desire for lost paradise fires his quest for perfect form and beauty. Therefore, it is considered to be the most important motive for the early gardens of the occident. Soon, however, the garden was no longer to serve only for self-communion and edification.

stars and Hollywood celebrities. Minstrels ensnare the ladies-in-waiting, mistresses the regents. In intimate colonnades and cosy pavilions some things start as adventure and end as affairs of state. Heartrending dramas are acted out in the idyll. Mothers-in-law arrange weddings in the garden, Privy Councillors the next campaign. Diplomats make plans for alliances, favourites for plots. Here, people come together for a tête-à-tête or for a duel, to tell stories or to ponder, to rhyme or to think.

Gardens always reflect social feelings, With the Renaissance, the green space in With the patience of angels, the gods watch over the prevailing ideas and ideals of their front of the castle became the place for the wonderful creation that is the castle grounds. time, with their overall design and their all kinds of merrymaking. Here, races and accoutrements. Certainly, the ambitions and caprices of the ownbird shooting, masquerades and receptions, took place. It is stage, ers are also displayed. So, many gardens indulge, for example, in orchestra pit and scenery all in one, as well as vanity fair, ballroom mythical metaphoric allusions with sculptures and memorials. and playground. Some glorify antiquity with gods and mythical creatures. Some state their inherited claim for power with the stony gallery of their And the garden will be forever - as already with Adam and Eve ancestors. Some give homage to a successful strategist, others - a first class sink of iniquity. Romeo and Juliet make sheep’s eyes rather to an admired poet. Until this day, the garden is a place for at each other here and so do Tristan and Isolde. They are followed the muse, and idleness. by armies of fairytale characters and romance heroes, by Ufa-



Splendid royal seats

The Mecklenburg monarchs in Güstrow left the Renaissance a captivating monument with palace and pleasure garden. For 72 years, Ludwigslust functioned as a centre of power of the state. A monumental baroque ensemble remained. Neustrelitz was also created on the drawing board. The face of Germany‘s last baroque city foundation still shines with an extraordinarily geometrical ground-plan. Heiligendamm - the summer residence of the Mecklenburg dukes - still basks in admiration. The monarchs also left traces in Wiligrad, Grevesmühlen, Bützow, Dargun, Mirow, Hohenzieritz, Gadebusch, Remplin and Wismar, for example.


Putbus on the island of Rügen presents itself as white as snow and in the finest classicism. The circular city layout was the charming seat of a princely family. Wolgast and Ueckermünde, on the other hand, maintain the barren traces of the Pomeranian dukes, whose lineage expired back in 1637. 1 Spyker. A castle in pure Swedish red. Apparently, the Scandinavian owner wanted to demonstrate where his true loyalties lay.

Absolutism & baroque:

2 Griebenow. Impressive avenues run through the brilliant park. The large as well as harmonious baroque estate was one of the most important of its kind in Swedish Pomerania.

Castle complexes with a central theme In the first half of the 17th century, Mecklenburg and West Pomerania experienced a decline in the state of its castles and manor houses rather than an improvement. From 1618, the states were continually afflicted by the war which went down in the annals of history as the Thirty Years’War and which cost the lives of over half its population. Yet the catastrophe strengthened the position of the landed gentry, who annexed the property of the deceased and also that of the surviving farmers, making them bondsmen and bondswomen. As the larger fields were thus easier to manage, the power and the prosperity of the landowners multiplied. Several landowners were now able to afford estates to equal those of the sovereigns. However, the state’s castles in this era could not compete with the magnificent buildings to be found in its neighbouring states. A bitter dispute erupted in Pomerania at this time, as Duke Bogislaw XIV died in 1637 without leaving an heir. The Peace of Westphalia in 1648 granted West Pomerania to Sweden, resulting in prestigious property built in the new baroque style, based 14

on models from the »mother country«. A good example of this is the Spyker castle. The Swedish field marshal Carl Gustav von Wrangel - employed as general governor by the Crown - was awarded this ancient, fortlike building with its solid walls as recognition of his loyal services. The count added two narrow towers to the corners and made further alterations in 1650, bestowing the house with the elegant baroque character which it maintains today. Following his mysterious death, the estate was given to the Rügen Putbus Prince. Sweden’s Queen Christine granted the Griebenow estate to her financial administrator Gerdt Anton von Rehnskiöld in 1648. His son served Sweden as a general. On the occasion of his promotion to field marshal following a successful battle against Russia in 1706 and his advancement to the rank of count, he constructed one of the most impressive baroque castles in the region. Today, the ensemble still includes the thirteen-axes main building, several farm buildings and an exotic, fifteen-sided chapel. The landscape park, which was added at a later date,

assumed the baroque main axis oriented towards the castle, allowing a spectacular view of the distant church towers in Greifswald. Great events are held on the island in the castle pond during the summer. The magnificent baroque complex, which was erected at the beginning of the 18th century, was not commissioned by a sovereign, but rather by a noble public servant. The imperial count Hans Caspar von Bothmer (1656 - 1732) began an exemplary diplomatic career at the tender age of 22. This career took him through half of Europe and he ended up at the court of Prince Georg Ludwig of Hannover. When Prince Georg ascended to the throne in Great Britain in 1714, he made Bothmer the first minister for German affairs. He lived in number 10 Downing Street from 1720 until his death in 1732. Number 10 Downing Street has been the official residence of the English prime minister since 1735. At the same time, the count purchased several estates around Klütz in the area between Lübeck and Wismar. He commissioned the architect Johann Friedrich Künnecke, with whom he was acquainted from his time in

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Among the pearls of this enchanting state are undoubtedly the old royal seats. As the centrepiece of ducal building activity, Schwerin reflects the 700-year history of a ruling dynasty. From cellar to roof, the entire city centre is focused on representation.

Bothmer castle. It’s perfect how the architect directed the visitors’ eyes to the castle. The lime trees have been standing guard here with their broad canopies for 250 years.

Hanover, with the construction of the »German residence« in 1726. His work drew considerably on residences of the English nobility, and set new standards in North Germany, in particular with regard to the perfectionist character of the ensemble. Even in the choice of locations, the skilled master builder left nothing to chance. He positioned the castle and park in a depression so that they are initially concealed from view. Guests are welcomed by an espalier of clipped and garland-shaped lime-trees. For 250 years, they have been escorting guests through a straight defile which compels you to look in one direction. At the moment when the avenue leads you over a hilltop, you catch the first glimpse of the castle gable with the count’s coat of arms on the horizon. Since the path is on a slope, the landlord symbol positively rises. The narrow avenue then enters the 200m wide honour yard. Then, as if a curtain is being rapidly removed, you suddenly get a view of the impressive ensemble of the 13 symmetrically-arranged, well-proportioned buildings.


he sophisticated setting is sustained in the park. In comparison to the gardens completed up until then, one’s gaze is allowed to roam in all directions over the moat and across gently undulating hills to the horizon. This baroque stylistic element was maintained despite later remodelling according to the English style - Bothmer is still considered an outstanding example of a baroque ensemble. In particular, it emphasises that the building owners of this epoch no longer »only« commissioned individual houses or palaces. They had a wide-ranging work of art »composed« for them from the components of living and administrative buildings, from stables and parks. This was based - as during the renaissance period - on rigid geometry. Whilst, up to this period, the garden had its own centre, in baroque gardens all paths led to the castle. Based exactly on the model of France’s Sun King Louise XVI, the palace was now the absolute focal point - and, with it, its ruler. The castle is both the objective and the origin of all lines. It spread out and reaches into space. All other elements are subordinate to the dominating fixed point and are more or less

there as decoration. This targeted special effect made the garden into a visual demonstration of power. It documented the philosophy and the claim to power of its owner. Avenues, hedges and canals accentuate the axes running towards the centre. It is with suggestive force that they capture one’s gaze, sweep it away and divert it from all corners in the garden to the outstanding crystallisation point. Not only were the network of paths and the flower-beds obliged to bow to this rigid geometry - even bushes, hedges and trees had to. Walls of green, pyramids, spheres and figures have been artistically cut out of them. The head gardeners even tamed the water - sometimes it was allowed to develop into a mirror in a large pond, sometimes it was conveyed to the castle in lively leaps via a straight cascade. Alongside flat flower-beds, the garden also included areas surrounded by hedges and even labyrinths and covered walks. Those who could afford it planted exotic plants, usually in large plant pots, which required


1 Prebberede. Once a year, the mansion and park provide the backdrop for one of the north’s largest open-air concerts. 2 Hohen Luckow. The highest levels of society have dined in the fine knight’s hall.

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3 Sophie Charlotte, Queen of England. The sensitive portrait of the princess from Mecklenburg-Strelitz was painted in 1781 by Thomas Gainsborough. Her majesty may be visited in the Staatliche Museum in Schwerin. Whereby, the monarch increasingly grows in size on closer observation and in the end measures a remarkable 2.38 metres.



an orangery to survive the winter. Pleasure houses, pavilions and sculptures completed the »equipment«. At Hohen Luckow - owned by von Bassewitz between 1308 and 1810 - Christoph von Bassewitz created a new, impressive family residence. The baroque building has a considerable knights’ hall where concerts are occasionally held these days. A second ancestry of the old knights’ lineage of Slavic origin resided at Prebberede up to 1945 - that gives a total of 560 years. The name of Henning Friedrich Count of Bassewitz is associated with this place. As the prime minister of Holstein, he set up the marriage between the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp and the Tsar’s Anna Petrowna, thereby helping the duke family ascend the Russian throne



in 1761. His son Karl Friedrich von Bassewitz commissioned the baroque manor house in 1772. The impressive, two-storey brick building with mansard roof is structured by giant pilasters and has been lovingly restored. During the summer, music can often be heard in and in front of the building. The landscape park, covering 9 hectares, seamlessly merges into the meadows and fields of the accompanying estate. The Hamburg merchant Phillip Heinrich von Steglin had the two-storey brick Plüschow castle built in 1763. Today, the charming castle is used as an artists’ house. The beautiful park is also used in this way. At sovereign level, a dispute over inheritance boosted the level of building activities. The two sons of the deceased sovereign once

again divided the state in 1701 - this time into the duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Adolf Friedrich II the elected Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and his entourage initially resided in the lacklustre castle at Strelitz, which burnt down in 1712. The court had to then »camp out« in various residences for a period of 19 years before a new castle befitting their rank and station was completed in 1731. The father of the people also commissioned the master builder Christoph Julius Löwe to create a charming pleasure garden and an entire town: Neustrelitz - this was the establishment of North Germany’s last baroque town (1773). In keeping with the spirit of absolutism, the sovereign declared the square in the town centre the new neutral point of his duchy. Today, there are still eight straight streets lead-

The Flower-Queen from Mecklenburg - Princess Sophie Charlotte On 19th May 1744, Prince Karl Ludwig Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and his wife Elisabeth Albertina of SaxonyHildburghausen were happy about their eighth child. Sophie Charlotte was born in the contemplative Mirow, near NeuStrelitz, which had been founded by her uncle. 17 years later, a nobleman from Hanover asked for the Princess’ hand. The 22-year-old was none other than King Georg II of England. On September 8th, the young couple got married at St.James-Palace in London. Four days later, Sophie Charlotte was crowned Queen of England. The year 2011 is the 250th anniversary of her coronation.

reminiscent of the feather headdress of a bird of paradise. In honour of the Queen, Sir Joseph Banks, the head of Kew Gardens, called the pretty banana plant »strelitzia reginae«. In 1818, the »Queen of Botany« - as she had been named affectionately in the meantime - sent the plant as a present to her home Neustrelitz. Four years later, Germany’s first »Strelitzie« blossomed here.

Sophie Charlotte’s closest confidant was her brother Prince Karl Ludwig Friedrich. He was - certainly also to keep her company in the foreign country employed by the English Court. Here, he met Archibald Thomson - a pupil of the famous garden landscapist LanceThe monarch became popular quickly. lot Brown, who had a great influence on So settlers in Carolina (today the US State The Strelitzie. A flower for the queen the style of the English landscape park. of North Carolina) called their city in her from Mecklenburg. In 1771, Karl put the young Thomson in honour »Charlotte« and the region »Meckcharge of the design of a garden for his castle in Hohenzieritz. In lenburg-County«. While her spouse was whistling up the Empire, this way, one of the first landscape parks following the English the Queen brought nine sons and six daughters into the world. model was created in Germany. By the way, in 1793, Karl manPart of the conditions for the relationship, which by the way, beaged to marry his beautiful and bright daughter Luise to the came a happy one, was that the wife wouldn’t interfere with poPrussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm. Shortly afterwards, he litics. And so, the well-educated woman committed herself to the became Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and his daughter family, the arts and botany. Due to her support, the Kew Gardens of the Queen of Prussia. London became one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. From all continents, and from all colonies, travellers brought Her aunt, Sophie Charlotte of Great Britain, passed away in 1818 exotic flowers. From South Africa came, at the end of the century, in Kew Palace. a parrot flower, whose bright orange and purple blossom were

ing away from it in a star shape. One of these streets led directly to the castle (unfortunately it burnt down in 1945), the others led to all corners of the new mini-empire. Repeated modifications were later made to the baroque castle garden (F see page 23).


hen Neustrelitz became the main residence in 1761, courtly life at Mirow castle declined. The widow’s seat situated at the edge of the Mecklenburg lake district was the birthplace of the Mecklenburg princess and British queen, Sophie Charlotte, and her brother, Duke Karl II. of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the father of Queen Luise of Prussia. Only the central structure with baroque ballroom and magnificent rococo rooms survived a light-

ning strike in 1742. Mirow as it may be admired today was created between 1749 and 1752 in line with the French taste of the time. The park is the final resting place of the last grand duke of the Mecklenburg-Strelitz line, who was buried on the park’s idyllic love island, while almost all the other heads of the family came together in peace in the Johanniterkirche where the parents of Prussia’s famous Luise are also buried. That’s why Mirow also lies on the Queen-Luise route - a route that leads fans of the monarch through Hohenzieritz castle and Neustrelitz to historic sites and right up to Brandenburg and Berlin. Undoubtedly, the then ultra-modern and, for Northern German standards, tremendous castle and town complex of Neustrelitz was a major challenge to the rulers in the much larger

duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Thus, with the construction in 1731 of a small hunting lodge and garden in the middle of the »green meadow« just a few miles to the south of Schwerin, Duke Christian Ludwig II laid the foundation stone for a new, representative court. He entrusted Johann Friedrich Künnecke, with whom he was familiar from Bothmer, with the construction of the baroque ensemble which, in the spirit of absolutism, he named after himself - »Ludwig’s Lust«. Jean Legeay extended the garden in 1748 based on the model of the Wiener Belvedere. However, the gifted Frenchman took up the offer of Friedrich the Great to go to the Prussian court in 1755. Christian Ludwig II died a year later. His son, Friedrich »the devout« discovered a new talented court master builder in the local Johann Joachim


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Busch, with whom he eagerly set to work. The monumentality and elegance of the constructions erected in the sand of the »Grey area« during the brief construction period of a good ten years are surprising - as is the consistent ensemble effect. Initially, a 28 kilometre long canal with a variety of fountains was created. A natural slope powered the cascades on the castle square, a fountain (called »The Monk«) and 24 water jumps (called »The Nuns«). This was followed by massive classicistic churches and, directly opposite, the splendid new castle with the sandstone façade unique to North Germany at that time. The side-wing originally included in the plans and typical of a baroque castle, was rejected during the course of the construction. The group appearance of the 17-axes building therefore corresponds to the style of classicism already prevailing, supported by the arrangement of the façade. The park, extended in the late baroque style, turned out to be tremendous. Busch laid out enormous water ponds both in front of and behind the castle, effectively reflecting the sandstone-crowned palace surrounded


by splendid trees. Several hundred metres of long avenues and sophisticated water games lead you to the castle. Small pavilions and temples based on French models decorate the paradise of Ludwigslust. The artistic ruin, the »Schweizerhaus« erected as a summer residence for Duchess Louise and the forester’s house with horse monument heralded the advent of the »age of sentimentality« at the end of the 18th century. The turn of the century saw the arrival of the classicist mausoleum for the crown princess and Czar’s daughter, Helene Paulowna, the neo-gothic Catholic church of Sankt Helene and the classicist burial chapel for Duchess Louise. The duke had the road entering the castle square from the east built as a representative magistral. Following renovation to return them to their original glory, the twostorey brick houses of the royal household once again shine in all their splendour. They are the core of the evolving town and complete the rigidly-arranged geometric complex. Castle and church, park and town - in this consciously-created, subtly harmonised micro-cosmos, the castle is always present as the colossal focal point. All »components« are orientated towards this powerful domi-

nating feature and are clearly subordinate to it. All viewpoints, all streets, avenues, water points and garden paths define it as the alldetermining centre. Although Duke Friedrich raised the town to the rank of state residence in 1765, it never became the state capital. Government and administration remained in Schwerin. Ludwigslust was only awarded the town charter 111 years later. Calm was quickly restored when the court moved back to Schwerin in 1837. As nobody considered it worthwhile to invest large sums of money in the town later, we may thank goodness that the unique structure of this outstanding example of a North German late-baroque residence has survived. The 175 hectare park was later redesigned by Peter Joseph Lenné who thus left a masterpiece as an example of his late creative period. Style elements from regularly laid out gardens harmonize uniquely with the natural grace of the landscape park. Since then, many exotic woods, such as the snowdrop tree, have enriched the park. It must be added that the hole in the treasury was as colossal as the castle itself even at the preliminary building works

Why Prussia’s splendour and glory rubbed off on Mecklenburg-Vorpommern



1 Ludwigslust. The new ducal castle was built from an absolutist aspiration and sandstone from Saxony. 2 Ludwigslust. The lively water flows in absolutely straight lines towards the castle. The fountains required sophisticated engineering in the 18th century. 3 The ruins of Eldena Abbey. The powerful torso of the high-gothic abbey would probably have not survived if it were not for the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich.

In the 19th century, Prussia was considered to be a world power and Berlin Europe’s arts metropolis. Mecklenburg as well as Western Pomerania could profit from this. Last but not least, the family relationships of the royal houses contributed to that. They begin when the 17-year-old Princess Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz married the Prussian Crown Prince in 1793. Four years later, Friedrich Wilhelm III was crowned, and with him, Luise. The wedding of their daughter Alexandrine with Hereditary Prince Paul Friedrich of MecklenburgSchwerin, and the marriage of Luise’s sister with a Hohenzollern-Prince, made the family ties even stronger. Furthermore, many representatives of the gentry were serving Prussia. When Western Pomerania finally fell to Prussia in 1815, the relationship was considerably consolidated. During that times, the Berliner Bauschule blossomed. Among their first master students were Carl Theodor Severin (the architect of Heiligendamm), Gottfried Steinmeyer, who was active in Putbus, and, already at the age of 17, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who quickly advanced to the position of Head Master Builder of Prussia. With his ideas, he not only vitalised classicism and the North German brick gothic, but also formed an entire generation of architects. Among his pupils, who were active in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern were Eduard Knoblauch, Friedrich Hitzig, Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel, Friedrich August Stüler and Georg Adolph Demmler. Whereas the latter three stood in ducal service for many years. Also the famous sculptors Johann Gottfried Schadow, Christian Daniel Rauch and Christian Friedrich Genschow worked for customers in the province. Peter Joseph Lenné, the garden pope of his time, designed over 30 parks in the North. His major favourer was Luise’s son, Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm IV (King from 1840).

stage. Otherwise it would be difficult to explain why the planned ornaments - frames, decorative battens, even clock cases, busts and vases - were made from carton. Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. Thus enthusiastic court craftsmen experimented until they came up with the Ludwigslust carton and covered it with gold, thereby recouping the residence’s beautiful appearance. Not only that: the figures constructed from old files even became profitable export products. They were even used in the garden. The Kaisersaal (the Emperor’s hall) was constructed in 1763, a rectangular area surrounded by hedges containing the busts of Roman emperors. The high quality of the material is confirmed by the fact that the carton comrades survived a whole century outside. The picture of an altar painted on carton in the church opposite has been preserved until modern times. It is the largest in Europe. Concerts and festivals are held every year in the Golden Hall, on the castle square and in the park. The castle museum reflects scenes from the 18th century - the heyday of Ludwigslust.

The ruins of Eldena Abbey. Prussia’s King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. acquired one of Caspar David Friedrich’s almost mystical paintings of the ruins. Shortly thereafter he commenced his campaign to preserve the brooding building.


Hohenzieritz. ÂťHope soothes grief.ÂŤ With this group of figures, Duke Karl created a touching monument to his dears who died before their time.


Hohenzieritz. Prussia’s beautiful Queen Luise died in the classicistic castle. Three rooms have been dedicated to the young monarch’s memory.

Neustrelitz. The 12 towers of the neo-gothic castle church at the edge of the castle grounds draw visitors’ eyes to the skies and thus to the 12 apostles.


1 Neustrelitz. This once simple garden house enjoys the unrivalled grace imparted to it by major interior artists. Grand Duke Georg found the proper setting for his antique statues here.

Old values and new freedom When the Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Privy Councillor Helmold Imperial Count of Plessen died in 1761, he left his nephew Helmut Baron of Maltzahn the Ivenack farm and the title Count of Plessen. Both were held in honour by the family until 1945. The land they inherited was huge, the castle that had been built in 1590 on top of the convent’s foundation walls, however, rather modest. And so, the count had the entire complex considerably extended and modernised over the following years. For his flourishing horse breeding, a semicircular stable was built, which was one of the country’s largest farm buildings at the time. Church, teahouse, orangery and hunting pavilion were added. And a baroque pleasure garden with a lime-tree avenue. Today, only the gigantic iron gate is telling of the wall, which had surrounded it. Strictly following the baroque programme, the ensemble belonged to the most sophisticated farm complexes of its time in the North. Unfortunately, today its condition is pitiful. Also the garden, which was extended around 1800 and converted into a landscape park with curved paths, romantic memorials and wonderful old trees is in desperate need of fundamental reconditioning. The outlying »Millennial Oaks« in the Ivenack Zoo are as vital as ever before. The Methuselah among the giants has over 1,000 years on its bark and is therefore one of the oldest oaks on the continent. Its trunk is eleven metres in circumference and still yields fruit. Fallow deer have lived in the 70 hectare zoological garden for almost 250 years. Also Prince Karl Ludwig Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz came into an unexpected property. When his brother, Baron Adolf


Friedrich IV, gave him the Hohenzieritz farm as a present in 1770, he found there a modest manor and a geometric garden. He went about it enthusiastically. He started with the park, for whose modification he enlisted the English gardener Archibald Thomson. Karl met the gifted pupil Lancelot Brown at his sister’s court - the English Queen - (F see Flower-Queen page 17). Thomson designed the garden completely in the new English style in a close-to-nature manner. He didn’t just endow the surrounding scenery with several ponds, but also fields and pastures. Rhythmic wood belts connect the individual parts of the spacious terrain and structure it neatly. Rolling paths surmount the difference in altitude of 30 metres and offer breathtaking views time and time again. Thomson installed a small waterfall but besides this mostly abstained from further trimmings. The demarcation provides for a so-called »I see« - an invisible wall in a ditch or, as in this case, behind a terrace. The park is considered to be an important example of an early landscape park in Northern Germany. In 1790 Prince Karl had the castle heightened and erected in early classicistic form with 13 axes as we see it today. With the two added chevaliers’ houses to the left and right of the castle, the impression of a three-wing complex with honour yard is created. In 1794, at the age of 53, he assumed the regency of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. During the same year, he moved to Neustrelitz, but expanded the park in Hohenzieritz, which he now used as summer residence. Areas near the castle were adorned by flowers. Several small buildings (later removed) came into existence and conveyed lightness and cheerfulness. After Karl’s second wife had passed away, however, more sentimental romantic design elements prevailed. In 1798, the duke dedi-

cated the memorial »Hope soothes grief.« to both wives (two sisters of the Princely House of Hessen) and the five children who had died early. In 1806, a rotund church was built, a classicistic central brick building. His daughter Luise, the Prussian Queen (F see page 19) visited him here several times. The two had a very amicable relationship. When she unexpectedly died in Hohenzieritz in 1810, her father was heartbroken. In her honour, he built an open classicistic rotund temple with a dome on a hill that was considered to be her favourite place. Unfortunately the bust was lost. In the castle, the duke furnished a death-room, which today reminds us again of Luise. In 2010, numerous cultural events are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the monarch‘s death.


The complete programme can be found at Park and castle are excellently restored. The sad regent’s inheritance was accepted in 1816 by his son Georg, who maintained the Berlin contacts after his sister’s death. So, he appointed, upon Schinkel’s recommendation, his pupil Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel as Royal Master Builder in 1820. The 24-year-old

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Romanticism & historicism:


2 Ivenack. When the nuns of the abbey pursued their dreams in the shadow of this oak 750 years ago, the trunk already had almost 500 annual rings. 3 Neustrelitz. High society meets in the palace garden during the summer for a cosy get-together. 4 Neustrelitz. Because the actual centre was lost with the castle, the orangery now dominates the castle garden. 3


had already participated in the construction of the Berlin Dome and of the Neue Wache in Berlin. In Neustrelitz, the new head-planner made his début with a Chinese pavilion in the palace garden. Numerous buildings all over the town followed. Across from the castle, Buttel built the Hebe temple. The small antique pillared hall harbours a statue of the Greek goddess Hebe (after Antonio Canova). The round roof is crowned by an Apollonian

figure. In 1842/43 Buttel redesigned, with the help of Christian Daniel Rauch, and probably also Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the old orangery to a classicistic garden salon. The halls were painted with bright colours as well as beautiful ornaments and murals and equipped with antique statues. Today, they are considered to be the most beautiful interior rooms in Mecklenburg of this era. Another great success of the genial architect was the castle’s church. The neo-gothic building of

yellow bricks is adorned by twelve slim towers. In the same style, his plan of the impressive royal stable was carried out in 1872, three years after his death. For the modification of the park in 1824/25, Grand Duke Georg probably also asked Peter Joseph Lenné for assistance. He simplified the formal garden, had small hills heaped up, and curved paths laid out. The


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Heiligendamm. Pearl born of the sea located on the shores of the Baltic … the oldest seaside resort in Germany. Duke Friedrich Franz I. of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was the first to enter the water in 1793. The exhilarating experience inspired him to establish the »white town« on the sea shore.

central baroque axis remained untouched. It still connects the castle square with the Hebe Temple. The flanking lime-tree avenue is slightly converging to create the impression of more length. Prussia’s King Friedrich Wilhelm IV - a son of Luise - gave his uncle the two marble fountains on the main road, and the »Kinderbrunnen« at the orangery as presents. In addition to that, many sculptures of antique gods and allegoric figures as well as a bust of the Prussian Marshal and Napoleonsubduer Gebhard Leberecht Prince Blücher adorn the garden. A memorial hall in the form of a small Doric temple of sandstone, marble and granite reminds us of Queen Luise of Prussia. The image of the beautiful queen from snow-white marble is a copy of the Berlin monument by Christian Daniel Rauch. Adjacent to the castle’s church is the bronze memorial for Grand Duke Georg.

Friedrich Franz I made a big hit with the Schwerin neighbours with his new summer residence. In 1793 he founded the first German seaside resort in Heiligendamm, which Carl Theodor Severin expanded for him in plain antique elegance. With the »White City at the Sea«, the young architect created an overwhelming monument of classicism. In the center of the complex is the Kurhaus, whose side facing the sea resembles a Roman temple. Huge pillars carry the foyer, stucco relieves and golden letters adorn the flawless white façade. It was followed by further lodging and community houses. Also at nearby Bad Doberan, to which one of Germany’s most beautiful avenues leads, several salon buildings, a summer palace, a theatre, a pavilion and the country’s first casino were built. The Kempinski Grand Hotel Heiligendamm opened in the comprehensively restored ensemble in 2003.


In the park, romantic walkways underneath 50 different tree varieties invite us. With the open-air operetta »Queen Luise Queen of the Hearts«, over 130 singers, dancers, musicians and extras revive the good old times for a few hours.


lose to his Ludwigslust residence, the Duke also founded the royal stud farm Redefin in 1812. The stable, administration and residential buildings, which are grouped around the oval parade ground, are considered to be the biggest unchanged ensemble of classicism in Northern Germany. The 50 hectare park, re-

developed following the example set by the English, is often used for events. Also the Swedish Governor in Western Pomerania, Rügen’s Imperial Count Wilhelm Malte I of Putbus was part of the illustrious bathing community in Heiligendamm at the time. Impressed, he returned home and decided - after King Gustav IV Adolph of Sweden had raised him to princedom in 1807 - to build an ensemble with antique quotes also in Putbus. Centre of the overwhelmingly large and enclosed complex is, even today, the circus, a circular plaza with radial walks to an obelisk. 15 snow-white, perfectly classicistic houses are grouped around the circle. Also theatre, spa salon, orangery, royal stable, monkey house and Rosencafé follow this style without any exceptions. Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Johann Gottfried Steinmeyer and Friedrich August Stüler assisted with some of the buildings. Unfortunately, the breathtaking castle was not preserved. Instead, however, the enchanting 75-hectare landscape park. Valuable woods from all continents enclose in wide swings the swan lake. Memorials and fountains offer fixed points in the spacious park. Curved walkways lead across swinging terrain to the deer lattice and to the neogothic mausoleum. As well as two straight avenues and the winding Krebsbach (a stream), many breath-

Orangeries: cold buildings for mobile oranges A travelling student already noted »foreign flowers and fruits« in the pleasure garden at Güstrow castle in 1590. His records on imported plants is the oldest documented evidence of orangeries in Mecklenburg and Vorpommern. The cultivation of citrus fruits, however, only really blossomed in the 19th century before it suddenly declined into insignificance just a few decades later. Bitter oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits were particularly fashionable as symbols of eternal life in the baroque period. They quickly advanced to become status symbols for high society. But these exotic fruits were prohibitively expensive and difficult to get hold of. Those who didn’t enjoy fruitful links to the aristocracy were forced to acquire seeds and seedlings at auctions. The lemon trade only became organized to a limited degree in the 18th century. It was mandatory for any stately home that thought anything of itself to keep these colourful little trees. The oranges were admired from May to the middle of October and then moved to a garden house in the late autumn. Initially by hand and subsequently in large handled tubs.

had already built the town and castle estate. While the castle fell victim to a blaze in 1945, the exclusive orangery today still reflects the resplendence of the once so important courtly life at the castle. The court used to enjoy all kinds of excesses in the garden house. The hedonists even turned it into a gambling house and had a billiard table installed in 1815. In the end, Grand Duke Georg, the favourite brother of the Queen Luise of Prussia, had the collection of oranges relocated and Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel turn the building into a classicist garden salon in 1842. The idea came from his teacher and patron Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the Berlin sculptor, Christian Daniel Rauch. The new domicile became home to the grand duke’s collection of antiques to which he invited illustrious guests for viewings. The three artistic halls, each in one of the colours of Mecklenburg - blue, yellow, red - have survived to the present and today are places where coffee is served and festivals are celebrated. The only baroque garden house to survive in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the orangery built in Ivenack in 1759. For the region, the nine-axis building with columned divisions and mansard roof with a length of 34.50 metres and a width of 12.40 metres is built on a grand scale. They reflect the wealth of Privy Councillor Helmhold von Plessen who left Ivenack to the Maltzahn family in 1761.

While melons, pineapples and wine were allowed to thrive at subtropical temperatures in greenThe orangery at Schwerin castle houses, citrus fruits were exposed completed in 1857 is an unsurto the cold. This was done to prepassed showpiece and engineervent the Mediterranean beauties ing masterpiece. Duke Friedrich from sprouting prematurely. So Franz II. of Mecklenburg-Schwethey were housed in »frigidarium« rin had the majestic three-wing buildings, cold houses, conservastructure with lake view built tories and orangeries. Some everalong with the fairy-tale castle by green rarities, however, had to Neustrelitz. Orangery with sacred harmony. Ancient figures float elegantly above on the richly painted ceiling. his court builders, Georg Adolph make do with cellars or barns, Demmler and Friedrich August which didn’t help them at all beStüler. The Weinlaub and Medaillon halls, garden terraces, bastions and cause these frost-sensitive plants needed four to eight degrees Celsius orangery practically merge into the picturesque castle garden. The castand sufficient light to hibernate properly. And so steps were subsequentiron supports and the glass façade were all the rage at the time. The ly taken with window blinds being insulated and walls being lined with heating system was technically just as sophisticated because it had to be buckwheat shells and plant tubs being heated with stoves and cookers. adapted to different uses. Date palms, angel’s trumpets, camellias and But that also didn’t always help because keeping the fire occasionally passion flowers like it cool in winter. In contrast to the ducal family and resulted in the premature demise of hopeful cultures and their housings. their guests, who preferred a cosy warmth during their stays and parties. Floor heating finally arrived in the 19th century. Then the stately gardenBesides to many flower pots, the orangery is today also home to a café ers also made sure that more light and thus larger windows became with a very special flair. available. These were again expensive steps to take in view of the price of glass and the architectural challenges. The orangery in Putbus on Rügen also bears the signature of Friedrich August Stüler. Prince Malte I. had the architect convert it to the classicist The bright houses therefore soon became more than lowly storage style in 1853. On the park side, the shining white showpiece is furnished rooms for sensitive imports from the south. It was particularly the terriwith glazed arcades and cast-iron supports. Today, it is home to an art torial princes who afforded themselves true castles in which strolls could and exhibition centre. be taken among the pretty flowers in winter. The most magnificent of representative winter quarters is the orangery in the park of Neustrelitz castle. Duke Adolf Friedrich II. of Mecklenburg-Strelitz commissioned it in 1753 from Christoph Julius Löwe, who

Many other structures, for instance, in Ludwigslust, Remplin and Karlsburg, however, unfortunately did not survive.



1 Putbus. Like guards, the castle park’s corpulent trees watch over the finely limbed theatre. 2 Redefin. The antique temples were probably no more Greek than the indoor riding arena. 3 Putbus. The artistic Prince Wilhelm Malte I. crowned his residence with a circus. 4 Hohen Demzin. Count of Schlitz illustrated his dreams will all kinds of monuments that litter the castle bearing his name.




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taking views lead through the park. On the one hand, views of the city’s houses and, on the other, views of the Greifswalder Bodden (Shallow bay) which are dozing behind the park.

view from the castle tower spanned almost the entire principality. Besides Schinkel and Steinmeyer, even King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia held shares in the design of the fort-like building, which is surrounded by a park with fantastic views.


Only a few kilometres away, at the beach of Lauterbach, Malte built the »Bath House Goor« in 1818. For the exclusive »temple« with its 18 Tuscan pillars, he even had Carrara-marble brought from Italy. This appealed to the noble guests, among whom were often royal highnesses from Sweden, Prussian and Russia, including Otto von Bismarck and Alexander von Humboldt. The beautiful monument has been restored to its former glory and now welcomes discerning hotel guests. But the ambitious prince capped it all off. In 1837, the industrious building owner enriched his island kingdom, which by then belonged to Prussia, with another highlight - the hunting seat Granitz. He placed it amidst the charming forest scenery, on top of the 106 metre high Tempelberg, so that the

ne of the most outstanding and uncommon castle complexes of those times is Schlitz castle in Hohen Demzin. In 1806, Count Hans von Schlitz - a Prussian diplomat - fulfilled here his dreams of a family seat. The classicistic building has a three-storey tower-like central part with huge pillars and a big perron. A romantic, diversified park with deciduous forests, meadows, ponds and a brook covers 60 hectares and many hills. Over 30 memorials, sculptures, grottos, pillars and obelisks - partially with overblown inscriptions - tell of the sentimental disposition of the landlord and his descendants. Besides the antique ideas taken from classicism, people took to the medieval again starting in the middle of the 19th century.

Especially the romance in art and literature as well as the recollection of traditional values caused also in architecture a turn towards the style of past centuries. With the so-called historicism, neo-gothic, neo-renaissance, neo-baroque, neo-classicism and the mix of all those became popular. In this country, thereby mainly the Berlin Bauschule delivered the most important impulses and famous architects (F see page 19). In Mecklenburg, for example the Schinkel pupil Friedrich Hitzig is considered to be an outstanding master builder of manors in the style of the Tudor gothic. He was responsible, among others, for the manors in Bredenfelde, Kartlow, Kittendorf, Neetzow and Hohendorf. The polynomial buildings on an asymmetric ground plan have a tower and tie in with English country-seats of the Middle Ages. The by all means stately Remplin castle, which he converted in 1865/66 for the Grand Duke Georg of Mecklenburg-Strelitz unfortunately went up in flames in 1940. Also the landscape park that was laid out here by Peter Joseph Lenné with an older lime-tree avenue has been preserved only in parts.


1 Kaarz. 500-year old oaks, gigantic sequoias and exotic groves in the extensive park skilfully draw attention to the classical palace. 2 Krumbeck. Lenné‘s clear mind also shaped this landscape garden. Lines of sight reveal surprising views to the mansion, the old forge and distillery.


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In those times, it came into vogue among the wealthy merchants of the Hanseatic cities to invest their fortune in a farm. Back then, many long-time owners parted with their property because they couldn’t keep up with the financial requirements of modern farming. Entrepreneurs, ship owners, senators and councillors of commerce had the capital for new technical equipment and for new manors. So, every second farm in Mecklenburg was in the hands of a commoner by 1850. For example, Varchentin. In 1836, the Hamburg banker Gottlieb Jenisch purchased the estate on which he had a huge manor built in 1847 by Auguste de Meuron. The architect from Switzerland, had already designed many city villas in the Elbe-metropolis. In Varchentin, he built a castle-like house in the style of the Tudor gothic with a square and castellated tower. For the design of the 30-hectare landscape park, the wealthy Hamburg citizen hired none other else than Peter Joseph Lenné. The park still clearly displays his sensitive hand.


With Kaarz, the Hamburg merchant and shipowner Johann Wilhelm Hüniken took over a 1000-hectare farm in 1869. For him, the architects Saniter and Becker of Berlin designed a classicistic country seat with tower and terrace. For the landscape park of 1873, the architect C. Ansorge of Klein-Flottbek was responsible. The romantic park, that is protected as a national monument, combines lovely domestic and exotic woods. In Krumbeck, the old-established von Dewitz family enriched their baroque farm complex in 1842 with a park by Peter Joseph Lenné. The long forgotten gem was not restored until a few years ago. So, visitors again experience the pond with the curved shore and a small island with the family tomb built of fieldstones. A larch avenue, as well as curved walkways and watercourses, run through the hilly meadows. The eye wanders past them to the farmhouse, to the village, to the church, to the blacksmith’s shop, and to the pond. Also the 20-hectare palace gardens of Schlemmin present themselves in their old splendour. Besides many other dendro-

logical gems, Schlemmin also houses several 800-year-old oaks, an enchanting limetree avenue, two pavilions, an orchard and a defiant castle. The Berlin architect Eduard Knoblauch erected it in 1846 for the von Thun family in the style of the Tudorgothic. Its medieval appearance - which is supported also by the fieldstone framed moat - is certainly not coincidental. After all, the family had been sitting on Schlemmin since 1320. The Kalkhorst farm displays English influences. After all, the mother of Baron Thomson von Biel, who had been domiciled here since 1852 came from the island. The extraordinarily bio-diverse and multi-layered park - which is said to be one of the most beautiful in Germany - houses, among other things, a tree park (arboretum), a rock garden, a neo-gothic chapel with ancestral crypt below, an orchard, a wild romantic narrow pass and a dreamy lake. And it also has - which is rare for Mecklenburg - an »Aha!«, a stone wall concealed in a ditch to keep cattle out of the park. The neo-gothic castle with its rare brick façade is in a good condition.

Europe’s garden-star embellished Germany’s North After only a few years, Lenné advanced to Peter Joseph Lenné was born in 1789 in the position of Garden Director in PotsBonn. There, he receives training under dam, later finally to be the head of all the supervision of his father at the Botaroyal gardens. He is among the garden nical Garden of the University of Bonn and designers who were in highest demand under the supervision of his uncle at the in those days throughout all of Europe. AlCastle Garden of Brühl. In Paris he studied though Potsdam and Berlin were the cenlandscaping and architecture. Educatiotre of his work, he was still active all over nal journeys to Munich and Vienna, to Prussia (including Western Pomerania) Switzerland and later also to the, at the and beyond, most frequently in Mecklentime, leading gardening nation, England. burg. His multi-layer lifework impressed His career started in 1816 as gardening by an integrated way of thinking and journeyman in Potsdam-Sanssouci. He perfect aesthetics. Cleverly, Lenné used probably owed the employment to the his walkways as »silent guides« He opPrussian State Chancellor and reformer posed suggestive views, he rather allowPrince Hardenberg. Still in the same year ed the beholder to start a dialogue with that is to say, he put Lenné in charge of the things and to discover the world thempark design for his newly purchased GliePeter Joseph Lenné. Master gardener, selves. In the sensitively composed system nicke castle. While working on his masterly architect and visionary. of visual connections, Lenné proved again debut feature, the 27-year-old met also and again his mastership. His programme, which was influenced by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who was modifying the castle. Both quickly enlightenment and romanticism, mostly used the means of expresfelt connected by the same goals. Both wanted to implement the sion nature provided. By the way, after his death in 1866, Ferdinand enormous thrust of the artistic renewal, which originated in the Jühlke, who came from the Western Pomeranian town of Barth and French Revolution, into their work. The two genial artists remained who had previously initiated the first International Horticultural close friends for the rest of their lives. Again and again, Lenné worked Show in Erfurt, became his successor. with Schinkel or one of his pupils.


Mecklenburgian particularity of the era of historicism is documented by the castle ensemble of Basedow. The aforementioned renaissance manor from the 16th century (F see page 13) was completely redesigned by Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf Count Hahn (1804-1859) and his (second) wife Agnes. Besides the castle, the entire village and the spacious park received a general overhaul.

Completely in the terms of the romanticism, Stüler got at the castle’s reconstruction older buildings and completed them with classicistic and neo-gothic elements. He knowingly nourished the impression of a complex that had grown throughout many centuries and pointed to the tradition of the count’s dynasty. So, the polynomial, asymmetric structure and the stair tower remind us of the old fortress of the von Hahn family.

The von Hahn family turned no less than 200 hectares inside out and fused it into a harmonious unity. For that, they hired Friedrich August Stüler and Peter Joseph Lenné. From 1835 onwards, they worked here in a genial harmony. With the two Berliners, the count, who was as wealthy as he was foresighted didn’t just find two knowledgeable and sought after experts, he also encountered two idealists who saw the opportunity here to realise their vision of a perfect landscape.

Obviously as arranged with Lenné, Stüler designed a large terrace, from which an outside staircase led into the garden. It functioned as a link between building and nature. According to the plans of the Berlin architect, the huge classicistic royal stable, the red brick cottage, the head forester’s house, the brewery, as well as additional modern farm buildings and stables with neo-gothic ornamental gables, were built over the following 20 years. Finally, Stüler heightened the tower of the tiny village church for effect from afar.

Peter Joseph Lenné probably started in Basedow with the flower garden directly in front of the castle the Countess Hahn had requested. It had a symmetrical lawn area with flower beds and shrub groups, half in geometrical and half in free form. Lenné’s really great accomplishment, however, was the general planning for all of Basedow, which he had, no doubt about it, coordinated with Stüler. He put every house in its rightful spot and at the right height. He connected all of them by using an invisible and sophisticated system of visual axes, which didn’t require straight lines. He opened time and time again new and surprising views for the walker and the horseman. Like in a gallery, picture followed picture, each more charming than the last. Castle, church, residential and farm buildings, grazing horses and large stone tombs - they engaged the eye of the amazed beholder. The best place to experience the complete work of art is the Drive.


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This outer ring road leads us around the park and the entire village. Certainly, Lenné also planned the views from the park. He didn’t leave anything to chance. He concealed disruptions with groves, and framed the beautiful things, or he placed them on a hilltop, which he had piled up if necessary. The meadows necessary for the horse and sheep breeding of the count were structured with groves and ponds by Lenné. He led curved walkways and gurgling brooks across the hilly terrain. Where they intersected, he built small but sturdy bridges from trimmed fieldstones. For dreaming and pondering, the genial landscape architect offered the walker solitary memorial stones, dark beech forests and light oak groves. By integrating the old ramparts and the ruins of the fortress behind the castle into the park, Lenné also supported the knightly image of the complex, which was erected on the old ground of the von Hahn family.

came from Hanover, reconstructed the house in neo-renaissance style. With this, he continued the Mecklenburg Johann-AlbrechtStyle. Its most important elements are the red terracotta, which is in contrast to the light plaster and the staggered gables, skilfully adorning further this magical-romantic impression of the estate. Due to the sensitive reconstruction of the park under the management of the landscape architect Stefan Pulkenat and the restoration of the castle’s façade, the two central parts of this impressive farm complex of European rank are in good condition today. Most of the farm buildings, however, still have their future ahead of them.


After Stüler’s south wing burnt down almost completely during a fire in the castle in 1891, the architect Albrecht Haupt, who


y the way, Stüler and Lenné were called to Schwerin, before they had completed their work in Basedow, to give the country a new splendid central point. The new era was heralded by Grand Duke Paul Friedrich (1800-1842). In 1837, he pronounced Schwerin once again a residence and moved with the court into the

old, hardly representative castle. Therefore, he planned a new palace, not even 100 metres away. The Duke, however, passed away when the foundations had just been completed. His son Friedrich Franz II (1823-1883) stopped the work and decided to convert the old castle. The 19-year-old regent knowingly wanted to continue the tradition of his ancestors at a historic place. The referral to the dynasty that ruled since the Middle Ages became the programme of the new castle. The historic styles, which were joined on the building, functioned as quasi quotes of history. They illustrated the entitlement to power of the Mecklenburg reigning dynasty, which was based on this, and persisted, and to which the young offspring of the family raised a gorgeous monument. At the same time, the building owner conjured with recourse to the then once again popular Middle Ages the remembrance of transfigured chivalrous values. For the ambitious project, Georg Adolph Demmler, Hermann Willebrand and Friedrich August Stüler presented several plans.

Impressive estate villages 1 Basedow. The castle uniquely illustrates the mediaeval knightly traditions pursued by the builder. 2 Basedow. Expressive loners have been purposely placed centre stage. 3 Lenné-Plan. The master rearranged the beds for the lady of the house on Basedow. 4 Basedow. The park with its drive is a

pearl of international renown. And one of the first great works by Lenné in Mecklenburg. He rejected trimmed, cut and geometric gardens. He wanted nature to reveal its own inherent character in his parks.

It was not only the dukes who were the avid and talented master builders. Even today, the numerous manor houses and parks of the landed gentry, public servants and business people are characteristic of spacious countryside east of the Elbe. One prime example of a Mecklenburg estate villages is Basedow - with the Renaissance Palace in the foreground, the working quarters and the extensive park. The manor ensembles in Klütz, Griebenow, Prebberede and four other landed properties also announce the affluence of their former masters.



Also, the famous builder, Gottfried Semper, and the already well-known Peter Joseph Lenné contributed significant ideas. Together, they didn’t only land a big hit in Mecklenburg, but all over Europe, the multiaxes building with many towers and turrets, the generously adorned facade and golden roofs was one of the most important buildings of romantic historicism. The result was five wings, eleven storeys and 652 rooms. It still demonstrates a work of art indulging details in a magically cheerful and effortless manner, which is and has been number one in this country for seven centuries. The construction work took 14 years. It had its crowning finale in 1857 with the erection of a monumental sculpture by the Berlin sculptor Christian Friedrich Genschow. The powerful equestrian statue displays the Slavic Obotrite-prince Niklot - the progenitor of the House of Mecklenburg. He floats sublimely above the main portal. Reverentially the visitor looks up to him before entering. The building does not owe its magical and graceful effect to architecture alone. In the


right light it appears that the castle is swimming on the Schwerin Lake by its unique location and by the very precisely composed surroundings. Peter Joseph Lenné is primarily responsible for the preserved or reconstructed forms today. Starting in 1850, first of all, the picturesque palace gardens were created according to his plans and under the direction of the Schwerin Royal Gardener Theodor Klett, as well as the complex on the castle’s island. While the island, of just 150 metres in diameter, near the shore peeks only a few centimetres out of the water, the highest tower looms 70 metres high. The castle itself is elevated on the Slavic ramparts and the bastions of the 16th and 17th century. Mainly due to grassed terraces and stair-like garden areas on several levels Klett succeeded in combining castle and lake in a harmonious unit, regardless of the differences in height. In doing so, the park plateaux that are closely interlocked by arcades, colonnades and staircases, provide for impressive and changing views of the lake and the city. The orangery complex, unique in Germany, with its atmospheric atrium that was recently restored on a large

scale is considered to be the architectural focal point of the park. A remarkable is also the grotto of glacial boulders, the shell fountain, several sculptures and rare woods. An iron swing-bridge leads to the mainland and directly into the palace gardens. Here, Lenné found a baroque garden, which he simplified a little bit, but absorbed it in its basic structures. Already in the 17th century, French architects had laid out a pleasure garden with geometric quarters, but their famous fellow countryman Jean Legeay - who carried out the Ludwigslust baroque garden in unsurpassed quality at the same time starting in 1748 - was the first one, who aimed the main axis towards the castle and opened the view all the way to the horizon. His walkway system and the cross canal are still prevail in this part of the gardens. The sandstone statues by the famous Saxon Royal sculptors Balthasar and Persomer that were erected 200 years ago, however, had to be replaced by copies. The twelve statues of antique gods and the four seasons border the most important viewing axis of the castle.






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1 Schwerin. The ideal of the baroque age was to associate harmony with symmetry. Which is expressed in the layout of the castle grounds dating from 1818. 2 Schwerin. Gottfried Semper contributed this design to the conversion of the ducal residence in 1843. 3 Castle. The »Neuschwanstein of the North« shimmers golden in the evening sun. A diva floating majestically above the city, the lake and indeed the region. 4 Schwerin. Perfectly designed, the extraordinary orangery nestles against the castle creating a link to the castle grounds and lake.


Following Lenné’s plan, Klett doubled the park area and added the greenhouse garden with curved walkways, big grass areas and single groves. Of course, he emphasised the views of the castle, the lake, the city, of the surrounding landscape and the different focal points within the garden. The transitions between the different areas and the surroundings were designed by him as typically smooth and flowing. The new residence, to which, besides the all-towering castle, other parks also belong, as well as the royal stables, gallery, theatre and several monumental government buildings, impresses mostly by its harmonic and picturesque room effect in previously unknown dimensions. At the peak of his power, the tradition-rich dynasty of princes put itself more than impressively into the limelight with this.

Occasionally, the proud dukes seem to have been tired of reigning. They liked to retreat to Ludwigslust. Thus, Peter Joseph Lenné received the order, in 1852 to modernise the parks over there. Once more, he succeeded par excellence in integrating prominent motives of the baroque garden into the new landscape park. So, he left the baroque centre axis, main parts of the cascades and the formal garden untouched. In wide areas, however, he lifted the level and straight avenue system. He led the eye across hilly lawns and curved walkways, through wide view aisles and to individual tree giants. To the domestic plants he added dendrological specialities. He turned edgy basins into picturesque ponds. Last but not least due to Lenné’s hand, the very diverse 150-hec tare park advanced to the Sanssouci of the North.

In a mix of neo-gothic, English cottagestyle and the style of the Russian boyar houses, Government Surveyor Gotthilf Ludwig Möckel built in 1885/86 the hunting seat Gelbensande with many turrets, dormers and bays. It served Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II von Mecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Anastasia Michailowna (a grand-daughter of the Tsar) as a summer residence. Even more clearly than in Schwerin, the dukes pointed with the last new building to their Slavic roots. Wiligrad castle - that means »Big Castle« - goes on from the old Michelenburg and with the terracotta architecture in turn from the Johann-Albrechtstyle. Albrecht Haupt built it immediately after the completion of the work in Basedow starting in 1895. Today, an arts association takes care of the house and regularly organises exhibitions, concerts and seminars.


1 Ludwigslust. The 28 kilometre long baroque waterways playfully meander through the park. In 1780, Johann Joachim Busch created the bridge with the garlandadorned vase. 2 Haunting seat Gelbensande. The hunting lodge was created as a reminiscence of the grand duchess who originally came from Russia.



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Modern parks and new gardens


3 Neubrandenburg. Grand trees have been companion to the city walls with its gates and bastions through the centuries. 4 Graal-Müritz. The unique splendour of blossoms in the rhododendron park of the renowned Baltic Seaside resort is celebrated each year.

Not only the castles and manors in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have parks worth seeing. Also in the towns, from the 19th century onwards, lovely gardens were created, especially after the medieval defence fortifications lost their function. So, in 1893, with the annihilation of the municipal fortress, the horticultural design of the ramparts commenced, for example in Stralsund, with the participation of the Prussian Royal Garden Inspector Ferdinand Jühlke. Today, children play on top of the former bastion. The history of the oldest public garden of the Hanseatic city reaches back to the 17th century. Once, the Brunnenaue attracted spa and bathing guests with its mineral spring. Today, the wide meadows and contemporary statues form the appropriate setting for an impressive fountain - reminiscent of the origin of the former Biedermeier garden. The best view of the town centre - a UNESCO world heritage site - is to be had from the banks of the Wulflam and the lakes that surround the old town.

The park with its winding paths and promenades, ponds and flower beds also has a former prison tower which offers a fantastic view of the more than 400 year old oaks. The former fortifications in Greifswald enclose the town centre as a green wall of chestnut and lime trees. A gardener from Stralsund started digging here around 1800 and created a landscape in the latest English style. A 1.6 kilometre long romantic walk was created from the square at the Mühlentor to the zoo and the Credneranlagen. Along with many others, the Rostock and Boizenburg fortifications also merit a visit.

The 2,300 metre long Neubrandenburg town walls built both from bricks and natural stone is a jewel of urban green belts.

When the summer resort at the Baltic Sea became popular in the early 19th century, many until then godforsaken fishing vil-


lages had a brilliant career as mundane spas. Where idleness and promenading were part of the programme, parks couldn’t be absent anymore. So, an embellishment plan by Peter Joseph Lenné for the seaside resort of Swinemünde was preserved. Shortly after, the neighbouring Heringsdorf also created its own park, which, today, extends for 6.5 kilometres past the lake bridges and beach chairs to Bansin and Ahlbeck. Numerous spas and bathing resorts all over the land followed these examples. Among the special ones are Graal-Müritz with its adorable rhododendron park and Bad Sülze with its tradition-rich dahlia floriculture. More than 6,000 blossoms of 300 varieties attract the visitor’s attention at the annual Dahlia Festival.


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1 Zoo Rostock. The zoological garden dating from 1880 is first and foremost a giant park. It is one of the largest and varied parks in the region. 2 Bad Sülze. A fragrant sea of colours and shapes bewitches visitors at the annual dahlia festival. 3 Christiansberg. This unusual garden paradise is delightful at any time of year.




verywhere in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern garden lovers find parks which have committed themselves with tree and bark to the dendrology. The landscape park in Dammereez is considered to be one of the oldest farm parks in Mecklenburg and a dendrological gem. Some oak and ash trees have an almost biblical age of 400 years or more. Besides domestic trees, such as copper beech, horse chestnut and sycamore maple, also numerous foreign woods, among them catalpas, tulip trees and thick-trunk sequoias, as well as pond cypresses and Japanese firs, grow here. The exotic species were sourced from the Laffertsche nursery at the nearby Lehsen farmhouse. Some had been uprooted over time so that it became necessary to restock the park. With 101 trees the park has now been restored to its 1930 state. An instructional path runs beneath the shady giant trees to two small ponds, past a fountain and a pavilion. Today, a protective hedge grows around this sight. In Blücherhof, an arboretum of the special kind was created around 1904 upon request of the castle owner and zoologist Alexander Koenig. From his many expeditions



around the globe, he always brought back new tree seedlings, which were gathered on an 8-hectare area by the Riga City Garden Director Georg Kuphaldt. At the high, iron, rococo portals, the expedition starts through the farm ensemble, that is protected as a national monument, with castle and meadows, with flowering shrubs and four ponds. In a small pavilion that is surrounded by giant hogweed at the shore of the carp pond, information panels tell of the 150 or so tree varieties. The botanical gardens in Greifswald, Rostock and Christiansberg also count among the dendrological gems of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with arboretum and alpinum, blossom festival and mushroom exhibition, as well as different greenhouses. No to be forgotten is the Wangeliner Garden, Mecklenburg’s biggest herb garden greenhouses, with among others, numerous magic and trick plants. An inviting whiff of anise, vanilla and peppermint wafts over from the aromatic plants. While the luscious flower beds attract colourful butterflies, two-legged visitors like to nibble at the fresh fruits and vegetables from the North German farm gardens.

In 1883, city forester Schramm planted exotic trees and shrubs in Rostock, including the botanic landmark and oldest inhabitant of the zoo - an American Giant Redwood. Still today, a vast network of roads still leads through one of the country‘s most beautiful parks. The historic dahlia quarter, the rhododendron grove as well as the arboretum with gigantic firs and cedars are especially worth seeing. The Schwerin Zoo is situated amidst a rolling landscape, with old oaks and stately beeches, between the Schweriner, the Fauler and the Ostorfer Lake. At the centre is the 3-hectare bird meadow with its winding watercourses, quiet bays and cosy ponds. Amidst a forest and green hills, the Bird Park Marlow gathers a colourful world of birds in spacious, partially accessible facilities. In the damp floodplans of the Nebel, the nature and environmental park Güstrow is located. On a 165-hectare area, landscape and deer park merge into a nature adventure space. A brook gently babbles through the modern environmental education centre, past a rustling reed jungle and a fragrant flower meadow. In many parks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, naturally grown and artificial things enter into a fascinating symbiosis. So, the sculpture

Dammereez. Redwoods and other noble trees stretch here into the Mecklenburg skies. The estate park is one of the oldest in the region and is home to a wealth of exotic species.


1 Katzow. From cow paddock to art venue the sculpture park is now home to more than 80 works of art. 2 Klockenhagen. Three hundred herbs for healing and spicing up food grow in the garden of this open-air museum. Hildegard von Bingen would have enjoyed herself here.

park in Katzow is considered to be a unique centre of modern art in Northern Germany. The sculptor Thomas Radeloff laid the foundation when he placed his »Three Figures« on a meadow in 1991. In the meantime, this 18 hectare stretch has become home to more than 80 works of art - and this number will most likely grow. Some of the pieces are up to 14 metres high. On about 45,000 square metres, Bröllin castle combines a farm park that is protected as a national monument, a historic fruit and vegetable garden and innovative art work along with as a free theatre, dance and youth culture centre. Plüschow castle and park also regularly accommodate creative people from all over the world, who let themselves be kissed by the Muse in the idyll. Onlookers are as welcome here as in Wiligrad. Besides contemporary and many hundred year old sculptures and columns, the wooded park also boasts fountains and memorial stones just waiting to be discovered. The castle gardeners grow indigenous herbs for the kitchen and medicinal purposes - as they did in the time of Duke Johann Albrecht. Gallery exhibitions are on show in the castle where guided tours are also available as are courses in painting, sculpting, music and dance. The garden by Otto Niemeyer-Holstein (1896-1984) in Lüttenort on Usedom is picturesque in two senses. The grounds with its unusual architecture, various garden areas and the sculptures erected in harmony with the plants constitute an overall work of art. But Niemeyer-Holstein would have also seen the most beautiful views just by looking out of the window. The former estate grounds in Todendorf present themselves with an Asian flair. German and Japanese sculptors have left their marks in wood, stone and in gardening art. Ponds and contemplative places of quiet characterize the grove created by the local



society of friends of the estate. Japanese works of art - from paintings to ceramics - are on show at the adjacent Mitsuko castle (the former manor). Although previously demonized, socalled weeds now grow in well-tended plantations. Because stinging nettles, Bishop’s weed and so on are now trading as wild herbs and are very popular with top chefs. Boltenhagen farmhouse is appreciated far beyond the state borders as a supplier to haute cuisine restaurants. This is where tasty herbs are grown on a 2.5 hectare edible landscape. Wild food also thrives in the Lassaner Winkel. And more than 180 healing and scented plants are grown in the Pommerland herb garden located on the edge of the little village of Papendorf (near Pulow). Sweet horsemint and fruity-smelling clary sage scent the air with their aromas. The almost forgotten motherwort, alecost, inula along with other pleasant-smelling spices and flowers enhance the fragrance. Old types of fruit, berries and vegetables have regained favour. The Hildegard-von-Bingen bed shows plants with which the holy woman was already familiar 1000 years ago. An experience for all the senses. And not just for people with excellent eyesight. Fresh herbs are enjoying growing popularity in many gardens. Former monks knew which herbs could be used to treat which ailments. Behind old walls, the tradition of healing plants is returning. For instance, dye plants and spices, edible blossoms and wild herbs grow on 16 raised beds at Burg Stargard. And the open-air museums in Schwe-


rin-Mueß and Klockenhagen reveal how herbs should be cultivated and applied. While the monastery garden at the Pomeranian State Museum in Greifswald shows what plants were used in the pills produced by mediaeval apothecaries. The Warnow School’s forest in Papendorf near Rostock is a very special project. In 1991, the students started planting 8000 trees and shrubs on an area of 4.5 hectares. Besides a field hedge, a forest clearance, an outdoor classroom, school pond and insect hotel, the area now also boasts a barefoot path, willow pavilion and maze, a carriage showcasing bees, a farmer’s and herb garden as well as a mixed orchard with 60 types of apple. Roses are ever popular in the region’s castle and estate gardens. Many estate owners grant visitors admission during the peri-


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3 Lüttenort. Otto Niemeyer-Holstein had his refuge here. The painter enjoyed spending time in his studio and being inspired by his garden. 4 Neeberg. In the feng-shui garden on the island of Usedom, visitors enjoy perfect harmony and 200 types of plants.


od of blossom from June to July. The world‘s largest David Austin rose garden in Schloss Merihn‘s 30 hectare park and gardens entices you with bewitching colours, shapes and fragrances. Over 8,000 original English roses enchant you with their splendour. The various kitchen gardens are a feast for the eye and palate. Herbs, trellis and shrub fruit as well as table and wine-press grapes are fully cultivated here. Box, hornbeam and privet hedges connect the individual garden areas of the BUGA site 2009 into a unique ensemble. A true gem may be found in Brützkow near Rehna where a proud splendour of roses unfolds in summer on a 2.5 hectare former farm. The listed park at Groß Siemen farmhouse is home to three thousand historic and English rose types where a pink-dusted Bourbon rose may also be found among the valuable thorny flowers. It’s named »Sou-

venir de la Malmaison« and was so called by Empress Josephine who dedicated herself to growing roses while her husband Napoleon slaughtered entire armies. Old and wild rarities of noble heritage, indigenous, Chinese and American types may be admired in Groß Wokern. And the grass maze also invites visitors arriving outside the rose season to take a relaxing stroll. Fans of the thorny beauties will also find these highly admired plants in Gottin and on manor Nustrow as well as in many other cosy corners. And at Lützow castle gardens, it is not only possible to admire these select flowers, they may also be purchased here, too.

and at the end of June 2011, otherwise secluded gardens will be granting deep insights. And there will be a lot of shop talk over coffee among the 100 hosts. The event proved so successful that many more are planned in the individual regions with short routes leading to park estates and gardens that are usually within easy reach. And visitors may look forward to green oases - where the nicest surprises blossom - along the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern garden route.

Incidentally, June is the best time for »Offene Gärten Mecklenburg-Vorpommern«. The weekend campaign has found a great response since 2007 and has already become a firm tradition. A special opportunity for gardening lovers, for on 2nd June 2010


Emotional history then and now

Fascinating witnesses to history

european cultural history

The old castle lords would be surprised if they could see their residences now. Many of them are aglow in new splendour and old flair. More and more committed architectural conservationists and landlords are updating the biographies of palaces and manor houses. With public exhibitions and in private meetings, they invite you to experience exciting trips through traditional stories.

There are still many undiscovered treasures waiting to be found.

Klempenow fortress:

An art-minded bulwark Klempenow fortress looks back on a hostile past. Built in 1231 as a lowland castle by Pomeranian dukes to secure their power, several high-born families immediately barricaded themselves behind the strong walls. The castle complex flourished in the 15th century under Heinrich IV. von Heydebreck, who occupied the highest political positions as advisor to the Duke of Pommern-Stettin. The Torhaus - Gate House - is also attributed to him. The granary was one of the first North German half-timbered houses and quickly fell into a bad state of repair. The Torhaus received its current redbrick facade during reconstruction. Heinrich V. died in 1520 as the last von Heydebreck resident in Klempenow, and Duke Bogislav X von Pommern annexed himself into the well-fortified building. Sweden conquered the castle in 1630. Dodo zu Knyphausen left the most significant traces in the 90 years of

Swedish occupation. The Field Marshall achieved fame and fortune on the battlefields of the Thirty Years' War and initiated the restoration of the tower, with living rooms and a room with fireplace. After South-West Pomerania fell to Prussia in 1720, domain leaseholders managed Klempenow until 1945. After the confusion of the Second World War, the castle became home to resettled families. Residents of the south and west wings made structural alterations several times up into the Nineties. The redevelopment, in line with generally accepted conservation practice, did not begin until the Kultur-Transit e.V. Association was set up in 1991. Enthusiastic art and culture-lovers successfully came to-

gether to establish the castle as a cultural centre in the region. Today, its walls reflect the atmosphere of a setting for artisan markets, concerts and conferences. A gallery for contemporary art and a cafĂŠ are open during the season for guests.

Klempenow. The old fortress amidst the bewitching lowland area of Tollense has been lovingly given a breath of new life. Nowadays, in the shadow of its steadfast walls, young and old enjoy the merriment found at the festivals.


Kölzow estate:

Family saga with a happy ending The playful details of the manor house add to its charm and stately atmosphere. The 800-year chronicle of Kölzow castle began with a dramatic love story. Two brothers, as knights in the service of Heinrich der Löwe, rescued a princess from the burning Ilow castle near Wismar. Captivated by her charm, the noble youths both lost their heart to the beauty. The princess now had to decide to which of her rescuers she would give her love. She gave a gold bracelet to her chosen one, and flowers to the other. Since that time, both branches of the von der Lühe bear a coat of arms with the crowned princess. If you look a little more closely, however, you will notice a difference: in the coat of arms of the descendants of the happy wedding couple she is holding a bracelet in her hands, and in the other a bouquet of flowers.

The von der Lühe family with the bracelet in its coat of arms founded the Kölzow estate at the end of the 12th century. A ring-ditch with defence tower offered protection in troubled times. The von der Lühe's set the tone for life on the estate for 550 years. The sudden economic end of the family came in 1768, after the Prussian King Friedrich The Great confiscated everything that the farms and barns yielded for the Seven Years' War. Ownership changed frequently until the beginning of the 19th century. Then the von Prollius family took over the estate. Around 1850 they built a classical-style manor house - the current castle. Prince Friedrich Siegesmund von Preussen bought the estate as a summer residence in 1925.

Kölzow's heyday ended at the end of the Second World War. As a refugee hostel, the house offered shelter to 17 families. Up until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the castle was used as a village marketplace, a kindergarten and a youth club. Then the building fell noticeably into disrepair. Only when Detlef and Ute von der Lühe purchased their ancestors' grounds back in 2000 did the old sparkle return to the halls. The redevelopment of castle and park, in line with generally accepted conservation practice, took until 2004. Since then, guests of Kölzow castle country house have enjoyed stately holidays. Every afternoon there is the smell of cake from the café, which, depending on weather conditions, is also served in the garden.

Photos: TMV/Körner (1) · Archiv Schloss Klempenow (5) · Landhaus Schloss Kölzow (3)

Family tradition. The von der Lühes coat-of-arms recounts an enchanting fairy tale.

Kölzow. Today, descendants of the manor's founders manage the mansion as a stylish guesthouse.


State castles and gardens Unique pearls:

the royal residences

The royal palaces and gardens - once the residences of dukes - are regarded as the crown jewels in the multifarious palace landscape to be discovered in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The Landesschlösserverwaltung - the State Palace Administration - is responsible for maintaining and restoring these stately treasures and developing them as tourist attractions.

1 During the baroque festival, Schlosspark Ludwigslust becomes the stage for life at court. 2 The Bothmer palace complex is the largest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 3 Güstrow castle is regarded as the most significant renaissance building in northern Germany. 4 As if in a fairy-tale, Schwerin castle with its towers and domes sits on its own island. 5 The Granitz hunting lodge fascinates with its cast-iron stairs leading up to a viewing platform. 6 The orangery at Neustrelitz with its historic interior offers a festive ambience for cultural events. 7 The state is working intensively to preserve and restore its castles and gardens.

The Mecklenburg palaces in Schwerin, Ludwigslust and Güstrow with their parks and gardens count among the most impressive structures. Schloss Wiligrad near Schwerin has also established itself as a widely popular venue with its widely varying exhibitions. And the classicist orangery in Neustrelitz constitutes a very special gem. Its unique interior furnishings with their antique sculptures and Pompeian frescoes are impressive. Visitors to Schloss Hohenzieritz near Neustrelitz may trace the footsteps of Queen Luise of Prussia. A memorial in the room where the queen died provides comprehensive information about the graceful and wise princess who came from the Mecklenburg-Strelitz line.

Another sovereign - Charlotte Queen of England - was born in Mirow. The palace here is currently being restored. The most visited palace in MecklenburgVorpommern is the extensively restored Jagdschloss Granitz on the island of Rügen. Around 200,000 people visit the historic salons each year. Schloss and Park Bothmer have been the property of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since February 2008. The palace complex, situated near the Baltic Sea, sprawls before the gates of the town of Klütz and is the largest baroque palace complex in the state. It will be extensively renovated over the next few years. The park is accessible to the public and is a popular festival venue.

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The building that houses the administration for the state’s castles and gardens. Werderstraße 4 · 19055 Schwerin · fon +49 (0)385 50 90 · fax +49 (0)385 50 91 24 ·


Getting married in the castle

Red roses

will rain upon us

It was love at first sight - this small magical castle in the centre of a large enchanted park. The young pair had discovered it during their first trip to MecklenburgVorpommern and made up their minds right there and then: this is where we will get married!

Castles enshrouded in roses and stately homes flanked by chestnut trees, romantic lake shores and the snow-white beaches of the Baltic sea make Mecklenburg-Vorpommern a heavenly location for lovers. Even Prussian Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm III. fell for the charm of the graceful Princess Luise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz here. At the time, the love match between the prince and the intelligent beauty enthralled all Europe. More than 200 years later, the lovable north is celebrating a true high point. More and more couples from all over Germany and other countries are exchanging vows here. The magnificent residences, bright summer palaces and elegant mansions are highly favoured as splendid backdrops to committing couples. Brides and grooms are made to feel like princesses and princes in the venerable build-ings and extensive parks. The broad variety of festive facilities and exclusive arrangements turn this most special day into a unique experience. And so couples may marry in magnificent mirrored halls or in cosy tower rooms, in grand stately churches or in small estate chapels. In civil or church ceremonies, following Catholic or Protestant rites, either in cosy togetherness or with large entourages. The guests may then enjoy princely feasts in banquet halls, knightly spreads in

old vaults or simple meals in fragrant parks. Others will prefer airy tea pavilions for three or generous barns for three hundred guests. Artistic castle gardens with shady trees and flowering meadows are the places to whisper sweet nothings into each others’ ears, to dream and take lazy strolls. The route into the open air often leads guests past sunny terraces and open-air staircases that wouldn’t look amiss in a Hollywood film. With great dedication to detail, masters of ceremony will create unusual arrangements for loving couples. Wedding cakes from royal bakers and gala menus from palace kitchens, horses and coaches, bridal bouquets with red roses, waiters and party services, hairdressers and photographers, music and myrtle crowns - there is hardly a wish that will remain unfulfilled. The lords of the manors are also always happy to recommend programmes for unforgettable honeymoons. Which course commence with heavenly wedding nights. How fantastic it is to snuggle up to the gentle rippling of the nearby lake, the sound of crickets chirping their goodnight song and the moon shining from behind old oak trees in the park. That’s when weddings in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern benefit from not just one lucky star but from thousands.

Some of the most beautiful venues for romantic wedding receptions (with and without wedding ceremony) and princely honeymoons are listed in the brochure (pages 60-79). Further fabulous arrangements at F


Castles, les, palaces and parks for everyone every The endless world

of castles and palaces

Germany's beautiful North also offers a varied programme for its physicallychallenged guests. Also applies to castles, parks and manor houses, of course. Accommodations, restaurants and museums in the luxurious residences are also equipped for wheelchair users, the visually impaired and blind persons. The Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania tourist association - TMV) places a great deal of importance on the development and observance of quality standards in designing tourist facilities that are suitable for the disabled. That is why the TMV constantly checks the accessibility of more and more facilities.

Park Ludwigslust castle. Special tactile maps help people who are visually impaired or blind to find their way around the magnificent park.

It has not yet been possible to remove all hindrances. In historic buildings and parks in particular, a complete adjustment of the grounds to the needs of visitors that are restricted in their mobility and senses is often not possible for reasons pertaining to the monument-conservation status.

On these pages you will find selected offers that will hopefully give you an appetite to take a holiday between the Seenplatte (larger lowland plain comprising several lakes) and the Baltic Sea. The Servicezentrale Tourismus für Alle (Tourist Service Office for Everyone) within the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Tourist Association is also pleased to give you tips on planning your endless holiday.

Servicezentrale Tourismus für Alle at the Tourismusverband M-V e. V. fon +49 (0)381 40 30-676

A selection of wheelchair-friendly castles, palaces and parks • Ludwigslust castle (with palace grounds, Natureum, Schweizerhaus and town church) • Schwerin castle with castle grounds • Stellshagen manor house • Redewisch manor house • Alte Burg Neustadt-Glewe • Samow manor house • Bredenfelde castle • Schlemmin castle • Hotel Ralswiek castle • Ehmkendorf manor house • Dömitz fortress • Thünengut Tellow • Park Dargun castle • Park Bothmer castle • Park Mirow castle • Orangery and park Neustrelitz castle • Arboretum/Botanical Gardens Greifswald • Rock garden Neu Pudagla • Rhododendron Park Graal-Müritz • Wangelin gardens You will find more parks suitable for the disabled from page 80 onwards. Watch for the symbols.

Papendorf. Visitors can discover, smell and taste the spicy world of herbs in the fragrance and tactile garden.


Experience the royal seat Ludwigslust with all your senses Visitors that are mobility-impaired can go on an almost unrestricted voyage of discovery. Whether castle grounds, the castle itself, the castle café, the town church or town centre the tourist highlights of the old residence town are wheelchair-friendly. Visually impaired and blind people will find detailed information in a brochure in Braille and people in wheelchairs may obtain a city plan free-of-charge. Restaurants and sanitary facilities are also accessible to visitors that are restricted in their mobility.

guests will find refreshments in the Schweizerhaus, which was built in 1790. The restaurant has an entrance suitable for wheelchairs and a WC for the disabled. Mobility-impaired visitors can reach the castle museum via the castle's south portal. After notifying the ticket office, museum employees are pleased to accompany wheelchair users in the lift to the upper floors of the exhibition.

The former Fontaine house and current Natureum are located at the car park by the castle’s nursery. Visitors with wheelchairs enter the venerable building of 1750 with its substantial fossil collection through a spacious French door.

Rollable granite-slab tracks show the path from the castle via the paved castle square to the temple-like town church. Wheelchair users can take a stair-free entrance on the east side to get to the interior, which deviates strongly from Mecklenburg traditions with its Doric pillars.

After viewing the exhibition, the 310-acre castle park awaits you. The sidled paths, spacious avenues and ornate bridges are almost completely accessible by wheelchair. Only between Ludwigsluster Canal and Johannisdamm are several steps and a non-accessible bridge. On a touch plan with relief and detailed lettering in Braille, each visitor receives a idea of the vastness and diversity of the facility. Hungry

The wheelchair-friendly Clara-Zetkin-Strasse and the Gartenstrasse lead into the Schlossstrasse, where every house stands opposite its own mirror image. As in olden days, you can enjoy a stroll past the Town Hall under the blossoming linden trees. After the guided tour of the town, visitors can stop off without hindrance at the restaurant in the Landhotel de Weimar.

Discover together. Often all that's needed is just a helping hand to discover castles and parks.

Pommerland Herb Garden In the aroma and touch garden in Papendorf, visually impaired and blind people and wheelchair users can experience the world of herbs with all their senses. More than 180 different plants are available to visitors on guided tours to smell, taste and touch. Notice boards everywhere show information on the botanical characteristics in large, legible writing and also in Braille. On the barefoot passway, guests can feel the different composition of moss, pebbles, tree bark and grass on the soles of their feet. Access to the garden and sanitary facilities is of course suitable for wheelchairs. F see also page 90

Photos: H. Wegner (1) · fotolia/Luftbildfotograf (1) · Mira Kretschmer (1) · TMV/Grundner (1)

Wangelin Gardens In Mecklenburg's largest herb garden, visitors can taste, smell and touch more than 900 plant types and varieties. The15,000 m2 gardens offer guided tours by experts to discover the diversity of medicinal and aromatic plants. Loads of fun for big and small alike in playing fields with a meadow maze, molehills and magic flower garden. F see also page 95

Schwerin castle with castle grounds Whether you visit the park, the castle gardens or the Garten am Marstall - wheelchair-friendly zones stretch out over the entire area. The Residence Palace of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II is also totally accessible to wheelchair users. F see also page 93

Ludwigslust. Castle and park draw the viewer into a far distant past, full of pomp and circumstance.


1 | From castle to castle Approx. 27 km | 3 stages with 4 sights to see

Ideal walking route

Awe-inspiring legacy

of noble knights


It’s all in the name: the little town of Burg Stargard is home to a medieval stronghold. The weight of centuries rests on this brick colossus that rises 50 metres above the town. The fragrance of sage and marjoram wafts from the kitchen garden as in days of yore. White-tailed eagles and ospreys circle the keep. From here, the view is of picturesque meadows with mixed orchards that are home to ancient apple trees with the gaze being drawn to gentle hills and glassy clear lakes where kingfishers bathe. One thousand years ago, the Slavs

settled in the area around the castle hill. Soon, important trading routes intersected at its feet. A paradise for robber knights in the middle ages. The Brandenburg margraves, not renowned for their modesty and decency, realized in 1236 how favourably it was located and continued until 1258 to extend Stargard as a strategic outpost. The scary climax in the castle’s annals: short shrift was given here to suspected witches for the last time in the region in the 18th century. Even today, hotel guests may enjoy the thrill of the former dungeon. A thrill that

the castle hotel quickly follows with a bracing drink to calm its guests. A fairy-tale forest commences behind the seven Stargarder Mountains. The Hagen - as this ancient area is known - is dotted with gently rolling meadows and fields. Idyllic villages invite visitors to stay a while and the Lake Krickower See near Zachow is great for swimming. B

The broad oaks of Prillwitz hunting lodge line the banks of the Lieps. And the property with its restored charm today welcomes hotel and restaurant guests. The


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NEUBRANDENBUR NEUBR ANDENBURG ANDENBUR G Fun tips: Burg Penzlin Castle festival on the second to last weekend in August, Walpurgis Night with Walpurgis Bonfire in the night from 30 April to 1 May Burg Stargard Walpurgis Night with Witches’ and Herbal Market on 30 April /1 May, Castle Festival on the second weekend in August, Stargarder Rose Festival on the first weekend in July


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Other sights worth seeing from page 80.

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Route information Tourist-Information Burg Stargard fon +49 (0)39603 208 95 Travel companies: Landreisen GbR fon +49 (0)385 71 53 74


Lake Tollensesee

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Visitors to the castle will find the inn, »Zur Alten Münze«, a hotel, a museum in the stables, a tailor and dressmaker’s in the horse stable and a wedding room in the Amtsreiter. Thatched half-timbered houses line the path along the banks of the Lake Tollensesee. Ballwitz is one of the most beautiful villages. Here, hikers may rest on the picturesque village green in the shadow of the stone church. In Zachow, the church and the restored village smithy are also worth seeing.

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Lake Lieps is located at the bottom tip of Lake Tollense in the Nonnenhof nature reserve. Private boating is prohibited here, but bathing is permitted. Buzzards, herons and eagles roost here in secret hideaways. A quick trip to nearby Hellbergen will provide a fantastic view of nature’s stage. The restaurant in the Prillwitzer hunting lodge always has fish and game specialities ready for weary hikers.


otherwise miserly Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Strelitz had the castle built in the art nouveau style for his sole heir Adolf Friedrich V. in 1890. C

Just a few rape fields further on, Hohenzieritz sits on its slightly elevated throne above the valleys. A narrow avenue leads from the village road to the country seat, which possesses one of the oldest and most beautiful landscape gardens. Ponds, winding paths and a small waterfall create romantic highlights in the extensive park. Prince Karl Ludwig Friedrich, later Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, had it laid out in 1770. The castle was also given its classicist façade and an additional floor at this time. Following the deaths of his two wives, Duke Karl created a monument to them and the children who had also died by commissioning the sculpture group entitled: »Hope Soothes Grief«. The duke was dealt a further blow by fate in 1810 when his daughter, Luise, Queen

Penzlin. A castle full of magic. The witches’ museum with its dungeons is particularly horrible.

of Prussia from 1797, died at the age of just 34 years during a visit to Hohenzieritz. Three rooms on the ground floor as well as a round temple in the park are dedicated to the memory of the beautiful monarch. Today, her admirers may find their way to Hohenzieritz along the Queen-Luise-Route.

The route continues in the direction of Werder to Penzlin castle. Hikers will encounter giant thujas that are centuries old. Poplars and willows whisper surreptitiously across the spring fens. The Lake Großer Stadtsee of Penzlin flashes through the forests. Built on a Slavic defence, the 800 year old Penzlin castle appears quite harmless. But the castle is home to witches’ dungeons - seven metres deep with their design entirely adapted to medieval paranoia. Victims where chained to the wall in the niches and permitted no contact with the ground (under which the devil resided). Records of torture and a terrifying collection of tools are a reminder of the 4,000 witch trials that were held in the region. Herbs often played a role in these trials. Their effect was regarded as pure magic. All kinds of plants with magical powers again grow today in the castle garden. The witches’ potions from the late medieval smoke-blackened kitchen are, in contrast, today entirely harmless.

1 Photos: TMV/Legrand (2)

Approx. 7 km

Penzlin 1 Burg Stargard. From a clear height, the brick colossus offers


The exhibition dedicated to the memory of Queen Luise at Hohenzieritz castle boasts a famous bronze statuette. The »Prussian Madonna« shows the monarch with Wilhelm, her son born in 1797, who later entered history as Kaiser Wilhelm I. The sculpture is the work of Fritz Schaper. The gothic Marienkirche dating back to the 13th century, the landmark of Penzlin, is visible from afar.

an extensive overview. Old apple trees climb the slopes.


2 | Around the Müritz Approx. 46 km | 3 stages with 4 sights to see

Ideal car route

Pearls for the queen A

turned into a romantic hotel. Now complemented by a glass extension. The Lake Müritz shimmers in silver at the feet of the proud hostel with its well-tended park. A place where visitors may dip their feet in the water while sunbathing or enjoy the panorama from the restaurant terrace.

The Slavs settling here around 1,000 years ago called the Müritz the »Little Sea«. Picturesque bays and natural landscapes may be found on the shores of Germany’s largest inland water. This blue-blooded queen is caressed by many delightful country seats, which include some true pearls. A genuine postcard beauty poses directly on the lake: Klink castle. A playful fairy-tale castle with turrets, bays and pinnacles, the neo-renaissance structure has been enthroned on a small strip of land since 1898. Arthur Schnitzler, an industrialist from Cologne, commissioned his architect, Hans Grisebach, to build a residence like those found in the French Loire region. One hundred years later, the giant villa was


The southern tip of the lake is accessible from the Müritz’s western shores. Ludorf farmhouse, has settled on a peninsular surrounded by water, moors and reeds. Adebar points the way to one the oldest mansions in Mecklenburg. The country seat which has hardly changed over time presents itself in the Danish Clinker Renaissance style. Squire Adam Levin von Knuth had it built from the

Klink. The fairy-tale castle on the Lake Müritz enchants with an incredible lake view.

ruins of Morin castle in 1698. Magnificent ceiling paintings from the period have been preserved in the building. The former Zinnenhaus of 1850 is today home to the estate

5 Möllenhagen Möl lenhagen Lake Fleesensee Lake Plauer See Lenzz Len Fun tips: Waren (Müritz) »Müritz Saga« on the Mühlenberg open-air stage from July to September Mirow Island festival in July

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Travel companies: Schwerin Plus Touristik Service GmbH fon +49 (0)385 55 80 20 Landreisen GbR fon +49 (0)385 71 53 74


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The small brick chapel in Klink was commissioned by Jacob Ernst von Holstein and his wife, Elisabeth Sophia von Bülow, in 1736. The family vault was added later. The church interior has been preserved in its original state. Röbel/ Müritz has an attractive old town with colourful timber-frame houses and holds magnificent views available for those willing to climb the church tower.


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Ludorf farmhouse today welcomes hotel and restaurant guests to a historic ambience. The kitchen chef creates Mecklenburg, Pomeranian and ayurvedic dishes from local products. The specialities include whitefish, pike and pike-perch fresh from the Lake Müritz. The estate arranges guided tours through the national park and Ludorf nature reserves from April to November.

museum. Curiously, the exhibition is also dedicated to shipping. This is because in the middle of the 19th century, the landed gentry of Mecklenburg also possessed their own fleets and traded throughout the world. The octagonal estate church dating from 1346 is also unusual. It is based on the same ground plan as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Apparently, the crusader, Wipert Morin, had it built on his return. An extensive landscape park that surrounds the estate extends down to the Lake Müritz. C

Solzow farmhouse is very cosy. Its country house flair, which today may be enjoyed by holiday guests, still bears the traits of the early 19th century Biedermeier style. A short cobblestone avenue leads to the house with its round lawn. The Bülow family purchased the estate in 1908 and thoroughly renovated it before inviting their aristocratic neighbours in for rabbit and duck hunts. A horn-

beam arcade behind the house leads from the vegetable garden to the extensive landscape. With its wildly romantic corners and giant ancient trees, the park has today again become an experience. Coffee is available here during the summer from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. The little town of Mirow with its neat town houses is surrounded by wooded knolls and lakes. A stone bridge leads across Lake Mirow to the island from which the castle rises and through the renaissance gatehouse dating from 1588 on winding paths through the garden. Following a lightning strike, Duke Adolf Friedrich III. of Mecklenburg-Strelitz had the noble widow’s residence restored from 1749 to 1752. Christoph Julius Löwe based the new design on the French model. The rooms were valuably furnished in the rococo style and are currently being restored. Only the ballroom was spared by the fire in 1742 and so its baroque plaster decorations


Mirow. A small bridge leads to the romantic love island.

were preserved. It will be possible to again admire the putti and mythical figures from 2011. A bridge leads from the castle to the romantic love island. This is where Adolf Friedrich VI. lies, the last governing Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.



Photos: TMV/Legrand (4) · TMV/WERK3 (1)

Approx. 20 km

Mirow 1 Mirow. Valuable rococo furnishings adorn this princely


Vipperow is the oldest town in the Müritz region and was once a powerful Slavic settlement. The precious carved altar in the village church dates from 1500. The tourist information office is located in the gatehouse in Mirow. The cavalier house and depot provide venues for events and holiday apartments. And from 2011, concerts will be performed in the castle’s ballroom and garden hall. The dendrological »Erbsland« garden is just six kilometres away.

widow’s home. 2 Ludorf. The honourable manor appears almost simple. Its true

splendour is revealed in the baroque ceiling paintings. 3 Ludorf. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was the

model for this unusual church structure.


3 | Castle tour Approx. 73 km | 5 stages with 6 sights to see

Ideal cycle route

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The last ice age carved a unique landscape in the middle of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The melting snow and ice created enormous quantities of water that found its way into channels and depressions with sand and rubble amassing next to them, sometimes building up hills of up to 100 metres high. Dotted with meadow grasses, corn poppies and cornflowers, they curve through the lowlands of Mecklenburg Switzerland. And white-tailed eagles, ospreys and lesser spotted eagles perch on their aeries in the forests while moor frogs search for cover against clattering stork bills. This paradise is crowned by elegant castles and mansions that are strung together like pearls on a necklace around Lake Malchin

Blücherhof. With its exotic groves, the English park forges a charming link to the wide world.

with Basedow doubtlessly being the most famous of these jewels. The von Hahn family had their residence in Basedow for more than 600 years. The terracotta-adorned castle rises proudly from the lake shores.

Two wings and a tower dating from 1552 are the oldest parts of the building. Major modifications were made to the structure by Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf Graf von Hahn from 1835. His love of England is reflected in the redesigned castle grounds laid out by Peter Joseph Lenné, Potsdam’s Garden Director, which because they extend for more than 200 hectares constitute a masterpiece on a grand scale by this talented garden artist. Lenné skilfully utilized the remains of a knight’s castle and a stone-age megalithic grave and opened up extensive countryside vistas beyond the driveway. Avenues with lime trees and Lombardy poplars create wide-ranging links. Lines of sight draw the eyes to the castle for whose neo-

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Basedow church boasts a renaissance altar dating from 1592 and a rare baroque organ dating from 1680. The estate forge with bubbling spring is today a café where information about guided tours may be found. Food and drink is served in the »Alte Schafstall« from April to October.

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Fun tips: Alter Schafstall Basedow Spring market in April, roses - asparagus strawberry feast in June, day of the open monument in September


Ulrichshusen B

Approx. 11 km

A stone barn in Ulrichshusen with its thick walls possesses a unique acoustic. And so concerts staged within the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival are performed here in the summer. The Restaurant »Am Burggraben« invites people in. People may find stylish accommodation in the castle.


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Approx. 19 km

The Blücherhof estate with gatehouse, stables and dovecote has been restored and is now open to holiday guests. Café »Dubenhus« attracts with homemade specialities. Gourmets get their money‘s worth in the Great Hall of Burg Schlitz. The »Zum Goldenen Frieden« inn has stood opposite the entrance gate since 1820.

gothic conversion in 1839, the Prussian Master Builder, Friedrich August Stüler, was responsible. The village and outbuildings also clearly bear his signature. B

The Maltzahn family was major and established aristocratic lineage. The family built a moated castle with the defensive features of a castle in Ulrichshusen in 1560. But this example of profane renaissance building fell victim to a blaze in 1987. Six years later, Baron Helmuth von Maltzahn purchased the brick castle and had it rebuilt following original historic plans. Defences and ditches were restored, lines of view recreated. C

In its neo-baroque and mundane style, Blücherhof castle is an unusual piece of architecture. Its remarkable character commences with its wrought-iron rococo gates at the entrance. In 1904, a zoologist from Bonn, Alexander König, acquired the mansion. From his travels, the professor brought

back many exotic plants, which he planted in the freshly created landscape park between ponds and meadows. More than 100 different types of trees, including jungle trees and redwoods, constitute a unique botanic collection. Burg Schlitz presents itself in finest classicism on the slopes of a beech-lined hill. In 1823, builder-owner Graf Hans von Schlitz had a unique specimen made in Hohen Demzin according to his own expectations. However, it took eleven years to complete the show-piece with galleries, porch with pillars and lookout tower. The exquisite furnishings of the current Schlosshotel include fine window paintings in the Great Hall, wallpaper paintings and two porcelain tiled stoves by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Not less impressive is the 180 hectare landscape park with rare trees, neo-gothic chapel and 36 monuments. The fountain with nymphs built in


the art-nouveau style by Walter Schott was installed in 1930. D

Schorssow castle is idyllically located on its own lake. The three-wing structure was built around 1740 for the Moltke family in an entirely baroque style. The classicist look then entered the frame at the beginning of the 19th century. The English-type park extends down to the lake. A dendrological instructional path leads the way to old tree giants. E

A state palace with lush furnishings also adorned Remplin at one time. However, the magnificent baroque building burned down in 1940 for reasons that are as yet unknown. Only the North Wing, the 37-metre high gate tower built in 1750, the inns and the estate church remained standing. The observatory in Lenné-Park, which was built in 1793, is currently being restored.



Photos: TMV/Grundner (3) · Tourismusverband Mecklenburgische Schweiz/Legrand (1)


Approx. 17 km


Approx. 8 km

Basedow 1 Hohen Demzin. Count Hans of Schlitz dedicated


Schorssow castle is today open to sophisticated hotel guests and gourmets. The castle lake has its own bathing and a country hotel with beer garden and terrace. A typical fisherman’s house dating from the 18th century still stands in the village.


Remplin Observatory is the oldest preserved observatory building in Mecklenburg. It is currently being restored step-by-step. Guided tours to the observatory and through the 35-hectar park can be arranged by calling Christel Müller at +49 (0)39957 201 50.

his castle in Latin to »posterity«. 2 Ulrichshusen. The restored castle on the shores of the

lake stands proud between meadows and fields. 3 Basedow. The giant landscape park surrounding the

knightly castle was created by Peter Joseph Lenné.


4 | Roses and gardens Approx. 50 km | 3 stages with 4 sights to see

Ideal car route

One thousand kissed-

awake beauties


Recent years have seen many castles and mansions throughout Mecklenburg-Vorpommern delivered from their slumber. Some estate owners have apparently fallen for roses, the »Queen of Blossoms«, and have become eager collectors of wild and historic species. And so hundreds of park and rambler roses spread their charming fragrance at Nustrow manor. A small sea of flowers has blossomed in the generous landscape garden since 1996. At its centre stands one of the oldest magnolia trees in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Tasty herbs

and vegetables sprout in the re-cultivated kitchen garden. Surrounded by rape fields, the estate lies in a country seclusion. The Schack family had a classicist mansion built on the foundations of a moated castle in 1830. The architect was Carl Theodor Severin - famous as the brilliant builder of the Heiligendamm spa hotel. Nustrow manor house is today a romantic domicile for holidaymakers. The knightly cellar with historic barrel vault, a fireplace room and stately salons have been broadly preserved in their original state.


The road leads through Dalwitz and Prebberede to Tellow farmhouse. This is where Johann Heinrich von Thünen lived from 1809 until his death in 1850. This exemplary farmer was far ahead of his time and introduced many agricultural and social reforms. He is regarded as the founder of agricultural business studies. Thünen was, for instance, the first to share profits with his workers and also introduced a pension scheme for employees. His greatest love, however, was reserved for his garden, which he laid out to his own taste. A 200

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Coffee and cake may be enjoyed in Nustrow’s manor garden from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m. on bank holidays and weekends. Groups (from six people) may commence the castle tour with breakfast or end it with a game dish. As in times of old, the »Alte Ausspanne« in Walkendorf offers provisions for the road and beds for the night. Even Czar Peter the Great has stayed in this romantic timber-framed building.


Tellow B

Approx. 3 km


Small and tall knights will find ideal holiday farms at Dalwitz farmhouse and Prebberede farmhouse where organic bread and smoked ham are available directly from the producer. School classes may even stay overnight in the barns on Thünengut in Tellow while families may find accommodation in the gardener’s house and seminar guests in the Schnitterkaserne. Markets, festivals, concerts and much more are staged throughout the year.

year old hornbeam tunnel leads into the park. Dozens of roses gather there into a blossoming corona. The sun-drenched bed was recreated according to the original plans for which Olga von Bismarck, nee Thünen, supplied the model when she recorded the beauty of the garden on canvas in 1886. Romantic paths lead around the large and small park lake. Rare woods - such as the magic beech - line the banks. Two bridges stretch out to an island located in the middle. Somewhat distant, a majestic oak grows on the »Kleine Schlieffenberg« while a North-American tulip tree stretches impressively into the heavens. The estate ensemble with houses for tradesmen and new farmers, a gardener’s house and ice cellar today belongs to the Thünen museum, which showcases country life in the 19th and 20th centuries. C

Gottin farmhouse with its mansion built in 1835 is entirely dedicated to roses.

During the time of blossoming, admirers travel from all over the country to pay their respects to the many »queens«. More than 200 different species flower in the atmospheric park. Alba, Gallica and Bourbon roses draw visitors’ gazes and enchant with their fragrance. A small stream flows lazily through the meadow throwing up reflections of shrubs and bushes. Water lilies bathe in the rainwater pond. Old lime trees, common beeches and cypress oaks create highlights in the small landscape garden. Wild roses grow into colourful bushes in Groß Wokern. Some of these enchanting beauties possess radiant red thorns, others have green flowers. Many wear a pleasant smelling »perfume« on their leaves. Five rare indigenous species may be found among roses from China, Central Asia and North America. The Rose gallica may be admired as one of the oldest species. The variety of the 248 different thorn bearers ranges from


Groß Wokern. Wild roses scent the garden with their intoxicating fragrance.

the »white roses« of the Greeks through the »Rose centifolia« from the Netherlands to moss, remontant and climbing roses. A grass maze laid out to ancient models may also be found in the garden. The meandering path playfully takes visitors over 275 metres of green graphics.


Photos: TMV/Grundner (1) · TMV/Legrand (2)

Approx. 20 km

Groß Wokern 1 Tellow. Model farmer, Johann Heinrich von Thünen,


The trip to Gottin takes travellers past the elevation of Helenenlust. This popular destination for day trippers is named after the wife of Johann Heinrich von Thünen. Hotel guests at Gottin mansion house may relax in the library, on the terrace or wine cellar. The Groß Wokern rose garden is open to visitors during the flowering season from June to the beginning of July. Guided tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5.00 p.m.

created the romantic landscape garden entirely according to his own ideas. 2 Nustrow. Countless park and rambler roses blossom

around the manor in summer.


5 | Castles and estates Approx. 60 km | 4 stages with 5 sights to see

Ideal car route

Landscapes to enjoy A


Ancient trees, boggy meadows and fish ponds characterize the landscape of the Lewitz area. An area that was previously entirely forested. Stone-age man hunted capital deer here. The Slavs called this area »lowit«, which meant that it was rich in game. The Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin honed their hunting skills in the Lewitz area. In 1791, Royal Builder Johann Heinrich von Seydewitz created a delightful little hunting lodge with wings and stables in Friedrichsmoor for Duke Friedrich Franz 1. of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Emperor Wilhelm I., his grandson, Wilhelm II., and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck all spent time as guests here. The hunting lodge is today used as a hotel with restaurant and café. The garden hall is

The Wiesenmeisterei Tuckhude - a building formerly used for managing the estate - is situated directly on a country road. Today, it is home to an educational facility as well as a historic collection of agricultural equipment. Visitors interested in life on the old farms in the Lewitz region may make an appointment for a guided tour. The estate manager formerly worked from the administration building, which dates back to 1862. He was responsible for letting the land for the duke, supervising the hay harvest and monitoring water levels in the ditches. Canals and log ditches were created after the deforestation of wide areas in the 18th and 19th centuries. And the Rivers Stör and Elde were given artificial beds so that,

Ludwigslust. Gilded papier-mâché adorns the castle. But the crystal chandeliers are genuine.

home to a French tapestry depicting courtiers hunting red deer based on a design by Charles Vernet.

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Haunting seat Friedrichsmoor offers four comfortable double rooms. Larger groups may be accommodated in the stables. The café and restaurant are open daily from 11.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. (except 24 December). Game is served as a speciality. Pony trekking is possible with the estate’s own horses.


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Tuckhude B

Approx. 14 km

Wiesenmeisterei Tuckhude is only open by appointment. Which may be made during the week from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. at +49 (0)38757 238 00. The spacious barn is available for hire. Holiday guests will find accommodation in the manager’s house. The castle in Neustadt-Glewe also merits a visit.


Ludwigslust C

Approx. 28 km


A giant painted wall in the town church of Ludwigslust depicts the proclamation of the birth of Christ. Storchennest GmbH’s sea buckthorn plantations may be viewed by appointment at +49 (0)3874 219 73.

with the 32 carp ponds, these small waterways provide habitats for many endangered species. It is a paradise for otters, moor frogs, dragon flies, kingfishers, white-fronted geese and lapwing. C

Duke Christian II. Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin also pursued his passion for hunting around the former small village of Klenow. He built a timber-frame castle with pleasure garden and avenues in the shape of a star in 1731. He christened it Ludwigslust. After he died, his son, Friedrich, extended the country seat to create a magnificent residence. The until then unknown master builder, Johann Joachim Busch, created the ducal »Little Versailles«. He planned the town on the drawing board. And today it remains an ensemble of late-baroque harmony. The castle was completed in 1776. Of the original furnishings, fireplaces, mirrors, crystal chandeliers, parquet floors and decorations made from the famous »Ludwigslus-

ter Carton« remain on show in the castle museum. And because funds were insufficient for expensive knick-knacks, realistic vases and busts were magically created from papier-mâché. Valuable miniatures, paintings, clocks and furniture in the Golden Hall and Party Floor convey an impression of courtly culture. Peter Joseph Lenné extended the baroque castle garden in the middle of the 19th century. The garden architecture and rare trees that may be found in 150 hectare landscape park make it one of the most beautiful in the north of Germany. The heath sand typical to the area gave its name to the »Griese Gegend« around Ludwigslust. Fields, pinewoods and moors determine the picture here. Sea buckthorn also grows here - but not wild … it is cultivated for the largest sea buckthorn plantation in Germany, which is located right at the gates of Ludwigslust. The road west takes travellers past the stately stud of

Redefin, which is famous for stallion parades and picnic concerts. D

Warlitz castle is located very nearby. The mansion built in 1620 for Colonel Marquard von Pentz is protected by a moat from the outside world. Old lime trees and common beeches line a large lake where bees reside in a well-tended kingdom. The estate’s hives and park may be viewed by appointment. Connoisseurs will get their money’s worth at Schwechow farmhouse. The restored dovecot is now home to a distillery for quality spirits and liqueurs. Apples, pears, cherries and plums from the estate’s giant orchards donate their fine aroma to high-proof waters. The court shop sells homemade sausages and ham. Eels, trout and fingerlings are sourced from the park’s three fish ponds which may be found within very picturesque locations through which a stream runs and where very rare trees thrive.




Photos: TMV/Grundner (1) · TMV/Legrand (2) · Walford (1)

Approx. 12 km

Schwechow 1 Friedrichsmoor. Dukes and crowned heads hunted in the forest


Schloss Warlitz: For tours of the park and hives phone +49 (0)38856 317 31. Gut Schwechow: Café-Zelt in the garden from May to September. The court shop is open from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (except Sundays and bank holidays). For tours of the distillery phone +49 (0)38856 37 80.

adjoining the hunting lodge. 2 Redefin. Finest classicism dominated when the country stud

was redesigned in 1820. 3 Schwechow. The manor stands in a picturesque park.

Trout and fingerling have found a home in its ponds.


6 | Art and culture Approx. 50 km | 3 stages with 4 sights to see

Ideal car route

Power centres and muse temples A

parquet and spending time in the living and social rooms. Filigree plaster, expensive wood panelling and paintings as well as imitation marble from the papier-mâché factory in Ludwigslust convey the splendour of court. Dynastic ancestors framed in gold may be admired in a gallery in front of the pompous throne hall. A renaissance chapel is also part of the castle’s ensemble. In 1563, it was the first Protestant religious structure to be built in Mecklenburg. A swing bridge provides access to the castle garden from the castle island. The figures of ancient gods and symbols by Balthasar Permoser adorned the axial cross canal in baroque symmetry. Vis-à-vis Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II. is riding on a bronze horse. The green garden

Many famous master builders made architectural history in the state capital of Schwerin, which is surrounded by seven lakes. After all, the Dukes of MecklenburgSchwerin who reigned here wanted to keep up with their relatives with corresponding splendour. And so Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II. commissioned Georg Adolph Demmler, Hermann Willebrand, Friedrich August Stüler and Gottfried Semper with the task of converting his princely residence, which took from 1843 to 1857. In entirely different styles, they paid homage to historicism and crowned the castle with golden towers. Visitors may learn about the ducal family in the castle’s museum by following in their footsteps over richly ornamented

Schwerin. Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II. sends his regards.

is dominated by Grand Duchess Alexandrine in white marble. Hugo Berwald had elevated the wife of Paul Friedrich to this pedestal and was consequently awarded the

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The gardens of Schwerin castle are home to a 300 year old grinding mill where granite blocks were once cut for the princely buildings. The mill is today home to an exhibition and a mineral collection. The historic »polishing town« also boasts the Schleswig-Holstein House. This timber-framed building was the bishop’s residence in the 13th century. Art and culture are on offer here. And may also be found under the garden’s pear trees during summer.

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Lake Trebbower See also has a place for bathing. The pavilion in the estate park in Klein Trebbow is today a memorial. Wiligrad castle presents ongoing art exhibitions. Coffee may be taken in the castle nursery in the middle of flowers. The Elisabeth Springs are located to the east of the park. The Friedrich-FranzWeg to Lübstorf is lined with monuments. Creative courses and guided tours of the castle and parks are organized by the art society: fon +49 (0)3867 88 01.

title of »Grand Ducal Professor«. Due to the fact that the ducal art treasures soon expanded beyond the available space, a paintings gallery was built in the Neue Palais in 1882. It is today particularly famous for its unique collection of Flemish and Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th centuries. B

Klein Trebbow farmhouse is situated in a wooded park on the shores of Lake Trebbow. The landscape garden in which London planes, Persian oaks, Ponderosa pines and the Caucasian wingnut have set down their roots was created in 1860. The estate was the stately home of the von Barner family, which once called 900 hectares of farm and 350 hectares of forest its home. In 1865, the simple manor was turned into a »neo-renaissance castle« with corner turrets. The estate is currently being restored. The artist, Tisa von der Schulenburg, who was married to Carl-Ulrich von Barner, ma-

naged the estate from 1939 to 1945. Her brother, Fritz-Dietlof met Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg for secret talks in the park before the assassination attempt on Hitler. C

Based on the terracotta style of the 16th century, Albrecht Haupt built Wiligrad castle for Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1898. The neo-renaissance structure also bears traits of brick architecture typical of the region. An art society has been responsible for exhibitions and cultural life here since 1990. Between magnolias and cone oaks, 27 sculptures have found a home in the castle garden. Plüschow castle is also dedicated entirely to art and its protagonists. The brick castle built in 1763 by the merchant from Hamburg, Philipp Heinrich Stenglin, is today home to the muse and sometimes also artists. Various exhibitions are shown here from spring to autumn. Unpretentious from

Klein Trebbow. The wealthy von Barner family treated themselves to this magnificent manor.

the outside, the castle impresses with its plaster ceilings, wood panelling, classicist tiled stoves and canvas wallpapers.

1 Photos: TMV/Legrand (1) · TMV/WERK3 (1) · TMV/Grundner (1) - Objets d‘art in Wiligrad Park, sculpture: Udo Richter

Approx. 28 km

Plüschow 1 Wiligrad. Art may be found in and around the castle.


The castle retreat with old groined vault in Plüschow castle is open during exhibitions, Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and at exhibition openings. The building boasts six guest studios and a printing workshop that are available to artists. Ongoing workshops and events. The castle is surrounded by outbuildings, some of which have been restored.

The 210 hectare forest park conceals many monuments including those by Udo Richter.


7 | LiteraTour 6 star tours

Ideal car route

Searching for literary clues A

The city with the five »extreme brick towers« - that‘s how the author Alfred Andersch describes the silhouette of Wismar in »Sansibar oder der letzte Grund«. On the guided tour of the town, visitors walk through the old Hanseatic city and a sea of stories. Not far from Wismar lies the dreamy little town of Klütz. The »Uwe Johnson« literature house stands here between thatched cottages. On two floors, the permanent exhibition shows the turbulent life of the author. It also describes his flight from the Red Army. Literature fans test their own author

qualities in workshops and discussions. Schlosspark Bothmer is sheer poetry. A stroll through the biggest baroque palace complex in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern not only inspires the imagination of budding authors.

lach museums, two exciting life stories await visitors. The highlights of the tour are Barlach‘s sculpture »Lesender Klosterschüler« (Reading Cloister Pupil), well-known from Alfred Andersch‘s novel »Sansibar oder der letzte Grund«, and Brinckman‘s family furnishings in the city museum.


The second stage of the literary journey lies in the heart of Mecklenburg. Güstrow invites you to discover the creative home of John Brinckman and Ernst Barlach. During the guided tours through the palace gardens, the old town and the three Ernst-Bar-


Fritz Reuter first saw the light of day in tranquil Stavenhagen in 1810. In the Fritz Reuter Literary Museum, an extensive collection of manuscripts, testimonials, as well as sound and video recordings documents

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Damshagen: Visitors can be creative in the algae workshop, including Baltic Sea algae and seagrass paper. Mon-Thurs 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Excursions: Schloss Gross Schwansee and Gut Rosenhagen.


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Every year, the Reuter Festival takes place on the Stavenhagen marketplace - the Low German Festival in MV. You can obtain info at the Stadtinformation at fon +49 (0)39954 279835. Excursions: Gut Gremmelin, Schloss Teschow.

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Approx. 29 km*

Mecklenburg‘s first letterpress printing museum is located on the lake in Krakow near Dobbertin. Exhibition of historic printing machines, letterpress printing and bookbinder workshops. Contact: fon +49 (0)38457 23872.

his eventful life. Visitors learn that he was sentenced to death in Berlin for Lèse majesté (the crime of violating majesty, an offense against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state), among other things, and was only released after seven years in prison at the urging of the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg. Reuter frequently withdrew into the park of Ivenack to gather new inspirations in the shadow of the legendary 1,000-year old oaks. D

Time seems to stand still in the Dobbertin convent. The old masonry with the double towers still shows itself to its visitors as Theodor Fontane knew and loved it in the 19th century because Mathilde von der Rohr, his friend, confidante and helper of many years, lived in the convent. Fontane

hoop bears her name. The Barther Bible Centre is dedicated to what is probably the world‘s most-read book. In the bible garden, visitors can get to know the bible‘s plants.

fondly looked back on the »golden days, the days of Dobbertin«. His regular visits to the convent and his walks with Mathilde through the extensive park probably provided the Mark poet with a lot of anecdotes for his works. The Theodor-Fontane-Freundeskreis MV regularly invites you to literary events in the convent.


Walter Kempowski once wrote about Rostock: »This city, through which it is pure poetry to stroll«. The proud Hanseatic city also cast a spell over Erich Kästner and Franz Fühmann. Kästner discovered his love of literature here, as well as his great love: Ilse Julius. He came to terms with the end of their relationship in the famous poem »Sachliche Romanze«. You can enjoy splendid debate about literature while taking a walk through the idyllic park of the Zoological Gardens.


The peninsula Fischland-Darss-Zingst is like something out of Grimm‘s Fairy Tales. With its wild and romantic banks, dense forests and colourful fishermen‘s cottages, it continues to inspire artists and authors. Such as Käthe Miethe, who was born in Rathenow. In addition to books for children and young people, she also published works about her adopted home, Fischland. In honour of the author, the library in Ahrens-



Bücherhotel Groß Breesen: The manor house in Gross Breesen, which was built in 1833, is home to Germany‘s first book hotel - lovingly restored, typically Mecklenburg and full of books. Over 300,000 old books invite you to rummage, read and swap. For two books, guests can take one book home with them. Readings and concerts are also held here. The idyllic village of Groß Breesen is an ideal starting point for the various LiteraTour day-trips.


Travel companies: Bücherhotel Groß Breesen fon +49 (0)384 58 50-0

Other sights worth seeing from page 80. * one way

Photos: TMV/Legrand (1) · Theodor-Fontane-Freundeskreis MV (1) · Archiv: Bibelzentrum Barth (1)

Tour E

Approx. 126 km*

Tour F

Approx. 58 km* 1 Dobbertin convent. A small exhibition is devoted to


The Niederdeutsches Bibelzentrum in Barth is home to the »Barther Bibel«, which was printed in Low German in 1588. Exhibition on handwriting in the Middle Ages. Opening times: Tues - Sat 10 a.m. 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.


In addition to the literary guided tours of the city, the Literaturhaus Rostock offers all different types of events, such as literature discussions and workshops. Contact: fon +49 (0)381 492 55 81.

Theodor Fontane and his works. 2 Wismar. The massive brick cathedral of St. George is a prominent

feature in the Hanseatic city and in many a novel too. 3 Barth. From characters on papyrus through to letterpress

printing - the bible centre displays the history of writing.


Schlossgut Gross Schwansee

Character I exclusive Location I The Gross Schwansee palatial estate is ideally situated between Lübeck and Wismar, on the Baltic Sea, in the heart of a 17 hectare park. Built in 1745 in a classical style and extensively modernised from 1998 to 2002, it conveys an impressive elegance today. House/Rooms I 63 individually furnished double rooms and suites are available for comfortable residence. Mediterranean cuisine is served in the »Schlossrestaurant« with its summer terrace. In the stable »Brasserie« you can enjoy regional Mecklenburg delicacies. Seven rooms for 5200 persons are available for events. In the Wellness area you‘ll find saunas, adventure showers and a quiet room in addition to diverse massages and cosmetic treatments. There are five golf I map F b 4 courses in the vicinity of the hotel.

Character I close to nature Location I Gutshaus Redewisch is located in the middle of a landscape consisting of meadows, flood plains and park grounds around 1.8 kilometres from the Baltic Sea resort of Boltenhagen. House/Rooms I From 1817 to 1945, the listed building was owned by the Lüder family and was purchased back in October 1999 by Ole Lüder, the great grandson of the last owner, and restored and converted into a hotel and restaurant. It has a lift, a salon with open fireplace, a raised terrace, sauna area, cosmetics studio, seminar room (65 m2) and much more. The rooms all have showers, separate WCs, anteroom, telephones and satellite TV. A double room catering to the disabled is also I map F c 4 available on the second floor.

from 79 € F page 75

from 40 € F page 74

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Schlossgut Gross Schwansee · Am Park 1 · 23942 Gross Schwansee fon +49 (0)38827 88 48-0 · fax -48 ·

Hotel & Restaurant Gutshaus Redewisch · Dorfstraße 46 23946 Boltenhagen · fon +49 (0)38825 376-0 · fax -37 ·

Landgut Oberhof

Character I family-friendly Location I The manor house, built around 1900 in Art Nouveau style, is situated in the heart of a large park that merges into the meadows and fields of its estate. House/Rooms I 5 holiday apartments - in wonderfully tranquil surroundings - invite you to linger. Our guests can use our bicycles to ride the 1.5 km to the flat, sandy beach at the Wohlenberger Wiek. You can reach the Baltic Sea resort Boltenhagen in 10 minutes. Offers I Riding lessons, coach and charabanc trips, campfire I map F c 4 in the park, golf, fishing and deep-sea fishing.

from 40 € F page 77 per holiday apartment and night Landgut Oberhof · Am Gutshof 1 · 23948 Oberhof fon +49 (0)38825 22-896 · fax -895 ·


Gutshaus Redewisch

Appartementhotel Gutspark Wangern

Character I close to nature Location I The manor house and pub are situated in a quiet, secluded location in the heart of the 10,000 m2 estate park on the island of Poel, which lies off the Hanseatic city of Wismar. House I The manor house has 13 cosily furnished holiday apartments and offers individual hotel service. The pub, 50 yards from the manor house, offers guests tasty regional snacks. The estate, which was built in 1911 in Art Nouveau style, fell into total disrepair during the German Democratic Republic period. Descendants of the Steinhagen family, the former owners, began the restoration in 1993/94. In 1996 they opened the manor house for guests of the Island of Poel. Offers I There are various leisure programmes such as riding, deep-sea and garfish fishing, natural history rambles, bicycle rental, table tennis, field chess, wellness parlours in the manor house with sauna, steam bath, massages, whirlpools, solariums, all-inclusive pre-and postI map F c 4 season offers. from 80 € F page 78 per apartment and night Appartementhotel Gutspark Wangern Wangern 17 · 23999 Wangern/Insel Poel fon +49 (0)38425 444-0 · fax -111 ·

Hotel Schloss Gamehl

Character I family owned Location I Gamehl is situated in a totally tranquil location, is easily reached, embedded in a park with a small island and pond, at the gates of the Hanseatic town of Wismar. Schwerin and Rostock, the Baltic Sea with Kühlungsborn and the island of Poel can be reached in thirty minutes. House/Rooms I The neoGothic manor house was lavishly restored over the last few years according to the guidelines of the descendants of the last owner. 19 spacious rooms and suites are furnished individually and with every mo-

Herrenhaus Blengow

dern comfort. The special flair was given the »Best of Germany« award by »AD« magazine. We are pleased to organise weddings in the registry office, family celebrations for up to 60 persons, or seminars and conferences. The restaurant will entice you with its simple compositions, an homage to Mecklenburg culinary tradition. Offers I Riding possibilities nearby, charabanc trips and several golf courses with green-fee discount in the vicinity, cycle and hiking trails, wellness and I map F d 4 beauty programmes.

from 28 5 F page 74 pro Appartement und Nacht

from 49 € F page 75 per person and night in a double room Hotel Schloss Gamehl · Dorfstraße 26 · 23970 Gamehl fon +49 (0)38426 22-000 · fax -693 · ·

Waldgut Rosenhagen

Character I close to nature Location I The idyllic listed mansion close to the Baltic Sea was built in the classicist style in 1830 and fully modernized in 1996/97. House/Rooms I Blengow mansion offers its guests 17 comfortably furnished holiday apartments. Guests may enjoy the view of beautiful Salzhaff from the terrace or holiday apartment. Offers I The rustic vaulted cellar is ideal for all kinds of holidays. The grounds have a sunbathing lawn for relaxation and a barbecue area while a path through the adjacent small sculpture park leads directly to the Salzhaff. I map F d 3

★★★/ ★★★★

Character I close to nature Location I Situated in the Bad Doberan district between the Hanseatic towns of Rostock and Wismar. House/Rooms I Classical historical monument built by Severin in 1836. With 4 classic and lovingly furnished non-smoker apartments with kitchen and shower, it preserves the appeal of times gone by. Smoking is permitted in the hunting hall with fireplace. Two terraces by the pond next to the house (tea pavilion), seating under very old oak and linden trees, fallow-dear gates, BBQ areas and car parks. Gardens with historic roses and rhododendrons merging into woods. Fishing lake with jetty and benches. I map F d 4 from 40 € F page 77 per holiday apartment and night Waldgut Rosenhagen Zum Gutshaus 11 · 18239 Rosenhagen fon/fax +49 (0)38295 714 91

Herrenhaus Blengow Dorfstraße 1 · 18230 Blengow/Rerik fon +49 (0)38203 120-55 · fax -33

Schloss Hohen Luckow

Hotel Pension Gutshaus Neu Wendorf

Character I special Location I Hohen Luckow is just 20 kilometres away from Bad Doberan and Rostock. House/Rooms I We welcome you to one of the most beautiful baroque mansions in Mecklenburg. Spacious salons with three-dimensional plaster ceilings and six homely guest rooms in the tower constitute relaxing surroundings for individual travellers and small groups. We offer a rich breakfast with guests being able to do the rest in the kitchen for guests. The park, farm and estate welcomes guests to discover the I map F d 4 area for themselves.

Character I close to nature Location I Only 20 km from Rostock and the Baltic Sea, a house awaits you that is captivating in its dapper style. House/Rooms I The flair of the manor house of 1805 has remained even after the loving restoration. You can feel the attention to detail in every room of the historic manor house. In addition to the tranquility and security of this extraordinary place, you can enjoy culinary delights from the house‘s own hunt and agriculture (asparagus). Offers I Weddings, conferences and events up to 40 persons, golf courses and stables. I map F e 3

from 45 € F page 75

from 35 € F page 77

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Gut Hohen Luckow Rostocker Str. 23 · 18239 Hohen Luckow fon +49 (0)38295 765-0 · fax -99

Gutshaus Neu Wendorf Am Gutshaus Neu Wendorf · 18190 Sanitz fon +49 (0)38209 80 27-0 · fax -1


Landhaus Schloss Kölzow

Character I tradition bound Location I A 8 hectare park in untouched isolation. The Baltic Sea is only 30 km away, but you‘ll escape the hustle and bustle of the coast. House/Rooms I You will find relaxation in the harmony of the landmarked park with the carefully restored house. 16 rooms and suites and a lot of interesting rooms are available to guests. Offers I Wander in untouched countryside with the contemporary witnesses of old human settlement history by bicycle, on Shanks‘s pony, in a canoe or on the back of a horse. The surroundings offer everything, incl. of course golf in the near vicinity. Recharge your batteries in the nature of our beautiful country. Landhaus Schloss Kölzow is owned by the family that had its home here for eight hundred years with interI map F f 3 ruption, and has now found it again.


from 38 € F page 74


per person and night in double room Landhaus Schloss Kölzow · Am Park 5 18334 Dettmannsdorf-Kölzow · fon +49 (0)38228 619-0 · fax -88 ·

Wildkräuterhotel Gutshaus Ehmkendorf

Character I close to nature Location I The Wildkräuterhotel Gutshaus Ehmkendorf is situated in the Recknitz Valley. House/ Rooms I The holiday apartments, named after wild herbs, have the spirit and charisma of this house. Discover culinary delights in a café and gourmet restaurant. The food is indebted to the manor house‘s naturally grown herbs, blossoms, leaves and roots that are skilfully combined with fish, venison and fine wines. A house museum offers views and insights into the history of the estate and its surroundings. The salons are available for conferences I map F f 3 and celebrations. from 30 € F page 75 per person and night in double room Wildkräuterhotel Gutshaus Ehmkendorf 18195 Ehmkendorf fon +49 (0)38228 614-10 · fax -15


Rittergut Nustrow

Character I close to nature Location I The manor house Nustrow lies between the Baltic Sea and the Mecklenburgische Schweiz, in the Recknitz Valley and is only 20 minutes drive from Rostock. Hamburg and Berlin can each be reached in 2 hours. The Nustrow region offers a wealth of leisure possibilities, such as riding, hunting, fishing, cycling, canoeing, golf, hiking, bathing - swimming lakes are in the direct vicinity. House/ Rooms I With its banquet hall, fireside lounge and adjoining salons, the house offers the perfect setting for events and wed-

dings for up to 150 guests - registry office in the house. After a lavish restoration, there are a total of 9 holiday apartments and 8 guest rooms available in the main house and baroque wing. Next door is the »Orangerie« as a separate holiday home with a romantic rose garden. In what used to be the kitchen garden of the manor house, hundreds of old park and ramble roses meanwhile unfold their unforgettable charm and fragrance. The rose garden was the branch of the IGA I map F f 4 Rostock.

from 49 € F page 77 Route 4 page 52 per holiday apartment and night Rittergut Nustrow · Dorfstraße 45 · 18195 Nustrow fon +49 (0)38205 78 60 · fax 80 80 01 · ·

Schloss Krönnevitz

Landhotel & Herrenhaus Bohlendorf ★★★

Character I exclusive Location I Krönnevitz lies 8 km from Stralsund. The ideal starting point for excursions to Rügen and Hiddensee, as well as beach time on the Darss and Zingst. In Spring and Autumn you can experience the big crane migration in the nearby bay. House/Rooms I Krönnevitz Palace, built in classicism style at the beginning of the 19th century, offers after its restoration the ideal setting for your holiday on the Baltic Sea. You enter the 270 m2 holiday apartment in the main house through the pillar portal

and reach the marble-tiled vestibule. The central garden room - today, salon - has been furnished in Empire style and has a lavish library! From the salon you enter on to the terrace and the 5-acre park with tea pavilion, that is available only to you. An oasis of tranquility! On the top floor there is the kitchen, a large dining room as well as 3 bedrooms with 2 marble bathtubs. You reach the balcony from the dining room and the kitchen. Offers I nearby: tennis, riding, wellness, saiI map F g 3 ling, golf on Rügen.

from 165 € F page 76 Schloss Krönnevitz · 18445 Krönnevitz (near Rügen) · fon +49 (0)173 209 49 58 · Buchung/Information: Hanna Eujen H.-Rösingh-Str. 6 26725 Emden · · fon +49 (0)4921 202 27 · fax 58 60 40


Character I tradition bound Location I The romantic town of Ralswiek stretches out in a dream-like, beautiful location, directly at the Grosser Jasmunder Bay. The palace is located above the natural stage on which the Störtebeker festival productions are performed every year. House/Rooms I The palace was built in 1893 in neo-renaissance style and partially converted to Art Nouveau in 1913/14 according to designs by the Belgian architect Henry van der Velde. Since 2002 it has been the Schlosshotel with 65 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, terrace. Offers I Swimming pool, sauna, beauty and wellness department, registry I map F h 2 office, conference rooms. from 45 € F page 77 per person and night in double room Schlosshotel Ralswiek Parkstraße 35 · 18528 Ralswiek fon +49 (0)3838 20 32-0 · fax -222

from 29,50 € F page 78 per person and night in double room

per holiday apartment and night

Schlosshotel Ralswiek

Character I close to nature Location I The Bohlendorf manor house, whose origins go back to the year 1312, is situated in the heart of the Wittow peninsula in a quiet, dream-like location. The Baltic Sea coast and the cosy little port of Wiek are only around 3 km away. House/Rooms I The Landhotel has 21 lovingly renovated 3-star guest rooms and holiday apartments. You dine in the style of lord of the manor in the restaurant or large park terrace. Offers I Bike rental, 2 saunas, massage and cosmetics (in Wiek) round off the I map F g 2 programme perfectly.

Gut Rattelvitz


Character I close to nature Location I Free-standing, under a preservation order, surrounded by its own arable farmland, bay and woods. Quiet, rural at the Varbelvitzer Bay. Refugium for cranes and small game. First documented mention in 1318, served from 1492 onwards as the outwork to the Knights of Capelle, lavishly revamped in 2005. House/Rooms I Six holiday apartments, open gallery on two levels, fireplace, private saunas, daylight baths, bidet, triangular bathtubs. Offers I Family sauna, relaxation room, solarium, outdoor sitting areas, 5 hectare of familyfriendly garden, parking garage. I map F g 2 from 55 € F page 75 per holiday apartment and night Gut Rattelvitz/Insel Rügen 18569 Gingst-Rattelvitz fon +49 (0)38305 533 18 fax +49 (0)6221 778 47 68 info@

Landhotel & Herrenhaus Bohlendorf Dorfstraße 6a · 18556 Wiek auf Rügen fon +49 (0)38391 770 · fax 702 80 ·

Gut Reischvitz


Character I close to nature Location I The very quiet historic manor house lies in the heart of an idyllic park with a pond in the centre of the island of Rügen, 2 km west of the district principal town of Bergen. From here you can reach every place on the island within an hour. House/Rooms I Gut Reischvitz offers 3 holiday apartments for up to 5 persons. Guests can use the sunbathing lawn and playing field in the manor park. A changing table and cot are available for children. The hosts place a great deal of importance on the family and taking expert care of their guests. The manor house was built around 1820 in the Historicism style and a surveyor‘s house in Art Nouveau style was added in 1904. It was razed to the ground and reconstructI map F h 2 ed from 1995 to 1998. from 45 € F page 77 per holiday apartment and night Gut Reischvitz · 18528 Reischvitz b. Bergen fon +49 (0)3838 25 16 18 · fax 20 22 63 ·


Gutshaus Stolpe

Character I exclusive Location I Quiet, mid-island near the town of Bergen, in the heart of a private 4 hectare park. House/Rooms I Owned by the Diembeck family since 2002, house and park were put back to almost their original state. Historic furniture & luxurious furnishings offer high-class ambience and contemporary comfort in 8 spacious rooms and suites. Relax in the manor baths with sauna, Rasul, classic applications and massages. In the estate garden, a barefoot course offers sensual experiences. The exclusive restaurant with its multi award-winning gastronomy is among Mecklenburg‘s finest addresses. Restaurant guests enjoy menus of fresh, primarily regional products at the open fireplace or in the park during the summer. Guest of the Diembeck family: »Enjoyment on Rügen«. Offers I House Bentley shuttle service, individual arrangements, weddings, family & business celebrations, I map F h 2 seminars and cooking courses.

Character I close to nature Location I Surrounded by a 11 hectare park, the Gutshaus Stolpe Is located directly on the Peene River. House/Rooms I The landmarked manor house from the 19th century was lovingly restored by the Stürken family and furnished with numerous antiques. The former stables offer a representative setting for celebrations and the 800 m2 oats barn serves as a concert hall. The restaurant offers culinary delights of the highest quality, e.g. venison from the house‘s own hunt. A tennis court and bicycles are available for sport-oriented guests. There is a green-fee discount on the surrounding course. Offers I Tennis, sauna, solarium, bicycle rental, hiking, canoe, kayak, sport I map F h 4 airfield, boat hire, rafting trips.

from 60 € F page 76

from 59 € F page 78

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Gutshaus Kubbelkow · Im Dorfe 8 · 18528 Klein Kubbelkow fon +49 (0)3838 822 77-77 · fax -10 ·

Relais & Chateaux Hotel Gutshaus Stolpe Peenestraße 33 · 17391 Stolpe · fon +49 (0)39721 550-0 · fax -99 ·

Gutshaus Krimvitz



Schloss Neetzow

Rittergut Bömitz

Character I romantic Location I It is difficult to find on the map, this small place of Neetzow. It is located in the northwest of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the B 110 between Anklam and Jarmen. House/Rooms I The representative house offers 29 double rooms. The summer terrace presents a magnificent view of the adjacent park. Meals may be taken in the pleasantly romantic ambience of I map F h 4 the restaurant.

Character I tradition bound Location I Elegant mansion between Anklam and Wolgast near Rubkow. House/Rooms I Manor built in 1750 by the Swedish Captain von Hertell, park grounds with old trees planted in the 18th century. Although the rooms have been fitted to modern day standards, select unique items of antique furniture bring times gone by to mind. The Restaurant »Jägerstube« is open daily and has received several awards for its regional cuisine (game, fish). Offers I Coach trips, registrar’s office, I map F h 4 hunting.

from 42,50 € F page 77

from 39,50 € F page 77

from 35 € F page 74

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Gutshaus Krimvitz Dorfstraße 4 · 18581 Putbus/OT Krimvitz fon +49 (0)38301 64 12-64 · fax -24

Schloss Neetzow Dorfstraße 45 · 17391 Neetzow fon +49 (0)39721 566-0 · fax -60

Rittergut Bömitz Dorfstraße 14 · 17390 Bömitz/Anklam fon +49 (0)39724 22 54-0 · fax -1

Character I close to nature Location I On Rügen, near the small residence town of Putbus, totally in the country, surrounded by park-like gardens that invite you to linger and relax under old trees. House/Rooms I The manor house is the birthplace of Prince Franz zu Putbus and first guests were able to be welcomed after extensive renovations in May 1999. Rooms, suites and holiday apartments are furnished in a light country house style. Gutshaus breakfast with a lot of homemade specialities. Offers I Weddings and family celebrations, carriage trips. I map F h 3



Gutshaus Kubbelkow

Wasserschloss Mellenthin

Varied and versatile

Holidays for discoverers Character I close to nature Location I At the centre of the island of Usedom, not five kilometres from the Stettiner Haff and 12 kilometres from the beaches of the Baltic sea, is where the small village of Mellenthin lies. House/Rooms I And this is where we look forward to welcoming you to Wasserschloss Mellenthin as our guests. Built at the end of the 16th century in the renaissance style by the Italian master builder, Antonio Wilhelmi, the palace today is home to a café serving homemade delicacies produced by the owner, a restaurant with home cooking and an inviting beer garden in the sunny courtyard. Accommodation in one of the 27 high-quality and comfortably furnished double rooms has been available since July 2007. Arrive by the impressive avenue leading up to the palace, cross the moat and visit the ancient trees growing in the generous grounds and experience the irresistible charm of one of the oldest and most beautiful mansions on the I map F i 4 island of Usedom.

Experience the state in its full diversity. You can get ideas and catalogues by calling +49 (0)381 40 30-500 or on the Internet at

from 48 € F page 77 per person and night in double room Wasserschloss Mellenthin · Dorfstraße 25 17429 Mellenthin · fon +49 (0)38379 28 78-0 · fax -280

Jagdschloss Kotelow

Park Hotel Schloss Rattey

Hotel Hullerbusch

Character I tradition bound Location I The baroque manor house, built in 1733, lies in the heart of idyllic countryside near the Lake Galenbecker nature reserve and Stettin Lagoon. House/Rooms I The house was restored with a great deal of attention to detail and offers nine very individual, romantic double rooms with bath. We welcome larger family celebrations. The special mood of the rooms gives the party or registry office wedding a romantic I map F h 5 setting.

Character I close to nature Location I Individual location in the heart of the Lake Feldberger countryside surrounded by a beech forest. House/Rooms I The spacious garden with its 100 year-old rarities invites you to relax and sunbathe. The family-owned house offers 10 guest rooms, as well as 3 stylishly furnished restaurants with adjoining summer terrace. Offers I Sauna. I map F h 6

from 70 € F page 76

Character I tradition bound Location I The quietly situated Schlosshotel at the foot of the Brohmer Hills is embedded in a park with oaks that are 700 years old. House/Rooms I Our house, which was restored between 1996 and 1998 true to classical guidelines offers guests rooms furnished with antiques and modern comforts, luxurious bath tubs, a restaurant, wine cellar and wellness area in the Renaissance vault. Offers I Schloss Rattey is a wedding palace and has the stylish ambience for a fantastic party. Rattey went down in history as a wine palace. The grapes for Mecklenburg wine flourish here on 3.5 hectare. I map F h 5

per person and night in double room

from 40 € F page 77

Jagdschloss Kotelow Schlossallee 2 · 17099 Kotelow fon +49 (0)39607 26 57-0 · fax -1

per person and night in double room Park Hotel Schloss Rattey · 17349 Rattey fon +49 (0)3968 25 50-10 · fax -50

from 32,50 € F page 75 per person and night in double room Hotel Hullerbusch · Hullerbusch 12 17258 Feldberger Seenlandschaft OT Carwitz fon +49 (0)39831 20-243 · fax -866


Jagdschloss Prillwitz

Character I close to nature Location I The well-kept Art Nouveau »Liepser Schlösschen« is situated in the town of Prillwitz in the heart of the Nonnenhof nature reserve on the banks of the Lieps. House/Rooms I The historic palace was built before the turn of the last century around 1890 by Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and has been fully and authentically renovated. The historic Schlosshotel and restaurant, situated in astounding nature, is absolutely perfect for a holiday, stylish parties, excursions or conferences. With our 11 double rooms, banquet hall, restaurant with sun terrace and park, you will experience your stay in an idyllic interaction between nature, culture I map F g 6 and history.

Character I tradition bound Location I Surrounded by a splendid 20 hectare landscape park by Peter-Joseph Lenné, this hotel is located in the centre of Mecklenburgische Schweiz bordering the Mecklenburg lake district and is ideal for excursions into nature and culture. House/Rooms I Residing like the chamberlain - Schloss Kittendorf was built in the English Tudor style in 1848 and is one of the most representative of aristocratic buildings in the region. The palace possesses 31 luxury rooms and suites and is home to the Restaurant »Classik« and Café »Orangerie« where food is served in a unique palace ambience. The historic rooms create a special setting for your holiday as well as for conferences I map F f/g 5 and celebrations for up to 80 people.

from 39,50 € F page 75 Route 1 page 46

from 44,50 € F page 76

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Jagdschloss Prillwitz · Prillwitz 8 17237 Hohenzieritz · fon +49 (0)39824 20 34-5 · fax -6 ·

Schloss-Hotel Kittendorf · Dorfstraße 47 · 17153 Kittendorf fon +49 (0)39955 50-0 · fax -140 ·

Schloss Marihn

Character I tradition bound Location I On the Mecklenburg Lakes, surrounded by a 75-acre park and gardens, the »Garden of Marihn« with over 8,000 original English roses, the 19th century manor house offers a wonderfully private ambience for relaxing holidays. House/ Rooms I Stay in the exclusively furnished guest rooms with the special flair for the French lifestyle. You will experience the taste of the seasons and the region at the Table d`Hôte, your dinner together with the owners. Individual private parties, conferences and events on request. I map F g 6 from 52,50 € F page 76 per person and night in double room Schloss Marihn · Flotower Str. 1 17219 Marihn · fon +49 (0)3962 221-930 fax -361 ·


Schloss-Hotel Kittendorf

Schloss Drosedow


Character I romantic Location I Gorgeous, quiet location between Rheinsberg/Neustrelitz in the small Mecklenburg Lakes. House/Rooms I Suites, cottages and a holiday apartment in the secluded lake and parkland with bathing, boat and fishing beats are available to sophisticated guests. Offers I BBQ area/campfire in the park, bicycles, boats, billiards, library, fitness equipment, solarium, natural sauI map F f 7 na on the lake. from 50 € F page 79 per person and night in the suite Schloss Drosedow Dorfstr. 28 · 17255 Wustrow/OT Drosedow fon +49 (0)39828 26-953 · fax -761 mobil +49 (0)171 288 79 26

Schloss Groß Plasten

Character I close to nature Location I This little jewel for tranquility and relaxation lies only a few kilometres away from Müritz National Park. House/Rooms I The 54 rooms and suites in the palace and carriage house were furnished with a great deal of love. Offers I The restaurant combines tradition and the modern age. The SPA area provides relaxation with different saunas and pool. The SPA team will pamper you with massages and cosmetic treatments. From summer onwards the new Schlosspark will complete the wonI map F g 6 derful estate. from 40 € F page 75 per person and night in double room Schloss Groß Plasten Parkallee 36 · 17192 Groß Plasten fon +49 (0)39934 80-20 · fax -299


Hotel Schloss Klink und Orangerie

Radisson Blu Resort Schloss Fleesensee

Character I close to nature Location I The fairytale palace Klink lies directly on the Müritz on lakefront property with white sandy beach and adjoining marina with boat hire. House/Rooms I The palace rooms are period and tastefully furnished. The spacious glass facades of the Orangerie convey a Mediterranean holiday feeling. You can enjoy a substantial breakfast here as if you were in the open air, no matter what the weather. Culinary highlights in the »Garten Eden« restaurant with garden terrace in the historic »Ritter Artus Keller« invite you to linger and enjoy. Exclusive Cocktails await you in the evening in our palace bar. In the spacious wellness and beauty area with panorama swimming pool, two Finnish and one bio-sauna, steam baths and tepidarium, you will be pampered by our cosmetics and massage team with relaxing applications. Offers I Use our sports park for your active balance by enjoying a round of tennis, badminton or bowI map F f 6 ling.

Character I exclusive Location I In the heart of the Land of a Thousand Lakes, the former Blücher Palace presents itself as the crowning epicentre of Land Fleesensee. House/Rooms I The palace, built in 1842 in baroque style, combines traditional and historical style with modern exclusiveness. The 178 stylishly furnished rooms and suites, as well as the elegant side wings, form the perfect setting for your holiday. The palace hotel gastronomy holds a multitude of culinary delights ready for you in 3 restaurants, 2 bars and in the winter garden - from high quality to lowcalorie food rich in vitamins for figure-conscious guests. Offers I Let yourself be pampered during your holiday in the hotel‘s Golden SPA indoor swimming pool, sun terrace, Finnish sauna, cardio room and relaxation area. Land Fleesensee offers you 5 golf courses, a 6,000 m2 Fleesensee SPA, an equestrian facility and diverse water-sport opportunities on the Fleesensee. I map F e/f 6 from 60 € F page 75

from 45 € F page 76 Route 2 page 48

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room Hotel Schloss Klink und Orangerie · Schlossstraße 6 17192 Klink · fon +49 (0)3991 747-0 · fax -299 ·

Romantik Hotel Gutshaus Ludorf

Character I tradition bound Location I On the west bank of the Müritz, opposite the Müritz national park. House/Rooms I Authentically restored manor house built in 1698 with 23 rooms in manor-house style, library, terrace, estate park with lawn for sunbathing, sauna, massages. Offers I Historic and natural history guided tours, rental company, all types of water sports, high-end restaurant (see »Feinschmecker« and »Michelin«) Slow Food member, individual conferences for up to 20 persons, beach, steamship jetty, 40 moorings. I map F f 6 from 49 € F page 76 Route 2 page 48 per person and night in double room Romantik Hotel Gutshaus Ludorf Rondell 7-8 · 17207 Ludorf/Müritz fon +49 (0)39931 84-00 · fax -020

Radisson Blu Resort Schloss Fleesensee · Schlossstraße 1 17213 Göhren-Lebbin · fon +49 (0)39932 80 10-0 · fax -80 10

Gutshaus Solzow


Character I tradition bound Location I The manor house is situated on the quiet outskirts of town near the Müritz. The nearest town is Röbel, around 7 km away. House/Rooms I The former manor house was completely restored according to the old model, but furnished according to modern living requirements. The house offers 8 rooms and 4 holiday apartments with a tasteful interior design selected in the old style, as well as a small historic restaurant for house guests. The Biedermeier-style building is surrounded by a I map F f 6 landmarked park. from 40 € F page 78 Route 2 page 48 per person and night in double room Gutshaus Solzow Lange Straße 21 · 17207 Solzow fon +49 (0)39923 25 17 · fax 299 78

Gutshof Woldzegarten

Character I close to nature Location I Landmarked estate on idyllic Lake Tangahn, surrounded by meadows and forests. House I 200 year old manor house with 20 non-smoking rooms and restaurant with fresh regional cuisine. Offers I Swimming pool, sauna, wellness house, relaxation pavilion. Lawn for sunbathing, riding ring, bicycle rental, golf, tennis, sailing nearby. Manor barn for country weddings/events up to 300 persons. I map F f 6 from 44,50 5 F page 78 per person and night in double room

Gutshof Woldzegarten Walower Straße 30 · 17209 Woldzegarten fon +49 (0)39922 822-0 · fax -55


Hotel Gutshof Sparow


Character I exclusive Location I Hotel Gutshof Sparow stretches over 3.5 hectare, surrounded by numerous lakes, open forests and moors from the Nossentiner/Schwinzer Heide national park. Enjoy relaxing holidays with the whole family on our spacious estate, incl. a sports centre with indoor tennis courts, squash, 4 bowling alleys, state-of-the-art laser shooting range, wellness area with pool, sauna, tecaldarium and steam bath, own bathing area and hunting. House/Rooms I Relax in our cosy and lovingly furnished suites, apartments and hotel rooms. Enjoy fine dining in our restaurants »Wintergarten« or »Jägerstuv« with Mecklenburg specialities and game from our own hunt. Offers I The Remise with open fireplace and the banquet hall offer room for parties and conferences for up to 400 persons. Our estate chapel »St. Hubertus« is also available for christenings and concerts. I map F e 6

Character I familiar Location I Gutshaus Barkow is situated on the Mecklenburg Lakes, not far from Plau am See, surrounded by a large garden. The land borders directly on the Müritz-Eldewaterway. House/Rooms I The house was built in 1913 by the Hülsse family and has been family-owned again since 1992. It was completely restored and furnished as a guest house with 7 apartments, 2 single rooms and 11 double rooms. All rooms have shower/WC, TV and telephone. Canoe and bicycle hire, sauna, pool billiards and table-tennis provide holiday amusement. The house has a breakfast terrace and a BBQ area; lawn for sunbathing and a playground are also available. There is a country I map F e 6 inn in the immediate vicinity.

from 42,50 € F page 78

from 23 € F page 74

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Hotel Gutshof Sparow · 17214 Sparow fon +49 (0)39927 762-0 · fax -99 ·

Gutshaus Barkow Hotel Garni · Dorfstraße 6 · 19395 Barkow fon +49 (0)38735 826-0 · fax -66 ·

Hotel und Antiquitäten Schloss Karow

Character I stylish Location I Schloss Karow - a building from two ages - is located at the entrance to the Schwinzer Heide nature reserve. House/Rooms I The house was opened following its faithful restoration as a hotel with generous apartments and suites, with en-suite bathrooms, on 1 June 2007. The restaurants offer a stylish and comfortable atmosphere and the ballroom with stage is a great setting for wedding receptions and concerts. Massages and cosmetic treatments may be experienced in your own apartment after a visit to the sauna. The terrace is the place to enjoy homemade cakes. A relaxing time may also be spent in the wine cellar with its vaulted brick ceiling. The rooms and restaurants have been furnished with antiques. A registrar’s office is on the premises, additional rooms available for seminars and workshops supplement I map F e 5 the palace’s range.


Gutshaus Barkow

Hotel Schloss Ulrichshusen

Character I tradition bound Location I Schloss Ulrichshusen is located at its own lake in Mecklenburg‘s lake district. House/ Rooms I The Renaissance palace was rebuilt and stylishly renovated in 1987 by the architect‘s descendants after a fire. In the palace and outbuildings there is a hotel with 33 spacious and very tastefully furnished double rooms. The big hall in the palace is ideal for weddings, events, corporate events and conferences. The restaurant »Am Burggraben« invites you to reflect with regional specialities. 10 holiday apartments await the guests in the estate park. With its big cobblestone barn, Ulrichshusen is also the main stage of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival production. Riding, sailing, hunting and golf are possible in the surrounding I map F f 5 areas.

from 47,50 € F page 76

from 40 € F page 78 Route 3 page 50

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Schloss Karow Hotel & Antiquitäten · Parkstraße 1 · 19395 Karow fon +49 (0)38738 706-00 · fax -27 ·

Hotel Schloss Ulrichshusen · 17194 Ulrichshusen fon +49 (0)39953 790-0 · fax -99 ·

Romantisches Hotel Schloss Schorssow


Golf- und Wellnesshotel Schloss Teschow ★★★★s

Character I exclusive Location I The 5-star hotel is situated in Schorssow, directly on the banks of the Lake Haussee. House/Rooms I A classical three-wing building from the 18th century in an English country park, surrounded by lakes. 43 suites and rooms with different decors, size and location. The »Fürstensuite« conveys a royal living experience on 85 m2. Enjoy culinary delights in the Festrestaurant, the historic wine cellar, on the summer terrace or in the winter garden. Relax in the spacious wellness area with I map F f 5 indoor swimming pool, sauna and tecaldarium.

Character I exclusive Location I The landmarked, classical manor house with wings and Kavaliershaus is situated in the heart of the Mecklenburgische Schweiz on Lake Teterower See. It is surrounded by a big park with an old tree population, bordering on a 250-acre golf course. House/Rooms I The facility has 113 spacious double rooms and suites as well as 7 apartments. In the restaurant »Conrad« you will find a contemporary, refined cuisine with first-class local products. The estate pub »von Blücher« adjacent to the palace offers rustic country house cooking. The spacious event area is perfect for weddings, parties and all types of conferences for up to 500 persons. Offers I Schloss Teschow has I map F f 5 2 golf courses and a spacious wellness area.

from 50,50 € F page 78 Route 3 page 50

from 55 € F page 78

per person and night in double room

per person and night in double room

Romantisches Hotel Schloss Schorssow · Am Haussee 3 17166 Schorssow · fon +49 (0)39933 79-0 · fax -100 ·

Golf- und Wellnesshotel Schloss Teschow · Gutshofallee 1 17166 Teterow/Teschow · fon +49 (0)3996 140-0 · fax -100 ·

Domäne Fürstenhof

Character I exclusive Location I Embedded in a typical Mecklenburg village ensemble of farms, an alley and estate park, the manor house mainly offers one thing: tranquillity and lots of space for relaxation. House/ Rooms I It was built as Domäne Fürstenhof in 1882. Today, after careful restoration and renovation with primarily natural building materials like clay and wood, it accommodates 4 tastefully furnished holiday apartments as well as a separate seminar house with 2 × 3 bedrooms and a large kitchencum-living room with stove and sauna. The spacious apartments have a healthy room

climate and combine modern comfort with selected antiques from the turn of the century. As a welcome greeting, we offer our guests a breakfast with fresh bio products (among other things) from our own ecological agriculture ( Offers I There are fireplaces available to our guests for their relaxation in the foyer, in the spacious winter garden and in our garden apartment. Sauna and fitness room offer possibilities for physical strengthening. Enjoy excursions on our numerous cycle and hiking trails, and linger a while in our garden. I map F f 4

from 40 € F page 75 per holiday apartment and night Domäne Fürstenhof · Dorfstraße 15 · 17179 Fürstenhof mobil +49 (0)172 394 20 00 or fon +49 (0)39971 31 72-12 · fax -13 ·


Schloss Lühburg

★★★/ ★★★★

Character I family-friendly Location I The building is situated in the middle of a lavish park, six kilometres from Exit 19 (Autobahn 20). House/Rooms I The old palace with moat offers 64 beds in a total of 12 holiday apartments with either three- or four-star comfort. The apartments are either elegantly furnished or are suitable for children. The guests may spend time in the bistro, on the sun terrace or sunbathing lawn and in the barbecue area. A riding stable, swimming lake, golf course and bicycle rental are very close by. Schloss Lühburg was rebuilt in the French style following the 30-year war in 1725 as a three-winged structure, and it is the oldest of its kind in Mecklenburg. The baroque building was renovated in 1996. Offers I The ballroom in the western cavalier wing has been refurbished and now has a capacity for 120 people to celebrate anniI map F f 4 versaries, weddings and hold other events here. from 40 € F page 76 per holiday apartment and night Schloss Lühburg · Dorfstraße 38 · 17179 Lühburg fon +49 (0)39972 59 11-10 · fax -28

Herrenhaus Friedrichshof

Character I close to nature Location I Herrenhaus Friedrichshof is a small hotel in a beautiful individual location, directly on the north bank of the Hoher Sprenzer See between Rostock and Güstrow. Near Rostock/Laage Airport (12 km). House/Rooms I Friedrichshof is an old estate with cosy state-of-the-art fittings and furnishings that was built between 1845 and 1849. Restaurant, hunting room, cellar bar and sun terrace are available for events. Excellent estate kitchen with regional delicacies and house specialities, homemade marmalade, jams, cakes, gateaux and ice cream. The 5 apartments invite you to stay for a short time or take a long holiday. Offers I Bathing, fishing, water sports, organised excursions such as carriage trips, sightseeing I map F e 4 flights, Zeesen boat trips, palace tours. from 27,50 € F page 74 per person and night in apartment Herrenhaus Friedrichshof Kastanienallee 7 · 18299 Dolgen am See/OT Friedrichshof fon +49 (0)38454 208-41 · fax -82

Schloss Poggelow Character I tradition bound Location I This residence lies on the northern edge of the Mecklenburgische Schweiz in a rural idyll, surrounded by forest and open fields. House/Rooms I Schloss Poggelow was built in 1848 in English Tudor style and extensively restored, while retaining the style, between 1996 and 2004. It is the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday with the whole family or in a group, for example, but also for a chic wedding celebration in the country. Up to 20 persons have sufficient room in the 7 cosy apartments. On the ground floor there is a big hall for festivities. The palace also offers a large canopied terrace, a small wellness area with sauna, solarium and swimming pool and a billiards room. From the terrace you have a fantastic view of the park and a small lake. Offers I Elegant parties, weddings, family get-togethers or simply just a holiday, whether elegant or festive, spontaneous or casual - Schloss Poggelow is exactly the right choice if you want to make your party something special. The motto here is »Event yourself«. We will provide you with an extraordinary event location - and you give it your personal touch with your ideas and of course the festivities. I map F f 4

from 210 € F page 77 per house and night

Schloss Poggelow · 17168 Poggelow · buchbar über NOVASOL fon +49 (0)40 23 88 59-82 · fax -24 ·


Gut Gremmelin

Character I cultural Location I In a park with a swimming lake in the Mecklenburgische Schweiz. House/Rooms I A manor house built around 1800 with 3 hectare of park and swimming lake awaits you. The jewel near Güstrow was once a Slav settlement, a so-called Kremlin - and that‘s how you feel here: safe and sound. Hospitality, inspiration and joie de vivre are the themes that move the bio-hotel with 30 rooms. 3 professionally furnished conference rooms and a tightrope garden with team trainer offer possibilities for seminars and workshops. The bio-restaurant seats sixty persons and offers a sun terrace and regular cooking courses. Romantic candlelight dinners in a private atmosphere are just as popular as the regular art exhibitions that are mostly opened with an art and fine dining event. Parties and weddings are arranged with a great deal of attention to detail. Creative arrangements and cultural events will tempt you all year round. Offers I To balance out the enjoyment, there are movement programmes: Nordic walking, yoga, Tai Chi, massages, bicycles, kayak trips, guided hikes, climbing and of course bathing and paddling in the house-owned swimming lake. There is a billiards I map F e 4 room and a library for quiet evenings. from 52,50 € F page 75 per person and night in double room

Gut Gremmelin · Am Hofsee 33 · 18279 Gremmelin fon +49 (0)38452 51-10 · fax -28 ·

Jagdschloss Bellin

Character I tradition bound Location I Bellin Hunting Lodge is situated near Güstrow in a totally quiet location. House/ Rooms I The neo-baroque Bellin Hunting Lodge was built in 1910 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The spacious rooms in the hotel offer a stylish setting for parties, weddings and conferences for up to 170 persons. Bellin Hunting Lodge with its very roomy individual suites and double rooms is the perfect place for relaxing holidays and easy-going weekend excursions. Civil marriage ceremonies in the palace are also possible. There is a church in the village. Offers I Riding, sailing, golf are possible I map F e 5 in the surrounding areas. from 33 € F page 74 per Suite and Person Jagdschloss Bellin · 18292 Bellin fon +49 (0)38458 322-0 · fax -20

1. Bücherhotel Deutschlands Gutshotel Groß Breesen

Character I literary Location I Extraordinary ambience through a beautiful world of books, idyllically situated between meadows and forests on the terminal moraine, directly on the cycle path, 15 km to Güstrow, 13 km to Krakow am See. The ideal starting point for exciting excursions on literary trails. House/ Rooms I Your estate hotel offers 30 rooms, over 300,000 books, an estate park with an old tree population, newly built annexes

harmoniously fit into the estate ensemble. Cosy restaurant in the vault with wine cellar, library with south balcony, book parlour, winter garden, conference centre, park terrace. Civil wedding ceremonies possible. Offers I Lunch boxes, pickup and delivery service to airport and train station, luggage transfer, hotel bicycle hire, motorcycle shelter, individual programme planning, 3 km to swimI map F e 5 ming lake.

from 48 € F page 75 per person and night in double room Gutshotel Groß Breesen · Dorfstraße 10 · 18276 Groß Breesen fon +49 (0)38458 50-0 · fax -234 · ·


Gutshaus Langensee


Character I close to nature Location I The landmarked manor house, built in 1798, is situated in an old park on its own lake in the heart of Mecklenburg near GĂźstrow. House/Rooms I Two lovingly furnished and completely equipped holiday apartments with 4 rooms with 6 beds and 3 rooms with 4 beds with direct access to the lake. Offers I Swimming jetty, rowing and pedal-boat, fishing, sauna, lawn for sunbathing with garden furniture and children‘s playground. Culture barn for performances I map F e 4 and festivities. from 60 â‚Ź F page 76 per holiday apartment and night Gutshaus Langensee LangenseerstraĂ&#x;e 7 ¡ 18276 Langensee fon +49 (0)38450 203 81

Gutshaus ZĂźlow


Gutshof Vorbeck

Character I close to nature Location I Built in 1871 by Martin Haller (architect for the town hall in Hamburg), the manor is situated in Mecklenburg’s lake district. House I Surrounded by green, the estate offers four comfortable holiday apartments with generous living areas, modern kitchens and one or two bedrooms and an apartment without kitchen. The library and cosy guest room, terrace and garden with a small jetty to the little river provide the setting for a restful time. Fitness room, sauna and solarium also available. Offers I Guest horse boxes and grazing, coach trips on quiet roads, venue for parties (approximately 30 people) and space for creative seminars (painting, I map F d 5 pottery, yoga). from 61 ₏ F page 79

from 42,50 â‚Ź F page 78 per person and night in double room

per holiday apartment and night Gutshaus ZĂźlow ¡ DorfstraĂ&#x;e 1 19406 ZĂźlow ¡ fon +49 (0)201 25 66 85

Schloss und Park Kaarz

Character I close to nature Location I Gutshaus Vorbeck, 100 years old, renovated in 2010, lies very near Schwerin, directly on the River Warnow and WINSTON golf club. House/Rooms I Bed & Breakfast Hotel. You can hang loose and recharge your batteries in the wonderful individually designed double and single rooms. Includes breakfast. Offers I Big garden with barbecue possibilities, canoe and bicycle hire, golf, riding lessons, guest stalls, riding out. Numerous swimming lakes and the Restaurant Kranichhaus in direct proI map F c/d 5 ximity.


Gutshof Vorbeck An der Warnow 1 ¡ 19065 Vorbeck fon +49 (0)3860 502 99-6 ¡ fax -7


Character I familiar Location I Schloss Kaarz nestles at the heart of a gently rolling landscape 30 kilometres east of the state capital of Schwerin. It is surrounded by an eight hectare listed park, which was created in 1873 and which possesses many rare and exotic trees. House/Rooms I The 135 year old classicist building again finds itself in family ownership and has been restored as an absolutely peaceful holiday domicile. The 20 modern and comfortably furnished hotel rooms and holiday apartments have been generously laid out. The representative salons with fireplace and grand piano, an extensive library and the coffee patio invite you to spend time there. Own tennis court and sauna/solarium may also be used. It is just 17 kilometres to Winston golf course. I map F d 5 from 39 â‚Ź F page 76 per person and night in double room Schloss und Park Kaarz ¡ Obere DorfstraĂ&#x;e 6 ¡ 19412 Kaarz fon +49 (0)38483 308-0 ¡ fax -40 ¡






Schloss Basthorst


Schloss Badow

Character I exclusive Location I The historic estate of Schlosshotel Basthorst nestles in Mecklenburg’s unique lake district. The nearby state capital of Schwerin has many cultural sights such as the palace to offer. House/Rooms I The successful mix of the modern and historic is reflected in all 45 rooms, suites and eight apartments. Enjoy our exclusive wellness, spa and beauty centre, which spreads across 1,300 m2 with an extensive sauna landscape and a swimming pool with massages and cosmetic treatments also being available. Accompanied by greatest comfort, friendly service and regional fresh cuisine. Offers I Golf course, canoe and bicycle hire, guided tours in the area, riding stables. I map F d 5

Character I close to nature Location I Schloss Badow lies in a wonderfully idyllic location, quietly surrounded by meadows and forests. The park, pond and directly adjoining biosphere reservation Schaalsee invite you to extensive walks and bicycle tours. You will find tranquility and relaxation here. Our equestrian facility Pro Equus with guest stall and large glazed riding hall (30 x 70 m) is situated in the palace park. Courses, riding lessons, horse-training and producing are offered by appointment - please ask for our current programme. Schwerin, Hamburg, Lübeck and the Baltic Sea can be reached within an hour‘s drive. House/Rooms I The 6 apartments were renovated with a great deal of attention to detail and furnished with historic furniture. All apartments have a new shower bath, modern kitchen unit, Sat-TV, radio/CD player I map F b 5 and a terrace on to the park.

from 54 € F page 74

from 60 € F page 74

per person and night in double room

per apartment and night

Schloss Basthorst · Schlossstraße 18 · 19089 Basthorst fon +49 (0)3863 525-0 · fax -555 ·

Schloss Badow · Söhringer Straße 1 · 19209 Badow fon +49 (0)38874 212 94 ·


I dream of a palace because… Tell us why you‘d like to spend your holiday in a palace in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Perhaps as a romantic gift, a fairytale holiday with your children, or simply to enjoy being treated like royalty.

From all submissions we will raffle off a short holiday in the Golf and Wellness Hotel Schloss Teschow.

The lucky winner will enjoy 2 nights for 2 persons in a spacious double-room, including gourmet breakfast and dinner. The prize includes free use of the wellness area with swimming pool, sauna and wellness lounge.

Closing date for entries: 31.03.2011


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Tourist Standard Komfort First Class Luxus

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Character, Room furnishings, Minimum stay, Extras, Surcharges per person, Payment methods

Schloss Alt-Sammit Am Schloss 19 18292 Alt-Sammit fon +49 (0)38457 233 32, fax 506 39


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60,00 60,00

Character: close to nature. Room furnishings extremely comfortable, 50 sqm and 90 sqm. Surcharges per stay: for electricity costs after consumption. End cleaning 25 €. Camp bed/cot 12 €. Minimum stay: 1 week. Payment options: cash.

Schloss Badow Söhringer Straße 1 19209 Badow fon +49 (0)38874 212 94


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60,00 65,00 75,00

Character: close to nature. Surcharges per week for: bed-linen 7 €. Payment options: cash, transfer.

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32,00 23,00 29,00

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Character: familiar. All rooms with TV and telephone. Extras: sauna, bicycle and canoe rental, children's playground, lawn for sunbathing, BBQ area, pool, table tennis. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 9 €, FB 18 €. Surcharges per day: for children up to the age of 6 in parents' bed free, camp bed/cot up to 12 years 7 €, from 13 onwards 12 € (incl. breakfast), dog 2.50 €. Payment options: cash, Visa, Mastercard, EC card. Discount from 7 nights onwards =5 %, from 14 nights =10 %.

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90,00 54,00 69,00 69,00

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Character: exclusive. All rooms with TV, telephone, radio and hairdryer. Extras: camp beds/cots possible. Sauna landscape, swimming pool and SPA area with a large number of massage and application rooms. Payment options: cash, Visa, Amex, EC card, Eurocard.

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89,00 49,50 33,00

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Gutshaus Barkow Hotel Garni Dorfstraße 6 19395 Barkow fon +49 (0)38735 826-0, fax -66 Schloss Basthorst ✶✶✶ Schlossstraße 18 19089 Basthorst fon +49 (0)3863 525-0, fax -555 Jagdschloss Bellin Am Schloss 3 18292 Bellin fon +49 (0)38458 322-0, fax -20 Herrenhaus Blengow Dorfstraße 1 18230 Blengow/Rerik fon +49 (0)38203 120-55, fax -33 Hotel & Restaurant Gutshaus Redewisch Dorfstraße 46, 23946 Boltenhagen fon +49 (0)38825 376-0, fax -37 Rittergut Bömitz ✶✶✶ Dorfstraße 14 17390 Bömitz/Anklam fon +49 (0)39724 22 54-0, fax -1 Landhaus Schloss Kölzow Am Park 5 18334 Dettmannsdorf-Kölzow fon +49 (0)38228 619-0, fax -88 Herrenhaus Friedrichshof Kastanienallee 7 18299 Dolgen am See/OT Friedrichshof fon +49 (0)38454 208-41, fax -82


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Character: close to nature. All rooms with TV and telephone, partially with balcony. Extras: sauna, table tennis, fitness incl. in the price. Cosmetic treatment and massage by appointment. Surcharges per person and day for: HB, FB on request, bicycles from 3 €. Payment options: cash, cheque, advance payment, Visa, EC card, Eurocard.

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55,00 35,00 45,00

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Character: tradition bound. All rooms with TV and telephone, all SNG/DBL/Sui are nostalgically furnished, partially with antiques. Arrangements on request. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card, Mastercard.

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Character: tradition bound. All rooms are individually furnished with TV, W-LAN, telephone, park view. Extra beds possible. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa and Mastercard.




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Character: close to nature. Extras: darts and table tennis are free of charge. Payphone in the house. Pets are welcome. Surcharges per day for: camping bed/cot 8 €, pets 5 €, bicycles from 3 €. End cleaning 20-30 € per stay. Payment options: cash, invoice, advance payment.

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Character: tradition bound. Extras: sauna, bicycle and rowing boat rental incl. Surcharges per day for: camping bed or cot 15 €, dog 8 €. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast for adults 11.50 €, for children under 10 years 5 €. Payment options: cash, EC card.

Character: close to nature. All apartments with TV, radio and telephone. Extras: bicycles free of charge for hotel guests, lawn for sunbathing, BBQ area, transfer train station and airport. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 5 €, HB 8 €, FB 13 €. Surcharges per person for: cot 5 €, camp bed 0-4 years free, children 13 €, adults 18 €, pets 3 €. Discount for 10 and more nights 10 %. Payment options: cash, cheque, invoice, Eurocard.

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Price information

Wildkräuterhotel Gutshaus Ehmkendorf 18195 Ehmkendorf fon +49 (0)38228 614-10, fax -15 Hotel Hullerbusch Hullerbusch 12/OT Carwitz 17258 Feldberger Seenlandschaft fon +49 (0)39831 20-243, fax -866 Domäne Fürstenhof Dorfstraße 15 17179 Fürstenhof fon +49 (0)39971 31 72-12, fax -13 Hotel Schloss Gamehl Dorfstraße 26 23970 Gamehl fon +49 (0)38426 22-000, fax -693 Gut Rattelvitz 9999 18569 Gingst-Rattelvitz fon +49 (0)38305 533 18 fax +49 (0)6221 778 47 68 Radisson Blu Resort Schloss Fleesensee ✶✶✶✶✶ Schlossstr. 1, 17213 Göhren-Lebbin fon +49 (0)39932 80 10-0, fax -80 10 Gut Gremmelin Am Hofsee 33 18279 Gremmelin fon +49 (0)38452 51-10, fax -28 Gutshotel Groß Breesen Dorfstraße 10 18276 Groß Breesen fon +49 (0)38458 50-0, fax -234 Schloss Groß Plasten Parkallee 36 17192 Groß Plasten fon +49 (0)39934 80-20, fax -299 Schlossgut Gross Schwansee Am Park 1 23942 Gross Schwansee fon +49 (0)38827 88 48-0, fax -48 Schloss Hohen Luckow Rostocker Straße 23 18239 Hohen Luckow fon +49 (0)38295 765-0, fax -99 Jagdschloss Prillwitz Prillwitz 8 17237 Hohenzieritz fon +49 (0)39824 20 34-5, fax -6


1 5 1 1 1 1


1 2 2 3 2+2 4+2

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

45,00 32,50 42,50 25,00

8 2


2+1 2+1

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

32,50 50,00




Shr/Bath, WC

13 6


2+2 2-4

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC




Shr/Bath, WC

178 as 17



Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

60,00 100,00

7 23 1


1 2 2

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

5 17 6 2

SNG DBL Appt Sui

2 2 4 2

7 29 18


p. 60

45 as 18


p. 62


Character: close to nature. Surcharges per day for: camp bed 20 €. Payment options: cash, EC card. 85,00 120,00 • •

p. 65



49,00 69,00

• •

p. 61



p. 67

e4 p. 71

e5 p. 71

g6 p. 66


• • •

Character: exclusive. All rooms with Sat-TV, radio, 2 telephones, high-speed internet access free of charge, minibar, coffee and tea-maker, iron and ironing board, safe, hairdryer, bathrobe & slippers. Extras: inside swimming pool, sauna & fitness equipment are free of charge for hotel guests. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 28 €, FB 48 €, visitor's tax. Surcharges per day for: camp bed children incl. breakfast: 0-4 free of charge, 5-11 from 5 €, 12 and over 50 €, pets 15 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, common credit cards.

70,00 52,50 79,50

• •

Character: cultural. All rooms with TV, telephone and internet connection. Extras: flat rate charges for conferences from 199 € per day. Yoga, riding, climbing, golf, swimming, cooking courses and lots more. Payment options: cash, EC card, credit cards.

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

59,00 48,00 55,00

• • • •

Character: close to nature. Extras: 1. Bücherhotel Deutschlands - Germany's Book Hotel - more than 300,000 books, book-swap: bring 2 - Take 1, restaurant in the vault, anno 1833. Transfer train station and airport, bicycle rental. Surcharges per day for: pets 8 €. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card, Eurocard.

1 2 2+1

Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

60,00 37,50 57,50

• • •

Character: close to nature. Extras: SPA-Margareta, pool, boat and bicycle rental, lake terrace. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 27 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed 4-11 years 15 € and from 12 years 30 €, cot 15 € (one-off) pets 15 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa, Eurocard, Mastercard, Amex.


2 2

Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC

79,00 128,00 109,00

• • •

Character: exclusive. All rooms can also be booked for single occupancy, with TV, radio, minibar, safe, telephone, internet. Children 10 and under sleep free of charge in the parents' room. Parking available free of charge in the hotel car park. Surcharges for all rooms per person and day for: HB from 38 €, FB from 76 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed 40 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, American Express, Mastercard, Visa.




Shr, WC


Character: special. All rooms may also be booked as single rooms, 15 € surcharge. Extras: fireplace room, grand piano in the hall of knights, television room, fully equipped guest kitchen, catering for groups possible, six bicycles. Surcharges per day for: extra bed 0-6 years free of charge, 6-12 years 20 €. Payment options: cash or cheque.

10 as 1 1



Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

• • • •

Character: close to nature. All rooms are comfortably furnished with TV and telephone. Extras: bicycle rental. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 15-25 €, pets on request. Bicycle rental 10 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Maestro.



158,00 128,00 218,00

p. 61

g6 p. 66

1/p. 46

Character: family-owned. Extras: sauna and fitness equipment free of charge for hotel guests, wellness and beauty program, bicycle rental on request, library, transfer to train station and airport. Surcharges per day for: camp bed incl. breakfast 32 €, for children 0-5 years free of charge and 6-12 years 25 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, credit cards. Character: close to nature. All holiday apartments with TV, internet connection, radio and DVD with USB. Extras: sauna, solarium, relaxation room, sun loungers, open-air seating, washing machine and dryer. Surcharges per stay for: end cleaning 40 €. Payment options: advance payment.

p. 63

e/f 6

Character: close to nature. Extras: sauna, nature trail. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 18 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed 18 €, pets 10 €. Payment options: cash, EC card. Character: exclusive. All holiday apartments with upscale furnishings, antique furniture and Sat-TV, internet connection, kitchens with fridge and microwave, open fireplace in the foyer, in the winter garden and in the garden apartment. Extras: fitness room, sauna, washing machine and dryer, bicycles, games for children and adults, conference room for up to 40 persons.

p. 69


Character, Room furnishings, Minimum stay, Extras, Surcharges per person, Payment methods

2 2

39,50 69,00 54,50 79,50


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Price information

Schloss und Park Kaarz Obere Dorfstraße 6 19412 Kaarz fon +49 (0)38483 308-0, fax -40


Schloss Krönnevitz 18445 Krönnevitz fon +49 (0)4921 202 27, fax 58 60 40 Gutshaus Langensee 9999 Langenseerstraße 7 18276 Langensee fon +49 (0)38450 203 81, fax 80 48 Romantik Hotel Gutshaus Ludorf Rondell 7-8 17207 Ludorf/Müritz fon +49 (0)39931 84-00, fax -020 Schloss Lühburg ✶✶✶/✶✶✶✶ Dorfstraße 38 17179 Lühburg fon +49 (0)39972 59 11-10, fax -28 Schloss Marihn Flotower Str. 1 17219 Marihn fon +49 (0)3962 221-930, fax -361



2+1 2+1

Bath, WC Shr, WC

Character: familiar. Extras: free table tennis. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 7 €, sauna 5 €, tennis 5 €, bicycle 5 €. Surcharges per day for: pets 6 €, extra bed 12 €. Payment options: cash, invoice, advance payment and EC card, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

6 1 6

DBL Sui Appt

2 2 2

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

47,50 110,00 80,00

• • •

Character: stylish. All rooms furnished with shower or bath, WC, cable-TV, telephone and hairdryer. Extras: individual programming, sauna from autumn 2007, concerts. Surcharges per day for: pets 10 €, camp bed 35 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa, Eurocard.

5 20 3


1 2-4 2-4

Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

65,00 44,50 59,50

• • •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms with telephone, Sat-TV, clock radio and minibar. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 0-6 years free, 6-14 years 24 €, from 14 years 34 €, bicycles 10 €, dog 10 €, garage 10 €, HB 24 €. Parking free of charge. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa, Eurocard, American Express.

1 4 4


1 2 2-4

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

105,00 60,00 80,00

• • •

Character: exclusive. All rooms and suites with upscale furnishings with shower, WC/bath with whirlpool in 2 suites, bidet, hairdryer, TV, telephone, internet connection, radio, safe, trouser presser, Duvets/blankets available, excellent gastronomy. SPA free of charge. Surcharges per day for: pets 10 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, EC cash. Surcharge for Visa, Eurocard, Diners, American Express.

75 3


1 2 2 1 2 2

Shr, WC Bath, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Bath, WC Shr, WC

70,00 47,50 75,00 65,00 45,00 75,00

• • • • • •

Character: close to nature. Extras: free use of the wellness area with panorama swimming pool. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 25 €, FB 40 €, visitor's tax 1 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot up to 11 years 15 €, from 12 years 30 €. For babies (one-off) 15 €, dog 15 €, bicycle 7 €. Payment options: cash, advance payment, EC card, credit cards. Explanation of notes: (1*)=Schloss Klink, (2*)=Orangerie

6 3


2 2

Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC

70,00 75,00

• •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms are individually and stylishly furnished with antiques. TV, telephone and W-LAN are available. The advantages of a private house combined with personal care, gastronomy on request. Extras: venue of the Festspiele MV. Payment options: cash, EC card.


2 2 2-3

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

42,50 47,50

• •

p. 64

5 3 2

Character: close to nature. Surcharges per stay for: end cleaning holiday apartment 25 €. Payment options: cash, EC card.





Shr/Bath, 2 WC





Shr/Bath, WC


2 19 2


1 2+1 2+1

Shr, WC Shr, WC Bath, WC




Shr/Bath, WC

2 4


2 2

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

p. 68

f/g 5 p. 66


Gutshaus Kubbelkow Im Dorfe 8 18528 Klein Kubbelkow fon +49 (0)3838 822 77-77, fax -10

Gutshaus Krimvitz 999 Dorfstraße 4 18581 Putbus/OT Krimvitz fon +49 (0)38301 6412-64, fax -24


Schloss-Hotel Kittendorf Dorfstraße 47 17153 Kittendorf fon +49 (0)39955 50-0, fax -140

Jagdschloss Kotelow Schlossallee 2 17099 Kotelow fon +49 (0)39607 26 57-0, fax -1

11 9

39,00 66,00

p. 72

Schloss Karow Hotel & Antiquitäten Parkstraße 1 19395 Karow fon +49 (0)38738 706-00, fax -27

Schloss Klink und Orangerie Schlossstraße 6 17192 Klink fon +49 (0)3991 747-0, fax -299

p. 64


Character, Room furnishings, Minimum stay, Extras, Surcharges per person, Payment methods


2/p. 48

• 23 7

p. 67 •


h5 p. 65



Character: exclusive. The holiday apartment possesses a TV, telephone, radio, fax, hairdryer, two terraces, barbecue, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, garden furniture. Extras: garage included in the price. Reservations through: Hanna Eujen, fon +49 (0)4921 202 27 or +49 (0)173-209 49 58, fax +49 (0)4921 58 60 40. Payment options: advance payment.

p. 63


Character: close to nature. All holiday apartments with TV. Extras: fishing boat, paddleboat, sauna, bicycles, guest jetty on the hotel's own lake behind the house. Dishwasher and washing machine. Surcharges per day for: pets 3 €. Surcharges per stay: end cleaning 30 €. Payment options: cash, transfer.

p. 72


2/p. 48

p. 67


67,00 49,00

p. 70

g6 p. 66

52,50 60,00


• • •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms with TV and telephone. Extras: sauna for hotel guests free of charge, wellness program. Surcharges per person and day for: bicycles 8 €, HB 28 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 34 €. Payment options: cash, advance payment, Visa, Eurocard, Amex, EC card.


Character: family friendly. Holiday apartments on inquiry with TV and telephone. Extras: breakfast available in the bistro, food served on inquiry, events (weddings, anniversaries, etc.) up to 120 people. Payment options: cash or advance payment. Character: tradition bound. The manor house offers room for 12 guests who can enjoy the marvellous ambience together with the owners in a private atmosphere. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, with French wallpaper and fabrics as well as period furniture, among other things. Surcharges per person and day for: HB on request. Payment options: cash, EC card, Mastercard, Visa.

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Price information

Wasserschloss Mellenthin Dorfstraße 25 17429 Mellenthin fon +49 (0)38379 28 78-0, fax -280 Schloss Neetzow Dorfstraße 45 17391 Neetzow fon +49 (0)39721 566-0, fax -60 Rittergut Nustrow Dorfstraße 45 18195 Nustrow fon +49 (0)38205 78 60, fax 80 80 01 Landgut Oberhof Am Gutshof 1 23948 Oberhof fon +49 (0)38825 22-204, fax -895 Schloss Poggelow 17168 Poggelow Buchbar über NOVASOL: fon +49 (0)40 23 88 59-82, fax -24 s

Schlosshotel Ralswiek 9999 Parkstraße 35 18528 Ralswiek fon +49 (0)3838 20 32-0, fax –222





Shr, WC


Character: close to nature. All rooms are non-smoking, with TV, telephone, high-quality large shower baths. Extras: bicycle rental, boat tours, carriage rides, golf 1.2 km away, spacious hotel-owned wellness area. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 25 € incl. breakfast, pets 9 €. Payment options: cash, transfer, EC card.




Shr, WC


Character: romantic. All rooms with TV and telephone, some with balcony. Extras: bicycle rental. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 23 €. Surcharges per day for: extra bed 25 €, pets 12 €. Payment options: cash or EC card.

9 1 4 als


2-4 4 2+2

Shr, WC Bath, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

2 3


2-4 4-6

Shr, WC Shr, WC

9 7


2 2

Shr, WC Shr, WC

10,50 10,50

12 46 2 5

SNG DBL Sui Appt

1 2 2 2+1

Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

65,00 45,00 85,00 55,00

• • • •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms with Sat-TV, minibar, safe, hairdryer. Extras: swimming pool, sauna, wellness area, carriage rides. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 25 €, bicycle 6 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot incl. breakfast 0-3 years 0-3 years free of charge, 4-12 years 20 €, from 13 years 40 €, pets 10 €. Payment options: cash, advance payment, EC card, Visa, Eurocard.

1 14 7 1 1


1 2 2 4 4

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

44,00 27,00 38,00

• • • •

Character: close to nature. All rooms with high-end, individual furnishings. All suites with whirlpool or steam cabin. Extras: wellness usage, massages, high-class gastronomy with mediterranean cuisine. Minimum stay: 2 nights. Payment options: cash, EC card.

12 2


2 2

Bath, WC Bath, WC

40,00 65,00

• •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms with TV, telephone, hairdryer, CD player and minibar. Surcharges per day for: sauna 8 €, whirlpool 5 €, bicycles 4 €, cot for children up to 3 years free, 4-16 years 15 €, for adults 23 €. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card, American Express, Eurocard. Package deals on request.

p. 63

1 1 1


2+1 3+1 4+1

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

45,00 55,00 55,00

Character: close to nature. Extras: comfort features, baby changing table, cot (up to 2 years) free of charge. Surcharges per day for: bicycles 4 €, camp bed/cot 7.50 €, pets by agreement 30 € per stay. Minimum stay: in season 5 nights. Payment options: cash, advance payments, house brochure on request. *please enter search term »Reischvitz«.





Shr, WC


Character: close to nature. All apartments are non-smoking, fully furnished with bed linen and towels. On request fresh rolls 0.20 € every morning. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 15 €. One-off surcharge under 3 nights: 20 €. Payment options: cash.

1 8 2 1


1 2 4 8

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

4 1


2+4 4

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

p. 65

h4 p. 64




37,50 60,00

• •

40,00 50,00

h2 p. 63


Character: tradition bound. All rooms can only be booked as a whole - prices for full occupancy. Extras: fitness room, swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, billiards, table-tennis, darts, garden furniture and grill, TV, DVD, pets allowed. Surcharges for: end cleaning 390.00 € (additional costs for total travel period). Payment options: advance payment, bank collection, credit cards.

48,00 51,00

p. 65


p. 61

e3 p. 61

Schloss Schmarsow g4 Dorfstraße 41 17129 Kruckow/OT Schmarsow fon +49 (0)30 611 20 18 oder +49 (0)39991 369 66, fax +49 (0)30 618 77 28

Character: close to nature. The rooms possess TV, telephone and radio - also available for single bookings. The holiday apartments and the holiday home each have two bedrooms, a kitchen with dishwasher, TV, telephone, grill and garden furniture. Surcharges per day for: bicycles 5 €, pets 6 €. Payment options: cash, cheque or advance payment. Character: family friendly. 3- and 4-room apartments, renovated, furnished brightly and friendly, 2 to 3 bedrooms with 2 beds each (cot and camping bed at no extra charge), living room, kitchen resp. kitchen unit, household room with washing machine, dryer. Extras: riding lessons, beach rides. Minimum stay: 3 nights, price includes end cleaning and additional costs. Payment options: cash, cheque, transfer.

p. 70

Park Hotel Schloss Rattey 17349 Rattey fon +49 (0)3968 25 50-10, fax -50

Gutshaus Neu Wendorf Am Gutshaus Neu Wendorf 18190 Sanitz fon +49 (0)38209 80 27-0, fax -1

49,00 65,00

p. 60


Waldgut Rosenhagen ✶✶✶/✶✶✶✶ Am Gutshaus 11, 18239 Rosenhagen fon/fax +49 (0)38295 714 91

4/p. 52

p. 62

Relax Schlosshotel Ranzin Dorfstraße Nr. 36 17495 Ranzin fon +49 (0)38355 68 71-2, fax -4

Gut Reischvitz ✶✶/✶✶✶ 18528 Reischvitz bei Bergen fon +49 (0)3838 25 16 18, fax -20 22 63*

Character, Room furnishings, Minimum stay, Extras, Surcharges per person, Payment methods

48,00 35,00

• • 58,00 130,00

70,00 80,00

Character: close to nature. Holiday apartment for 4 persons furnished with 2 baths. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 18 €. children's room 23.50 € (without bathroom), end cleaning in HF 22 € resp. 48 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 18.50 €, dog 4 €. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card. Character: tradition bound. Extras: bicycle rental. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 7.50 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 5 €, bicycle rental 5 €. Surcharges per stay: end cleaning 30 € for a stay under 5 days. Payment options: cash, advance payment by transfer.


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Price information

Romantisches Hotel Schloss Schorssow ✶✶✶✶✶ Am Haussee 3, 17166 Schorssow fon +49 (0)39933 79-0, fax -100 Gutshaus Solzow ✶✶✶✶ Lange Straße 21 17207 Solzow fon +49 (0)39923 25 17, fax 299 78 Hotel Gutshof Sparow ✶✶✶✶ 17214 Sparow fon +49 (0)39927 762-0, fax -99 Relais & Chateaux Hotel Gutshaus Stolpe 9999 Peenestraße 33, 17391 Stolpe fon +49 (0)39721 550-0, fax -99 Golf- und Wellnesshotel s Schloss Teschow ✶✶✶9 Gutshofallee 1, 17166 Teschow fon +49 (0)3996 140-0, fax -100 Hotel Schloss Ulrichshusen 17194 Ulrichshusen fon +49 (0)39953 790-0, fax -99 Gutshof Vorbeck An der Warnow 1 19065 Vorbeck fon +49 (0)3860 502 99-6, fax -7


3/p. 51

1 9 24 7 2


1 2 2 2 2

Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC

82,00 50,50 72,00 76,00 105,00

• • • • •

Character: exclusive. Extras: sauna and swimming pool free of charge for hotel guests. Surcharges per person and day for: bicycle 10 €, HB 34 €, FB 56.50 €. Surcharges per day for: pets 11 €, camp bed/cot 0-5 years free of charge, from 6 years from 26 €. All rooms can also be booked as single rooms. Payment options: cash, cheque, advance payment, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard.

2/p. 48

1 7 4 1


1 2 4 2

Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

65,00 40,00

• •

Character: tradition bound. All rooms with TV. Extras: incl. washing. Surcharges per person and day for: bicycle 5 €, HB on request. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot 13-20 €. Surcharges per stay for: end cleaning for HF and Appt 28 €. Payment options: cash, EC card.

1 12 26 8 2 1

SNG DBL Appt Appt Sui Sui

1 2 2 4 4 3

Bath, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC Shr, WC

60,00 42,50 52,50 52,50 160,00 170,00

• • • • • •

Character: exclusive. All suites, apartments and rooms with shower and/or bath, cable TV. The apartments and suites are furnished with separate living room and bedroom as well as balcony and terraces. One part of the apartment has a second bedroom. Extras: wellness, beauty- and sports area. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card, American Express, Eurocard. Year-round arrangements can be booked.

4 22 5 2

SNG DBL Sui Appt

1 2 2 4

Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC

80,00 59,00 94,00 280,00

• • • •

Character: close to nature. All rooms are for the most part decorated with antiques and individually furnished. Extras: sauna, solarium, fitness room, house-jetty to the lake, tennis court, large car park. Payment options: cash, credit cards.

108 5 7

DBL Sui Appt

2-3 2-3 2/4

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC

55,00 80,00 50,00

• •

Character: exclusive. All rooms can be booked as single rooms, free use of the wellness area with swimming pool and sauna. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 32 €. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/cot for 0-5 years free of charge, 6-11 years 25 €, 1215 years 35 €, from 16 years 45 €, pets 10 €, underground garage 10 €. Payment options: cash, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, EC card.

33 10 1


2 4 4

Shr, WC Bath, WC Bath, WC


Character: tradition bound. All rooms with TV, telephone, internet or W-LAN. Holiday apartments with 3-4 rooms, kitchen, terrace, telephone, grill, garden furniture. Minimum stay: in HF 7 nights. Extras: bicycle rental, main venue of the MV Festival. Payment options: cash, Visa, EC card.

19 1

DBL Appt

2+1 2+2

Shr/Bath, WC Shr/Bath, WC


Character: close to nature. All double rooms are individually furnished in the highest quality. Extras: canoe, riding, golf, Finnish huts from 10 €, no minimum stay, special golf arrangements. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 8.50 € for apartment. Surcharges per day for: camp bed/camp bed or cot 15 €. Payment option: cash, EC card.

2 2 3


2 2 4-5

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr/Bath, WC


4 8 1


2 4 5

Shr, WC Shr, WC Shr, WC

p. 69

f6 p. 67


p. 68

h4 p. 64

f5 p. 69


3/p. 51

p. 68

c/d 5

76,00 72,00

90,00 107,00


p. 72

Ferienhof Marth Kastanienallee 13, 17179 Walkendorf fon +49 (0)39972 500 70, fax 562 99 ferienwohnung/13150


Apptartementhotel Gutspark Wangern Wangern 17 23999 Wangern/Insel Poel fon +49 (0)38425 444-0, fax -111


Character, Room furnishings, Minimum stay, Extras, Surcharges per person, Payment methods

p. 60

Character: close to nature. Extras: directly by the lake, company guided tour, ecological agriculture, fishing, boat trips, hunting opportunities, family celebrations possible, ideal for children, petting animals. Surcharges per day for: breakfast, partially bio 7.50 €/3 €. Pets 2 €. End cleaning 20-25 € per stay (HF). Payment options: cash, transfer.

42,00 54,00

80,00 96,00 112,00

• • •

Character: close to nature. All apartments with TV, telephone, kitchen unit. The quoted prices concern the main season (July/August) incl. breakfast for 2 guests. Surcharges per person and day for: every additional person in the apartment 8 €, HB 12 €, FB 24 €, bicycle 4 €, sauna 8 €. Please request price list as well as wellness and package deals. Payment options: cash, EC card.

Schlosshotel Wendorf 99999 Hauptstraße 9 19412 Wendorf fon +49 (0)38486 33 66-0, fax -10


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Character: exclusive. All rooms from 30 sqm, suites frpm 40-130 sqm, with antiques and valuable fabrics. Extras: spacious park, gourmet restaurant, carriage rides, SPA- and beauty treatments possible. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 60 €. Surcharges per day for: dogs 20 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa, Diners, Amex, Eurocard, Maestro, Mastercard, JCB.

Landhotel & Herrenhaus Bohlendorf 999 Dorfstraße 6a 18556 Wiek auf Rügen fon +49 (0)38391 770, fax 702 80


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Character: close to nature. Surcharges per person and day for: HB 18 €, bicycle 10 €. Surcharges per day for: children up to 6 years free, 7-14 years 18 € and from 15 years full-paying. Dog 6 €. Payment options: cash, EC card, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Eurocard.

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Schloss Drosedow 9999 Dorfstraße 28 17255 Wustrow/OT Drosedow fon +49 (0)39828 26-953, fax -761 Gutshaus Zülow ✶✶✶ Dorfstraße 1 19406 Zülow fon +49 (0)38481 204 83

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Character: romantic. All rooms with TV and hairdryer. Extras: sauna, bicycle and boat rental incl. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 5 € for HF/HH. Surcharges per person: camp bed/cot 10 €. Minimum stay in the holiday house: 7 nights (from Sat.-Sat.). Payment options: advance payment, cash on day of arrival. Character: close to nature. Minimum stay in holiday apartment: three nights. Extras: washing machine and dryer available, pasture free of charge, end cleaning. Surcharges per person and day for: breakfast 9 €, sauna 5 €, bicycle 5 €. Surcharges per day for: extra bed 11 €, canoes 15 €, horse box 8 €. Reservations by phone +49 (0)201 25 66-85, fax -43. Payment options: cash or advance payment.

Organized trips to palaces and parks LANDREISEN through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern LANDREISEN arranges sophisticated individual and group programmes to Schwerin, Rostock, Stralsund, the islands of Rügen and Hiddensee, Usedom and Fischland-Darss-Zingst. With LANDREISEN you experience the state's cultural highlights, culinary delights and impressive architecture. Enjoy day trips and guided tours through picturesque avenues to palaces entwined with roses without changing your hotel. To heighten your holiday experience, the number of guests on our trips is limited to 19 persons. Get inspired by our offer and ask for our latest free travel calendar.

Package includes Overnight stay in the hotel, half-board, daytrips, guided tours by experts, travel guides, admission fees, boat trips, hikes with picnic, island tours | Travel period all year round with professional tour guide | No. of participants 2-19 persons | Price theme trips from 39 Euro per day/person

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Between Lake Müritz, Lake Plauer and Lake Malchin This tour will take you between the three lakes to places with a special cultural ambiance. In the »Müritzeum«, the natural adventure centre in Waren (Müritz), you can get a insight into a state of 1,000 lakes and admire the largest aquarium for local freshwater fish. You will stay in a manor house, a palace and a romantic castle surrounded by moats with the well-know restored concert barn that serves as the venue for concerts during the MV Festival. One highlight along the way is the »colossal« market barn in Bollewick. Here you will find quaint local craftsmen's workshops, stores and a café. Package includes 2 overnight stays in the Romantik Hotel Gutshaus Ludorf, 2 overnight stays in Schloss Karow and 2 overnight stays in Schloss Ulrichshusen, incl. breakfast, luggage transfer from palace to palace, route description and map material | Travel period April to October | Tour-days/day legs around 50 km | Price per person in double room from 354 Euro »Schwerin Plus« · Touristik-Service-GmbH Mecklenburgstraße 85 · 19053 Schwerin fon +49 (0)385 558 02-0 · fax -11 ·


Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Note: The list of the gardens, fortresses, castle, manor houses is far from being complete. Over 1,000 sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are protected as national monuments. The bracketed [coordinates] point to the corresponding grid square on the overview map in the envelope. Not all of the small towns, however, are shown on the map. It only gives a rough overview.

Castle (residences of princes and dukes) Fort, castle, fortress

Invitation for a walk

Manor, Mansion

Manor and castle gardens Botanical/ dendrological gardens Castle and monastery gardens Artists’ parks

Health resort parks Municipal parks and rampart systems

Zoological gardens

Environmental education and research


Alt Sammit F Castle Restored mansion dating from 1875. Two-storey brick building. Originally built by the Weltzin family in 1674 as a manor with stables and servants’ houses. Conference centre and holiday homes. Wedding receptions with marriage ceremonies possible. F entry p. 74; map [e5] Ankershagen F Manor / park Friedrichsfelde Built in the first half of the 19th century. It is today home to the information office for the Müritz National Park and stork observation centre (direct video link). Landscape park with pond and very old oaks, beeches and a yew that is over 200 years old. Chestnut avenue. The manor today houses a memorial to the poet, Johann Heinrich Voß (also translator of Homer’s »Iliad« and »Odyssey«). Opening times from May to Oct.: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Inquiries under fon +49 (0)39921 350 46. F map [g6] Baabe F Health resort garden The beach road was created as the heart of this little seaside resort in the 1930s. An avenue has been planted in the centre whose treetops have been brought together to form

an arcade. The health resort garden with the new open-air stage and its extensive plantings invite visitors to promenade and enjoy walks. F map [h2/3]

6,000 plants and up to 300 species. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)38229 806-80, fax -77. Salt museum next to the park. Salt festival in the museum’s garden in July. Bad Sülze is the oldest salt and moor resort in the north of Germany. The remains of the old salt-transport roads remain visible. F text p. 35; photos p. 36, 80; map [f3]

Bad Doberan F Monastery / park At the centre of the 800 year old Cistercian monastery estate with mediaeval outbuildings and the almost entirely preserved monastery wall, the minster dominates as a pearl of the brick gothic style in north Germany. Worth seeing: herb garden behind the grain house, the former cemetery for monks with skeleton house as well as the historic cemetery dating from 1796. The extensive park is a place of idyllic quiet, redesigned in 1793 by J. Chr. Schweer and laid out as an English landscape garden. Guided tours on inquiry, contact Doberan Minster under fon +49 (0)38203 627 16. F text p. 10, 24; photos p. 10, 81; map [d3]

Badow F Castle / park First documented in 1230. Today’s building built as a neo-baroque plaster-finished structure on the foundations of a castle in the classicist style according to plans from Paul Korff in 1905. Two-storey with vaulted cellars. One of the few completely intact manor houses in Mecklenburg. 2.4 hectare large park with castle pond, riding complex, toothed-leaved beeches and yews, solitary oaks with trunks measuring up to 6 m and the only red oak variety (Quercus robur ‘Atropurpurea’) in Mecklenburg. The site and park may be visited by appointment under fon +49 (0)38874 212 94. F ad p. 73; map [b5]

Bad Sülze F Health resort garden Thirteen hectare landscape park dating from 1907, originally designed as an English garden. Cultivated by the gardener Clasen in 1980. Magnificent dahlia show each year from August to October, dahlia festival in September. Unique collection of approximately

Barkow F Manor / garden Manor combines classicist and art nouveau elements. Built by the Hülße family in 1913. Situated on the banks of the Elde, not far from Plauer See. Large garden. Renovated. Run as a guesthouse today. F ad p. 68; map [e6]

Activities for restricted mobility

Barth F Bible garden Garden in the Low-German bible centre of Barth. Displays the connection between garden culture and Christendom. Four subject areas: monastery garden, plants of the bible, plants with ecclesiastical tradition and plants with biblical-christian names. Inviting lawn areas and seating for contemplation. Outdoor area of the bible centre with area for open fires and conference house. The bible garden is open all year round Tues to Sat from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and Sunday from midday to 6.00 p.m. Admission free. F Route 7 p. 58; map [f2/3]

Activities for restricted mobility with assistance Activities for the visually impaired and blind


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On some of the estates the activities are restricted to either the outdoors or the buildings. These are then identified as follows:

Bad Sülze. The landscape garden transforms itself into a small empire of blossoms; dahlias display their colourful splendour in late summer.

Basedow F Castle / park / village estate

* Country estate (200 hectares) with historic castle complex. Redesigned

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Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Bad Doberan. The Minster towers above the giant tree in the Klosterpark with heavenly simplicity.

by Peter Joseph Lenné and Friedrich August Stüler between 1835 and 1839. Basedow village integrated into the estate. Park with charming ponds, old groups of trees and winding paths. Knight’s hall on the south side with neo-baroque decorative garden. From the circular route, meant as a bridal path or coach trail, views towards megalithic tombs and the former zoological garden. 700year old village church with original organ (1680) and renaissance alter (1592). fon +49 (0)39957 204 54. F text p. 13, 29; photos p. 30, 31, 51; Route 3 p. 50; map [f5] Basthorst F Castle / park / orangery

* Stately home. Built by the Schack family in 1824. Converted in the neogothic style in 1910. Naked brick structure with open ridge turrets. Romantic castle hotel (with tower house) opened in 1998. Fourteen hectare English landscape park. Lime tree avenue leads directly to the Glambecksee. Park open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. Events: Hubertustag, festival concerts. F ad p. 73; map [d5] Behrenhoff F Park English landscape park (ten hectares) with an avenue of 200 year old lime trees. Laid out for the wife of Carl Felix Georg of Behr by Peter Joseph Lenné around 1840. The trees include rare species and shrubs as well as spurge, copper beech, hemlock, chestnut and eastern juniper. The park is protected as a monument. The castle burnt down in 1945. F map [h4] Behrenshagen F Manor / park Built in 1760 as a manor house. Park laid out in 1850 according to plans from Peter Joseph Lenné during the course of rebuilding the manor house. Imposing neo-renaissance gable on the south-west side of the building. Restored by the present owners. Small

You can find the legend for the pictographs on page 80.

pond areas with inviting benches for relaxation. From May until September prestigious cultural programme. Guided tours of the park by appointment from May to September fon +49 (0)3821 81 12 01. Information and events under F map [f3] Belitz F Manor / park Manor built in the artnouveau style around 1906. Garden with very old trees. Recently the location for the television series, »Abenteuer 1900 Leben im Gutshaus« and »Abenteuer 1927 - Sommerfrische«, both of which were made here in 2004/05. The stately bedroom and bathroom, a school room and the owner’s other living areas with their original furnishings may be viewed in the house. The servants’ living and working quarters are in the cellar. Overnight accommodation is available either in the stately rooms or in the servants’ quarters. Available courses: cooking in the kitchen at the turn of the century, time travel. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)39976 503 14. F map [f4] Bellin F Hunting seat / park Old manor estate built in the mid-18th century by the Imperial Count von Sala. Replaced between 1910 and 1912 by a new neo-baroque building after Paul Korff. Main portal on the north side with portico and balcony. Sweeping flight of stairs and winter garden on the south side. The baroque garden from 1750 was refashioned into a landscape park in the 19th century. Park grounds with viewing plateau, grassed terrace, boating pond with flight of steps and chapel with crypt. Park only open to hotel guests all year round; guided tours by appointment under F ad p. 71; map [e5] Binz F Kurpark (health resort park) Large park (1.5 hectares). Created from woodland in the 1920’s. Population of mature trees, rhododen-

Binz. Colourful beauties meet gnarly veterans in the Kurpark.

dron and specimen shrubs, roses and Japanese azaleas. Variety of staggered heights. Unusual sandstone sculptures. Art and nature pleasantly intermingled. Various interactive installations: fitness equipment, boccia court, Kneipp pool, playground with equipment for climbing and testing skills. Park open to the public all year round. Admittance free of charge. Guided tours from May to October on Mondays at 10.00 a.m. F photo p. 81; map [h2] Binz F Park of the Senses Experience park on the nor thern shores of Schmachter Lake with attractions for all age groups. Themed gardens: maze, fragrance and rose garden. Stations addressing the senses along the walking and cycling route: whirlpool, signs explaining the currents, humming stone, sound column. The park is impressive with its varied plantings, fountains and water landscape. F map [h2] Blengow / Rerik F Manor / park Classicist estate. Built in 1830. View of the Salzhaff. Listed as a protected monument. Fully restored with holiday apartments. Small exhibition of sculptures in the adjacent park. F ad p. 61; map [d3] Blücherhof F Manor / dendrological garden

Mansion from the beginning of the 20th century. Atmospheric dendrological park. Guided tours of the park on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)39933 735 28. F text p. 36; photo p. 50; Route 3 p. 50; map [f5] Boek F Manor Mansion on the southwest bank of the Müritz. Simplified classicist structure and middle gable. Property acquired from Baron Peter von Le Fort in 1842. With Gertrud von Le Fort‘s

room, the writer, and memorial stone. Various exhibitions on the national park, the Le Fort family and the Boek village. Tin foundry, souvenir shop and inn. Opening times: National park information also available for the partially sighted and blind people, village museum, tin museum only during the season: May-October daily from 10.00 a.m.-5 p.m. F map [f6] Bohlendorf F Mansion / Park see Wiek / OT Bohlendorf Boizenburg / Elbe F Town walls Erected around the 12th century to protect the developing town. Two parallel moats and the wall built between them enclose the core of the old town. Converted into a park in the middle of the 18th century. More than 40 bridges lead from the timber-frame houses on the inside of the walled moat to the wall - »Little Venice of the North«. Garden monument and green landmark of the city, redesigned and rebuilt in 2001. F text p. 35; map [b6] Boldevitz F Mansion / park

* Built around 1635. Extended by two wings in the 18th century. The central portal and the von der Lancken family’s coat of arms date back to 1784. The two parallel saddle roofs stand out. From 1763 to 1765, the painter, Jakob Philipp Hackert, created canvas wallpapers and paintings with idealized depictions of Rügen’s landscape, which are now on show here following their restoration. Holiday apartments are now also available for renting here. The remains of the park with its ponds and old trees have been preserved and are well-tended. The three large plane trees are natural monuments. The park is also home to a classicist estate chapel dating from 1839. The historic orchard has been replanted with old fruit types. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)3838 31 39 76. F map [g/h2]


Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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ded. Guided tours (two hours) from 15th May until 15th July only by prior telephone appointment, admission 10 euros/person, fon +49 (0)38872 562 99. F text p. 39; map [b4]

Dobbertin. Theodor Fontane found distraction and his soulmate in the shadow of the ancient monastery walls.

Boltenhagen / OT Redewisch F Manor Owned by the Lueder family from 1817 to 1945. Reacquired and restored by Ole Lueder in 1999. At the centre of a flood meadow, field and park landscape. Hotel. F ad p. 60; map [c4] Bömitz F Feudal estate / park Baroque plaster-finished structure built in the timber-frame style around 1750. Terrace-shaped, 2.5 hectare park following the English landscape style with stone stairs, dry walls, gravel paths, lawns. Mature trees, including a 300-year old oak, protected as a national monument. Giant rhododendron over 2.5 metres tall. Standalone belfry (replaced church) still in use today on Saturdays and Sundays, tea pavilion. Converted into a hotel following restoration of the manor house in 1994 Closed mid January to mid March. Garden show. Guided tours of the manor house and park by appointment fon +49 (0)39724 225 40. F ad p. 64; map [h4] Bredenfelde F Castle / park Built in 1851 by Friedrich Hitzig für Ernst Hans Heinrich von Heyden. Two-storey plaster building adorned by two towers on the side. Restoration since 1997. English landscape park by Peter Joseph Lenné dating from 1840. Is currently being restored according to old drawings and adapted to the current property situation and vegetation. Roses will be given a special place in the separate rose garden. Guided tours in the palace and park by appointment under fon +49 (0)39955 397 77. F text p. 27; map [g5] Breege / OT Juliusruh F Kurpark (health resort park) by Julius von der * Built Lancken in 1795 on bare sand dunes. Cir-


cular-shaped estate in Rococo style with one-storey country house, riding complex, bathing house and orangery as well as two pavilions. The highlight is the swan house to be found on an island in the south-east. Admittance free of charge. Open all year round, guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38391 311. F map [h2] Breest / Klempenow F Fortress / garden Mediaeval castle with romantic courtyard and located on the shores of the River Tollense, dating from the 13th century. Originally a rectangular building with probably four towers. The only tower remaining today was given a pointed helmet in the 16th century. The remains of the castle were repaired in 1927 with extensive restoration ongoing since 1991. A variety of agricultural and ornamental plants may be found in the castle garden. The Tourist Information Centre, the canoe station, the shop in the guardhouse and the café in the castle invite visitors to spend time there. The castle may be visited during the opening hours, guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)3965 21 13 31. Changing art exhibitions in the gallery and castle hall, various cultural events. Castle opening times: Apr-Oct Wed-Sun 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., café daily from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Further information: www. F text p. 40; photos p. 5, 40; map [g5] Bristow F Manor / Aschenputtelmuseum (Cinderella Museum) Manor estate built in the neorenaissance style, still largely preserved. Owned by the Counts of Bassewitz from 1845 to 1945. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1919. The estate is centred around the unique renaissance church dating from 1597, Mecklenburg’s oldest religious structure following the reformation. Stone barn, servants’ quarters, burial chapel, stables, cartwright shop

from the 19th century. Restored former dovecot and stables for small animals from 1891, circular two-storey brick building. Since 2007, has been home to different exhibitions focusing on pigeon races and poultry farming as the Cinderella Museum. Museum is open Tuesdays from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., Saturdays/Sundays from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Admission free of charge, guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)173 638 66 57. F map [f5] Bröllin F Castle / Artists’ park A typical example of completely preserved stone buildings from the period of agricultural industrialization and one of the largest stately production sites in MecklenburgVorpommern. An internationally renowned place of artistic creativity since 1992. Focuses on free theatre, dance productions, cultural youth work. Run by the »schloss bröllin« registered society. Further information: F text p. 38; map [i6] Brook F Manor / park Manor in the neogothic style. Situated immediately on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Ecologically farmed estate with holiday apartments. The former baroque garden was redesigned in around 1840 by Peter Joseph Lenné for Hans Carl Franz Alexander von Seckendorf as an English landscape park. Avenues and groups of trees. Well-tended estate. Cultural events and shows. F map [b4] Brützkow near Rehna F Paradiesgarten (Paradise Garden) Laid out following the English landscape garden model in 1996 by the hobby gardener, Christian Korsch, who has transformed the neglected estate. More than 2,000 roses from 250 historic, English and wild rose species on 25,000 square metres. Private garden, very well ten-

Burg Stargard F Fortress / garden Only medieval fortress to have survived in North Germany. The construction principles used in fortress architecture in the early gothic style are entirely apparent. With herb garden. Surrounded by the largest continuous mixed orchard meadow in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Wine has been grown on nearby slopes since 1508. Almost complete drywall surrounds the fortress park. Mature trees, including a 500 year old oak, lime tree as a peace monument (six metre circumference), group of yews, and ornamental Japanese raspberry with red blossoms. Facilities: Castle tower with views, museum in the stables with permanent and special exhibitions, May to October Tues to Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., November to April Tues to Thurs from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. fon +49 (0)39603 228 52, all open areas may be walked on; hotel in the prison building and castle inn »Zur Alten Münze«, closed in January, February to March Tues to Fri from 5.00 p.m., Saturday/Sunday from 11.00 a.m., April to December from Tues to Sun from 11.00 a.m., medieval banquet by appointment. Covered ballroom in the ruins of the Krummen House, spice and herb garden as well as small vineyard, tailor and wedding room - get married in historical surroundings and clothes. Adventure playground, events all year round: Walpurgis Night, concerts, Castle Festival on the second weekend in August, mediaeval days, Indian Summer markets, Castle Christmas. Public guided tours of the castle March to October Sat/Sun/bank holidays, from 2.00 p.m. and additionally on request; special guided tours on the topic of brick gothic style on request., F text p. 9; photo p. 47; Route 1 p. 46; map [g6] Carwitz F Hullerbusch manor/ park see Feldberger Seenlandschaft / OT Carwitz Dambeck F Manor / park see Kratzeburg / OT Dambeck Dammereez F Park / manor estate One of the oldest former stately parks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Converted in from 1800 to 1830 into an English landscape park incorporating existing woods for the von Laffert family. Garden-design and dendrological jewel with very old trees. Twenty around 400 year old pendunculate oaks and ash trees. Large number of such exotic trees as redwoods, bald cypresses, trumpet and tulip trees, Japanese sugi and umbrella pines and magnolias. Replanted in spring 2003. Tree stocks are now as they were recorded in 1930. Disabled-friendly estate with instructional nature trail. Manor (reconstructed in 1864 and extended by one storey), pavilion and cemetery with small chapel. Guided tours at Easter and Whitsun, on Mondays at 2.00 p.m. Guided tours by ap-

Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

pointment under fon +49 (0)38848 226 35. F text p. 36; photo p. 37; map [b6] Dargun F Monastery / estate / park

* Monastery converted into a stately home in the 16th century, destroyed by fire in 1945, partially restored and secured. Impressive. Park worth seeing. Facilities: town information. From May to September, concerts and performances in the courtyard, e.g. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Brandenburg Concert Orchestra from Eberswalde, choral concerts. Exhibitions: »Dargun - as it was and as it is« - the history of the monastery and castle estate. Temporary exhibitions during the off-peak season. Municipal museum in the monastery’s former guesthouse. Weddings in the tea pavilion. Opening times: May-September: Tues-Fri 10.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.; Sat, Sun 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.; October-April: Mon to Fri 10.00 a.m. to midday; Mon to Thurs 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)39959 223 81. F text p. 12; photos p. 2,12; map [f4] Dassow / Lütgenhof F Castle / park

* The castle was converted in 1890 into a classicist palace, extension of the north wing and terrace. Stocks of old trees: predominantly chestnuts, American oaks, African larches, poplars and willows - some of which are 400 years old. Nowadays, the castle runs events for conferences, weddings and private parties. Castle pond with a view of the Dassower See nature reserve. The castle has been restored. F map [b4]

beginning of May to the middle of October: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3.00 p.m. For groups from ten people on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)38736 861 77. General information about the monastery: Förderverein Kloster Dobbertin fon +49 (0)38736 861 00. F photos p. 59, 82; Route 7 p. 58; map [e5] Dömitz F Fort Built from 1559 to 1565 on the ruins of the old castle dating from 1237 in the form of an equilateral pentagon for military purposes. Bastions and casemates as defences. Is regarded as among the best preserved lowland fortifications in northern Germany. Later converted into a prison. Fort museum showcasing four centuries of regional and town history (opened in 1953). The Mecklenburg poet, Fritz Reuter, who from 1839 to 1840 spent the last year of his political imprisonment here is also commemorated at the fort. Museum opening times: 1. May 3 Oct: Tue-Fri 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; 4 October to 30 April: Tue-Sun 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., closed Mondays. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)38758 224 01, fax 360 86. F text p. 10; photo p. 11; map [c7] Dolgen am See F Mansion Friedrichshof Built from 1845 to 1849. Plastered brick building situated on the north shore of the Hohen Sprenz Lake. Riding area and bridle paths. Organized coach trips. F ad p. 70; map [e4] Dorf Mecklenburg F Michelenburg Main castle of the Princes of Mecklenburg from whom the region has its name and who were first mentioned in 995. Today, the remains of a

12 metre high ring wall. District agricultural museum presenting the history of the region from 1820 to the present. Collection of domestic and agricultural machines and equipment from the last 150 years, including a water-lifting system, windmill, wind wheel. Opening times: 1st April to 31st October daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., 1st November to 31st March Mon to Fri 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., last admittance at 3.30 p.m. Information available under fon +49 (0)3841 79 00 20. F text p. 7; map [c4] Dreilützow F Manor / park

* Built in 1725 according to plans drawn up by the Holstein architect, Johann Paul Heumann, for the of Bernstorff family. Two-storey brick building, flanked by two farm buildings. School youth hostel operated by Caritas Mecklenburg since 1990. Park is a former baroque construction, rearranged into a landscape garden 200 years ago. Tea house still exists. F map [b5] Drosedow F Castle / park see Wustrow / OT Drosedow Ehmkendorf F Manor / park / Wildkräuterhotel (wild herbs hotel) Listed manor house building dating from 1790, has been running as a wild herb hotel since its restoration in 2007. Nestling in landscape park covering 4.5 hectares. Mixed orchard, willow arcade and gardens may be used for venues. Inviting herb garden, clay oven, sculpture park exhibitions, herb walks and excellent herb cuisine. Guided tours by request under fon +49 (0)38228 614 10 (café and restau-

rant open daily, except Wednesdays). F photo p. 83; ad p. 62; map [f3] Feldberger Seenlandschaft / OT Carwitz F Hullerbusch manor Built in 1905 as Villa Hullerbusch. Today, a delightful hotel with a three hectare well-tended landscape garden. Tree population partially over 100 years old, e.g. tulip tree, cypresses, magnolias, catalpa. Created according to plans by Prince Pückler. Estate lies in the middle of the Hullerbusch nature reserve. Admittance free of charge. Open daily from 1st April to 31st October. F ad p. 65; map [h6] Friedrichshof F Mansion see Dolgen am See / OT Friedrichshof Friedrichsmoor F Hunting seat Stylishly renovated * hunting lodge situated in the middle of the broad expanse of the Mecklenburg »Lewitz«, built in 1791 by Duke Friedrich Franz I of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Three-wing timber-framed structure built according to plans drawn up by J. C. H. of Seydewitz. Hotel and restaurant since 2000, café with outside terrace. French painted wallpaper with hunting scenes in the garden hall designed by Charles Vernet in 1814. Open daily from 11.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. (except on 24th December.). Activities: riding lessons, canoe trips, and festivities. Wood festival on the first Sunday in September. F photo p. 55; Route 5 p. 54; map [c6] Fürstenhof F Domain / park Duchess Auguste had the Fürstenhof estate village built in 1729. Used as a farm until 1945. Part of the estate has been independently operated as a dynamic-organic farm since

Dettmannsdorf-Kölzow F Castle / park


Dobbertin F Monastery / park Established as monastery in 1220. Turned into a convent in 1234. Reconstruction of the church from 1828 by the architect, Georg Adolph Demmler, according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1828. The layout of the park was commenced at the same time by the gardener Pech, for von Raven who was head of the monastery. Pendunculate oak that is 450 years old, ash trees and copper beeches that are 300 years old. Well maintained and restored. Today, a welfare and social facility. Frequent public events. Guided tours from the

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Classicist mansion. Built by the von Prollius family in 1850. Owned by Prince Friedrich Sigismund of Prussia from 1925 to 1945. Comprehensively restored. And converted into a country-style hotel in May 2004. Well-tended listed park with very old stock of trees and three ponds. The remains of a mediaeval defensive tower system. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38228 61 90. F photo p. 41; ad p. 62; map [f3]

Ehmkendorf. Lavish nature and minor artworks surround the Wildkräuterhotel (wild herbs hotel).


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2003. The old manor was restored exclusively by using wood and clay according to the old ground plan (1882) and converted into a holiday estate with apartments. It also has a wellmaintained park with mature trees, ecological swimming pond and seating areas. The archive collection at the manor is open to interested visitors. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)39971 317 64 or +49 (0)172 394 20 00. F ad p. 69; map [f4]

Gevezin F Castle museum / park Mansion in the Wilhelminian style with small landscape park. Built in place of an old manor from 1910 to 1912. Today, a privately run Native American museum with a café. Eight rooms with an extensive collection of native north American culture from prehistoric times to the present day. A Karl May memorial and a gallery with paintings by German artists of 19th century is planned subsequent to further restoration. Opening times: Apr-Oct daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Nov-Mar Tue-Sun from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and on bank holidays, closed Mondays. F map [g5] Gingst F Rattelvitz manor Listed mansion dating from the 19th century, beautifully renovated into apartments in 2005. Divided into several apartments, partially over two levels with open gallery. 700 m to the Bodden. F ad p. 63; map [g2]

Gelbensande F Hunting seat Cottage style. Built by Gotthilf Ludwig Möckel from 1885 to 1886. Built from red and yellow bricks on an irregular ground plan. Many little towers and bays. With fountain house and pump house. Restored. Activities: Guided tour of the rooms on the representative floor with permanent and changing exhibitions, weddings. Cultural events: concerts and fireplace evenings as well as palace and hunting festivals, Opening times: Mon to Sun 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.; limited entry during weddings; guided tours on inquiry under fon +49 (0)38201 475. F text p. 34; photo p. 34; map [e3]

Glowe / Spyker F Castle / park With 750 years, the oldest castle on the island of Rügen. Presented by the Swedish crown to General Field Marshall Carl Gustav of Wrangel in the 17th century. Conversion with magnificent and fully sculpted plaster ceilings. Later off came into the possession of the Princes of Putbus. Today, a hotel with magnificent park, 500 year old lime trees, avenue with 300 year old box trees, ash trees and willows. Sculpture park. Very close to the Lake Spykersee nature reservation. Park open all-year. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38302 770. F text p. 14; photo p. 14; map [h2]

Old and new rare shrubs and trees as well as more than 200 historic rose types. Park open to the public. Events: rose festival, themed weeks. Guided tours on inquiry, contact under fon +49 (0)39976 502 51. F text p. 39; Route 4 p. 52; map [e/f4] Graal-Müritz F Rhododendronpark Created by the garden architect, FriedrichKarl Evert, in 1955 on the initiative of the municipal employee, Max Bäsler. Area with access for the disabled in direct proximity to the beach. Round trips under a light roof of pine and leafy trees. More than 60 types of rhododendron and azaleas. Protected as a natural monument since 1985. Only designated rhododendron park in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Flowering: around 20 May to 15 June. Annual rhododendron festival. Spa resort and traditional seaside spa worth seeing. Guided tours of the park by appointment under fon +49 (0)38206 70 30. F text p. 35; photo p. 35; map [e3]

Göhren-Lebbin F Castle Fleesensee / park Built in 1842 by Count Ludwig II. of Blücher. Destroyed by fire in 1912. Restoration in the baroque style completed by Raban von Thiele-Winkler, who was also responsible for redesigning the park, in 1916. Valuable old woods. Public park. Five-star hotel with 178 rooms, three restaurants, two bars, bistro and conservatory, golf course. F photo p. 85; ad p. 67; map [e/f6]

Granitz (near Binz) F Hunting seat The former hunting lodge of the Princes of Putbus is romantically situated in the Waldgranitz on the highest elevation on the eastern part of Rügen. The plaster-finished brick structure was built from 1837 to 1846 by the architect, Johann Gottfried Steinmeyer, in the style of the northern Italian renaissance castles. The viewing tower with famous cast-iron spiral staircase (154 steps), built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, offers a unique panoramic view of the island of Rügen. Restaurant with mediaeval flair in the cellar vaults as well as snack bar with beer garden. Permanent exhibition: history of architecture and princes, historic salons and hunting trophies. The forester’s house and guesthouse are home to the Biosphere Reservation Südost-Rügen exhibition focusing on the region’s fauna and flora. Events: summer concerts in the marble hall, special exhibitions, guided tours, moonshine walks. Opening times from Oct-April: Tue-Sun 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.; May-Sept.: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. fon +49 (0)38393 22 63. F text p. 27; photos p. 6, 42; map [h2]

Gottin F Manor / park Classicist brick building with special atrium design dating from 1833. The former large park is attributed to the famous architect, Joseph Ramée (1764-1842) and has been renaturalized as an English landscape garden.

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Gamehl F Castle / park Neo-gothic park (1860) by the architect G. H. Thormann. Once the centrepiece of a large manor estate with several outbuildings. Ancestral seat of the von Stralendorff family except during the GDR time. Large 2.8 hectare landscape garden with pond, small island and old trees surrounding the estate. Festival concert in the summer and advent market at Christmas. Entrance to the park is open to the public all year round. Admittance free of charge. F ad p. 61; map [d4]

Göhren F Health resort / sea front Calming experience area and central square in front of the music pavilion, replanted and extensively redesigned. The spa pavilion has been restored as a listed monument. Amber promenade (three kilometres) with an avenue of Swedish whitebeam, children’s playground (pirates’ ship), various themed gardens, Kneipp garden with opportunity to exercise by treading water, rhododendron garden, arcade with granite stone maze, fountains and fountain garden. Historic bridge house at the front of the sea bridge. Weekly spa concerts during peak season. Sea-bridge festival, amber promenade festival. Further information from the health resort administration under fon +49 (0)38308 667 90 or at F photo p. 84; map [h3]

Göhren. It‘s easy for lovers to go into raptures in the romantic labyrinth.


Greifswald F University botanical garden in 1763 by * Established Magistrate Samuel Gustav Wilcke. Fourteen greenhouses with outdoor facilities, arboretum, ponds and 7,000 plant families. Tropical and subtropical agricultural plants, tropical house with among other things orchids, bromeliads, palms and succulents, herb and healing plants, alpinum, herbaceous borders. Well-maintained facility with access for the disabled. Opening times: all year: Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. to 3.45 p.m. (greenhouses closed from midday to 12.30 p.m.); Sat, Sun, bank holidays May-Sept.: 1.00 to 6.00 p.m.; spring and autumn until 4.00 p.m.; winter until 3.00 p.m.; arboretum: May-Sept. daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; Oct. + April: until 3.45 p.m., botanical school all year: 8.00

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Göhren-Lebbin. Many a guest has improved his handicap with the backdrop of the castle behind them.

a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Guided tours monthly on Sundays at varying times, information available under fon +49 (0)3834 86 11 30. F text p. 36; map [h3] Greifswald F Klosterruine Eldena (Eldena monastic ruin) Powerful remains of * the mediaeval Cistercian monastery set in a romantic park. Owned by the University of Greifswald since 1634, owned by the state from 1937, restored between 1996 and 1999 for its 800 year anniversary. Framed by a monastery wall and high bushes, imposing framework of walls from the west façade and the long house. A monument on the European route of brick gothic structures and a station on the CasparDavid-Friedrich painting route. In summer serves as a backdrop for the Eldenaer Jazz Evenings and the Baltic Sea Theatre Festival. Guided tours by prior appointment with Greifswald Information under fon +49 (0)3834 52 13 80. F photos p. 19; map [h3] GremmelinF Manor / park Built around 1800. Rebuilt in the old style following a fire in 1928. Two-storey plaster-finished building with small park. Situated on a bathing lake. Today, a seminar and bio-hotel with regular art exhibitions. F ad p. 71; map [e4] Griebenow F Castle / park

* Baroque estate (14 hectares). Protected as a listed monument. The palace is one of the most beautiful structures dating from the 18th century that is preserved almost in its entirety in Vorpommern, well-maintained park open to the public, mature trees, breeding colony of grey herons. Facilities: function rooms, ballroom for up to 100 people and other festive rooms, ideally suited for weddings and family parties. A 15-cornered castle chapel well worth seeing is in close proximity. Palace café (open daily). Events: con-

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certs, readings, lecture evenings, artisan markets, art workshops, conferences, exhibitions focusing on the palace history and its Swedish past as well as changing special exhibitions. Exhibition opening times: daily guided tours on inquiry under fon +49 (0)38332 803 46. F text p. 14; photo p. 14; map [g3] Groß Breesen F Manor / park Commissioned by the Dobbertin monastery in 1833. Restored. Today, a book hotel with arboretum. View of an end moraine valley. Herb oases, cosy reading areas in the naturally-kept manor park. Well-maintained. Park opening times: daily 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. F Route 7 p. 58; ad p. 71; map [e5] Groß Lüsewitz F Castle / park

* First documented as a manor estate in 1344. Mansion built in the neo-renaissance style between 1896 and 1898 by G. L. Möckel. Renowned as an Institute for Plant Cultivation during GDR times. Eight hectare landscape park in English style with greenhouses and cold frames. A show jumping ground was added in 1970. Bathing beach and children’s playground down by the lake. Lake terrace with small café and broad views across the Wolfsbergerseewiesen. Lake and park festival at the beginning of September. Park is open to the public. Admittance free of charge. Guided tours by appointment with the cultural-historical Society under fon +49 (0)38209 814 78 F map [e3] Groß Plasten F Castle / park

* Magnificent baroque manor dating from 1751. Plaster-finished building with high mansard roof built for Councillor of Normann. Neo-baroque wing was added about 1900. Comprehensively restored. Wood-panelled vesti-

Groß Siemen. The landscape park‘s vast green carpet unfurls for tranquillity-seeking souls.

bule, fireplace room and baroque hall with original furnishings. Today a hotel. Large lakeside terrace made from natural stone linking the building to the landscape park with old trees (ash trees, horse chestnuts, pendunculate oaks and lime trees) and meadows. Streams, woods and lake in the palace park. With natural layout. Open to the public. F ad p. 66; map [f5] Groß Raden (near Sternberg) F Slav temple area


horse stable with event venues. Seventeen hectare park, small themed garden, well-tended. Forested area with walks recreated in 2007. Park open to the public during the hotel opening times. F Route 7 p. 58; ad p. 60; map [b4] Groß Siemen F Manor / park / orangery Manor house restored as a listed building with holiday apartments, built in the neo-renaissance style in 1894. Historic four hectare park with pond and winding stream. Adjoining landscape garden (25 hectares), 3,500 magnificently coloured English roses with several hundred varieties in the Rosarium. Orangery newly rebuilt in the old style in 2009. Rose festival June to August, concerts, exhibitions, plant sales. Park open Tues-Sat 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., admittance 5 euros, guided tours for groups by inquiry under fon +49 (0)38292 82 98 53. F text p. 39; photo p. 85; map [d4]

Dating from the 9th and 10th centuries. Former place of worship for the Slavs, Archaeological State Museum since 1987. Unique in Germany. Situated on a peninsula on the Groß Raden Lake, the open-air museum presents detailed replicas of living and working quarters as well as of a temple, bastion and ring wall providing insights into the life of the north-western Slavic tribes 1,000 years ago. The original findings that reveal the culture of the people who settled here from the 7th to 12th centuries are on show in a permanent exhibition. Visitors are also able to try their hand at grinding wheat, baking flat bread, making pocket-sized clay idols, weaving baskets or casting Slav idols from tin. Trips with Slav boats. Open-air area with walks and elk enclosure. Museum opening times: March to October: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., November to March: daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., except for Mondays and 24th December Educational museum programmes and guided tours by prior appointment under fon +49 (0)3847 22 52. F map [d5]

Groß Wokern F Rose garden / lawn maze Impressive collection of wild and old roses. The 248 types include such rarities as the Apothecary’s Rose from the 13th century, the Bulgarian Oil Rose and even rare indigenous types. Open 275 metre long lawn maze following ancient Greek patterns. Open daily, admission: 1 euro. Guided tours during the flowering of the roses (June to the beginning of July) on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 5.00 p.m., costs: 5 euros, otherwise by appointment under fon +49 (0)39978 502 44. F text p. 39; photo p. 53; Route 4 p. 52; map [f5]

Groß Schwansee F Castle / park Three-storey baroque building, built in 1745 for the of Both family from Westphalia. Coat of arms in the gable of the main house. Hotel with restaurant since 2002. The lime tree avenue created in 1755 leads directly to the beach of the Baltic Sea. Restored

Güstrow F Natur- und Umweltpark (Nature and environment park) Naturally wild and thrilling is how the 200 hectare natural park presents itself. Bears, wolves, deer, aurochs, owls, eagles and many other animals may be experienced at close quarters in


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rich of Seydwitz, Carl Theodor Severin and Gustav Adolph Demmler, built a unique classicist overall work of art consisting of bathing and lodging houses. Until the 1930s, Heiligendamm remained an exclusive resort for European high society. Part of the complex was restored by 2003. This area is used as the Grand Hotel and is therefore only accessible to hotel guests. The first horse racetrack to open on the European continent (in 1823) is not far away from the Heiligendamm. F text p. 24; photo p. 24; map [d3]

Kittendorf. This Sleeping Beauty castle has its filigree appearance from the English Tudor gothic style. The landscape park is just as fairy-tale like.

outdoor enclosures and may even be observed during a night walk with the wolves. New is the predatory animal enclosure with climbing paths, root tunnel and wolves caves. Other activities include an aqua tunnel with diving activities, environment educational centre, ground-experience trail with bog body, walk-in squirrel dray, playgrounds, activity trails, creative areas, show feeding, petting zoo, hand-cart hire. Special wolf nights and walks. Restaurant and conference rooms. The park is open daily, also on bank holidays: April-October: 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p. m., November-March: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Admission: 8.50 euros for adults, 4 euros for children, 21 euros for families. Guided tours for groups (15 to 45 people) by prior arrangement under fon +49 (0)3843 246 80. F text p. 36; map [e4] Güstrow F Castle / castle garden

* Well-preserved renaissance ensemble. Built in 1558 by Duke Ulrich of Mecklenburg as a stately residence. A for the period and region unique fusion of Italian, French, Dutch and German architec tural styles. The residence of Commander Albrecht of Wallenstein from 1628 to 1630. Completed in the second half of the 17th century with the construction of the gatehouse and the bridge by Charle Philippe Dieussart. Magnificent, original plaster ceilings have been preserved, for instance, the


ballroom ceiling with predominantly exotic hunting scenes based on Dutch copperplates completed in 1620. The Staatliche Museum Schwerin shows artworks from ancient times up to the present day in historical presentation rooms. The renaissance garden to the south of the palace was first mentioned in 1570 and subsequently frequently redesigned. From 1570, reconstruction according to historic documents. Today, an example of princely garden art from the renaissance at the threshold to the early baroque period. Activities: special exhibitions, concerts, art discussions, themed guided tours, children’s guided tours. Events: garden festival »Sommertraum am Alten Schloss« during the flowering of the lavender blossom in July. Palace opening times: 15th April-15th October from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., 15th October-14th April Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Guided tours Tue-Sun 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and on inquiry, contact fon: +49 (0)3843 75 20. Garden: middle of April to middle of October 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. during the winter season. F text p. 12, 97; photos p. 3, 11, 42; map [e4] Gützkow F Castle / park Baroque estate. Built from 1770 to 1777 for Adam Christoph of Blücher. One-storey building with high mansard roof. The facades possess a two-storey triple-axis central projection. One of the last baroque parks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Privately

owned by Helmuth Baron von Maltzahn since 1998. The palace was once already owned by a family and it is intended to turn it into a cultural meeting point in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern like the one at the moated palace of Ulrichshausen. The former cow stables have already been converted into a concert barn. Extensive reconstruction of the entire palace. Avenues, ponds and old natural stone walls have been repaired. Also planned: a barn conversion for art exhibitions. F map [g5] Hasenwinkel F Manor / park

* Artistically landscaped blend of mansion (1912) and park (1914). Sweeping parkland laid out by Paul Korff and Richard Habich. Mansion built in neobaroque style. Listed building since 1983. Extensive restoration to return to its original condition. Today a business conference hotel. Park with parterre garden with staggered heights gained by low topiary yews, sloping flight of steps to the stream, pond and winding paths. Park open to the public. Admittance free of charge. F map [d5] Heiligendamm F Complex classicist ensemble town The first German sea resort was born when on doctor’s orders Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I. bathed in the Baltic Sea at »Heiligen Damm« in 1793. From 1793 to 1870, the architects and builders, J. Ch. Hein-

Heinrichsruh F Mansion and baroque garden Built from 1752 to 1756 for the retirement of the Prussian War and Domain Councillor, Ch. L. Henrici. Listed, baroque three-winged half-timber building with entrance avenue, court of honour, garden in the French style with peacocks, the remains of a hunting park and an avenue with 250 year old yews. Originally the estate also had a glassworks. The master glassmaker’s house has been preserved to this day. The ensemble was restored in 1997, the round three hectare park has also been brought up to standard. Since 2000, the mansion and wing have been home to the Künstlerhaus Vorpommern with exhibition rooms, studios and guestrooms. The mansion’s garden hall painted by Claudia Hauptmann, where concerts, readings, exhibitions and so on take place from May to October, is also worth a trip. Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Guided tours either spontaneously or by appointment under fon +49 (0)39778 206 07. F map [i5] Heringsdorf F Goethepark The park was completely restored in 2009. The landscaped, woodland character was improved and brought to the fore. With ponds, well-tended trees, wooden and root sculptures and an adventure playground. Park is open to the public. F map [i4] Heringsdorf F Kurpromenade (Health resort promenade) Seaside resort created at the end of the 19th century. Developed through the entrepreneurial family Delbrück into an international luxury bathing resort. Since 1898 the uninterrupted length of the health resort promenade has linked the resorts, Ahlbeck, Heringsdorf and Bansin. Villas in Wilhelminian style and park-like gardens flank the promenade. The mature group of trees is worth noting. F text p. 35; map [i4] Hohen Demzin / Karstorf F Castle and park Burg Schlitz Remarkably sized romantic estate. 180 hectare large park around Burg Schlitz, peace and quiet in natural surroundings, wide avenues, hidden ponds, idyllic places, melancholy park with 36 monuments including nymph fountains and Caroline chapel. F text p. 27; photos p. 27, 51; Route 3 p. 50; map [f5]

Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Hohen Mistorf F Foundling garden boul* Widely-travelled ders from the ice age - the Negnal family has collected 35 foundlings in its 360 square metre stone garden. Information plaques explaining the type of stone, origins and age. A highlight of the collection is the 1.6 billion year old glacial erratics from the Bothnian Gulf of the Baltic Sea. Two hundred examples of practically all geological formations, including fossils, on display in the exhibition room. Also, petting zoo. Open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission: free of charge. Guided tours: 1 euros, by appointment under fon +49 (0)3996 17 23 19, resting place with protective hut. Information centre for walks and cycle tours through the Geopark »Mecklenburgische Eiszeitlandschaft Mecklenburgische Schweiz« (Mecklenburg Ice Age Landscape). F map [f5] Hohendorf F Castle / park

* Castle with classicist and neo-gothic style elements following the model of English stately homes. Built and converted in the 19th century according to plans by Friedrich Hitzig for the Klot-Trautvetter family. Today their descendents run the estate as a hotel following its comprehensive restoration in 1993. Large ten hectare park with picturesque pond and up to 350 year old beeches and oaks. Rose festival in June. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38323 25 00. F text p. 27, map [g2] Hohenzieritz F Castle / landscape park

* Built from 1746 to 1751 as a singlestorey baroque building. Converted and complemented with cavalier homes from 1790 for Duke Karl II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Following its extensive restoration, the palace has been home to the Müritz National Park Authority since 2001. On the ground floor, the room in which Queen Luise of Prussia died while visiting her father in Hohenzieritz in 1810. Today, the starting point for the Queen Luise route through Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and Berlin. One of the earliest landscape gardens in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern extends from the rear of the palace. Created from 1771 by the English garden architect, Thomson, who incorporated the surrounding and the former baroque garden. Opening times: Mar-Oct:

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Tue-Fri 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 to 3.00 p.m.; Sat, Sun and bank holidays midday to 5.00 a.m.; closed from NovFeb; group appointments under fon +49 (0)39824 200 20. F text p. 22; photos p. 20, 21; Route 1 p. 46; map [g6] Hohenzieritz / OT Prillwitz F Hunting Seat / park Art nouveau structure. Built for the Crown Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich V. from 1888 to 1890. A crown over the three-sectioned window on the right next to the entrance draws attention to the builder. A hotel today. Wellmaintained. Three to four hundred year old oaks. Opening times, Mon-Sun from midday to 9.00 p.m. or by appointment. F Route 1 p. 46; ad p. 66; map [g6] Ivenack F Castle / landscape park

* One of the largest and most complex baroque manor estates in northern Germany. Palace built in 1590 on the foundations of a convent. Central section extended in 1709. Wings were added in 1810 to give the building the appearance of a three-sectioned structure. Two-storey plaster-finished building with mansard roofs. The ensemble also includes the palace church, the orangery, the tea house, the stables, the administration building and forge. Originally a baroque pleasure garden with lime tree avenue, converted into a landscape park in 1800. Famous for its 1,000 year old oaks. Animal park with extensive fallow deer enclosures extending over 70 hectares. Deer and stags may be observed at close quarters during the feeding at midday at the baroque pavilion. Permanent exhibition in the freshly renovated baroque pavilion: »The age of oak«, including excursions into the world of druids and landscape painting during the age of romanticism. Guided tours in the palace Thursdays and Sundays at 10.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m., 3.00 p.m. or by appointment, fon +49 (0)39954 214 82. The animal park is open all year round: Mon-Fri from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and Sat, Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Admission: 1.50 euros, children 0.50 euros. Guided tours of the animal park’s »Ivenacker Eichen« (Ivenack oak trees), may be arranged by appointment with the forester, Reinhard Schumacher, under fon +49 (0)173 301 20 84, F text p. 22; photos p. 2, 22, 87; map [g5] Janow (municipality of Neuendorf) F Ruins of Landskron Fortress Originally built for Ullrich II. of Schwerin from 1576 to 1579. Fell into ruin following its destruction in the Thirty Years’ War and the Swedish-Brandenburg War. Most impressive castle ruins in MecklenburgVorpommern. Spacious castle courtyard with the ruins of the castle chapel. The southern corner tower may again be visited today. Three metre high castle wall made from foundlings and bricks. Small oak grove to the west with the remains of three bastions for protecting the nearby castle (also only ruins). F photo p. 6; map [h5]

Juliusruh F Kurpark (health resort park) see Breege / OT Juliusruh

Kartzitz F Manor / park

Kaarz F Castle / landscape park Built in the 1870s largely in the classicist style for a Hamburg merchant during the 1870s. Romantic listed structure. The generously laid out park with a small pond was created according to plans by C. Ansorge in 1873. The park is home to 500 year oaks, a protected ancient orchard and such exotic specimens as redwoods, Douglas pines and cypresses. Also in the park: Bülow chapel and mausoleum. Today run as a hotel. F text p. 28; photo p. 28; ad p. 72; map [d5]

Baroque estate built as the residence of the of Usedom family in 1750. Plaster-finished mansion and two cav-alier houses with stylishly furnished holiday apartments. The old estate farm today belongs to the agricultural and forestry business of the ducal of Knyphausen family. Seven hectare completely restored landscape park with ponds, new paths and ferry, open to the public. Originally baroque estate park, extended around 1800. Guided tours for groups by appointment under fon +49 (0)3838 31 33 13. F map [h2]

Kalkhorst F Castle / landscape park

Katzow F Sculpture park Eighteen hectare park with natural, gently rolling meadows and several wet biotopes and three ponds, paths, benches and viewing tower situated between Greifswald und Wolgast. Artistic location with more than 100 sculptures by renowned artists from 23 countries. International sculpture workshop in the summer. The sculpture park with works from wood, stone, steel is open daily to the public. The exhibitions in the art barn may be viewed daily except Fridays and Mondays from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., gallery café. Admittance: 2 euros, children free of charge. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38373 204 44 or +49 (0)172 951 03 95. Overview of upcoming events under F text p. 38; photo p. 38; map [h4]

* Brick castle with a series of outbuildings in the neo-gothic style built by Baron Thomson of Biel from 1853 to 1874. From around 1860, a garden was created in the English style on about 13 hectares, which took approximately three decades. Guided tours on inquiry under fon +49 (0)38827 507 67. General opening times: April to September: 1 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., closed from Fri-Sun and bank holidays (except by prior arrangement), guided tours at fixed guide times without registration under: F text p. 28; map [b4] Karow F Castle / park Two palaces from different ages stand next to each other here - which is unique in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Classicist older building. Built from about 1800 to 1840. The builders were the of Hahn family and until 1812 the of Reden family. Later, neo-baroque building from 1906 to 1907 - run as a hotel today. Built for Johannes Schlutius by Ernst Eberhard of Ihne. An extensive English landscape garden created from 1850 to 1870 surrounds the two palaces. Partially converted into a riding area. Striking solitary trees. Well-maintained. F ad p. 68; map [e5]


Kittendorf F Castle / park Tudor- gothic structure built from 1848 to 1853 by Friedrich Hitzig for Hans Friedrich of Oertzen. Grand example of many palaces and estates in the villages of Mecklenburg dating from the middle 19th century. Rebuilt according to original plans. Today a hotel. English landscape park (laid out by Peter Joseph Lenné) with old trees, heart-shaped romantic island, lime tree avenue, contemplative water and

Photo: Hecker

Hohen Luckow F Castle / park Built from 1707 to * 1708 by the of Bassewitz family. Two-storey, restored plaster-finished building with family coat of arms. Some extensions to the building in the 19th century. Knight’s hall with stucco ornaments, fireplace and several reliefs. Today, the mansion is a business with guestrooms and modern agriculture. State leaders dined here in historic surrounding during the G8 summit. F text p. 16; photo p. 16; ad p. 61; map [d4]

Ivenack. Fritz Reuter discovered his »oasis of tranquillity« in the landscape park.


Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

round routes. Fifty hectare park wellmaintained estate. F text p. 27; photo p. 86; ad p. 66; map [f/g5]

before the assassination attempt on Hitler. F photo p. 57; Route 6 p. 56; map [c5]

Klein Kubbelkow F Manor / park

Klempenow F Castle / garden see Breest / OT Klempenow

* Half-timber country house in the villa style. Built in 1908 by the Rostocker architect, F. Wagner for the Royal Prussian Government President of Bromberg and Osnabrück, Friedrich of Barnekow, as a summer house. Hotel with restaurant with original furnishings since 2001. Baroque estate park converted about 1850 to the English style and restocked with trees and plants with new lines of sight. Dendrological specialities: leather oak, Katsuras, copper beeches. Barefoot trail around the historic vegetable and herb garden. The four hectare park is open to the members of the public if they first call at the house. Manor and park appear today in new splendour. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)3838 822 77 77. Events: garden and pleasure festival, Easter and Advent market. F ad p. 64; map [h2] Klein Trebbow F Castle / park

* This castle built in the neo-renaissance style in 1865 is situated on the shores of the Trebbow Lake. Restoration commenced in 2004. Thirtysix hectare listed landscape park with rare natural monuments (with name plaques), e.g. London plane, Persian oak, yellow pine, Caucasian wingnut. Fritz D. von der Schulenburg and Graf von Stauffenberg met in the pavilion for secret talks

Klink F Castle / park

* Neo-renaissance building in the style of the famous Loire castles. Built by Dinklage and Grisebach in 1898 for the von Schnitzler family. Situated directly on the shores of the Lake Müritz. Generous park estate. Yacht marina and sandy beach. Restored. Today a hotel. F photo p. 48; Route 2 p. 48; ad p. 67; map [f6] Klütz F Castle / park Bothmer

* One of the most complex manor estates in Mecklenburg with convincing baroque ensemble character. Castle and park surrounded by a closed moat following the Dutch style. The park with its very old stocks of trees and botanical rarities was laid out as an English landscape garden in the 19th century. The festoon avenue from Hofzumfelde to the castle with its line of 270 year old common lime trees is famous. Opening times for the court of honour and park: NovemberFebruary: daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.; March and October: daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; April-September: daily 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Further information under Guided tours through the park and castle, prebookings for groups (from ten people) at the Stadtinformation Klütz under fon +49 (0)38825 222 95. F text p. 14; photos p. 15, 42; Route 7 p. 58; map [c4]

Koserow F Artists’ Garden Lüttenort Created from 1933 by the artist, Otto Niemeyer-Holstein. More than 200 plants. Thirtyone sculptures by acquainted artists. Parts of a shipwreck that is more than 200 years old. Meeting place and memorial studio. Well-tended. Concerts and readings. Opening times: daily in summer from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and in winter on Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours through the stately home and studio at 11.00 a.m., midday and at 2.00 and 3.00 p.m., groups by appointment under fon +49 (0)38375 202 13. F text p. 38; photo p. 39; map [i4]

Krimvitz F Manor Origins of the manor house reach as far back as the year 1880. Birthplace of Franz zu Putbus. Completely restored in 1997 and converted to a guesthouse with seven double-rooms and three suites. Two terraces behind the house. Surrounded by a small well-maintained park. Outhouses used as holiday apartments. Meadow close by for horses incl. guest horsebox. F ad p. 64; map [h3]

Koserow F Streckelsberg / Usedomer Gesteinsgarten Ückeritz hill was first plan* The ted from 1818 to 1819. This range of hills was created by a moraine complex. The cliffy hinterland was planted in 1827, the bank wall was built from 1895 to 1897. The highest place where trees grow on Usedom. Klaus Störtebeker is said to have hidden in the Streckelsberg caves here. Protected as a nature reserve since 1961. Popular excursion and hiking destination. The stone garden with round route, information plaques and ice age foundlings presents insights into the geological past of the Western Pomeranian landscape. The most important collection of stones in north Germany. Open daily throughout the year. Guided tours from May to Sept.: Thursdays at 10.00 a.m. in the stone garden. F map [i4]

Classicist estate. Built at the beginning of the 19th century. Restored. Today, holiday apartment. Park not open to the public. F ad p. 63; map [g3]

Kotelow F Hunting seat / park Mansion built in 1733 in the heart of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. One storey baroque building with basement and mansard roof. Park estate for long walks. Large stone barn with space for 400 people available for events. Wetland meadows in the surrounding area with protected orchid species. Cranes flock here during the spring and autumn, rutting season displays of red deer in the autumn months. The park is open to the public all year round. Admittance free of charge. F ad p. 65; map [h5] Kratzeburg / OT Dambeck F Manor / park

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Marihn. Prince Charles’ country estate »Highgrove« provided the inspiration for the well-maintained park.


Half-timbered manor house built around 1878, today with the addition of a tower. Further renovations and conversions in 1930 in the Bauhaus style. Frequently changing owner. Used as a training hostel and spa facilities from 1945. From 1995 a non-profit making family holiday centre and owned by AWO SANO gGmbH since 2003. Idyllic landscape park with mature stock of trees, mainly lime and oak. Circular paths with 70 types of plant. Familyfriendly with natural playgrounds, bathing area and boats for hire. A 3.5 km long trail for blind and partially sighted people with tactile display boards and stands with Braille writing. Braille booklets may also be loaned. Admittance free of charge. Open all year round. Guided tours by agreement under fon +49 (0)39822 202 25. F map [g6]

Krönnevitz F Castle / park


Kruckow / OT Schmarsow F Castle / park Built at the end of the 17th century. One of the oldest buildings in the region around the Hanseatic city of Demmin. Holiday apartments in the extensively restored west wing. Function rooms available for booking private parties. The 15th century gothic church with ribbed vaulting is also well worth seeing. F entry p. 77; map [g4] Krumbeck F Park

* English landscape park. Laid out by Peter Joseph Lenné for the von Dewitz family in 1832. Many waterways, lakes. Rare trees and plants, including the oldest elm in Mecklenburg, ancient oaks and planes trees, avenue of larches. Reconstruction from 1991 to 1994. Restoration of the original waterways, old bridges and paths. The Lake Schulzensee with its island and natural stone burial site of the last owner of the estate, Ulrich Otto von Dewitz, lies at the centre of the park estate. Walk-in ice cellar. Lenné’s lines of sight from the manor, old forge, distillery, farm, pond and village are clearly visible and are taken into account when new plantings are made. The park is open daily throughout the year. F text p. 28; photo p. 28; map [h6] Kummerow F Castle / park Baroque structure built around 1730. Two-storey building median risalit. Link through connecting buildings to corner pavilions. Unoccupied. English landscape park created by Peter Joseph Lenné for the von Maltzahn family. Rare woods: chestnuts, yellow locust, elms. Guided tours available by agreement under: +49 (0)170 531 83 85. F map [f5] Langensee F Manor Built in 1798 as classicist centre of an agricultural business it then became a recreational site and guesthouse. Refugee camp from 1945. Today restored manor house with holiday apartments. Direct access to the lake, swimming pier, sunbathing lawns, rowing and pedal boots

Photos: TMV/Niemann (1) · Schloss Ludwigsburg (1)

Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Mellenthin. The renaissance castle surrounds itself with water and delight.

as well as sauna and children’s playground. Barn for cultural events and functions for 120 people, ideal for concerts, summer festivals and romantic weddings. F ad p. 72; map [e4] Löcknitz F Castle Seven hundred year old brick castle tower with viewing platform. Restored and accessible. Ice cellar vaults with neo-gothic brick gable. Remains of the castle walls. The castle was owned by the von der Schulenburg family from 1474 to 1688. The mansion built in the middle of the 16th century has not survived. Events: Easter market, Castle Festival in September, Halloween festival, Advent market. Opening times: Mon-Thurs 9.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., Fri 9.00 a.m. to midday. Admittance: Adults 2 euros, children 1 euros. Guided tours on request fon +49 (0)39754 204 54. F map [i6] Luckow F Christiansberg botanical garden Laid out in 1982. Extensive collection of plants from all over the world on 1.3 hectares of ground. More than 1,500 different types of plants. Largest collection of Whitsun roses in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, more than 400 types, deciduous and coniferous trees, various magnolias and 300 rhododendrons. With garden pond, heath and stone garden. Privately owned. Open daily throughout the year, fon +49 (0) 39775 201 38. F text p. 36; photo p. 36; map [i5] Ludorf F Manor / park Danish clinker renaissance building. Built for the von Knutz family in 1698. Unique ceiling painting from the construction period. A hotel today. 3.5 hectare English landscape park with ponds. Avenue and line of sight to the Müritz. Integrated into the 1000 year history of the estate. Estate church only structure in northern Germany laid out on the same ground plan as the »Church of the Holy Sepulchre« in

You can find the legend for the pictographs on page 80.

Jerusalem. The von Knuth family’s grave. Estate museum with »100 Estate Route« exhibition. The park is open to the public. Guided tours on Sundays at 10.00 a.m. or by appointment under fon +49 (0)39931 84 00. F photo p. 49; Route 2 p. 48; ad p. 67; map [f6] Ludwigsburg F Castle / herb show garden

* Originally a renaissance castle, built between 1577 and 1592 for the widow Hedwig Sophie von PommernWolgast. Cruciform ground plan. Northern addition from the 17th century. Castle and estate rebuilt in 1998. The former official’s house restored, portal dating from 1742 - Müller von der Lühne family coat-of-arms. Groin-vaulted palace lobby on mighty columns. Baroque plaster and beam ceilings dating from 1600 to 1650 and stuccoed ceilings from 1860, ballroom, wall paintings with life-size trompe l’oeil figures. Remains of the late baroque garden, five hectare landscape garden added in 1830. Large herb show garden. Guided tours of the castle, the whole estate and the herb garden daily Mon to Fri 8.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. or by appointment with the preservation society: fon +49 (0)38352 60 32-4/5. Park open from Mon to Fri 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., Sat/Sun by agreement. Herb and smoked product market four times a year, herb seminars, permanent exhibition of the palace history, exhibition »old electrical appliances«, cultural events. F photo p. 89; map [h3]

Ludwigsburg. The ensemble of castle and manor estate is reminiscent of a well-fortified knight‘s castle.

ments and decorations have survived in the palace. The grounds were converted into a landscape park by Peter Joseph Lenné in the middle of the 19th century. Important baroque elements have been preserved: avenues, cascades, channels and fountains. The park is open throughout the year. Events: temporary exhibitions focusing on art and living culture at court at the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th centuries. Top class collection of paintings by the French court painter, Jean Baptiste Oudry, and busts by the sculptor, Jean Antoine Houdon. Continuous restoration and completion of the interiors. Special exhibitions, concerts in the Gold Hall, small-arts festival in the castle park (beginning of August), baroque festival in the palace and park (end of May), open-air concerts. Guided tours in the palace during the opening times: 15 April-15 Oct: MonSun and bank holidays 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., 16 Oct-14 April: Tue-Sun and bank holidays 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., closed Mondays. Guided tours of the park by appointment. Event information under fon +49 (0)3874 57190. www. F text p. 17, 34, 45, 97; photos p. 18, 34, 42, 45, 54; Route 5 p. 54; map [c6] Lühburg F Manor / park


Ludwigslust F Castle / park

Baroque three-wing structure based on the French model. Erected from 1725 to 1730 for the von Bassewitz family. Mansion destroyed by fire in 1970. Rebuilt from 1996 to 1997 to its original design. Manor surrounded by a moat and park. With holiday apartments. F ad p. 70; map [f4]

Originally built from 1730 for Prince Christian Ludwig von MecklenburgSchwerin. Converted into a main residence in 1756. Late baroque ensemble with castle and extensive park (135 hectares). The original fireplaces, mirrors, supraportes, parquet floors, chandeliers and papier-mâché orna-

Lüssow F Castle / estate Large two-storey plaster-finished structure in the neo-renaissance style built around 1868. Partially restored by the municipality and by the friends of the building, still requires renovation. Ten hectare landscape park created in the middle of the 19th century open to the public with ex-

ceptional dendrological features, gingkoes, hickory nuts, magnolias, silver firs, American Red Oak, American lime trees. The manor estate and buildings have been restored as a traditional Vorpommern country estate. Today, venues take place in the reconstructed storehouse. F map [h4] Lützow F Castle nursery 5.000 m2 area of rose gardens. Large greenhouse in the centre of the courtyard. The gardens lead through to a classical area bordered with box trees. In the monolith garden, the beds are shaped in concentric circles around a geotope. The hedge garden forms a link to a natural pond. The newly created rose hill offers fantastic views across the entire estate. Open daily June to August from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Otherwise Mon to Fri from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Saturday 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Rose festival in the middle of June. fon +49 (0)38874 220 76. F text p. 39; map [c5] Malchow F Park / Engelscher Garten Garden created around 1786 by the master of the kitchen at Malchow Monastery, Johann Jakob Engel. Original network of paths has been preserved for over 200 years. F map [e6] Marihn F Castle / park Extensively restored mansion dating from 1830, plaster-finished brick structure, centre of a historical estate. Small building with exclusive rooms. Bordered by extensive rose gardens and landscape park, five hectares, newly planted, maintained. Surrounded by a large five hectare landscape park, replanted, well maintained. »Der Garten von Marihn« - a 30 hectare pleasurable landscape to see - and taste - on the adjacent fields. From May to Oct., open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Guided tours for groups by appointment: fon +49 (0)3962 22 19 30. F text p. 39; photos p. 5, 88, 93; ad p. 66; map [g6]


Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Photo: Stadt Neustadt-Glewe

mer GDR. Very popular for leisure and sport. With different sculptures. City park is protected as a central green area. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)1805 17 03 30. F map [g5]

Neustadt-Glewe. Every year in the mediaeval castle, New Age Knights fight for honour and glory at the greatest House carls battle in Germany. Marlow F Vogelpark (Bird Park) Generous estate with large and mainly easily accessible areas for 120 types of birds and animals from all over the world. Penguin basin, petting enclosure, treetop adventure track and tropical house, walk-through monkey enclosure and budgerigars which can be fed by hand. Disabled access. Moonshine tours. Opening times: March-October: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., November-February: 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Bird of prey shows, daily 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., »Animal encounters« presentation, daily 1.30 p.m. Guided tours of the bird park by appointment under fon +49 (0)38221 265. F text p. 36; map [f3] Mellenthin F Wasserschloss / park Knight Rüdiger von Nienkerk built this renaissance castle with broad moat on an artificial island from 1575 to 1580. Converted by its many owners during the 17th and 18th centuries. Park with old trees. Groined vault lobby with richly decorated renaissance fireplace. Hotel, restaurant and café. F photo p. 89; ad p. 65; map [i4] Mirow F Arboretum Erbsland Created in 1887 by * the Head Foresty Inspector, Friedrich Scharenberg. It is one of the oldest and from a dendrological point of view interesting agricultural forestry experiments in Germany. Foreign tree types were studied here to assess their suitability for German forestry uses. It is assumed that more than 50 species once grew here. Magnificent mixed forest. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)39833 261 90. F map [f6] Mirow F Castle / park

* Ensemble in a picturesque location on a peninsular. The baroque castle is currently being restored. Valuable in-


terior furnishings from the rococo period. Ballroom with lavish plaster work, cabinets and salons with valuable wall papers and rich carvings. Coach house, gatehouse and cavalier house lovingly restored. Former baroque garden, which was converted into an English park in the 19th century. An arched bridge with vases made from shell limestone leads to the romantic »love island«, the final resting place of the last reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. St. John‘s church with princely crypt where the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were laid to rest. Events and exhibitions in the cavalier’s house and coach house. Guided tours on the castle island by appointment under fon +49 (0)39833 280 22. www. F text p. 17; photo p. 49; Route 2 p. 48; map [f6] Neetzow F Castle / park

* Erected from 1848 to 1851 for the von Kruse family by Friedrich Hitzig (a student of Schinkel’s) using yellow clinker bricks. Neo-renaissance and neo-gothic style elements. Opened as a hotel after its conversion in 2004. Englishstyle park grounds based on designs by Lenné, recreated in part. Highly interesting trees, including such rare woods as the Caucasian wingnut, Caucasian spruce, Turner’s oak. Arboretum with signs. Lake with grotto and small island. Events: weddings, open-air concerts, fancy-dress ball. Inquiries under fon +49 (0)39721 56 60.F text p. 27; ad p. 64; map [h4] Neu Kaliß F Bausch-Park Park in three sections (6 hectares). Laid out at the end of the 19th century next to a paper factory and three brick villas. Buildings today are industrial monuments. Park with winding system of paths, ponds and dendrological rarities, such as Japanese larches and Leopolds sycamore maples. Park restored in 2010. Park open to the public. Admittance free of charge. Open all year round. F map [c7]

Neu Poserin F Manor / park The privately used manor was built around 1800 and remained until far into the 20th century in possession of the Rosenow family, who were also probably responsible for laying out the estate park in the English style. The 5.5 hectare park was established from a 200 year old forest with elms, beeches, pedunculate oaks and wetland. Around two hectares have maintained their English landscape park character. The remaining area has been left to nature and has been specially tended since 1975. More than 1,000 bushes and trees in 50 species planted. Signposted circular route as a educational tree trail. Special attractions include an ancient small-leaved lime, European white elms and sugis. Small park pond, wooden arched bridge, natural stone stage and thatched relaxation area. Rhododendron blossom festival at the beginning of June. Guided tours only by appointment under fon +49 (0)38736 423 35 F map [e5] Neu Wendorf F Manor / park see Sanitz / OT Neu Wendorf Neubrandenburg F Landschaftsgarten (Landscape garden) Landscape park (40 * hectare). The ground and end moraine landscape area on the edge of the Mecklenburg lake district is typical for the region. Landscaping and construction work commenced in 1994. Reservation for historic extensive forms of agriculture with endangered species of plants and animals. With butterfly and bee garden, orchard, 120 metre long drywall (built in 1998) and foundlings. Guided tours on inquiry, contact Stadtinfo Neubrandenburg fon +49 (0)1805 17 03 30 F map [g5] Neubrandenburg F Kulturpark (Cultural Park) from 1969 * Established to 1975. One of the few major parks created during the period of the for-

Neubrandenburg F Wall fortifications commenced * Building at the beginning of the 13th century. Town wall (2.5 km) made from natural stones and topped with bricks, halftimber bastions and prison tower (now a panorama tower). Two hundred to four hundred year old oaks, flower beds and ponds. Former town fortification, today a park and leisure time area. Reconstruction commenced in 1999 and now almost concluded. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)1805 17 03 30. F text p. 35; photo p. 35; map [g5] Neustadt-Glewe F Castle Best preserved mediaeval castle in Mecklenburg dating from the 14th century. First defensive system built in the 13th century to secure the county of Schwerin. Features: renaissance and gothic paintings and mediaeval hot-air heating system. Fortified room with rare double arrow slit. Built to protect an important trade route. Museum being built. Exhibitions showcasing the history of the town and castle, art and special shows. Tour of the castle tower with dungeon, guardroom and fortification as well as living quarters. Events: concerts, readings, lecture evenings, traditional castle festival in June each year. Museum opening times and city information: from 1st April Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.; Sat and Sun and on bank holidays 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.; May-October Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.; Sat and Sun and on bank holidays 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours by appointment (also possible outside opening times) under fon +49 (0)38757 237 84. F text p. 9; photos p. 3, 90; map [c6] Neustadt-Glewe F Schloss Renaissance, late baroque and early classicist style elements. Erected from 1619 to 1629 by Evert Piloot and commissioned by Duke Adolf Friedrich I. Building continued in 1711 by Leonhard Christoph Sturm for Prince Christian Ludwig II. Completed in 1720. Structure built on hundreds of oak poles. Hotel today. Restored. F map [c6] Neustrelitz F Castle garden / orangery Baroque garden. Designed in 1732 by Christoph Julius Löwe. Modified and added to according to plans by Peter Joseph Lenné in the middle of the 19th century. Wellmaintained castle garden with fountains, sculptures, Hebe Temple and memorial hall for the Prussian Queen Luise. The orangery remains the most important structure in the palace district following the destruction of the residence in 1945. Originally designed as winter quarters for exotic plants in 1755. Later converted into a classicist

Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

garden pavilion by Friedrich Wilhelm Buttel. With Pompeian wall and ceiling frescoes as well as casts of ancient and classicist statues. Today, a restaurant. Activities: cultural events in the orangery, sculpture gallery in the castle church and castle garden festival with open-air operetta. Information under fon +49 (0)3981 253119. Garden opening times: all year round. Guided tours: May-September Sat 10.30 a.m. as well as by appointment under fon +49 (0)3981 25 31 19. Sculpture gallery and castle church opening times: May-September., F text p. 16, 23, 97; photos p. 6, 13, 21, 23, 25, 42, 97; map [g6] Nieklitz F Zukunftszentrum MenschNatur-Wissenschaft (Future Centre Human-Nature-Science) Large nature and science park (18.5 hectare) with more than 500 impressive models. The extensively enlarged and sometimes larger-than-life copies provide an insight into the technically sophisticated systems of the animal and plant world and show how mankind utilizes these inventions. A tunnel system in the forest shows the variety of life to be found underground. Four exhibition pavilions, house of fragrances and health. Many natural models surrounded by a flowering splendour. Named the »Best Science Center for Bionics«. Café and restaurant, conference and congress rooms. Open daily 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (admission until 5 p.m.), in winter open 1st November-15th March 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours by prior appointment under fon +49 (0)38843 82 00. F map [b6]

red to its former splendour in 2006. Dendrological rarities, miracle sea with love island, heart and kidney pond. The only funeral forest (alternative burials beneath trees) in a public park. Sculpture exhibition »Cycles of trees« from the middle of May 2010. Park and lookout tower open to the public. Guided tours from April to October every Friday at 3 p.m. F photo p. 91; map [g2] Papendorf (near Pulow) F Duft- und Tastgarten (Fragrance and tactile garden)

The 5,000 square metre garden owned by the Mirabell e.V. society is located in a depression on the outskirts of the village and is home to more than 200 healing and fragrant plants. Such sweet smelling versions as the horsemint, clary sage and such rarities as motherwort, alecost and inula grow here. Spices, flowers, old vegetable types to touch, smell and taste - specially signposted for the visually impaired. Pomeranian labyrinth, barefoot trail, garden pond, monastery garden. Guided tours on the topics of »edible leaves«, »healing herbs« and »old types of vegetables«. Part of the estate has been turned into raised beds and with access for wheelchairs. Guided tours for groups on Wed and Sat at 3.00 p.m. and by appointment: fon +49

(0)38374 559 36. Costs (incl. admission): 5 euros per person, discounted 2.50 euros. The park is open to the public at all times, on-site contact partner May-October: from Wed to Sun. Admission: 2.50 euros. F text p. 38, 45; photo p. 44; map [i4] Pasewalk F KunstgARTen (ARTwork garden) In order to promote contemporary art and garden culture, a 5 hectare large area of meadow was developed in 2005 within the scope of the reconstruction programme taking place along the Uecker water-meadow landscape. International meeting place for artists, students, pupils, including many disabled people. Exhibition of various installations - from fire-spitting volcanoes to a rainbow of summer flowers. Venue site for the OPUS festival with music, dance and performance in the late summer. Open daily all year round. Admittance free of charge. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)3973 25 11 36. F map [i6] Penzlin F Old castle / garden Preserved old castle buildings dating from the 16th century located at the edge of a small mediaeval town. Established itself as a specialist museum for magic and witch hunts since 1994. With witches‘ cellar, torture chamber, a so-called »black kitchen« (a type of open-hearth kitchen) with

12 m high chimney piece, knight‘s hall, castle courtyard and castle garden. Remains of the old town walls and fortifications in the small mediaeval town. Historic festivals: Walpurgis Night (30th April) and Castle Festival on the second to last weekend in August. Open daily May to October from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. In the winter months weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.; weekends and bank holidays from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. F text p. 10; photos p. 9, 47; Route 1 p. 46; map [g6] Plüschow F Castle / park

* Baroque building. Erected for the Hamburg merchant, Philipp Heinrich Stenglin in 1763. Today, home to the »Mecklenburgisches Künstlerhaus«. Events: from spring to late autumn, changing exhibitions and art projects presenting current trends in art. Artists from all over the world. Information under fon +49 (0)3841 617 40. Opening times: during the exhibitions, Tue-Sun 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. F text p. 16, 38; Route 6 p. 56; map [c4] Poggelow F Castle / park Small castle built in the Tudor-gothic style according to plans by Friedrich Hitzig in 1848. Restored and rebuilt in 1995. Almost completely restored today as a guesthouse with nine apartments, fireside room, ter-

Nustrow F Manor / park

* Classicist structure. Probably built by Carl Theodor Severin for the von Schack family in 1830, restored in a manner pursuant to monument-preservation regulations. Today, holiday apartments and hotel. English landscape park with lime tree avenue, 600 year old yews and 300 year old magnolia (probably largest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). Mentioned for the first time in 1479. Old rose garden, pheasant house, bee hive in the kitchen garden, walled ditches. Well-tended. Park open all year. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38205 78 60. Guided rose tour from June to July. Café May-Sept.: at the weekend and bank holidays from 2.00 to 5.00 p.m. F text p. 39; photo p. 53; Route 4 p. 52; ad p. 62; map [f4]

Pansevitz F Park 30 hectare English landscape park with castle ruins. Awakened from its slumber and resto-

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Oberhof F Landgut / Park Art nouveau. Built around 1900. Plasterfinished building with projecting median risalit. Landscape park laid out in terraces with lime tree avenue. Small wooded area with chestnuts, ginkgoes, Canadian oak. Pond. Today, holiday apartments and riding stables. F ad p. 60; map [c4]

Pansevitz. The castle ruins in the unique park reminisce of better times.


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race, 6 hectare of grounds and castle pond. Cellar level with stove. Dining rooms may also be booked for events such as weddings. The park is only open to house guests. F ad p. 70; map [f4] Poppendorf F Manor / park Classicist manor close to the Baltic Sea. Restored as the »Musenhof« since 1993. Empire hall, Meißen cabinet, Biedermeier salon, gallery and library are today the venues for concerts, exhibitions, seminars, weddings and gala receptions. The rustic »Musenstall« (a barn) will hold up to 200 people. The remaining now well-tended part of the formerly large park is home to old bald cypresses and chestnuts. Rhododendron and dahlia flowering is also worth seeing. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38202 20 97. F map [e3] Prebberede F Castle / park

* Baroque estate with English park. Built from 1772 to 1778. With stable buildings. Construction of the neogothic estate chapel from 1861 to 1862. Owned by the of Bassewitz family until 1945. Protected monument since 1951. The interior contains an asymmetrical staircase and ballroom with rococo decorations. Restored. Holiday apartments. Concert hall. Music in the park. Ftext p. 16, 97; photo p. 16; map [f4] Prillwitz F Hunting seat / park see Hohenzieritz / OT Prillwitz

Putbus F Residence / Castle park

* Princely residence in pure classicism. Unique and enthralling. The estate has been partially restored within the scope of the state park programme. Guided tours from April to September: Tues and Thurs 11.00 a.m. fon +49 (0)38301 431, 614 31. F text p. 24, 25; photo p. 26; map [h3] Putzar F Manor / park Renaissance estate. Built in 1575. A second building was built from 1577 to 1578 by the Count of Schwerin. Owned by the von Schwerin family until 1945. A ruin today. Wildly romantic park, partially tended. F map [h5] Raben Steinfeld F Castle / park Brick structured castle built in the style of the neo-renaissance in 1887 according to plans by the architect Hermann Willebrand. Laid out as an English landscape park on the banks of the Schweriner See by Theodor Klett in 1851. Park contains valuable specimens of lime, ash and chestnut trees and 34 »Raben Steinfelder oaks« with trunks measuring up to 7.4 m in diameter. Well preserved farmhand houses made from brick in the village (19th century). Admittance to the park free of charge. F map [c5] Ralswiek F Castle / park

** Neo-renaissance



from 1893 to 1894 for Hugo Scholto Graf of Douglas. Two-wing structure on the banks of the Large Jasmund Bay. Restored. Some interiors designed by the art nouveau painter and architect, Henry van de Velde. A hotel today. Park with old trees: including cypress oaks, plane trees, sycamores, common beeches, conifers, silver limes and tulip trees. Very well-maintained. In the summer, home to the Störtebeker Festival on the natural stage at the feet of the castle. F ad p. 63; map [h2]

growing region in Germany thrive here on around 3.5 hectares. Mecklenburg country wine is pressed and filled locally. Open daily. Guided tours through the vineyards by appointment under fon +49 (0)3968 25 50 10 or +49 (0)170 584 72 58. Wine blossom festival in June, winemakers’ and wine festivals in Sept. F ad p. 65; map [h5] Redefin F Country stud / park

* Classicist estate. Built in 1812 by Carl Friedrich Wünsch for Grand Duke Friedrich Franz I. Largest unaltered preserved classicist ensemble in north Germany. The living quarters and outbuildings following a manor farm design are laid out symmetrically around the green areas which are bordered by the riding arena portal. The 5.7 hectare park with fruit and vegetable garden and ponds once laid out in the English style was freshly restored on the occasion of the BUGA 2009 and the water regime has once again been restored to working order according to historical examples. Opening times: Mon-Fri 9.00 a.m. to midday and 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Guided tours on request under fon +49 (0)38854 62 00. Also the country stud offers a state riding and driving school, horse boarding boxes for hire and guesthouse. In March and May national and international riding competition, in June »LebensArt« exhibition, June to September »Picnic-Horses-Symphony Concerts«, September »Redefine Stallion Parade«. F text p. 24; photos p. 26, 55; map [c6]

Ranzin F Castle / park Built in the classicist style around 1800. Rebuilt after a fire in 1877. Restored. Today a hotel for relaxation. Rose garden with bronze fountain. Large park with adjacent forest and fields. Old and exotic tree types (from North America and Africa). Dulmen site. Old park walls made from natural stone. Activities: coach and boat trips. Events: exhibitions, concerts, New Year’s Eve ball. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38355 687 12. F entry p. 77; map [h4] Rattelvitz F Manor see Gingst / OT Rattelvitz Rattey F Castle / park Classicist structure. Built from 1802 to 1806 by Hans Christoph von Oertzen. Wedding palace and mansion are integrated into the park grounds with wide-ranging paths, 700 year old estate oaks, ponds, waterways and horse paddocks. Historic riding arena. Hotel since 1998. The grapes of the most northerly wine-

Redewisch F Manor see Boltenhagen / OT Redewisch Reischvitz F Manor / park Historicist building. Erected for the von Platen family in 1820. Restored, with holiday apartments. English landscape garden with pond. F ad p. 63; map [h2]

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Remplin F Lennépark park (33 hec* Baroque tares) with former manor and castle estates. Owned by the von Hahm family since the 13th century. The park estate and castle were transformed several times between 1700 up until the middle of the 19th century. The park and castle were redesigned by Peter Joseph Lenné and Friedrich Hitzig in 1851. The north wing was destroyed by fire in April 1940. The basic baroque structure of the park with its avenues and canals has been maintained today. The park is in the process of being reconstructed since 1996. Ditches and canals now have water again. The astronomy tower in the north of the park has been restored. F text p. 27; Route 3 p. 50; map [f5]

Rostock. Visiting the tropical greenhouse in the Botanical Gardens is like a journey into the African jungle.


Rosenhagen F Manor / park Erected in the classicist style flowing plans by Carl Theodor Severin in 1836. Completely renovated, with apartments furnished in the original style. Garden with fragrant roses and rhododendrons. Large

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Rühn. Even after 700 years, the former Cistercian convent still bears witness to the original builders‘ trust in God.

bathing and angling pond. Pond terraces, small tea pavilion, grotto and sitting areas under ancient lime trees in the adjacent park. Also weather-protected booth for observing wild animals. Information under fon +49 (0)38295 714 91. F ad p. 61; Route 7 p. 58; map [d4] Rossin F Manor Classicist mansion dating from 1836. Square plaster-finished structure in the Palazzo style, flat roof with glass dome. The summer gallery in three rooms is open from June to September every Sunday from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. F map [h5] Rostock F Botanical Garden Open-air area with * more than 10,000 plants created from 1936 to 1939. Ponds, streams and biotopes. Arboretum with winter hardy trees and shrubs. Large alpinum with plant species from the most important mountain and other mountain regions in the world. Very well tended. Events: regional mushroom show at the end of September. Opening times: Tue to Fri from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Sun 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., closed Mondays. In summer, guided tours at various times on Sundays, guided tours for groups from 20 people by appointment under fon +49 (0)381 498 62 50, mobil +49 (0)178 238 84 79. F text p. 36; photo p. 92; map [e3] Rostock F IGA Park Seventy hectare leisure area on the shores of the Warnow with international nature and garden art and many leisure activities for young and old. Seasonal plantings reflecting the seasonal cycles. Events: concerts, exhibitions, masses said in the willow dome. Open throughout the year until dusk. Ticket office times, daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. F map [e3] Rostock F Rosengarten (Rose garden)

Created by Garden Director Wilcken in 1857. One extended level

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estate. Lime tree, rose beds, lawns, fountains. F map [e3] Rostock F Schwanenteichpark Designed by Alfred Jahr, who was a municipal garden inspector, in 1937. Listed monument. Pond, Japanese garden and gallery (various exhibitions). Some of the grounds are also used as an exhibition area. Gallery opening times: Tue-Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. F map [e3] Rostock F City walls Built for defensive purposes in 1270. City walls that formerly extended for over three kilometres with many towers, bastions and 22 gates and with widely varying heights (30 metres). Converted into a park. Ponds, fountains, »Die Trinkende«, bronze sculptures, obelisk. Open door in the city wall invites passers-by to pay a visit to the »Zum Heiligen Kreuz« convent. F text p. 35; map [e3] Rostock F Zoological garden One of Germany‘s * most traditional zoological gardens for over 100 years. Stag garden in 1899, zoo from 1910 and zoological garden since 1956. Today, one of the largest theme and adventure zoos on the Baltic Sea. Unique landscape gardens (56 hectares) with circular paths through generous outdoor enclosures, 1,700 animals in 250 species from all over the world such as snow leopards, marmosets. Petting zoo and many baby animals. Extensive flora: dahlia garden, rhododendron grove and avenue with pyramid oaks. Wide variety of events: Classical music nights, rhododendron and dahlia weeks as well as zoo festivals and holiday programme for families. Unique experience: »Animal keeper by lions, bears and seals«. Booking service: fon +49 (0)381 20 82 179; Opening times: April-October 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. (ticket office closes May-August, Sat/Sun and on bank holidays at 6.00 p.m.; otherwise at 5.00 p.m.), November-March 9.00 a.m. to

Marihn. 8,000 roses transform the garden into a scented sea of blossoms.

5.00 p.m. (ticket office closes at 4.00 p.m.) Show feeds daily. Guided tours on request under fon +49 (0)381 208 21 86. F text p. 36; photo p. 36; map [e3]

ding convent festival, Advent market. Bookings under fon +49 (0)38464 204 36 or +49 (0)38461 683 14. Convent shop open daily all year round. F photo p. 93; map [d4]

Rostock-Warnemünde F Kurpark / Kurhausgarten (Health resort park / Health resort garden) The first green areas were created in 1860 and converted into a spa park in 1922. Today, a well-maintained park in which open meadow areas and closed wooded areas alternate with each other. Extended in accordance with historic plans. Arcades, sculptures, including the presentation of putti, water basin with artistic themes and orchestra shell. Open-air concerts in the spa hotel garden. www. F map [e3]

Sagard / OT Neddesitz F Manor / chalk path Neo-baroque structure built in 1911. Restored. Today, a hotel business. Former chalk quarry in Neddesitz. Large natural area. Chalk museum and educational chalk trail with plaques outlining the history of chalk production on Rügen. Guided tours on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)38302 562 29. F map [h2]

Rothenklempenow F Manor / park Origins of the generous manor estate reach as far back as the 12th century. Prisoner tower with wall remains still standing. Castle and outbuildings from the 18th century lovingly restored. Surrounded by a four hectare park with cottage garden. Today, craft training centre and guest accommodation with holiday apartments. Also ideal for private parties. Events: Rothenklempenow farmer‘s market on the first weekend in August. Park open to the public, Mon-Fri from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. or on request fon +49 (0)39744 50412. Guided tours possible on request fon +49 (0)39744 50411. F map [i6] Rühn F Convent Established as a convent by Bishop Brunward of Schwerin in 1232. In use as a Cistercian convent for 500 years. Impressive mediaeval grounds. Presently being gradually restored as a monument. Cosy café in the convent shop with stove and regional specialities. Guided tours of the convent and numerous events, inclu-

Samow F Manor / park Classicist grounds. Built in 1810. Today, with holiday apartments and café. Well-tended. English landscape park with nice walks. Merges into the field landscape. Old trees, open grassy areas, lime tree avenue. Archaeological monument (location of a defensive tower with moat in the 12th century). Events: concerts, old-timer meeting, baroque festivals. F map [f4] Sanitz F Manor Neu Wendorf / park

* Classicist grounds. Built by Carl Theodor Severin around 1805. Restored in 1992 with great attention to detail. Today, a hotel business. The owner herself prepares hearty menus following original Mecklenburg recipes. Nice park with old trees. F ad p. 61; map [e3] Schlage F Eselhof orchard ll-maintained * 3Wehectare large area with rustic buildings. Orchard with rare old fruit trees. A large number of species of animal: 14 donkeys, sheep, goats, hares, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks. Lots of playgrounds, also for rainy weather. Don-


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and 1.30 p.m.; 15 Oct-14 Apr: Tue-Fri 11.30 h; Sat and Sun 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. Or on inquiry, contact fon +49 (0)385 525 29 20. Guided tours by appointment also in English, Russian, French, Swedish and Norwegian. www. F text p. 30, 45, 97; photos p. 2, 32, 33, 42, 56, 97; Route 6 p. 56; map [c5]

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Schwerin F Zoological garden Established as a park * for indigenous animals in 1956 (22 hectare). Hilly area with nature trails through various animal enclosures. With old oaks, beeches, water courses, open-air stage and animal houses. Around 125 species of animal, petting zoo and relaxation areas. Opening times: Mon-Fri from 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m.; Sat and Sun 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Public feeding and pony trekking. F text p. 36; map [c5]

Semlow. The castle park is a masterpiece by a famous garden architect. Gustav Meyer, Royal Gardner, cut the ditches here.

key rides, coach rides. Environmental education location with overnight accommodation, full-board and educational projects. Snacks and coffee with home-baked cakes. Ideal for family parties. Numerous events. Opening times: daily, April-October 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; November-March 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. or by agreement; fon +49 (0)38208 601 80. www.eselhofschlage.deF map [e4] Schlemmin F Castle / park Built from 1846 to 1850 in the Tudor style by the Berlin Architect, Eduard Knoblauch. The knightly structure is situated in a large and varied park (20 hectares) with new paths, bridges, pav-ilions and pergolas. Everything well-tended. Hotel and restaurant. Park open throughout the year. Guided tours by agreement under fon +49 (0)38225 51 60 F text p. 28; map [f3] Schlieffenberg F Meditation and tea garden Volker Rosenbusch has from 1995 converted 7,000 m2 of farmland into an Asian-inspired garden landscape. Oases of relaxation between luscious jungle, Japanese garden, bamboo grove, pond landscape and rose bushes. Overnight accommodation in five block huts. Meditation and creative courses. From Easter Saturday to the end of October, the café is open daily from 3.00 p.m. (except Mondays). Chinese tea ceremony by appointment under fon +49 (0)38452 205 84. F map [e4] Schmarsow F Castle / park see Kruckow / OT Schmarsow


Schorssow F Castle / park

* Classicist three-wing structure. Erected from 1808 to 1812 on the foundations of a baroque building from 1730 of the von Moltke family, former property of the Dukes von Holstein-Gottorp. Landscape park. Palace surrounded by lakes. Today, a hotel. F Route 3 p. 50; ad p. 69; map [f5] Schwechow F Manor / fruit distillery / farm shop Richard Hartinger distils noble spirits and liqueurs in the manor estate’s dovecot dating from the 19th century, which has been restored to its original state. The extensive park with stream, three fish ponds, bald cypresses, amber and tulip trees, is open May-September from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Regional specialities and home made products are on sale in the farm shop daily (except Sundays and bank holidays) from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Jams, sea buckthorn products, fruit juices and sausage specialities as well as smoked trout and fingerlings are to be found in the seasonal range of products. Guided tours of the distillery and other programmes on request. Pre-bookings under fon +49 (0)38856 37 80. F photo p. 55; Route 5 p. 54; map [b6] Schwerin F Castle garden

* The castle garden is characterized by fountains, sculptures and lavish herbaceous borders and container plants. The restored orangery

constitutes a creative masterpiece. The baroque palace garden is regarded as one of the most beautiful in northern Germany and is being restored with great care for the BUGA 2009 (German Federal Garden Show). Original pleasure garden based on the French model. Following 1748, the garden architect Jean Legeay created the cross canal, which is lined with sculptures by Saxony’s royal sculptor, Balthasar Permoser. The curving canal branches were later filled in and planted with arcades in 1862. The castle gardens were extended in the middle of the 19th century according to plans by Peter Joseph Lenné, which retained the basic baroque structure. The adjacent area, the greenhouse garden, farm garden and the zones on the shore have been changed to suit the English landscape model. deF text p. 30, 45, 97; photos p. 32, 33, 42; Route 6 p. 56; map [c5] Schwerin F Castle with museum of the most im** One portant buildings erected in the historicist style. Formerly the main residence of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Final major modifications from 1845 to 1857 under the supervision of the architects, Demmler, Stüler and Willebrand. Magnificent, social and living quarters with paintings, sculptures and arts and crafts from the 16th to 19th centuries. Exhibition: »European Porcelain and Court Paintings«. Opening times: 15 Oct-14 Apr: Tue-Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.; 15 Apr-14 Oct: Mon-Sun from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Guided tours: 15 Apr-14 Oct: Tue-Sun 11.00 a.m.

Semlow F Castle park Schloss Semlow is situated on the site of a Slavic castle. The central section of the mansion was built in the classicist style around 1825 according to plans by the royal architect, F. W. Büttel, who was commissioned by Carl-August von Behr-Negendank. His son Ulrich had an orangery built around 1850 with a square tower on the east side of the house. A twostorey structure was added on the west side in 1868. The previously glazed orangery was later used as a library and for storing the extensive porcelain collection. Both were lost after the second world war. The today rather more plain appearance is the result of restoration work after 1945. The lobby and ballroom have been restored by the municipality. Tradition room, permanent exhibition on the history of the place. The palace constitutes the architectural reference point for the English landscape park created by Gustav Meyer in 1852. One of the few surviving gardens by the royal Prussian court gardener. The 22 hectare listed estate constitutes an important exponent of garden art of the 19th century. Extensive meadow spaces, a wide-ranging network of paths with lines of sight to the palace, network of ponds and streams with seven bridges. The centrepiece of the park is a large pond created on the site of a marshy meadow in 1853. Striking solitary trees, including two bald cypresses. Crocuses, snow drops and anemones prod-uce a flowering carpet in spring. Park festival in summer and Day of the Open Garden Gate in June. Park open daily. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38222 507 66. F photo p. 94; map [f3] Semper F Waldpark Created in 1920 with the completion of Schloss Semper, left to decay until 1990, restored according to historical models from 2000 to 2002. Forest character purposely retained. Features: raised shore path, rhododendron avenue, group of twisted beeches, cascading ponds, historic water tower ruin,

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Solzow F Manor / park Biedermeier structure with small landscape park. Built at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, a hotel. Old trees. The von Richthofen family’s burial site. Restored and welltended. Small historic village pub in the mansion. The re-cultivated park is open to house and restaurant guests during hotel opening times. Further information under fon +49 (0)399 23 25 17. F Route 2 p. 48; ad p. 67; map [f6] Spantekow F Fortress The oldest and most significant surviving fort dating from the peak of the renaissance in northern Germany, built for Lord High Steward, Ulrich I of Schwerin, as a modern artillery fort from 1558 to 1567. The protruding bastions on the southwest side have completely preserved casemates and dungeons under them. Broad moat, secured by steep ramparts made of natural stone. Living quarters and outbuildings from 1677. Guided tours by appointment by Mrs Duchow fon +49 (0)39727 228 92, +49 (0)174 325 49 00. F map [h5] Sparow F Manor Old estate with lime-tree avenue and estate chapel. New hotel built according to historic model. Embedded in an attractive landscape with many lakes and woods, moors and untouched nature. F ad p. 68; map [e6] Spyker F Castle / park see Glowe / OT Spyker Starkow F Parish garden and mixed orchard see Velgast / OT Starkow Stellshagen F Manor / park Neo-renaissance building. Erected as a brick structure by the architect, Franz Bach, in 1924. Renovated to environmentally compatible standards. Today, a health and seminar hotel. Large park with old trees, lime tree avenue, mixed orchard, herb garden, ponds, organic farming. Guided tours of the manor and park by appointment under fon +49 (0)38825 440. F map [c4] Stolpe nearAnklam F Manor / park

* Manor with monastery ruins from the 12th century and old forge. Listed building. Lies directly on the banks of the Peene. Large eleven hectare park with mature groups of tree: inviting chestnuts, oaks and fruit trees to take a walk amongst. Free admittance to the park. F ad p. 64; map [h4] Stolpe / Usedom F Manor / park Owned by the von Schwerin family since the 13th century. The plain baroque manor house was rebuilt into a historic-ro-

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mantic castle in 1905. Owned by the municipality since 1995 when restoration work began. Foundation of the society of friends of the Stolpe building in 2001. Since 2004 numerous cultural events in the castle, such as concerts or readings. Rooms for festivities for hire. Park open to the public. Admittance free of charge. F map [i4] Stralsund F Bastion / wall fortifications Fortification dating * from the 13th century. System comprising town walls, gates, bastions and defensive ponds. Fort character survived into the 19th century. Some city gates were demolished from 1873. Walls no longer represented the outer city limits. The levelling of the walls created an inner-city green area. Conversion into a landscape garden commenced in 1880 according to plans by the Royal Prussian Court Garden Director Jühlke. Bastions were given a landscape park character with geometric elements. New promenade built around the Katharinenbastion in 1881. Which was even then used as a public park with playgrounds. Avenues planted along the walls. Very old trees. With access for the disabled. Following its restoration within the framework of the state park programme, some aspects of the covered ground plan of the former fort bastions have been unearthed. Monument to the city fortifications and garden art. F text p. 35; map [g3] Stralsund F Brunnenaue Mentioned as a healing spring for the first time in 1630. City park during the Biedermeier period with play and sport areas. Extended around 1848 by the merchant, Ernst H. F. Billich, into a park with arbours, new paths and woods. Remains of the original grounds still exist in spite of the modernization in the style of the 1960s. Rare species of trees: including bald cypress. Fountains, sculptures by the Stralsund artist, HansPeter Jaeger. F map [g3] Stralsund F Küterbastion / park Kütertor city gate * The was built in 1446. The Kütertor and bastion are part of the fortification belt that surrounded the Hanseatic City of Stralsund. Except for the Kniepertor, it is the only surviving city gate in Stralsund. Restoration of the walls, embankment and surrounding paths. Garden redesigned in 1920. Today, a nice park with children’s playground. F map [g3] Stralsund F Wulflamufer Public park created from 1926 to 1927 by Hans Winter, who was a garden inspector, incorporating the surrounding city ponds. Created for the »Bürgermeisterviertel« residential area located on the southern bank of the Frankenteich with generous lawn and play areas. Original network of connections with curving paths along the shore and strictly bordered garden areas still vis-ible. Monument to Lord Mayor Lambert Steinwich. Best view of the historic city backdrop. HansLucht-Garten with pergola and her-

baceous plantings within the framework of Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns state park programme F map [g3] Tellow F Thünenpark Created from 1810 by Johann Heinrich von Thünen (world famous economist). Ensemble comprising a manor, gardener’s house, grain store, new farmer’s house and barn. Small English landscape park with flowing transitions into the agricultural areas. Woods consisting of many species and valuable specimens (hornbeam arcade, large-leaved lime, one-leaved ash, yellow-leaved oak). Park pond with island. National Thünen memorial. Opening times: May-Sept: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.; Oct-April: daily from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)39976 54 10. F photos p. 10, 53; Route 4 p. 52; map [f4] Tentzerow F Manor / park Built after 1800. Threestorey plaster-finished building with two storey extension. Presently owned privately. The park and house are being lovingly restored at the moment. Park by Peter Joseph Lenné. Tours possible by arrangement under fon +49 (0)176 20 04 90 48 (Contact: Mr Schick). F map [g4] Teschow F Castle / park

* Classicist building. Mansion with wings and cavalier houses. Situated in the middle of the nature reserve of Mecklenburg’s Switzerland. Surrounded by an eight hectare park. Golf course around 100 hectares. Today, a golf and wellness hotel. F ad p. 69; map [f5] Teutendorf F Manor / park

* Classicist estate. Built around 1800 for the von Flotow family on foundations dating from the 15th century

(round vault). Place of birth and work of the important Mecklenburg composer, Friedrich von Flotow. Restored. Residential home today. Beautiful park with chapel and pond, seven hectares, open to the public. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38209 822 00. F map [e4] Todendorf F Manor / park The manor with late classicist façade built in 1860 is today called Schloss Mitsuko. A centre of German and Japanese culture has been presenting permanent and changing exhibitions here since 2001. Inspired by the artist, Heinrich Johann Radeloff, who returned from the island state and settled here with his wife Mitsuko. The society of friends of the building is today helping to create a grove with ponds, a tea house and pavilion and to plant bamboo and cherry trees on the estate. Opening times: May-Sept: Sat/ Sun from 1.00 to 5.00 p.m. as well as by prior arrangement under fon +49 (0)39975 97 97. F text

p. 38; map [f4] Tuckhude F Wiesenmeisterei Administration building dating from 1862. Educational facility with exhibition of historic agricultural equipment. Pit house, willow dome, baking oven and herb garden. Large barn for perfect parties. A traditional 18th century village is being created. In the Lewitz agricultural landscape with fields, forests and 1,000 hectares of fish ponds, the administration was responsible for the extensive network of canals and ditches, regulating water levels and ensuring the hay harvest. Rare plants and animals, fens, old tree giants. Sixty different kinds of water fowl breed here. European nature reserve for birds. Accommodation in the house or tents is possible. Events: art and culture in the most beautiful grassy areas. Opening times and guided tours by appointment (Mon-Fri 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.), fon +49 (0)38757 238 00. F Route 5 p. 54; map [c6]

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viewing platform with fantastic panoramic view to Schloss Ralswiek. F map [h2]

Ulrichshusen. The heart of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is full of atmosphere. Orchestras, soloists and budding artists all come together at the manor.


Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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and Winston golf course. Activities: canoe hire. Information under fon +49 (0)3860 50 29 00. F ad p. 72; map [c/d5]

Wrangelsburg. The grain dealer, Carl Leopold of Homeyer, built the neo-gothic mansion in 1880. The mysterious Lake Schwarze See lies at the centre of the estate’s park.

Ueckermünde F Castle Former castle (1284). Rebuilt as a renaissance castle for Duke Philipp I. of Pomerania in 1546. Erected on an artificial elevation. Last surviving castle belonging to the Pomeranian dukes in Germany. Today, a town hall with Haffmuseum (lagoon museum). Events: regularly changing special exhibitions. Haffmuseum presenting prehistory and early history, the town history, historic crafts, fishing, shipping and shipbuilding. Viewing tower. Opening times: Tue 9.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 to 5.00 p.m.; Wed and Thurs 9.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 to 4.00 p.m.; Fri 9.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 a.m. to 3.00 a.m. Also on Sat 1.00 to 4.00 p.m., Sun 10.00 a.m. to midday and 1.00 to 4.00 p.m. in the peak season. Guided tours are available during this time. Information under fon +49 (0)39771 284 42. www.ueckermuende. de/haffmuseum.F text p. 13; photo p. 8; map [i5] Ulrichshusen F Castle / park Renaissance castle. Originally from 1562. Rebuilt as a hotel in 2001 by the descendents of the original builder Ulrich von Maltzahn. Lies directly on the Ulrichshusener See with English landscape park. Bathing area, fishing jetty, restaurant. Central venue for the Festspiele MecklenburgVorpommern. Guided tours by request under fon +49 (0)39953 79 00.F text p. 13; photos p. 51, 95; Route 3 p. 50; ad p. 68; map [f5] Üselitz F Manor / park Renaissance building surrounded by romantic park grounds. Built in the 16th century for the von Zuhm family. Listed ruin of a small mansion with formerly double-gabled roof in the middle of a restoration area. Park and pond well-maintained. Large numbers of butterbur and wild shrubs. Old orchard with historic roses. Small labyrinth. Park open daily except when events are taking place. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)69 62 80 44. F map [g3]


Velgast / OT Starkow F Parish garden and mixed orchard Well maintained, baroque estate. Built around 1750 after the old parish house was demolished and the land filled in. Symmetrical structure visible. Gottlieb Palleske redesigned the garden and planted 220 trees during his tenure in the parish (1830 to 1852). Rare example of an agricultural house garden from the 19th century. Protected as a monument since 2002. Fruit and vegetable garden with historic fruit trees from the period. »Path of Forgotten Fruits« educational trail. Reconstructed, baroque garden with hornbeam arcade, flat beds (ground floor) and geometrically trimmed hedges (boscage). Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)38324 656 92. F map [f3] Viecheln F Castle / park Manor house with inn. The small park is very well tended. Listed building. F map [f4] Vietgest F Castle / park

* Built for J. G. F. Boldt by Johann Joachim Busch from 1792 to 1794. Castle with plain plaster-finished façade. Transition from the baroque to rococo style. Restored and today operated as a hotel. The western area of the park was converted into a landscape in the 19th century. Reconstructed in 1982. With lime tree avenue, old oaks with trunks that are seven metres in circumference, common beeches and forest pond. Main house and estate constitute an architectural whole. Guided tours by agreement under fon +49 (0) 38452 224 34. F map [e5] Vorbeck F Manor Built on old foundations in 1912. Listed manor house with vaulted cellar. Located directly on the banks of the Warnow. Restored and extended in 2003 and 2010. Comfortable Bed & Breakfast Hotel in quiet surroundings. Adjacent riding arena

Walkendorf F Manor / park Clinker building with hipped roof built between 1938 and 1940 for Georg of Bassewitz, located outside the town. The three hectare park with, among other things, beeches, chestnuts, nut trees, Swedish whitebeams, silver maple, alder trees was created around the same time. The wellmaintained estate stretches to a lake with bathing area (open until 8.00 p. m.). Some areas of the park open to the public. Holiday apartments in the building. Mixed orchard with organic farm for various species of cattle. Farm shop. F entry p. 78; map [f4] Wangelin F Garden

* Created in 1992. Largest herb garden in Mecklenburg with healing herbs, fragrant plants, dyeing and trick plants. Butterfly and magic plant garden. More than 900 types and species of plants in the 1.5 hectare show garden, well-tended. Willow labyrinth. Garden building with photo-voltaic system and garden roof. Café in the clay building. Events: seminars on building with clay, plant market, exhibitions, lectures. Opening times: May-Sept: daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.; April and Oct: Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Guided tours by agreement under +49 (0)38737 201 42. F text p. 36, 45; map [e6] Wangern F Manor / park Art nouveau building erected around 1911, two and a half storey plaster-finished building under a flat hipped roof. Restored and with holiday apartments. In the middle of a large park: magnolia tree (approx. 90 years). F ad p. 60; map [c4] Waren (Müritz) F NaturErlebnisZentrum Müritzeum (Natural Adventures Centre) Opened in August 2007. Experience garden around the estate’s reedlined lake, with indigenous woods and shrubs, large foundlings, adventure playground, insect hotel and bee hive. Germany’s largest aquarium for domestic freshwater fish. Forty indigenous species of fish and other water animals. Themed sections focusing on moors, forests, time travel (with ice age), bird world. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state collection of natural history with 280,000 items. Multivision. Special exhibitions as well as a variety of events. Welcome Center for the Mecklenburg Lake District. Restaurant, shop. Open daily April-October: 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., November-March: 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Last admittance 60 minutes before closing. Guided tours by appointment. fon +49 (0)3991 633 68-0. www. Mueritzeum.deF map [f6] Warlitz F Castle / park Mansion built in 1620 for Marquard von Pentz. Today, holiday apart-

ments. Beekeeping in the three hectare park with lake and moat. Old lime trees and common beeches. Farm shop. Beekeeping on the ground floor. Opening times and guided tour by agreement: fon +49 (0)38856 317 31. F Route 5 p. 54; map [c6] Wedendorf F Castle / park

* Grand mansion with wings on an idyllic lakeside property. Estate history goes back to 1255. Converted into a classicist mansion according to plans by M. F. Rabe at the beginning of the 19th century. Filigree wall and ceiling paintings in the Pompeian style, some of which now may be marvelled at again. Following its extensive restoration, today an elegant hotel, restaurant and café, ideal for weddings. Beautiful park with chestnut avenue and access to the Wedendorf Lake with its own boat jetty. F photo p. 3; map [c4/5] Wendenhof / Schwerin F Mansion / park Listed mansion built in neo-classical style (end of the 19th century). Extensively restored in 1989. Country house in villa style and castle-like tower with copper roof on the side. One hectare large park estate laid out by Count von Richthofen in 1912, located directly on the banks of the Schwerin Ziegelaußensee. Today, guesthouse and site of the oldest porcelain manufacturer in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Guided tours through the manufacturing plant, changing exhibitions as well as various events: Easter market, open art at Whitsun, artisan markets and pre-Christmas advents market. Open Mon-Fri from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and Sat 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., fon +49 (0)385 76 100 80 or Further information: F map [c5] Wendorf F Castle / park Castle including garden estate built by Paul Korff in 1905. Today luxury hotel. Extensive castle estate (two hectares) designed along the lines of a typical Mecklenburg landscape design. With very old oak trees (600 years) and two lakes with water fowl (peacocks, swans). Park is surrounded by forest. Visit to beaver lodge possible. Park is open to the public, Admittance free of charge; opening times from May to October daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Guided tours on request under fon +49 (0)38486 336 60 (for individual tourists and for groups from 5-15 people). F entry p. 78; map [d5] Wesselstorf F Manor / park Manor estate with a history which reaches far back into the distant past. First recorded in 1232, first descriptions from 1460. Manor house with stylishly furnished holiday apartments. Originally a baroque park (ten hectares), designed in the style of an English landscape park since the 19th century. Partially reconstructed. With valuable historic trees, orchards with old varieties, a system of moat and a spectacular line of sight to the south.

Sites well worth seeing in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

The whole of the manor estate is a protected monument. The park is open all year round and open to the public. F map [f4] Wiek F Bohlendorf mansion One of the oldest manor estates on Rügen. First ever mentioned in writing in 1316. Manor house built as a plaster-finished structure in 1739. Adjacent to an originally baroque park designed in the English style in the 19th century. Parts of the original design still remain. Inviting, well maintained paths for walks. Special attraction: NABU-educational trail. Park is open to the public. Admittance free of charge. F ad p. 63; map [g2] Wiligrad F Castle / park

* Built in the neo-renaissance style from 1896-1898 for Johann Albrecht, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (18971901). A forest park (210 hectares), laid out by the Head Forester, Ahrens, from 1896 is part of the estate. Today, it is the youngest castle of the Mecklenburg dukes this is being managed by the state authority responsible for palaces and gardens and is being used by the State Office for Culture and Preservation of Historical Monuments, Society of friends of the Wiligrad Castle and the art society. The castle‘s society of friends arranges guided tours through the park, fon +49 (0)3867 611 10. The art society organises creative courses, guided tours, exhibitions and project days. Painting, graphics, sculptures and jewellery are all available in the art shop. Information under fon +49 (0)3867 88 01. F text p. 34, 38; photo p. 57; Route 6 p. 56; map [c5]

tion under fon +49 (0)38355 717 80. F photo p. 96; map [h4] Wredenhagen F Fortress First mention of the * castle »Novum-Castrum-Wenden« in 1284 as a seat of the Prince of Werle. Built on a man-made hill. Gatehouse, residential tower, manor house and sections of the wall still remain. Today houses a primary school. Castle rooms give an insight into the style of living from the distant past. During tours the lady of the castle tells stories and legends from the castle‘s 725 year history. Opening times: May-September Tues-Sun and on bank holidays from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., admission: visits children under 6 years of age free of charge, children from 6 years of age 0.50 euros, adults 1 euros; guided tours: children under 6 years of age free of charge, children from 6 years of age 1 euros, adults 2 euros. F map [f6] Wrodow F Castle / art estate Built in the English Tudor style in the middle of the 18th century. Extended and converted several times since then. It has been the home of the artist, Sylvester Antony since 1993. Tower apartments and und »Mystery

villa« may be rented for holiday stays. The former bull barn is an art gallery today and home to the collection of the Akademie Wrodow e.V. as well as to African masks and Antony‘s own works. Facade with quotes by Joseph Beuys. Castle park with sculptures by international artists. F map [g5] Wustrow / OT Drosedow F Castle / park Built in 1904 as a hunting lodge in the art nouveau style with 16 rooms. Nestled in 5 hectares of park with mature trees and fountains. Lies directly on the banks of Krummen Woklowsee where a cascade leads down to. The property has its own lake shore. Private events are possible on the castle‘s own banks, e.g. Easter or Whitsun. Park is not open to the public. Guided tours under: fon +49 (0)171 288 19 26 or +49 (0)39828 269 53 (for individual tourists and groups of 4-20 people). Admittance free of charge. Events by arrangement. F ad p. 66; map [f/g7] Zettemin (near Jürgenstorf) F Manor / park Brick building built for the von Maltzahn family in 1750. English landscape park designed by Peter Joseph Lenné dating from 1832,

with cavalier building. Valuable trees, fountain. Park restored and tidied up. F map [f5] Zinzow F Mansion / park Neo-baroque mansion. Built by Maximilian Count of Schwerin in 1909. Elaborately restored in keeping with the original. Stylish holiday apartments and rooms. Historic distillery from 1850. The manor‘s former outbuildings have been converted for cultural purposes and are also stables. The English landscape park with large pond stretches over 14 hectares up to the Landgrabental. Activities: coach trips, riding lessons, horse boarding. Events: spring and autumn markets, concerts and readings. Guided tours by appointment under fon +49 (0)39722 227 86. www. F map [h5] Zülow F Manor Classicist building not far from the Sternberg Lake. Built in 1871 by the architect, Martin Haller. Restored. Estate with stables. Reliefs by the Danish sculptor, Thorvaldsen, in the lobby. A hydropower station built in 1924 is still in operation on the former estate grounds. Holiday apartments. F ad p. 72; map [d5]

Wismar F Bürgerpark Beautiful park land* scape with animals and a variety of leisure time pursuits for the locals and for tourists. Flowers, sea and history meet here and continue to do so following the national garden show in 2002. F map [c4] Woldzegarten F Manor 200 hundred year old mansion with vaulted cellar on the banks of the Tangahn Lake. Restored. Today, a hotel and barn cultural. F ad p. 67; map [f6] Wrangelsburg F Castle / park estate


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Converted from 1652 by Caspar Vogel for Carl Gustav Wrangel into a baroque castle. Destroyed by war in 1677. Rebuilt around 1880. Valuable plants and trees. Experimental fields with such paper-making plants as reed, flax, corn, stinging nettles and rhubarb as well as mulberry trees. Paper production since 2002. Germany’s last wood-cut printing workshop in the palace since July 2004. Opening times: Mon-Thurs from 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.; Fri-Sun only by appointment. Paper- and felt-making courses. Informa-


Events in the castle

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glittering parties 4,000 people stream into the vast estate park of Prebberede with folding chairs and Prosecco for their picnic, lured by the Klassik Open Air concert. They make themselves comfortable with family and friends in front of the palace to first enjoy the young musicians and cabaret artists. In the evening, the stars then put on a festive concert that ends with Händel, a magnificent fireworks display and standing ovations. Court jesters, chaperones and courtiers come together at the festivals Sommertraum cabaret am alten Schloss Güstrow and Kleines Fest im großen Park Ludwigslust.

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it‘s show-time all year round. Between June and October, palaces, manor houses and castle grounds transform themselves into enchanting concert halls and breathtaking scenery. Whether you like the opera, festivals or cabaret - you‘ll definitely get your money‘s worth. The cultural programme in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is as colourful as the »Festival State« itself. For several years now, music festivals and theatre spectacles have been developing into a true marathon. The programmes here are so diverse that not only culture experts, but also »laymen« enjoy themselves to the fullest. Not least due to the extraordinary stages. Castles and palaces, manor houses and parks form enchanting backdrops.

At one of the most beautiful settings of historicism - between theatre, palace and gallery the Schweriner Schlossfestspiele promises a fireworks display of music, dance and colours. The Schlossgartenfestspiele Neustrelitz, Germany‘s biggest operetta festival, is received by its enthralled audience at least just as resplendently.

Photos: Silke Winkler (1) · Reinhard Sobiech (1)

At the Festspiele MV - Germany‘s third largest music festival - respected virtuosos and awardwinning talents extol their praises on classical music in over 100 concerts. Accompanied by

thundering applause, the Mecklenburg state orchestra goes on summer tour as MeckProms on tour. In their Open Air concerts, they conjure up musical titbits for the entire family from popular opera, concert and film melodies.

Schweriner Schlossfestspiele. The opulent productions in front of magnificent backdrops are known and celebrated far and wide.


At the start of the summer, people flock to the countryside. For the »Offene Gärten Mecklenburg-Vorpommern« campaign, over 100 kitchen gardens and flower gardens, palace parks and nurseries will open their gates in order to begin dialogues with interested visitors. Behind the scenes of otherwise closed walls, culture-lovers look to the Midsummer Remise. Exciting guided tours, lectures and music will be on offer. The golden season finds its climax on an intimate trip through places, manor houses, parks and gardens. Accompanied by classical melodies, autumn at the palaces enthrals with breathtaking light displays and fascinating stories of venerable estates. Latest dates and info at

Schlossgartenfestspiele Neustrelitz. The operetta performances delight the audience and provide a great source of fun.

Contact partners in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. Platz der Freundschaft 1 18059 Rostock fon +49 (0)381 40 30-500, fax -555

Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Schwerin e.V. Alexandrinenplatz 7 19288 Ludwigslust fon +49 (0)3874 66 69-22, fax -20

TOUR.BU Touristik & Buchung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Platz der Freundschaft 1 18059 Rostock fon +49 (0)381 40 30-770 fax +49 (0)381 40 30-755

Tourismusverband Fischland-Darß-Zingst e.V. Barther Str. 31 18314 Löbnitz fon +49 (0)38324 640-0, fax -34

Regionaler Fremdenverkehrsverband Vorpommern e.V. Fischstraße 11 17489 Greifswald fon +49 (0)1805 89 11 89 (0,14€/min)* fax +49 (0)1805 89 15 55 (0,14€/min)* Verband Mecklenburgische Ostseebäder e.V. Uferstraße 2 18211 Ostseebad Nienhagen fon +49 (0)38203 77 61-0, fax -20 Usedom Tourismus GmbH Waldstraße 1 17429 Seebad Bansin fon +49 (0)38378 47 71-0, fax -29

Tourismusverband Mecklenburgische Schweiz e.V. Am Bahnhof 4 17139 Malchin fon +49 (0)3994 29 97-80, fax -88 Tourismusverband Mecklenburgische Seenplatte e.V. Turnplatz 2 17207 Röbel/Müritz fon +49 (0)39931 538-0, fax -29 Tourismuszentrale Rügen GmbH Bahnhofstraße 15 18528 Bergen fon +49 (0)3838 80 77 80 fax +49 (0)3838 25 44 40 *(From German landlines, mobile phone network charges may vary)

Slumbering in castles, strolling through landscape parks or enjoying a meal in an inn - hardly any other German state combines history and holiday so harmoniously as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern does. You will find further tips for enjoying your stay in the beautiful North on the following internet websites.

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