The historical heart of Schwerin is on an idyllic island in the middle of Lake Schwerin, which already had an important Slavic settlement in the 10th century. The majestic palace that stands there today, surrounded by water and enchanting gardens, reflects the eventful history of the old ducal residence. Its golden towers dominate the historic cityscape together with the cathedral, the baroque Schelf Church and the neo-gothic St. Paul’s Church.
The old town is characterised by its magnificent classicist buildings and impressive half-timbered houses. On the Alter Garten square you will find the State Museum with its outstanding medieval collections and the theatre. The tower of the mighty brick cathedral offers a fantastic view over the large expanse of water of Lake Schwerin set in a charming landscape.