Schwerin, the city of seven lakes and forests

6 May 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture Reading Time:  7 minutes

Schwerin Castle - Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern © Kolossos

Schwerin Castle – Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern © Kolossos

Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The population, as of end of 2007, was 96,000. Schwerin is surrounded by many picturesque lakes. The largest of these lakes, the Schweriner See, has an area of 60 km². In the midst of these lakes there was once an Obotrite settlement (dated back to the 11th century). The area was called Zuarin, and the name Schwerin is derived from that designation. In 1160, Henry the Lion defeated the Obotrites and captured Schwerin. The town was subsequently expanded into a powerful regional centre. A castle was built, and expanded upon over the centuries, on this site. It is supposedly haunted by the small, impious ghost, called Petermännchen.   read more…

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