The city of Schwerin; Northeast Germany is pressed on every side by a multitude of lakes and is the capital of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state. The city of Schwerin is oldest city in Germany where the romantic fairy tale fortress excites. This romantic fairy tale fortress; one of the loveliest in Germany, where all is beauty and elegance and its many towers, domes and wings, is reflected in the waters of Lake Schwerin -The jewel of Lake Schwerin. Set in a romantic picturesque location on a small island that is connected to the continental part of Germany via two bridges on the city’s main lake; Schwerin Lake. Schwerin Castle (The jewel of Lake Schwerin) is one of Europe’s beautiful and most foremost examples of historicist architecture of Romantic Historicism.
As we all know; Germany is well known with its fairy tale castles Schwerin Castle is one of those it has been compared to the world famous castle The Swan King’s Castles: Neuschwanstein of Mad King Ludwig. Surely, there can be no higher honor for a German castle than that! But the Castle is also famous for another reason… Legends yes many of them but the most popular is…. Legends say that Schwerin Castle is haunted by a pint-sized ghost named Peter or as he’s called in German Petermännchen. Petermännchen is a friendly night spirit who was allegedly a goblin which worked as a blacksmith in one of the many tunnels dressed in 17th century clothes and carries on his “person” many sets of keys. This ghost wanders through the underground tunnels that connected the castle with nearby Petersberg,( a local hill close to the town of Pinnow.), unlocking doors, haunting the vaults and cellars of the castle and protecting it against any intruders in its own magical way.
For centuries it was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin and today it serves the purpose of state parliament. First reports of a castle on the location for many strategic advantages inside Schwerin were made in 973 for the original Slav stronghold that has later been destroyed. It was not before the 16th century when the construction finally took place and was completed in 1857. Additional fortifications, bastions and transformations took place which is still standing today. After all the following centuries and after the thirty year war the castle still stays in its glory today. Schwerin Castle, Germany is like a fairy tale castles put it on your list it worth a visit. You can also get inspired with other castles located in Germany using some of our past articles The Truly Fairy Tale Castle Hohenschwangau – One of the Magnificent Castles of King Ludwig Germany and The Swan King’s Castles: Neuschwanstein to help get you started planning your net family holiday.