Northern Germany

Schwerin's vividly orange arsenal dates from 1840 – its facade is these days more impressive than threatening.

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Nearby Northern Germany attractions

1. Schwerin Dom

0.18 MILES

Above the Markt, the soaring Gothic Dom is a superb example of north German red-brick architecture. You can climb up to the viewing platform of its 19th…

2. Pfaffenteich

0.18 MILES

Schwerin's central lake was created by a dam in the 12th century. Through the centuries it was surrounded by some of the city's most elegant buildings. At…

3. Half-Timbered House


A walk southwest of the Rathaus to the appropriately named Engestrasse (Narrow Street) brings you past a lovely example of the city’s earliest half…

4. Rathaus

0.24 MILES

The bustling Markt is home to the Rathaus. It's quite a sober affair, something that the castle-like crenellations do little to alter.

5. Schleswig-Holstein-Haus

0.27 MILES

The restored 1737 Schleswig-Holstein-Haus contains a gallery that features changing contemporary art exhibitions.

6. Schelfkirche


Just north of the Schelfstadt is the early-18th-century baroque Schelfkirche. It's not usually open to the public, except for services.

7. Galerie Alte & Neue Meister

0.44 MILES

Revel in the Flemish masterpieces collected by the Mecklenburg dukes during the 17th and 18th centuries at this impressive museum with wide-ranging…

8. Schloss & Gardens

0.55 MILES

Gothic and Renaissance turrets, Slavic onion domes, Ottoman features and terracotta Hanseatic step gables are among the mishmash of architectural styles…