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Bird's eye view of Greifswald
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has some wonderful examples of brick Gothic architecture. The cathedrals in the Hanseatic towns of Rostock, Wismar, Stralsund and Greifswald are particularly striking red-brick constructions. The medieval buildings in Wismar and Stralsund are now UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. Schwerin's fairytale castle is the regional capital's pride and joy and the seat of the regional parliament.

Known as the "Neuschwanstein of the North", the castle in Schwerin is built on an island in Lake Schwerin. An ancestral portrait gallery, palatial rooms and the orangery provide the setting for the seat of government in the palace. You'll find entertainment here all year round with events such as the Schwerin Summer of Culture, the film festival, the dragon boat festival on Pfaffenteich lake and a range of prestigious exhibitions and concerts.

Rostock was always the region's most important town, but it was never the state capital. Everywhere you go, you'll see reminders of the Hanseatic town's 800-year-old history: rows of tightly packed gabled houses, the Holy Cross Abbey housing the Cultural History Museum, old warehouses, the Maritime Museum and the market square with its seven-turreted town hall with a baroque facade.

Neubrandenburg and its enclosed town centre offer quite a few unexpected surprises too, with architecture from the Middle Ages through to GDR times as well as a remarkable spectrum of theatre, dance, music, galleries, cinema and media art.

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Highlights in brief

  • Schwerin
    State capital, cathedral, castle
  • Neubrandenburg
    Town with four gateways
  • Stralsund
    UNESCO world heritage site
  • Greifswald
    Brick Gothic architecture, Baroque
  • Nature Reserves
    Island of Usedom, Feldberg Lakes, Nossentin/Schwinz Heathland, Mecklenburg's Elbe Valley, Mecklenburg's "Switzerland" and Lake Kummerow
  • Rostock and Wismar
    Hanseatic towns, zoo, UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Müritz
    Germany's largest lake after Lake Constance
  • Ribnitz-Damgarten
    Amber town
  • Woldegk
    Windmill town
  • Güstrow
    Home of the artist Ernst Barlach