The hectic pace of life in western Germany is not to be seen here in Schwerin, which was under the Soviet thumb for two generations. For a number of years I have wanted to visit Schwerin because it was reputed to be one of the jewels of the Hanseatic League, along with Lübeck, Hamburg, Ghent and several other cities.

Aerial view - courtesy of Wikipedia

Aerial view – courtesy of Wikipedia

 

It was not touched by Allied bombing raids and was spared from Soviet reconstruction as well. I expected to see a splendid small city filled with beautiful red brick Gothic buildings in a lakeside setting. We got the lakes alright, but hardly a brick building was to be seen except for a few churches. Instead, we found a wonderfully preserved and vibrant ducal town of white stucco work, mostly from 200-300 years ago. And lots of half timbered houses as well. The whole scene is so different and easy on the eyes we would like to stay much longer than two nights. 

 

Nonetheless, weather has cooperated and we have spent almost all our time wandering the narrow lanes, and along the water’s edge.

 

Our pension is located in the heart of the old town and is almost being crushed by a seriously leaning half-timbered neighbor. 

Our pension is on the right

Our pension is on the right

 

 

 

Our tall ceilinged rooms are generous and include a full kitchen. Here’s a look around.

Large corner suite

Large corner suite

Suzi and Eva try to catch up with emails in the kitchen

Suzi and Eva try to catch up with emails in the kitchen

View across the street

View across the street

View down our street to the cathedral

View down our street to the cathedral

Pegs, not nails, hold half-timbered houses together - for centuries

Pegs, not nails, hold half-timbered houses together – for centuries

The castle is particularly notable, especially at night, set as it is all but on an island in a lake, the city to one side. We walked down to it after a late dinner.

Dinner suds

Dinner suds

My low carb dinner selection

My low carb dinner selection

The ducal castle

The ducal castle

Late, lingering sunset seen from the castle

Late, lingering sunset seen from the castle

Next morning we wander around town, aimlessly.

A view of the old town, where we are staying

A view of the old town, where we are staying

Lakeside view

Lakeside view

Water flows out top of umbrella and spills like rain

Water flows out top of umbrella and spills like rain

How varied the paving

How varied the paving

Roses tucked in between sidewalk and house

Roses tucked in between sidewalk and house

Location of former pig market

Location of former pig market

Artistic door handle

Artistic door handle

Another handle

Another handle

Modern storefront

Modern storefront

A place to linger over coffee, or a cig

A place to linger over coffee, or a cig

No pooping on the cathedral grounds

No pooping on the cathedral grounds

Time for reflection

Time for reflection

More pavement art

More pavement art

A newer part of town

A newer part of town

Nice sentiment of some sort

Nice sentiment of some sort

The former goat market plaza. Suzi does her best.

The former goat market plaza. Suzi does her best.

Street scene

Street scene

A fine stairwell

A fine stairwell

Not everything has been restored yet

Not everything has been restored yet

Fine window treatment

Fine window treatment

A bit of brickwork

A bit of brickwork

Decorative balcony

Decorative balcony

We finally had to think of leaving this lovely town. We pulled our luggage along the cobbled streets and by the lakeside, had our last lunch at a Balkan cafe and left on the 2 o’clock train for Berlin and our last days of vacation.

So many lake views

So many lake views

So tasty

So tasty

Garden in front of the train station with our pink restaurant behind

Garden in front of the train station with our pink restaurant behind

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