A museum in the castle
The Schwerin Castle, set in a romantic location on an island in Lake Schwerin, is one of the most important buildings of the Historism period in Europe. The castle was given the design as we know it today during the last major renovation in the 19th century, which included the four buildings dating from the 15th to 17th centuries. The castle museum has been established on three floors of these older buildings located on the lakeside. Today, art dating from the 18th and 19th centuries is presented in the rooms on the second floor, which once housed the living quarters and reception rooms of the grand duchess. This exhibition offers examples of interior decorating as well as artwork and craftsmanship during the age of Historism. The living quarters and rooms for representative purposes of the grand duke were on the banquet floor. Among other things found here are the throne room, as the most important banquet hall of the castle, and the gallery of ancestral portraits containing a complete collection of paintings of all the grand dukes that governed in the Meckenburg dynasty from the 14th to the 18th centuries. In the former rooms for the royal children, the State Museum of Schwerin exhibits a selection of the castle’s extraordinarily beautiful porcelain collection, featuring particularly fine, high-quality pieces. The Renaissance chapel, built in the 16th century as the first Protestant church in Mecklenburg, is an architectural jewel of the castle complex. The castle garden was designed in the style of an English landscape garden. With its rare woody plants and the terrace-shaped arrangement ranging from the orangery and grotto to the lawn and view of the largest lake in Mecklenburg, Lake Schwerin, the garden entices visitors to take a walk. In the Baroque garden, designed by Legeay, 14 sculptures from Permoser’s studio frame the two arms of the canal (source: www.schloss-schwerin.de)
“Restover” glass for restoration, which is made to resemble historic window glass, sets aesthetic accents in the orangery.