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Accommodations Hotels

Hotel ‘Speicher am Ziegelsee’ in Schwerin

Hotel 'Speicher am Ziegelsee' in Schwerin, Germany

The ****Hotel Speicher am Ziegelsee is located inside a former granary dating back to 1939.  The edifice is situated next to a lake named Ziegelsee so guests can reach the hotel by boat. The sign HOTEL SPEICHER is actually the sign of the boat station.

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Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Schwerin

Manhole cover in Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin is the capital city (LANDESHAUPTSTADT) of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The manhole covers display the city arms in the style of 1991. The knight symbolizes Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe).

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Shops

Traditional shop ‘Das alte Handelshaus’ in Schwerin

Traditional shop 'Das alte Handelshaus' in Schwerin, Germany

The traditional shop generally known as ‘Das alte Handelshaus‘ (The old merchant house) is situated at the address Schmiedestraße 11. Today it houses a chain store of a tea merchant (Tee-Maass). Even though it is a tea shop you can buy a lot of different goods, e.g. a coffee named after a local ghost: Petermännchen Kaffee.

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Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Coat of arms of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

The federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was formed through the merger of the historic regions of Mecklenburg and Vorpommern after World War II. The both bull’s heads refer to Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the griffin is a symbol for Pomerania (Pommern), the eagle of Brandenburg refers to the Uckermark, which is divided between Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg today.

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Museums

State Museum Schwerin

Gallery of Old & New Masters in Schwerin, Germany

The Gallery of Old & New Masters (Galerie Alte & Neue Meister) in Schwerin is part of the State Museum Schwerin (Staatliches Museum Schwerin). The building designed by architect Hermann Willebrand was opened in 1882.

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Orangeries

Orangery of Schwerin Palace in Schwerin

Orangery of Schwerin Palace in Schwerin, GermanyThe orangery of Schwerin Palace (Schweriner Schloss) was built in 1853. In GDR times it was used as gym for a college of kindergarten teachers and hosted a technical museum. Today a restaurant has opened during the warm months.

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Staircases

Staircase of Schwerin Palace in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Staircase at Schwerin Palace in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GermanyLooking downstairs at Schwerin Palace (Schloss Schwerin). The palace houses a museum as well as the state diet (Landtag) of the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

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Myths

The Petermännchen in Schwerin

Petermännchen in Schwerin, GermanyThe Petermännchen (Little Peterman) is a good-natured household spirit who is said to live in the Schwerin Palace. He is rewarding those who are honest and good but punishs thieves and intruders. Today it is a sort of mascot and one can see him in many parts of the city life. There is even a coffee named after him: Petermännchen Kaffee.

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Coat of Arms Manhole Covers

Manhole cover in Kühlungsborn

Manhole cover in Kühlungsborn, Germany

The manhole covers in Kühlungsborn show the arms of the city. The coat of arms displays three silver seagulls in a blue field. The title Ostseebad refers to the fact, that Kühlungsborn is a seaside resort at the Baltic Sea (Ostsee).

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Locomotives

Molli spa railway in Mecklenburg

Steam locomotive 99 2321-0 (1932) in Mecklenburg, Germany

The Molli spa railway (Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn “Molli”) is a narrow-gauge steam-powered railway in Mecklenburg connecting several spas on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The locomotive depicted above was built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1932. It is a piece of the DRG Class 99.32.

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Accommodations Castles Hotels

Hohenzollern Castle in Heiligendamm

Hohenzollern Castle in Heiligendamm, Germany

Hohenzollern Castle (Burg Hohenzollern) was built in the 1840s. The idea was to create something romantic, the architect Georg Adolf Demmler (1804-1886) was influenced by Tudor castles he visited in England. Today the edifice is part of an ensemble run by the Grandhotel Heiligendamm.

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Youth hostel in Warnemünde

Youth hostel in Warnemünde, Germany

A fun way to stay in Warnemünde is this youth hostel located in the edifice of a former weather station. The equipment on top of the tower is still used for providing datas for weather forecasting.