Parks and gardens
The flood of the ducal castles and manor houses also resulted in an equally large number of manor parks and palace gardens. The skilful integration of the landscape, especially by garden architects such as Peter Josef Lenné, resulted in parks and gardens of astonishing size and variety. A dream for garden lovers. A large number of them have been restored. However, the overgrown estate parks, often only recognisable by their giant trees and exotic solitary trees, are also worth a journey of discovery through the country. The park of Kaarz Castle near Schwerin was created in 1873 according to the plans of C. Ansorge on 70,000 m². In addition to some 500 year old oaks, exotic sequoias, Douglas firs and cypresses can be found here. While walking, guests discover an idyllic pond and an ancient orchard. In the front part of the park is the Bülow’s Chapel, in the back the impressive mausoleum.
The Güstrow Palace Garden was laid out at the same time as the construction of the Renaissance palace by Duke Ulrich zu Mecklenburg as a large pleasure garden parterre with arcades, pleasure houses, water features and fragrant plants. The 200-hectare Lennépark in Basedow is considered one of the most important works of the German landscape architect.
None other than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once took a stroll in the 180-hectare landscape park of Schlitz Castle. The extensive grounds with wide avenues, old and partly rare trees, hidden ponds, 36 monuments in the form of obelisks, grottos and columns and the many idyllic squares invite you to dream and discover. Particularly famous is the Nymph Fountain, which was originally designed by Walter Schott in 1903 for the Wertheim department store in Berlin and shows three life-size bronze girls dancing on the fountain.
Bothmer Castle and Park are impressively embedded in the landscape of the Klützer Winkel. The estate is situated on a 7 ha island, surrounded by a closed moat according to the Dutch model. After several years of renovation it is now accessible as a museum.
You can find out more about the history and architecture of the manors and manor houses of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the website www.schloesser-gaerten-mv.de
The garden route MV
The Garden Route brings together over 50 public and tourist gardens and parks throughout the cultural heritage area of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Discover known and unknown treasures and gather astonishingly diverse impressions: You will find the lavishly restored palace garden as well as the herb garden, the fragrant rose garden, as well as the lush farmer’s garden or artistic garden installations and impressive landscape parks around the rural estates.
Numerous gardens are part of the agricultural tradition of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or are laid out as spacious castle and estate parks. The gardens are not only beautiful to look at, they also reflect horticultural and historical traditions in an individual way. They often belong to the ensemble of historical manor houses and castles and can be experienced as unique cultural assets. In many places, garden tours are offered which clearly explain the design, natural and cultural heritage.
Round trip along the garden route with 4 or 6 overnight stays in the manor and castle hotels to be booked through our tour operator.