Castle Burg Schlitz

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Mittsommer Remise

The next Midsummer Remise – the festival of baltic manors – will take place on 20 and 21 June 2020
Once again in June, we invite you to the lovely cultural landscapes of Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania for a great outing. The cultural event “MittsommerRemise – the long night of the Nordic manor houses” and invites you to two days of excursions.
The summer country trip offers insights and conversations into the newly blossoming cultural heritage of the Eastern Elbe manor houses. Doors and gates are opened and interested guests from near and far are welcomed. The manor houses can be visited with a ticket (from 12/8 € VVK). Guided tours of the manor houses and parks, sound experiences or exhibitions are offered to the guests.
Tickets and information as well as download of the programme booklet: www.mittsommer-remise.de 
A romantic world full of stories, history and culture awaits you. Because at the MidsummerRemise you will get a glimpse behind the facades of our North German manor houses and mansions, which will open doors, gates, locks and bolts for you. Get to know lords and ladies of the manor, learn more about the winding paths of a history that is up to 300 years old. Stroll through parks and explore ruins or beautifully renovated houses. Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of a mild summer evening in front of the backdrop of this cultural beacon of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

 

Manorial landscape

Welcome to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – the state of castles, gardens and manor houses. For centuries Mecklenburg and also Pomerania was the “Land of Castles and Manor Houses”.

Since the knights “Heinrich des Löwens” crossed the Elbe in the 12th century and initiated the colonization of the East, large structures have been built here. And so it is the large estates with their manor houses and historic farm buildings, with their patronage churches and the magnificent landscape parks, which have shaped the image of the country for a long time.

Even today, the more than 1000 preserved manor houses bear witness to this past era. Over 300 of them have been restored in recent years and are now used for tourism. These manor houses and stately homes were the living centre of an agricultural estate and a manor village. These manor villages are situated in the middle of a wonderful natural landscape and are ideal for relaxing holidays and nature exploration as well as holidays with culture.

On the following pages you will find some of the most beautiful manor houses of our country, built in the most different styles, which have opened their doors for you as a guest.

 

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.

 

 

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History of manor culture

A tremendous density of manor houses


The countryside in eastern North Germany is very extensive, and the agriculture fields are larger then elsewhere. The area beyond the river Elbe is the land of the large agricultural manor estates, which is unique in Europe. After Heinrich The Lion and his battles against the Slavic tribes, a relatively down-to-earth form of Mecklenburg Pomeranian nobility was formed. It’s no coincidence then, that the same family names appear again and again amongst those who received grants of land from the Mecklenburg and Pomeranian Dukes: The Oertzen, Maltzahn, Bülow, Plessen, Hahn, Bassewitz, Blücher, Wedel and Puttkammer families thus became great landowners. After further increase in the land ownership of the nobles due to the 30´s Year War, by the end of the 18th century, the typical, large noble manor estate was established as the dominant feature of the Mecklenburg and Pomerania countryside. Classical farming villages were seldom and had been largely replaced by the manor estate villages. The manor house (Gutshaus, Herrenhaus) was the focal point of the village, the various farm buildings, the dwellings of the estate workers, the church – often a patronage church of the lord, and the typical landscape parks, often rambling over large areas. These building collectives embedded in the wide-ranging Mecklenburg Pomeranian countryside remain to this day the definitive characteristic of the region. The political and social orientation to the East-Elbish manorial structure changed over the course of history. One thing is clear, however, it worked very well for hundreds of years.

Explore the lively hinterland
Only at the time after 1945 and specially after 1990 the seemingly unstoppable decline of the historically fascinating manorials startet with the separation of the buildings from the land. It still isn’t too late to preserve a large part of this treasure, which offers enormous touristic potential for the region. Nowadays visitors may choose between 1.500 Manor Houses to visit. A few hundred of them are offering a touristic offer. Manor Houses are used as hotels, B&B, Eventlocations or as holiday apartments. Some of them are museums or cultural venues with exhibitions, art or concerts. Some of them offer a luxurious standard, most of them are down to earth and very country house like.

 

Culinary and cultural delights

You may look  forward to enjoy culinary delights in a manor house and to be spoilt  in a castle hotel. Regional, fresh products are processed into creative and delicious dishes. From rustic to refined. The manor houses listed here are recommended for a pleasurable holiday and have a restaurant with a high-quality menu.

 

Staying in a Manor House in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

You will find around 30 of the most beautiful private hotels and holiday accommodations in historic manor houses and castles. If you are looking for a perfect countryside-stay, the manor houses and castles offer a wide variety. With their variable history these former estates with their representative family-homes represent the cultural heritage of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Nowhere else in Europe is the density of the manorial estate and country castles larger than here in the land between the Elbe and Peene.

A large number of the 2000 historic manor houses are now used for tourism and look forward to being discovered by you, away from the tourist crowds. An estate, with its farm buildings, whose center forms the manor house offers an idyllic environment for a dignified holiday in a historic atmosphere. Refurbished and maintained estates are an important economic and social engine in rural areas, not only the ones used in touristic ways. Therefore, we as an association, are committed to save as many manor houses and historic country estates.

Welcome on our portal for lovely hotels in castles, manors and mansions

From the 5-star castle hotel to the apartment, the range of touristic concepts and offers is broad. So you are sure to find the right hotel in the castle or manor house for your vacation, for your wedding or for your group trip. Our houses are the ideal starting point for exploring nature between the Baltic Sea and Lake District in Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania. The lake landscape, endless alleys and nature reserves with an incomparable richness of species will charm you.

The estate villages, with their estates, farm buildings, parks and agricultural land, represent a unique cultural heritage in their uniqueness for the region. These houses tell stories and carry millions of moments in themselves. Uncovering and telling these stories is an important part of reviving these goods. Let yourself be captivated by exciting and lively history and enjoy your next vacation in a Gutshotel, in a mansion or in the castle hotel.

The Cultural Heritage Festival “MittsomerRemise – weekend of the Baltic Manor Houses” will take place next on 20st and 21st June 2020 with around 100 estates and a colorful cultural program.
We wish you a nice holiday!