Welcome to Schwerin, the city surrounded by 7 lakes, the smallest land capital of Germany. Under 100 000 inhabitants this town holds history from the 10th century. Schwerin has existed since at least 1018 and was recognized as a city in 1160. It is known for its romantic Schwerin Palace, crowning an island in Lake Schwerin. The city also has a largely intact old town, suffering only minor damage during World War II. In this tour you will discover the highlights of the area Schwerin, walk its beautiful streets and learn more about its history by visiting the impressive Schwerin Castle.
The tour begins at the marina in Warnemuende with a meeting with a guide with whom you will reach the train station and take the train to Rostock. Upon arrival, you will take the train to Schwerin, where you will have an acquaintance with the city (about 1 hour), visit Schwerin Castle (with a guide and yourself - about 2 hours) and lunch at a local cafe (included - about 1 hour).From Schwerin you will take a train to Rostock, where you will get a city tour and visit St. Mary's Church. And there will also be one free hour for walking and shopping.At the end of the tour, you will return by train back to Warnemuende.
Although one would hardly expect Ancient Egyptian objects in the very north of Germany, enthusiasts have acquired relevant pieces or brought them from journeys to the Nile Valley. Admittedly, research in collections in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern did not reveal any spectacular aegyptiaca, but thrilling stories of travelling and travellers in Egypt. From written documents and souvenirs, the reader learns about state visits of the high nobility, caravan journeys of natural scientists, and first organised Nile cruises of interested townspeople and tradesmen. Since the 17th century, mainly [parts of] mummies are attested in Northern Germany, some of which are lost today, but can be inferred from archive material. Examples are pieces in the Kunstkammer Gottorf, mummies in St. Annenmuseum Lübeck and Provinzialmuseum Stralsund, sphinges from Schlieffenberg Castle near Güstrow, crocodile mummies from Maabdeh, travel documents of grand duke Frederic Francis II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as well as finds passed on by the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft to the universities of Rostock and Greifswald and to museums in Lübeck, Stralsund, and Haderslev.
In the art scene of Schwerin their names were as well known as the State Theater, the museum or the castle of that city - Helga Kaffke, painter, Gabriele Berthel, author. That was during the last quarter of the past century. In the cultural news of the current capital of the county their names can't be found. Both artists haven't lived in Germany for more than twenty years.First they looked for the centre of their lives in France - and then found it - since the millennium - on the North-West coast of Ireland, in Mayo. They settled there, got married, worked."May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back." This old Irish blessing didn't always keep its promise: the wind was often a gale and shook "the old house that rose out of the rocks". The two artists counteracted this with their passion: for life, for painting, for literature. They had their talents and a backpack full of knowledge and experience, gathered at the colleges in Leipzig - tied forever to their country of birth, from which they had become estranged.The painter Helga Kaffke died in the winter of 2017. Since her death her spouse Gabriele Berthel shares her life with thousands of pages.Watercolours, colour on paper, portraits of landscapes, people and animals, in Kaffke-style. Kaffke-style is a mark of quality. Nobody painted watercolours like her: falling lines, sloping verticals, seemingly so chaotic, one already imagines the fall of Carthage - and yet somewhere a glimpse of sky remains. Magnificent. Gabriele Berthel paints with words, equally magnificent and emotional until it hurts. She paints in prose and poetry, mixes fairytale and reality, and covers earthly realism with melancholy.Thus a book is created, in a remote place of the world where in comparison to sky and sea a person appears to be a dwarf. A book about love and life and the strength to endure it, for every place in world."In this place her life was always blowing in the wind -jacket like trousers between two brittle poles.And she keeps still, facing the earth - she knows it well -it was her life worth."Helga Kaffke. Gabriele Berthel. For a long time their names had vanished from the cultural news. This is about to change.In Schwerin and other places.