The Haunted Castle of Schwerin
Who doesn’t like castle? Well, my mother does not really like castle, especially the haunted one. But castle is every little girl’s favorite place, where the king and queen and their princess lived. The little girl in me was very excited when me and my hubby visited the Schweriner Schloss. Schwerin is the capital of the German State Mecklenburg Vorpommen. It is 2 hours trip by train from Hamburg. Because we live further south in Bremen, we needed more time and only get there in the afternoon. We spent the afternoon by having lunch and taking a walk in the garden.
The outer facade of the castle is mostly brown and decorated with darker ornaments. This castle has a beautiful inner garden and spacious green outer garden. The inner garden is full of colorful flowers and statues. From there, one can see the vast Schwerin lake. The green orangery is transformed into restaurant nowadays. This castle is known to be haunted by a ghost named Petermänchen. There are a lot of version of the appearance of Petermännchen, but he is known to be the caretaker of the castle who has a lot of keys, walking from chamber to chamber at night opening doors as he pass by. Other story said he was seen in nobility dress from centuries ago. Other believed he was a some kind of guardian of the castle who drive away people who have bad intention to the castle.
Regardless of those stories, the castle is very well maintained. A lot of local newly wed couple come here to take their wedding picture in the garden. The combination of the castle, the garden and the lake is just perfect and romantic. Maybe that is why this castle is also known as the Neuschwantein of the North.