As the location of one of Northern Europe’s most important Renaissance castles, Güstrow is a must-see for travelers. The architectural style is a unique fusion of German (of course!), Italian and French styles. This eclectic mix makes this a true one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
The castle’s interior is an art lover’s dream: gorgeous stucco ceilings and an impressive collection of art from ancient, medieval and Renaissance periods. There are also exhibits of glass work, coins and old weapons.
Adding to this artistic beauty is the garden parterre, or flower arrangement. A stroll through this fragrant garden will treat you to lavender, assorted shrubbery and small ponds. Each year when the lavenders blossom, a festival is held.
This festival, the “Summer Dream in the Old Palace,” is held every July and is a lighthearted garden party. As the flowers bloom, entertain yourself by watching a juggler performance or take in some of the creative works of the local artists.
Güstrow has been home to many artists; the most famous is certainly the sculptor Ernst Barlach. He was a resident from 1910 until his death in 1938. His most famous work can be seen at the Güstrow Cathedral.
Following his harrowing experience in the First World War, Barlach created a sculpture known as Schwebende Engel or Floating Angel. The figure with its closed eyes and suspended over a wrought-iron gate, it signifies moving into the next life and was a memorial for war victims.
The Cathedral has other highlights as well. The building is massive brick structure, designed in the Gothic style. The tombs of Duke Ulrich III and his two wives can also be found here.
There is more in Güstrow than just art and architecture. Be sure to visit the 500-acre nature and environmental park. Come to observe owls and wolves in their natural habitat. There’s even an AquaTunnel that allows you to walk through the river valley, checking out the fish and marine life, without ever getting your feet wet. :-)