Neustadt-Glewe is dominated by its Alte Burg, or Old Castle — which is its landmark, BTW.
This is one formidable building, and it’s easy to feel really short standing next to its 28-meter high tower. It’s been said that the Alte Burg is the oldest of its kind in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania — built in the 13th century. Today it acts as Neustadt-Glewe’s Local History Museum, whereas during the Soviet occupied days it was a hostel.
And there’s no way you can confuse this medieval castle with the Baroque one (built 1720), called the Neue Schloss that’s got 32 fireplaces in it. You can stay here if you like, since it’s now a hotel. Even if you don’t spend the night — you’re still more than welcome to see its stucco ceilings.
Eighty-five years after the New Castle was built, the town built its current Rathaus (Town Hall). I think you’ll like its half-timbered construction and clock tower.
Yes, I almost left out another castle. Sorry, it’s a half-timbered “hunting lodge.” I mean, was a hunting lodge ’cause the Jagdschloss Friedrichsmoor is now a restaurant.
One more building (I swear) and then it’s gonna be all about the nature side of town. Better yet, back up into the surrounding countryside to appreciate the full frontal view of the Church Blievenstorf. If you’re standing right in front of it, there’s no way to appreciate the symmetrical lines of its front tower and entryway.
OK, time to head off to the Lewitz Nature Area, or ride a bike along the Mecklenburg Lakes Bike Path. Speaking of lakes, swimming’s a good idea at the Neustädter See that’s got camping facilities too.
Before leaving Neustadt-Glewe, I gotta tell you about its awesome Airbeat One. No, it’s not a place — it’s one of the biggest dancing festivals in North Germany. And I know there are a lot of you (us) out there that love the medieval — so you’ll wanna be here in June for the Medieval Festival (called Burgfest). Come December, the castle turns into a “real” fairytale one.
Ahh, would make the Brothers Grimm mighty proud. Actually, everyone from Neustadt-Glewe should be proud — they’ve got a wonderful place to see.! :-)