Schwaan, Totally Swell Up In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Here we go again, do I mention just the individual town of Schwaan — or do I go through each of its independent villages about the Collective Municipality of Schwaan, located in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania? Hmm…

To heck with it, I’m going for the gusto — Collective Municipality it is. Why? Simple, ’cause how else will you know about the Bronze Age graves found in the town of Bröbberow? And nowhere else but Kassow will you see a granite “memorial stone” in honor of Burg Werle, once a castle from the 7th (yeah, that’s the 600s) century.

I’m fully aware Schwaan’s Jewish community doesn’t date back that far, only to the 1770s — and you’ll find a stele marking the site of Schwaan’s former Jewish cemetery. Another place of religious worship to see is the Church of St. Paul. From its 19th century renovations you might not realize the church is almost 700 years old.

Your church visits don’t have to end here. I just loved the Dorfkirche (Village Church) from the 1300s. Maybe it’s the squat tower I loved so much. It’s quite different from the brick Dorfkirche found in Vorbeck — another church from the 13th century, BTW.

OK, your church visits can end here — only because you’ll need time to visit the outdoor museum on Slavic history in nearby Groß Raden. Life was rough in the 9th and 10th centuries, but at least you can experience it with all the wonderful conveniences of the modern age. ;-)

If you really like being outdoors here in northern Germany, then find the hiking trail behind the Wassermühle (Water Mill), which winds around the meandering Warnow River.

That’s in addition to the five cycling routes around town — which aren’t too arduous, as they range only from 13 to 24 kilometers. Don’t balk, the smell of the nearby Baltic Sea does wonders for relieving stress.

Another one of Schwaan’s calming places to visit would be the Art Museum, filled with works from four local artists. The Franz Bunke House is the former home of one of these artist — and you’ll find plenty of info about the local Artist Colony at the Kunstmühle. Oh, it’s easy enough to find, it’s located at Mühlenstraße 12.

See… it doesn’t matter if it’s just Schwaan, or the “bigger” Schwaan. It’s just wonderful to be here. ;-)

 

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