About the club:
Our club started in January 2011. We have 28 members with a wide range of professions. About 50% of the members are retired. All members live in the city or around, mostly in own houses.
As a young club we prefer one international incoming and one international outgoing exchange (two for oversea). An additional incoming stop over exchange is possible.
About the region:
Schwerin is the capital of the federal state of Mecklenburg –Vorpommern. It is situated in the North of Germany close to the Baltic Sea between Hamburg and Berlin in a beautiful countryside surrounded by lakes and forests.
In the year 2010 Schwerin celebrated its 850 th Anniversary as a city. Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and one of the most powerful German princes of his time, founded the city in 1160. It gained importance mainly as the residence of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Much of the beautiful buildings and architecture still contributes to the beauty of Schwerin today! The main centre of its phenomenal architecture is the “Alter Garten” surrounded by old government buildings, the theatre, museum and the palace located on an island in Lake Schwerin.
Every year this place is also the setting of an open air festival in summer staging famous operas of the world.
Schwerin Palace is a beautiful example of mid 19 th Century architecture.
Looking at a town-map you see Schwerin’s speciality: Blue lakes dominate the town, water where ever you walk. Lake Schwerin with a surface of 63 km² and a length of 21 km is one of the biggest lakes in Germany.
About a typical exchange:
It needs two days to explore the most important points of interest of Schwerin – the old town, the palace and gardens around the palace, a part of the lake Schwerin by a boat tour or visits of an open-air museum such as an old traditional village, or a modern radio station, or .
On a third day we will visit the Hanseatic harbour town Wismar at the Baltic. Famous for its Hanseatic League city brick construction as well as the German brick churches, the town has been protected by UNESCO since 2002. Wismar 30 km north of Schwerin is easily reached by train.
A visit to other important places such as Hamburg, Lübeck or Bad Doberan Minster and Rostock can easily be organized.