I love living in Berlin – it is a quirky place, ever-changing, rough but lovable. However, I also love being on the go and discovering new city- and landscapes. Last weekend I decided to visit a quite remote location: Schwerin, the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. With barely 100,000 inhabitants it is not one of the big well-known German cities but it truly is one city worth to be seen.
Starting from Berlin central station it takes 2.5 hours to get to this pittoresque city – which I think is an okayish traveling time. Once I got there I met with Jana, who joined me for the weekend trip. It was a quite spontaneous decision but we still managed to get a decent hotel offer at the NH Hotel Schwerin. Although it is located a bit further out from the city center I definitely can recommend a stay. The rooms are well-equipped and the boxspring beds are just awesome! But enough of our accommodation.
When you are in Schwerin there are five activities I can highly recommend:
1) Take a stroll through the historic district
2) Go see the beautiful Schwerin Palace – which nowadays serves as the state parliament
3) Discover the beauty of the Castle Gardens
4) Explore Ziegelsee (one of the lakes around Schwerin) via paddle boat
5) Eat out in one of the really good local restaurants
The historic district is really beautiful with one of my personal highlights being the ‘climb’ up the church tower. But be aware that the church bells will toll every 15 minutes. We were ‘lucky’ enough to stand right next to them when they started to toll. Besides the loud welcome at (almost) the top of the tower the view from above is absolutely stunning. The narrow path at the top allows you to get a 360 degree impression of Schwerin. You can also see the beautiful castle surrounded by water from here.
Parts of the castle, which also is home to the state parliament, can be visited by the public. Since time was limited and the sun was shining bright we decided to skip a visit to the castle or take a guided tour and went for an extended stroll around the castle and the neighbouring castle gardens instead.
Another outdoorsy fun activity was going on a paddle boat on Ziegelsee. Unfortunately we did not bring any swimwear since the weather was not supposed to be that great; otherwise we sure would be out for a swim as well. The water was just perfect – clear and not cold at all.
Activity- and sightseeing-wise I really enjoyed the city. Being on the go as a vegan I was not completely sure if I would enjoy the city food-wise as well. Turns out my concerns were completely redundant! In particular I can recommend three fine restaurants – that are not all vegan restaurants – but sure offer some tasty vegan options:
Kartoffelhaus Nr. 1,
The restaurant is located close to the city’s marketplace. If you are lucky enough you will get one of the few seats outside the restaurant. If you prefer sitting inside it will not be a disappointment either. I especially enjoyed the country style furnishings on the second floor. As already mentioned it is not an all vegan location but they do feature some vegetarian options on the menu which can be veganized easily. Or you could take the “Sugo” which already is vegan. “Sugo” is a dish that features a savoury tomato sauce with soy flakes in corn crackers topped of with some fresh salad. Thumbs up for this delicious meal.
Hans & John’s,
If you fancy vegan burgers you should pay a visit to this modern furnished Diner-style burger deli. Again the menu is not entirely vegan but there are some options to choose from. As for me I ordered a Power Burger and you sure need some power and appetite to eat up the whole meal. The vegetable patty was massive, actually one of the biggest I ever had on a regular burger and it was topped with guacamole, avocado slices, olives, jalapeños and vegan cheese. Absolutely yummy!
We came across this Pakistani restaurant by pure chance. It is located diagonally across from the church in a quite remote spot of the city center. Again it is not a vegan restaurant but if you kindly ask they will veganize all the vegetarian options that are featured on the menu (only exception if cheese is the main ingredient). I decided for a curry-like dish with chickpea balls, basmati rice and a coconutty mango sauce. Even without butter and cream a great meal!
Time flew by quite fast and suddenly it was Sunday and we had to go back to our homes. I am sure there are tons of other activities to do and sights to see around Schwerin so I make sure to come back sooner or later.