About two hours drive to the east of Hamburg lies the old historical town of Schwerin, the bishopric and state government town of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The fairytale castle, built on an island in the Schwerin lake, houses the state parliament and a museum. After a visit to the museum an discovery tour to the orangery is recommended together with a walk in the park. The Gothic Cathedral, a brick-built basilica full of late medieval art treasures, is also worth while seeing.
South of Schwerin is the former hunting lodge Ludwigslust, which later became the residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The baroque lodge is surrounded by a beautiful park with lakes and impressive water fountains.