Mecklenburg

Regional Overview

Baltic Lowlands

Mecklenburg was a land first colonized by the Saxons over the course of the 12th century. Even today, the region has a colonial feel, sparsely populated, and full of pastoral wetlands and small walled towns. It is home to some of the most underappreciated destinations in Germany, including the spectacular cityscape of Schwerin and numerous charming towns.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Palaces of Mecklenburg, in Both the Baroque and Historicist styles, rivaling those found in Bavaria.
  • The Hanseatic Brick Gothic was a style initially taken directly from France, then rejected and transformed into a regionally distinct style.
  • The Renaissance styles in the Baltic came largely from Flanders and Antwerp, and by comparison, slowly evolved into a unique style.

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Justin Bunch | CityscapeTravel

What is Mecklenburg?

Mecklenburg covers the lowland plains between the Elbe and the Baltic and is more of a political construct than a geographic one. Squished between Brandenburg and Pommerania, the region was only settled towards the end of the Middle Ages and was thus spared much of the chaos in the Holy Roman Empire during this period. Rather uniquely for central Europe, the borders of Mecklenburg have remained largely unchanged since the 14th century (with a brief Swedish interlude).

The borders correspond to the territory called the Duchy of Mecklenburg, a state which has existed in various forms since the 12th century. The region was split up through inheritance and reunited likewise several times over the course of its history.

When traveling through Mecklenburg, take the time to explore its cities and cultural landscapes. The towns of Schwerin and Güstrow are top-tier destinations, especially by German standards. It was also largely spared destruction in the war, with only the city of Rostock reduced to ash. Mecklenburg also offers a distinctive cultural flair, with its own dialect and rural landscapes, untouched by German industrialization.

My Subjective Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

6.6 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 5
  • Transportation: 7
  • Volume/Capacity: 8
  • Infrastructure: 5
  • Interactivity: 8

9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Context: 7
  • Monuments: 10
  • Quality: 10

9 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Abstraction: 10
  • Tradition: 8

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Baltic

The power of the Hansa can be seen across Northern Europe, but today it is most visible in the brick cityscapes of Lübeck, Wismar and Stralsund.

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