Schwerin is the capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and is coming into its own as state capital after decades of Eastern Bloc poverty. With an intriguing old town and ringed by lakes, Schwerin is a worthwhile destination all on its own. Add in the fairytale castle and this is a must see.
On the right you can see a chunk of the old palace. The rest of the structure is pure fairy-tale fantasy.
Palace, castle, church, modern parliament, park, and gardens. Schloss Schwerin is definitely amazing and a half.