The Gothic brick town of Güstrow is most well-known for its spectacular Renaissance castle, which is open daily and sees a steady stream of visitors all year round. However, there is more to this quaint city than just this castle – Güstrow boasts some of the most famous works of expressionist sculptor Ernst Barlach, who lived here for 28 years.
Inside the city’s beautiful Gothic cathedral, built between 1226 and 1335, is Barlach’s Schwebende Engel (Hovering Angel), created in 1926 to honor the victims of the first World War. Visitors can also check out many of Barlach’s works at his Atelierhaus (studio), which exhibits a great collection of his pieces.
There are plenty of options for accommodations here, including some beautiful hotels and hostels in the community’s popular old town and bed and breakfasts located on the outskirts of the city – offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. With five lakes located in the vicinity of Güstrow, there is no shortage of stunning scenery.
From your hostel or hotel in Güstrow, venture down the streets to admire the brick architecture that lines the lanes – showing off some impressive Renaissance style. The townhall is an especially popular attraction, originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in around 1800, located at Güstrow’s central market square.
In addition to the many lakes found here, tourists can head from their hostel or hotel to visit the Natur-und Umweltpark Güstrow to see some of the native flora and fauna, and to participate in some outdoor recreation activities. Hiking, cycling, swimming, and windsurfing are some of the more popular options for visitors in Güstrow – and its surrounding lakes.
To get to Güstrow, tourists will have to find a bus or taxi from the airport, but there are city buses running throughout Güstrow to take visitors to see some of the many attractions here. Car rentals are another option for travelers in the area.
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