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A modern cultural environment with tradition

Culture develops at the nexus of free space, play and sources of inspiration. The cultural environment in the North of Germany is rich in many facets: world-class museums, fascinating stage productions, young art projects, historical brick Gothic, well-kept parks and gardens, painstakingly restored manors and chateaus, but also many ruins, witnesses of the living past, create an exciting interplay between tradition and the modern.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele (Images: Geert Maciejewski / / Thomas Grundner)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern goes on stage

Be it music, dance, theatre or film, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has unique venues, especially in summer. During the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele – one of the three biggest musical events in Germany in terms of their size -  German and international artists offer the finest in classical music enjoyment throughout the entire Land. Stately homes, magnificent palace grounds, brick cathedrals, farmers’ barns and also “unheard-of places” such as industrial warehouses, factories or science locations all act as venues. Completely different sounds attract around 50,000 visitors each year to the Fusion Festival for alternative directions in art and music. And anyone who likes to really get down attends the Immergut Festival in Neustrelitz with its Indie Rock sounds.

In the unique backdrop of the natural stage in Ralswiek on Rügen the most successful openair theatre in Germany takes place. In addition to hundreds of players, 30 horses and four historical ships turn the Störtebecker-Festspiele into an extraordinary festival experience. The Castle Festival stages famous classical operas every summer in the midst of the impressive scenery of Schwerin’s Residence Ensemble. The individually designed scenery, which always reveals a glimpse of the magical castle, is also a sensation.

"filmkunstfest MV" present cinema highlights in the Land capital and beyond and offers more than cinema at the most beautiful sites in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

State Museum in Schwerin (Images: Museum Schwerin)

Muses and museums in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Famous well beyond the borders of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the large collection of Dutch Masters of the State Museum in Schwerin, amongst them Brueghel, Rubens and Rembrandt. A special highlight is the largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamps in Germany. Art after 1945 has found a permanent home in the new building, opened in 2016. The collection of the works of the artist Günther Uecker, born in Mecklenburg, is quite spectacular.

The Pommersches Landesmuseum in Greifswald attracts visitors with its works of the city`s most famous son, the Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich and also world-famous paintings by Phillipp Otto Runge, Franz Hals and others. Ahrenshoop Art Museum’s collection includes works by the founding generation of the Ahrenshoop artists’ colony and Modernist works. The Kunsthalle Rostock in contrast displays contemporary art. Opened in 1969 it is the first and only new building of an art museum in the former GDR.

The nature of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has not only always been a place of refuge and inspiration for painters, but for authors as well. This can be shown in a particularly impressive manner in the houses of Uwe Johnson in Klützer Winkel, of Hans Fallada in Carwitz or of Gerhard Hauptmann on Hiddensee. Turned into museums the exhibitions provide a lively impression of the lives of these artists.

(Image: Otto-Lilienthal-Museum Anklam)

Enjoy exciting natural history and technological exhibitions

Not only does the area between the Baltic and Lake District feature attractive museums for art and culture, but also for nature, history and technology.The two experience museums Ozeaneum in Stralsund and Müritzeum in Waren/Müritz offer a more profound look into the world of indigenous animals. Whale models on a scale of 1 to 1 fascinate visitors to the "Ozeaneum", for instance, while Germany's largest aquarium for indigenous freshwater fish, "Müritzeum", captivates guests young and old.

Since the phanTECHNIKUM in Wismar and the Darwineum in Rostock opened to the public, there are two more exciting exhibitions to visit. The phanTECHNIKUM is located in a former barracks built in the 1930s, and demonstrates the evolution of technology with different models and exhibits. In the Darwineum in the Rostock Zoo, visitors can embark on a spectacular journey through time, spanning 500 million years of evolutionary history and 20,000m2 of exhibition space.

Schwerin Castle

Castles, gardens and mansions

There are more than 2000 castles and mansions in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with picturesque gardens and parks that are perfect for anyone seeking some rest and relaxation. The numerous parish, kitchen and cottage gardens and castle grounds are characterised by their variety and unique charm.

The histories of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s many castles and manor houses are as interesting as their melodious names. Schloss Mirow is the birthplace of Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who later became the queen of England and Ireland. At a short distance, lies Schloss Hohenzieritz, which had the first English landscape park in Germany. It is here that Queen Louise of Prussia was born and where she also spent her last days.

Strolling, marvelling, relaxing: these three activities can be combined in the extensive gardens and parks of the region. The largest park by surface area surrounds the Baroque palace of Ludwigslust. With its fountains, garden architecture and dendrological specialities, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful parks in northern Germany. The intersecting canal acts as a symmetry axis for the palace garden in Schwerin. Schwerin’s lake and palace, with which the park forms a unique ensemble, are spotlighted to great effect. Neustrelitz palace gardens are an impressive example of Baroque garden architecture.

There are numerous regional networks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern actively involved in the development and preservation of these parks and gardens, and in advancing sustainable development in this region.

(Image: NDR/Antje Dittmann)

Backdrop with class: filmed in MV

Many places in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern exude a special fascination: In sleepy villages in the countryside sometimes time seems to stand still. Other places such as the futuristic Ozeaneum in the Hanseatic city of Stralsund have a modern face. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern offers film-makers, authors, producers, directors and actors a huge amount of fascinating backdrops. It is a Land that also has its "rough edges" -  but what looks like a derelict remnant of the past here and there can also be just the right place to tell an exciting story from the perspective of creative people and their production companies. More and more major national and international outstanding productions are putting the Land between the Baltic and Lake District on the silver screen in cinemas in Germany and abroad. MV is also especially popular with crime thriller producers.