Bike Touring Highlight
Wilkradrad Castle, which has been eradicated from political maps since 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall, is now one of the most unspoiled treasures of the Mecklenburg castle landscape.
Shortly before 1900, Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, a late-born son of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II, built the impressive Neo-Renaissance building according to his own ideas of the Hanoverian architect Albrecht Haupt. The castle stands on the striking steep bank of the Schwerin lake as the center of a small idyllic settlement. Embedded in a garden landscape restored a few years ago according to the original plans, designed by the Weimar court gardener Armin Sckell, the castle unfolds its enchanting charm from the combination of impressive architecture and romantic landscape impressions.
The fascinating building - the youngest of the formerly sovereign castles - captivates with its stylistic uniformity that has been thoroughly composed through the years. Duke Johann Albrecht and his architect Haupt set themselves a clear goal with Schloss Wiligrad. For the first time, they wanted to recapture the architecture of the Mecklenburg Renaissance castles with a historically "right" feeling and merge them into a new "living" unity. In order to do justice to this noble claim, role models such as the castles Gadebusch, Schwerin, Güstrow, Freyenstein or the Fürstenhof Wismar were used.
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April 7, 2019
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