Optional: Wednesday 5 June, Schwerin

Extra day: optional excursion to Schwerin

On Wednesday we offer an optional full-day excursion to the city of Schwerin. In the morning we will start with a tour through the permanent collection of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin, guided by Gero Seelig, Curator of Netherlandish Paintings. The heart of this collection consists of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, by masters such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Paulus Potter, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, and Carel Fabritius. We will also see some eighteenth-century paintings by the French animal painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry, including the life-size Dutch rhino named Jonkvrouw Clara. Afterwards, we will study the Prints and Drawings collection and discuss issues of attribution in the storage rooms of the museum.

In the afternoon we will visit the church of the Castle of Schwerin, which has been the seat of the assembly of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since the late 1990s. The church dates back to the sixteenth century and was the first Protestant church of the state, its architecture inspired by churches in Torgau and Dresden. Here we find, among others, sixteenth-century alabaster reliefs by the Antwerp artist Willem van den Broecke (also known as Paludanus). We will end the day with a visit to the Schelfkirche St. Nikolai, which is the family burial place of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Unfortunately we will not be able to visit the Cathedral, due to preparations for the inauguration of a new Bishop.


09:00-09:10 Word of welcome by Pirko Zinnow, Director of the Staatliche Schlösser, Gärten und Kunstsammlungen
09:10-10:30 Visit to the permanent collection of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin with Gero Seelig, Curator of Netherlandish Paintings
10:30-11:00 Coffee and tea at the museum café
11:00-11:45 Visit to the Prints and Drawings Collection with Dr. Kornelia Röder, Head of the Printroom
11:45-12:15 Time to discuss issues of attribution from the storage rooms of the museum
12:15-13:30 Lunch at the museum café
Possibility to visit the permanent collection of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin or the Castle Museum at your own leisure. At 14:45 we assemble in front of the entrance of the Staatliches Museum Schwerin
15:00-16:00 Visit to the church in the Castle of Schwerin with Gero Seelig
16:30-17:00 Visit to the Schelfkirche St. Nikolai
End of program

Extra fee

There is an extra fee for this full-day excursion, which includes entrance to all locations, coffee/tea break, and lunch. Members and Associate Members pay € 55. Patrons pay € 85. There are limited spaces available for Patrons to participate in this excursion.


Travelling from Berlin to Schwerin is at your own leisure and to be booked individually. We advise you to travel from Berlin to Schwerin by train on Tuesday evening. There are several options that take approximately 2 to 2,5 hours. You can find the time table and prices and book the tickets on the website of the Deutsche Bahn.

From Schwerin it is possible to travel back to Berlin, but you can also continue your journey or travel home via Hamburg. Hamburg can be reached by train and has an airport.


If you stay in Schwerin on Tuesday and/or Wednesday evening, this is at your own leisure and to be booked individually. Two hotels that are situated close to the train station and the city center are InterCityHotel Schwerin and Hotel am Hauptbahnhof. Many more options you can find online via for example www.booking.com.