Built on the remains of an even older castle (10th century). During a major renovation from 1845 to 1857, the castle got its current appearance, with strong referrences to the French Renaissance castles, such as Chambord.
Because of the romantic historicism touches Schloss Schwerin is nicknamed
'The Neuschwanstein of the North'.
The building is partly used as the seat of the Landtag (the state assembly of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).