Güstrow is a typical example of a small country town, still looking very much as it did in GDR times. It has a charming market place surrounded by restored buildings, pleasant cafes and an interesting church. The view from the church tower is great but there are lots of steps.
The well restored Schloss was the home of a minor branch of the Mecklenburg ducal family and is not as grand as Schwerin but there is a beautiful formal garden surrounded by an unusual beech-hedge tunnel walk, very cool on a hot summers day.
Güstrow was the home town of the expressionist sculptor Barlach. One of his most famous works, 'The Flying Angel' hangs in the massive, red-brick Dom (cathedral). His studio is now a museum.
Not to be missed is the Museum of Nativity Cribs housed in a building which served as a hospital in the Middle Ages. The collection of over 300 Nativity scenes from all over the world, in all sorts of materials and styles, reflects the way in which the Christmas story is told by different peoples.
Güstrow and Rostock can be easily combined in one day.
How to get there from Warnemünde or Rostock
Take the S2 departing Warnemünde at 9:48, 10:48, 11:48 etc.which
continues through Rostock to Güstrow, travel time 56 mins.
Return from Güstrow at 13:14, 14:14, 15:14 etc
An all day local transport ticket (Tageskarte - Gesamt VVW) price 14.60euro pp. costs the same as a return ticket to Güstrow and is also valid on all forms of public transport in Rostock and the surrounding region eg the tram into Rostock city from Central Station and the cross-river ferry from Warnemünde to Höhe Dune.