The original cruise itinerary had us stopping in Warnemünde Germany with excursions to Berlin, another highlight of the trip. That involved a five hour round trip train ride from the port city of Warnemünde to Berlin and back. Unfortunately that stop was canceled since all cruising in the Baltic Sea was temporarily canceled due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hamburg was only a three hour round trip train ride from Berlin but no Berlin excursions were offered. I'm not sure why.
So instead of a trip to Berlin we did an excursion to Schwerin about a 1.5 hour drive away from Hamburg. The main tourist attraction in Schwerin is the Schwerin Castle which was very scenic inside and out. Click the picture below to see more pictures of the inside of the castle.
The grounds around the castle were also very scenic. Below is a statue of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich with the castle in the background.
Another interesting work of art behind the castle was what looked like a "picture" of the view of lake Schwerin, but was actually a wall with a picture frame inside of it. Click the picture below to see the entire wall as well as the picture below. If we go there again I'll have Elizabeth stand behind the wall making it look like a framed picture of Elizabeth on Lake Schwerin.
A short walk from the castle was the main town square with the work of art below.
The second biggest attraction in Schwerin is the cathedral, started in 1270 and completed in 1426.
Back in Hamburg we hit some of the worst traffic I've ever seen. If I remember correctly it took us almost two hours to get through traffic to the ship. The last mile or two we probably could have walked faster than the bus drove us.