As quite the old town with roots in slavic culture and a good position between rivers Warnow and Beke, Schwaan was set to be a success. Unfortunately for the respectable city, it was destroyed by fire several times between the 17th and 18th century. The historic crossing and old city, all gone. Luckily, reconstruction was done so that Schwaan’s old city centre was preserved in its original form. Churches, the old city hall and the quintessential town houses were rebuilt.
A number of painters were attracted to the idea of living near Schwaan’s rivers, meadows and woods, within a well-made community. The colony was dominated by local artists. Today, Schwaan still has lots to do and see. Among others, there are the art museum of the Schwaaner artist’s colony and the art mill to visit. Until today, the place has kept up the atmosphere of a Mecklenburg provincial town. Come and see!