Trip to Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, 17-18 September 2018

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Mrs. Manuela Schwesig, the 16 Federal States group did a two-day trip to Mecklenburg-West Pomerania at the beginning of the new club year. Accompanied and wonderfully looked after by the protocol, the group members spent two unforgettably beautiful and interesting days with a multifaceted program in midsummer weather.

Upon arrival in the morning in Schwerin, the members were greeted by the vice-president of the state parliament, Ms. Schlupp, and guided through the romantic Schwerin castle and the state parliament. A delicious buffet lunch took place thereafter in the sunlit Orangerie. The onward journey was a ride to Rostock to the diaconal institution Michaelshof, whose work with disabled persons and the efforts to integrate them deeply moved all present. The omnipresent Pastor Goeritz is the father figure. With his hardworking and dedicated team, they do the most admirable work which allows people with disabilities of various degrees a content, filled, worthy life. The members then took a boat trip to the seaside resort of Warnemünde, were welcomed and accompanied by the committed and experienced Lord Mayor of Rostock, Roland Methling, who talked about his experiences over coffee and cake.

Once in Warnemünde the members checked in to the rooms in the legendary Hotel Neptun with the beautiful Baltic Sea views. In the evening, the members had a wonderful time in the Sky Bar, experiencing the most picturesque sunset from the unique viewpoint. Minister Drese welcomed the members warmly and everyone had the pleasure to meet State Secretary Martin who is instrumental in setting the course for this trip. The cuisine from the kitchen of the hotel spoiled the members with its gastronomically skills. It was a happy atmosphere filled with interesting conversations.

The second day was a visit to the Neptun shipyard where the members had the opportunity for a close viewing into the building of the large luxury river cruise ships and to learn how these large floating engines are produced among other production items for ship components inside the huge production halls. At noon, the estate Dalwitz of the Counts of Bassewitz in the Mecklenburg Parkland invited the members to visit their beautiful natural surroundings and get acquainted with the rural holiday destination that the present Count and Countess Bassewitz have created. State Secretary Dr. Buchwald, from the Agriculture and Environment Ministry, gave the members the necessary explanations and exchanged views over the delicious Uruguayan barbecue.

The group continued the journey in the sunny afternoon through the region known as Mecklenburg Switzerland to the only national natural monument in Germany, Ivenacker Oaks and had a guided walk to the gigantic, over 1000 year old trees and the famous treetop path.

The group whose members are mostly from the diplomatic corps brought home many pleasant memories of the wonderful state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. The members had such a great time that they would love to come again! Sincere thank you to the Prime Minister and the State Chancellery for this beautiful trip!