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Ducal Palace (Celle Castle)
The ducal palace, the most important building of the town dates back to the 13th century. In the 14th century the former fortification became a royal seat. As of the year 1530, with the advent of the Reformation under Duke Ernest the Confessor the castle was rebuilt into a Renaissance palace. During the reign of Duke George William (1665-1705) and his spouse Eléonore d'Olbreuse extensive rebuildings were realized. These have given the palace its present baroque appearance. From 1772 until 1775, after her divorce from Christian VII, Queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark lived in the east wing of the palace. In 1839-40 the palace was rebuilt into a summer residence for the Hanoverian court.
The palace chapel, consecrated in 1485 and rebuilt after the Reformation, is today the only intact early protestant court chapel in Germany and an important indication of North German renaissance. Around 1675 the palace theatre was built which is today the oldest baroque theatre of Germany to play with its own company.
From 1978 until 1981 the premises of the last reigning duke and the duchess were restored and furnished in the style of the 18th century. Changing exhibitions can be seen in the Gothic Hall of the palace, and in the east wing of the palace there is a department of the Bomann Museum which is dedicated to the history of the kingdom Hanover. The historical palace rooms and the palace chapel can only be visited on a guided tour.
The Bomann Museum
The Bomann-Museum is one of the most impressive and largest regional museums in northern Germany. Its collection emphasises the cultural history of Lower Saxony. The charm of this establishment, which is situated opposited the Ducal Palace, lies in its exhibits which have been installed around 1900: a completely equipped farmhouse, country and town rooms of the 19th century and the Hall of Honour of the Hannoverian army. The significant collection of urban and rural textiles is unique in northern Germany. Courtly cultural history is reflected in the Tansey Collection, one of the leading collections of miniatures in the world. The Eberhard Schlotter Foundation Celle presents contemporary art.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.
Admission: 5 €, children under 14 years free.
To the rear of the building in the street
Im Kreise 23 - 24is the synagogue of Celle. Built in 1740, it is the oldest Jewish synagogue in northern Germany. Among the few items remaining from the original baroque prayer hall flooded with light are the Torah ark with its detailed embellishments, the balcony, used as women's section in the pre-war Orthodox congregation, and the alms box.
Some articles in the synagogue originate from Holocaust survivors of the nearby Bergen-Belsen concentration camp who, until their departure, mostly to Israel, used the synagogue for several years as their place of worship after the liberation of the concentration camp in April 1945.
In the synagogue today, events are held by the Celle Association for Christian-Jewish Cooperation (Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit), established in 1980, and by the Celle Jewish Community (Jüdische Gemeinde Celle) established in 1997. The small rooms on the front street, formerly used for the Jewish school, now hold a small museum with a permanent exihibition entitled
Traces of Jewish Life in Celleas well as temporary exhibits of Jewish history and religion.
The Synagogue is open to the public Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm - 5pm, Friday from 10am - 3pm and Sunday from 12pm - 5pm. Entrance is free.
More details about the synagogue can be obtained by phone +49 (0) 5141 - 936000.
Synagogue tours and theme tours on the history of Jews in Celle are possible outside the opening times, by contacting the City Tourism & Marketing GmbH in Celle +49 (0) 5141 - 12452.
Celle's 700-year old Altstadt, or Old Town, is a reminder of the history here. Over 500 half-timbered houses can be found here. The most interesting street is Zöllnerstraße which dates from 1292. Here you can enjoy street cafes and small shops and many wonderfully old buildings. In the square is a horseshoe set into the floor. Duke Otto the Magnanimous is said to have been fatally wounded here in 1471, and touching the horseshoe may bring you luck.
Lower Saxon Stud Farm (Niedersächsisches Landgestüt)
The stud farm was founded by Elector George II of Hanover on 27 July 1735. Tours of the farm are available, and a special experience is the annual stallion parades which take place during the last two weekends of September and the first weekend in October.
Tours outside of parade days are Monday - Friday 8:30 - Noon and 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Saturday 8:30 - Noon. No tours from February 15 - July 15.
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Celle is a town and capital of the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The town is situated in the southernmost part of the Lüneburg (Lüneburg vacation rentals | Lüneburg travel guide) Heath on the banks of the river Aller, a tributary of the Weser.
Celle includes 17 sections, some of which were previously independent villages: Altencelle, Altenhagen, Blumlage/Altstadt, Bostel, Boye, Garssen, Gross Hehlen, Hehlentor, Hustedt, Klein Hehlen, Lachtehausen, Neuenhaeusen, Neustadt/Heese, Scheuen, Vorwerk, Westercelle, and Wietzenbruch.
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The buildings in Celles old town center date back to the 16th century, among them numerous (and some 480 restored) half-timber houses, making Celle an important city for tourism in the southern Lüneburg (Lüneburg vacation rentals | Lüneburg travel guide) Heath region. The most impressive building is the ducal palace, Schloss Celle, which was built in 1530 at the site of the former castle. Another major attraction is the Stadtkirche (town church, 1308) with its white tower, from where the town trumpeter blows a fanfare twice a day (an old tradition that was revived as a tourist attraction). Celle has a synagogue built in 1740, one of the few synagogues that survived the Nazi pogrom night of 1938, thanks to its location next to an important leather factory that would have been collaterally damaged.
Celle is also known for the Bomann Museum, dedicated to regional history and modern art; and for being an entry point for tourists to the Lüneburg Heath.
During World War II, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne Frank died, was located near Celle; today, a memorial and exhibition center mark the camp site.
The Albrecht-Thaer-Schule, a school in Celle, was founded by Albrecht Daniel Thaer in 1796.
Celle also hosts a Christmas market every year in the old town center.
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More about the History of Celle
Celle was first mentioned in a document of A.D. 985 as Kiellu (which means Fischbucht or fishing bay). It was granted the right to mint and circulate its own coins (Münzrecht [minting privileges]) during the 11th century and several coins were found in the Sandur hoard in the Faroes. In 1292 Duke Otto II the Strict (1277–1330), a Welf who ruled the Principality of Lüneburg (Lüneburg vacation rentals | Lüneburg travel guide) from 1277 to 1330 left Altencelle, where there had been a defences in the form of a circular rampart (the Ringwall von Burg) since the 10th century, and founded a rectangular settlement by the existing castle 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to the northwest. In 1301 he granted Celle its town privileges, and in 1308 started construction on the town church.
In September 1929 Rudolph Karstadt opened a Karstadt department store in Celle town centre, the facade of which was identical with that of the Karstadt store on Berlin's Hermannplatz. The Celle branch was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a controversial new building, whose aluminium braces were meant to represent Celle's timber framed houses.
Celle is the capital of the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The town is situated in the southernmost part of the Lüneburg Heath on the banks of the Aller River, a tributary of the Weser River. The buildings in Celle's old town center date back to the 16th century, among them numerous (and some 480 restored) half-timber houses, making Celle an important city for heritage tourism. The most impressive building is the ducal palace, Schloss Celle, which was built in 1530 at the site of the former castle. Another major attraction is the Stadtkirche (Town Church) from 1308. During World War II, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where Anne Frank died, was located near Celle; today, a memorial and exhibition center mark the camp site.
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