Take in a play at the Celle Castle

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Celle Castle
Celle Castle

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Up in the northern reaches of Germany is the small city of Celle (Celle vacation rentals | Celle travel guide) in Lower Saxony. Celle is remarkable because of its assembly of over 400 medieval timber-framed houses, which create a memorably scenic city center. Also of note is the crisp white renaissance and baroque style Celle Castle, the oldest building in the city. The first fortress on this site was built ca. 980, but the first reference to Celle Castle actually dates from 1315, when the Dukes of Brunswick-Lueneburg moved their residence from Lueneburg to Celle. Sitting on an island surrounded by moats, the castle was expanded and renovated several times in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Starting in 1670, Duke George William sought to update the castle and to make it reflect his personal tastes. He was especially interested in Italian architecture, and the current facades of the Celle Castle were copied directly from Venetian models. A castle theater and baroque state rooms were added at this time. After George William's death in 1705, the castle lost its importance and stood empty for many years. In 1772, the banished Danish Queen Caroline Mathilde was imprisoned here as the result of court intrigue and her affair with a German court doctor. She lived here for three years until her death from scarlet fever in 1775.

(Hannover vacation rentals | Hannover travel guide). Visitors will also want to view the apartments that were used by the tragic Caroline Mathilde. Before leaving, the castle chapel is worth a stop, since it contains one of the only fully preserved Renaissance ecclesiastical interiors north of the Alps.

The castle theater deserves special mention. It is one of the oldest preserved theaters of its kind and continues to be actively used by a residential theater company. If your stay in Celle allows, be sure to take in a play at the Celle Castle.

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Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).

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