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Gifhorn Castle and Museum

Gifhorn Castle and Museum
Courtyard of Gifhorn Castle

Gifhorn Castle was built between 1525 and 1581 in the Weser Renaissance style. The castle was fortified until 1790 with moats, ramparts and bastions and was never captured. In the 16th century it was the Residenz of the Duchy of Gifhorn under Duke Francis of Brunswick-Lüneburg for just 10 years. The castle was built in the shape of a trapezium. It was surrounded by ramparts and a moat up to 50 metres wide. The immediate vicinity could be flooded to create a swamp. Stone bastion towers were built on the four corners of the site. These were linked to the castle by underground rampart passages (Wallgänge) in the form of casemates. A 45 metre long section is preserved today that led to the north bastion. Today it is used today to house exhibitions for the castle museum. The original entrance to the castle was over a bridge on the narrow side of the castle moat in the southeast, that led to the gatehouse. Today the main entrance is through the old south bastion which has been reconstructed using sections of wall arranged in a circle.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 2pm - 5pm. Sundays and holidays 11am - 5pm.

Admission: Adults 1 €, children free.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schloss_Gifhorn ]

Related: http://www.stadt-gifhorn.de/p/d1.asp?artikel_id=1476
Address: Schlossplatz 1, 38518 Gifhorn
Tags: Gifhorn, Castle, Weser Renaissance


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