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Beautifully baroque and perfectly picturesque, the timber framed houses and ancient castle of Celle epitomise classic German culture. Enjoying a stunning situation upon the banks of the glittering River Aller, Celle is regularly hailed as one of Germany’s most beautiful towns. Transport yourself back in time in order to enjoy the magical atmosphere and enchanting sights of this fairy tale place where lamp posts speak to one another and gabled houses tell intricate stories of the past.
The stunning sight of The Ducal Palace conjures images of fairytale monarchs and mythical beasts due to its Gothic architecture and sprawling green gardens. Within the crisp white walls lies sacred stone chapel, a Medieval castle and a baroque theatre in which world class productions are still performed. Wander to the Medieval Markt at either 11am, 1pm or 5pm to watch the glorious Glockenspiel burst into life. The intriguing installation features 16 bells and wooden depictions of important characters from Celle’s history.
Lose yourself in the labyrinth of timbered houses that thrive in Celle like flowers in a meadow, as you drink in the incredible history and culture of the town. Pass the esoteric talking lampposts in order to enjoy an anecdotes or amusing phrase before transporting yourself back to modernity with a visit to the futuristic Art Museum, the world’s first 24 hour gallery. Housed within is the Robert Simon Collection, an exciting exhibition of sculptures, paintings and designs that spans the decades of the 19th century.
Dine like a medieval monarch amidst ancient paintings, rustic vaulted ceilings and thick tablecloths at one of Celle’s most traditional restaurants, The Ratskeller. Sample local specialities such as pan fried pork with wild mushrooms picked from the surrounding forest or rich game with sweet berry sauces for an authentic taste of German gastronomy. Of course, the meal must be accompanied by a refreshing stein of world renowned German beer. (Markt 14, 29221 Celle, +49 5141 29099)