Celle Castle is one of the most noteworthy among the castles of the Guelphs, a dynasty that survives even today. This large, quadrangular castle houses immaculately preserved Baroque-style rooms as well as Renaissance architecture. The Castle is also residence to the oldest Baroque theater in Europe and a stunning Renaissance chapel. Several guided tours are available for the public.
Schloßpl. 1, 29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 9090850
The Kunstmuseum stands out by its innovative concept as well as unique architecture. This is the first 24-hour museum in the world and truly one of its kind. The museum houses the collection of owner and founder, Robert Simon, and includes modern paintings, graphic images, sculptures, objects, and art installations from around the world. While visitors are welcome to enjoy this collection during the day, they can enjoy the light installations by international artists at night from outside!
Schlossplatz 7, 29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 12 45 21
The French Garden is the green lung of Celle. Though designed by French landscape artists in the 17th century, and hence the name, today the garden has a more English appearance. The most attractive part of this protected public park is the walkway flanked by towering lime trees. The park is interspersed by colorful flowerbeds and meadows, and has a pond and fountain.
Herzogin-Eleonore-Allee, D-29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 12209
The Synagogue in Celle was built in 1740, which makes it the oldest synagogue in all of North Germany. This simple yet lovely half-timbered building is open to public. Travelers can walk through this original Baroque architecture, looking at articles belonging to Holocaust survivors, a Torah ark and its intricate embellishments, the balcony that was once the domain of women during the Orthodox congregation, and the exhibits tracing the history of Jewish culture in Celle.
Im Kreise 24, D-29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 12454
The Protestant-Lutheran town church, Stadtkirche St. Marien, is 700 years old. Through the generations, it has proudly stood as a haven where the townsfolk of Celle has come to pray and seek, celebrate and mourn. The interior of the church is stunning, with art ranging from the late Renaissance to the Baroque period, Gothic pillars, a beautiful pulpit designed by Danish artists, and intricately designed organs.
An der Stadtkirche 8, 29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 7735
Just a few miles north of Celle lies Südheide Nature Park, one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Lower Saxony. This protected forest and heath was shaped by centuries of ice, gravel, and sand, and today it is a vast woody area. The most unique aspect of its topography are the sprawling 1,300 acres of land covered in heather. The park also houses a beekeeping and honey-producing center.
Trift 26, 29221 Celle, Germany, +49 5141 9160
The Hoppener Haus stands out because of its unique architecture. It gives the appearances of six stories stacked on top of one another. With an impressive conglomeration of angles, pillars, and massive carvings, this is the most striking among all the half-timber framed houses in Celle. Its rich, ornate exterior depicts figures of creatures, gods, animals, reptiles, and humans.
The Upper Aller Lowlands (Obere Allerniederung) is a protected nature reserve bordering parts of Celle. The area is crisscrossed by the river, low and flat lands, reed beds, pastures, meadows, bushes, and grassy patches. Unique species of birds and reptiles all call this area home. It is possible to tour this wonderful natural area on a boat or from one of the approved pathways, so as to enjoy nature from close quarters without disturbing its tranquility.