I’ve been charmed by small towns lately, so when I got a chance to leave Hanover for a day trip to Celle I was really excited.
Located in Lower Saxony, Celle is a romantic historical town which was a residence of European nobility for a long time. Situated on the banks of the River Aller, it is very picturesque and has an ability to bring you back to the 16th century through its marvelous architecture.
The Ducal Palace
I started exploring by paying a visit to the Ducal palace built in the renaissance and baroque styles, which looks like taken out of a fairytale. There was a very impressive art exhibition inside at the time of my visit – white walls contained teal details with various insects. This kind of art using real insects was very new to me. And kind of unsettling, to tell the truth.
The park around the palace is very nice for a calm rest or a picnic at the river. Don’t forget to leave some crumbs for the ducks!
Next stop on my itinerary was the old town, which was the main reason I came to Celle. Cobbled streets filled with beautifully painted half-timbered houses, the atmosphere doesn’t get more German than that.
The best way to explore this town is on foot, of course, but if you’re feeling lazy there is a fun little train going all around Celle and bringing you to the most beautiful places.
Leaving the old town behind, I found some beautiful sites scattered around. I love exploring cities without a map, so when I find something worthwile I’m always really excited. I discovered the French garden this way, which was very nice.
Not to mention other beautiful places I found strolling around, which usually are not in the tourist’s itinerary.
So, my advice is – forget the map and set off for an unexpected, wherever your travels bring you!