The origins of the Palace Park begin in the late 18th century, up to then the castle’s fortification had remained intact.
Demolition began in 1784 at the western bastions and continued until 1827. The rubble was mostly filled in the palace moat which once was very wide reducing it to an average width of 6.7 metres. The newly gained ground between the Palace and the moat was then planted with trees and later used as a circular promenade with an avenue of poplars.
When it was decided in 1839 to convert the Palace into the summer residence of the Hanoverian royal house, the lease of the grounds beyond the Palace moat were purchased.
Under the supervision of Christian Schaumburg, the Garden Inspector in Hanover, extension works were completed between 1847 and 1866. The area in front of the Superior Court of Appeal, today the Regional Court of Appeal, were also integrated into the grounds.
In 1868 the Palace grounds came under the supervision of the Royal Prussian Court Garden Administration. In principle the basic layout of the grounds at that time remains to this day. The western section became building plots in 1899, and in 1922 a memorial for German soldiers killed in World War I was erected on the central lawn in front of the eastern section of the Palace, but relocated in 1999 to the Town Park. In 1936 another section in the north of the grounds was given up when widening of the Mühlenstraße became inevitable.
Today the Palace Park is a popular meeting point not only for the people of Celle but also for the many tourists who from this point start their guided town tour or who simply want to relax after a shopping trip.
Further information about the Palace Park.