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A city with charm and character

The largest ensemble of half-timbered houses in the world, modernist Bauhaus architecture, the Welfenschloss (a former Welf palace) with its Palace Theatre, classic and modern museums, as well as a diverse mix of culture and gastronomy – Celle is a city of contrasts and a shopping destination with real charisma, thanks to its many independent shops.

Is this for real?

Celle isn’t a film set. Everything here is real. Around 500 elaborately restored and listed half-timbered houses make up one of the largest ensembles of such architecture in the world. The Old Town with its majestic palace and Hoppener Haus, one of the grandest half-timbered houses in the city, or the New Town Hall, an impressive brick building from the 19th century, testify to the town’s 700-year-old history.

Timber meets Bauhaus

But Celle is more than its Old Town with its late medieval half-timbered buildings and the charm of the Welf Palace. Celle is also home to modernist architecture with its new building philosophy. When it comes to Bauhaus, Celle is on a par with Weimar or Dessau. Otto Haesler, one of the world’s best known architects of housing estates, worked here, and his style still characterises the development and image of modern Celle today. Celle’s history and folklore are brought to life on guided tours through the historical Old Town or through characteristic Bauhaus residential areas such as the Italian Garden.

Committed to sustainability

Celle is northern Germany’s first sustainable city, receiving its certification in 2017. Many hotels, businesses, the Congress Union and the Celler Badeland have undertaken to protect the environment and resources. And more and more are signing up. Many independent shops don’t just talk about sustainability – they are committed to putting it into practice.



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Worth seeing

Ducal Palace

It is the oldest building in Celle and it is regarded as one of the most splendid Guelphic palaces in Northern Germany.

First mentioned in 1318, from its origins as a simple castle it was transformed in the following centuries into a magnificent residence for the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg. The four-wing construction reveals both from the exterior and the interior stylistic elements from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The palace which is integrated in the historical “Old Town”, reflects in its construction phases the development from a castle to a ducal palace.
From all periods of use building structures remain: the medieval castle, the knights’ hall, the baroque state chambers, the baroque theatre.

The palace chapelwith its early Protestant fittings is important evidence for Renaissance art in northern Germany and can only be visited during a guided tour of the Guelph Palace, as well as the palace kitchen which its equipment bears witness to the 19th century. Thus the palace provides a chronicle of the ducal residence documented in stone.

In the Residence Museum located in the Palace local and regional history comes to life. A permanent exhibition presents the history of the ducal residence, life and work of the Guelphic dukes, the fate of the Danish queen Caroline Mathilda, the history of the Kingdom of Hanover and much more.

Further information about the Ducal Palace in Celle.


Celle Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Markt 14 – 16
29221 Celle
Tel.: +49 (0) 5141/9090816
Fax:  +49 (0) 5141/90908710
Internet: www.schloss-celle.de

Celle 24-hour Art Museum

with Robert Simon Collection

The world’s first 24-hour art museum, this museum exhibts modern and contemporary art from the Robert Simon Collection.
As the world’s first 24-hour art museum, the Art Museum Celle offers encounters with modern and contemporary art from the Robert Simon Collection and in changing temporary exhibitions during the day and at night. 24-Hour Art Museum means that there is something to be discovered around the clock. During the day, paintings, prints, sculptures, light and object art are on display – very classically -indoors. The museum is closed at night, but it is nevertheless still worth visiting. Light art takes the reins on and behind the glass façade, letting the building become a beacon of light.


Schloßplatz 7
29221 Celle
Tel: +49(0) 5141 124521
Fax: +49(0) 5141 124598
E-Mail: susanne.mcdowell@celle.de
Internet: www.kunst.celle.de


Celler Weinmarkt Fotografin Nicole Mihelic
28 July 2021 to 1 August 2021

Celle Wine Market

At the Celle Wine Market fine wines are served with selected specialities. Visitors can relax and savour this experience in an exclusive ambience to the accompaniment of jazz, piano and folk music.
Further information:

Celle Oldtimer und Fachwerk c) Celle Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
29 August 2021 to 29 August 2021

Celle Vintage cars and half timbered houses

The Old Town of Celle is the a special setting for lovingly maintained classics of automotive history.

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Christmas Market in Celle

Enchanting Christmas Market in the historic Old Town with more than 450 half timeberd houses.

9 special tips:

  • Residential Palace Museum
  • Bomann Museum
  • Hannover state stud
  • Climb up the tower of the church
  • 24-Hour Art Museum with Robert Simon Collection
  • Boat trip on the Aller
  • Wichmann orchid breeders
  • Kloster Wienhausen (monastery)
  • Light art project “Speaking Lanterns”


Celle Tourismus und Marketing GmbH
Markt 14–16, D-29221 Celle
Tel.: +49 (0)51 41/9080 80