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.