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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.

Stay overnight in one of the romantic hotels or use the central caravan site!


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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.

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.


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