Bergen (Germany)

Bergen is a town in the north of Celle district on the Lüneburg Heath in Lower Saxony, Germany. The infamous Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was located not far from Belsen, one of several farming villages in the borough.

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Historic Bergen Trail

Follow this historic trail around Bergen with 11 stops where information boards tell the story behind each of the historic houses en route. Or just enjoy the circular walk around the town! The stops are: 01. St. Lambertus Church (''St.Lambertikirche''), Am Friedensplatz 2; 02. Dairy Farm (''Müller-Meierhof''), Lukenstraße 5; 03. Gasthaus Kohlmann, Lukenstraße 6; 04. Town Community Centre (''Stadthaus''), Lange Straße 1; 05. Town Archives (''Stadtarchiv''), Am Museum 2; 06. Preceptor's House (''Präzeptorhaus''), Schulstraße 10-12; 07. Römstedthaus Local History Museum (''Heimatmuseum Römstedthaus''), Am Friedensplatz 7; 08. Four-poster farmhouse (''Vierständerhaus''), Deichend 14; 09. French Barracks (''Franzosenkaserne''), Deichend 16; 10. Town Hall (''Rathaus'') Deichend 5-7; 11. Registry Office (''Standesamt''), Deichend 3.

DO   —  Map

Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

The infamous Belsen concentration camp, liberated by British forces in 1945, is now a memorial site with a comprehensive visitor centre. Today, only the sombre mounds of mass graves remain along with various monuments to those who died; the original camp was razed by the British after its survivors had been rescued and, in most cases, temporarily housed in the nearby barracks of ''Lager Hohne''. The suffering of Anne Frank and her diary are associated worldwide with the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.



Hotel Café Anna

Much nicer inside than its rather plain appearance suggests, Anna's isva reasonably-priced family run guest house and café. The restaurant serves good food in pleasant surroundings and has a sun terrace as well as a garden at the back for children. The restaurant has German and English menus and welcomes German, English and Polish-speaking guests. For a change, try their tasty continental breakfasts in a relaxing, uncrowded atmosphere. Park behind the steakhouse next door.


Celle Bus

Celle has an extensive bus network within the centre and to local attractions with various options offering discounts for a multitude of circumstances. These include discounted fares for families, senior citizens, children, students, combination tickets with train travel, travelling with pets or bicycles, city travel, 48 hour travel, and group cards. A comprehensive list is available on the website detailing prices, timings, routes and other helpful information.



Sieben Steinhäuser

The "Sieben Steinhäusern" is a megalithic gravesite consisting of five massive stone tombs on the Bergen-Hohne military Training Area near Ostenholz. At normal circumstances, the site is only accessible at weekends due to military presence during the weekdays. However, in December 2013, after one of the burial chambers collapsed, the site is no longer open to the public for safety reasons. As for 2015, reconstruction is planned, before reopening.

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Hotel Café Anna

For details see "Eat" section. Anna’s Hotel is cheap and cheerful. The ten rooms are clean, albeit not very big, and most have en suite. Good breakfast but tell the owner if you need to eat before 08.15. Good location for Hohne Camp and A7 motorway is about 15 mins up the B 3. The hotel has a café where you can have a meal, coffee and cake, and a beer.

SLEEP   —  Map


Edeka - E Center Bergen

Just one of the "one stop" shops in Bergen, the store contains a Shoe shop, Clothing shop, Bakery and of course a super market with food, Electrical and kitchen goods. The store stocks a good selection of International foods, including English for those that can't do without the English Tea etc.


Speakers Corner

An English style bar with English speaking staff, wide selection of German and English Beers is available , a large Beergarden is also available for up to 100 people, the bar can be rented for special events like Weddings, Birthday Partys, or even Mess do's.

DRINK   —  Cellerstraße 43


St Lambertus

the Church of St Lambertus is the Lutheran town church in Bergen. Built in 1826, it is a three-naved building with low ceilings over the galleries. It was extended eastwards in 1900. The separately standing clock tower dates from 1728.


BurgerPlatz

Surrounded by trees and bushes, this grassy area is a safe and peaceful space, with a playground for the children and a pond where you can feed the ducks. Easily accessible by bike.

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Stadthaus

This building is used for numerous events including theatrical productions, live music, art & cultural exhibitions. It can also be hired out for private functions, e.g. weddings


Evangelische Freikirche

founded in 1959, this is a modern lively church led by Pastor Eduard Neufield. Services are translated into English; you need to ask for headphones to hear the translation.


Vivas Cocktail Bar

A wide selection of beer, Wine or Cocktails at good prices, specials on some nights. Steaks and Mexican themed food is available in the restaurant above a reasonable cost.


Hof Remise Rustica

Dine in a converted barn in the countryside. Good German cuisine with exotic options like ostrich steak or medallions of Australian kangaroo! Good for functions.


Dralle Hotel (Hotel Bade)

Part of the Hotel Bade group. www.hotel-bade.de Tel: 05051 9850-0. Medium priced 3 star hotel and restaurant. No. of rooms: 17. Garden terrace. Bowling Alley


Desperados Mexican Steakhouse & Hotel

No frills Mexican steakhouse. Good food at reasonable prices and they speak English, very good steaks but if you don't mind getting messy try the BBQ Ribbs


Wohlde Bronze Age Barrows

In the woods and pastures around Wohlde there are around 45 barrows (prehistoric burial mounds) from the Early Bronze Age (ca. 1,500-1,200 B.C.)

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Schuzenplatz

The Schutzenplatz is a large building surrounded by a small woodland park. It is used for festivals and open area events throughout the year.

SEE   —  Map

Taormina Pizzeria

Very pleasant and with good selection of Italian meals. staff speak English, German and Italian and are very helpful. Closed on Tuesdays.


Hotel Café Anna

Has 10 hotel rooms with shower, WC and TV for overnight stays.Double rooms cost from €55. See "Eat" section above for further details.

SLEEP   —  Bahnhofstraße 16

Wohnmobil-Stellplatz

A small park for approx 6-8 campers with water and waste point. A 5 min walk into Town centre, plenty of places to eat and drink.

SLEEP   —  Parkplatz Ziegeleiweg 9

Apotheke (Chemist) Hirch

Chemist stocking the normal range of medicines and remedies including prescription drugs. English spoken and very helpful staff.

BUY   —  Celle strasse

Seminar Hotel Schulz

Medium priced 3 star Hotel a 5 min walk from the town centre. Some staff speak English. number of rooms: 21. conference rooms

SLEEP   —  +49 5051-98 820 —  Ziegeleiweg 10

Desperados Hotel

A family run hotel and restaurant with nice rooms and good value.The staff are very friendly and speak English.

SLEEP   —  +49 5051 915180 —  Lukenstr. 6

Siddernhausen Dolmen

The dolmen or megalithic (large stone) gravesite dates to the Late Funnelbeaker culture (3,000-2,700 B.C.)

DO   —  Map

Eiscafe Miriam

Bergen's main ice cream parlour. Not large or particularly cosy, but good selection of ice creams.


Römstedthaus Local History Museum

Discover local and regional history at this museum housed in a 350-year old farmhouse.


SANSIBAR

A very lively Bar at the week ends, good selection of Wine, Beer and Cocktails.

DRINK   —  Am Friedensplatz 10

Steakhouse New Mexico

A good selection of Steaks and Mexican themed food at a reasonable cost.


Weekly Market

Wednesday 08.00-13.00 and Friday 14.00-18.00, selling local produce.

BUY   —  The Market Place

Landhotel Michaelishof

A very nice 3 star hotel serving excellent food in its restaurant


Atonement Church of the Precious Blood

This is a Roman Catholic Church. The primary language is English.


Restaurant Delphi

A good selection of Greek Dishes at a reasonable cost.


Sports Park

Tennis, Squash, various other sport, Sauna, Restaurant


Swimming Pool

A really nice indoor heated pool, ideal for all ages.

DO   —  Lange Straße 52

Hotel Café Anna,

Ideal place to sit down for a drink or snack

DRINK   —  Bahnhofstraße 16

Kaufland

super market, bakery and flowers


City Call Bergen

Coffee shop and Internet Cafe

DRINK   —  Celler Straße 14

C'est La Vie

Post Office and gift store

BUY   —  Celle Strasse

Netto

supermarket and bakery

BUY   —  Bahnhofstraße 47

Coffee Shop Marion Guse

Coffee shop

DRINK   —  Celler Straße 3

Rossmann

Drugstore


About Bergen (Germany)

Bergen was first mentioned in 1197 and was a centre of local government, the seat of the sheriff (''Amtsvogtei'') and, later, the Royal Hanoverian Office. After the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia in 1866, Bergen was absorbed into Fallingbostel district. In the reorganisation of 1885, however, Bergen was transferred into the newly formed Celle district. Bergen's development as a market town was rather slow during the Middle Ages and the early part of the Modern Age, hampered by serious fires in 1354, 1585 and 1796, but the agricultural reform in the 19th century and the town's connexion to the Celle–Soltau railway led to far-reaching changes. The biggest change, however, was the creation of Bergen-Hohne Training Area in 1935 by the Nazis, which led to Bergen's transformation from an agriculturally-based village into the small town it is today, characterised by trade and commerce with agriculture having largely lost its significance. Today Bergen is a local borough town in the northern part of Celle district and is, after Celle, the only political entity in the district, having been granted the status of a town since 1957. In the community reorganisation of 1971, Bergen was given responsibility for the parishes of Becklingen, Belsen, Bleckmar, Diesten, Dohnsen, Eversen, Hagen, Hassel, Nindorf, Offen, Sülze and Wardböhmen. That significantly increased the size of its population and area. Today around 17,000 people live in the town of Bergen, including about 3,000 members of the British Forces and their families.


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