Celle is an historic town in the Lüneburg Heath in Lower Saxony.

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The French Garden

Directly off Südwall and at the entrance to Magnusstraße car Park, the French Garden probably owes his name to the French gardeners Perronet (in 1670) and Rene Dahuron (1690-1701) who were in services of Celle's Duke George William. The last one was in charge of the first laying out of a pleasance and a vegetable garden according to the courtly gardening tradition of the 17th century. In the years 1695 and 1696 two parallel avenues of linden were planted. These avenues form a dominant central East-West axis until today (the linden avenue was completely renewed from 1951 until 1953). In 1705, Celle lost the position as royal seat. The garden became overgrown and not until 1772 the French Garden flourished under the courtly gardener KRANTZ for a short time on occasion of the exiling of the Danish queen Caroline-Mathilde to Celle. Furthermore there was built a summer house at the pond and in 1784 there was erected a statue to her.Afterwards there was again a shortage regarding the upkeep. Even in 1801 the small summer house at the pond was removed. Not until the middle of the 19th century under the dedicated Hanoverian supreme major-domo MALORTIE the French Garden was undergoing the gradual transformation into an English landscape park according to the plans of the garden inspector Schaumburg. After the World War One, the children's playground, which still exists today, was laying out in the eastern part and a small rose garden, which was re-schemed in 1966, in the western part. In 1927 the northern part of the garden was divided off on occasion of the foundation of the Beekeeping Institute of Lower Saxony.Meanwhile the French Garden was classified as a historical landscape monument.

SEE   —  Map

Christmas Market

Celle town centre's Christmas market is one of the biggest and best in Lower Saxony. Annually, usually from the end of November through towards to end of December (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), over 100 stalls gather together in the beautiful historic town of Celle to sell their wares and celebrate Christmas in true German tradition and style. Here you can buy hand crafted Christmas presents, or simply enjoy typical German food and drink. In Celle you will find Northern Germany's highest Christmas Pyramid. For further information on ALL German Christmas markets visit www.germany-tourism.de

DO   —  Celle town centre

Wagon Tours

Take a horse drawn carriage tour around the beautiful Celle town centre. The carriages are stationed at their departure point on the corner of Grosser Plan/Bergstrasse (opposite the relatively ugly building which houses Karstadt Department store). The commentary is in German but, even if you don't understand that, it is a charming way to see the town centre. These tours run daily throughout the season (generally April to October), dependant upon weather. The carriages can also be hired for private tours, can include catering and collection from your hotel/railway station is possible

Palio Taverna & Trattoria

Good Italian restaurant in the Hotel Fürstenhof with a relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere, good German and Italian food.A hint of Tuscany lies in the air when the friendly staff have laid the tables. The rustic atmosphere brings a piece of Italy to Lower Saxony. The cucina casalinga conjures up seasonal creations. But the traditional specialities are also on a par with these. And a perfect meal is concluded with a heavenly dessert. That melts in your mouth! Not forgetting the wine menu with a ginormous selection. Italophiles of all ages are sure to find the right dish.

Lower Saxon Stud Farm

If you are an animal lover, a visit to Celle wouldn't be complete without visiting their world famous Stud Farm. Hanoverian stallions are kept on this yard, schooled and sold for thousands of euro's to buyers all over the world. Traditionally, on the last 2 weekends of September, and the first weekend of October, the annual 'parade' takes place where, at the stroke of one, a 3 hour programme takes place duirng which all the stallions are presented in hand, under harness or under saddle. It is celebration of horses and a treat to watch - even for those non-riders.

Wappen Von Celle (pleasure boat)

This passenger boat cruises the river Aller, departing from near Celle town centre on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid April to mid October. Anyone can go on these cruises by turning at the departure point on the day. Normally lasting 2/3 hours and costs vary depending on whether food & beverages are involved! It can also be hired for private functions, and group bookings are given discount. It is a lovely way to see some of Lower Saxony at a more leisurely pace, a great way to celebrate a special event, or just a lovely thing to do with visitors.

Hotel Fürstenhof

Outstanding, but pricey, 5 star hotel dateing back to 1680 with a traditional atsmosphere not far from the old town. The Fürstenhof offers a Michelin 1 Star restaurant the ''Endtenfang'', an excellent Italian Taverna and Trattoria known as ''Palio's'' (a good late night restaurant to visit after attending one of the many concerts that take place opposite in the Congress Union Concert Hall), a traditional German restaurant, the ''Landhausküche'', and a foyer bar. Expect to pay around €185-300 for a double room and €42 for a 3 course meal (less drinks).

St. Mary's Church

Originally built around 1300 in a Gothic style, this ancient parish Church of St. Mary was rebuilt in the Baroque style between 1676 and 1698. The crypt houses the ornately decorated tombs of members of the House of Welf, distant ancestors to the British royal throne. The church also has an impressive, nearly 400-year-old, altar and the restored organ and Baroque ceiling vaulting is also worth seeing. The more energetic may climb the 234 steps up the tower for outstanding views over the town and the castle.

SEE   —  An der Kirche

Orchideen Zentrum Celle

Buy your exotic orchids direct from the grower! This orchid growing centre has a Visitors centre where you can browse through many beautifal specimen orchids, learn more about the plants and purchase a much more exotic orchid than you would otherwise find in your local garden centre. They also open the entire growing area periodically to the public and allow public access to their growing, seeding areas etc, when you can learn as much as you ever wanted to know about these beautiful plants.

Celler Hof

This privately run Hotel is situated bang in the middle of the old town. It has 46 rooms, all in top condition. The location is excellent for visiting the Schloss or the many restaurants and coffee shops as well as the main shopping centre in Celle. The Celler Hof does not have a restaurant but does do continental breakfast for its guests. There is no car park for the hotel, although the nearest public car park is only a short walk away and guests can offload at the Hotel entrance.

Hotel Caroline Mathilde

Hotel Caroline Mathilde,(named after the sister of George III, later Queen of Denmark who died in Schloss Celle in 1775) is situated in a quiet part of Celle a short taxi ride from the centre. The Hotel, with 53 rooms offers a new Spa Centre and swimming pool, with good friendly service and its own restaurant. There is free parking, but the internet Wifi costs €8 / 24hr. Pets are welcomed but there is an extra charge, as there is for small children sharing the room.

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.

Leisewitz Garten Hotel

This privately run Hotel offers just 8 rooms but is situated in a quite suburb of Celle with access to the river meadows on the north bank of the Aller. Parking is available at a cost of €4 per day, and Internet WiFi is available free of charge. There is a pleasant route to walk into the town centre along the river, a perfect end to an evening visit to one of Celle's many restaurants in the old town.

InterCity Hotel Celle

InterCity Hotel belongs to the InterCity chain and offers 117 rooms. The hotel is well located for access to the old town and has its own restaurant and bar. Car Parking is available on site at a charge and there is a public car park next door which costs €7 per day. Internet Wifi costs €5/hour. InterCity offers very reasonable overnight rates and is particularly suited for larger travel groups.

Hoppener Haus

Perhaps the most impressive and best-known timber-framed buildings in the old town, the ''Hoppener Haus'' dates to 1532 and looks like something out of a picture book. In front of the house is a rather strange, modern work of art: five talking streetlamps that are activated by movement and recount (in German) amusing tales of bygone years as well as extolling the sights of Celle today.

SEE   —  Poststr. 8/Rundstr.

Celler Badeland

The ''Badeland'' is a swimming and wellness centre, a mini waterpark with 7 indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, sauna, whirlpools and a solarium. There is also a professional medical department, offering massages etc. The complex also has a restaurant for hungry swimmers and an area where customers can just relax away from water. A great day out for children and adults alike.

DO   —  +49 5141 9519350 —  Map

Biergarten Schattauer

This popular drinking establishment is only 5 minutes walk from the town centre, situated on Luneberger strasse (close to the Hospital). Schattauer offers seating for up to 200 guests in the biergarten and seating for 60 inside the restaurant. Along with Konig pils on tap,guests can also enjoy excellent and reasonably priced meals.[http://www.schattauer-celle.de/home.htm]

DRINK   —  +49 5141 930373 —  Map

Hotel Neun 3/4

Hotel Neun 3/4 (presumably in view of its access to the railway station there is a linked theme here to a certain platform at King's Cross) offers 22 rooms at very reasonable rates. There are special rates for young children, Internet Wifi connections are free as is car parking for residents. The Hotel is within easy access of the centre by foot.

SLEEP   —  +49 5141 9090731 —  Bahnhofstr. 46

Historischer Ratskeller Celle

The ''Ratskeller'' under the town hall (''Rathaus'') serves good food in North German style: traditional, filling and in an historic location. Quiet atmosphere and good service. Especially good during asparagus time (''Spargelzeit''): choose the asparagus. Another local speciality is ''Heidschnuckenbraten'' - mutton from the heathland sheep.

EAT   —  +49 5141 29099 —  Markt 14

City Pension mit Flair

The City Pension (B&B) is located on the edge of the Altstadt and offers 1 Single, 1 Suite, 2 Twin rooms and an apartment. Rates vary according to the room size, but this is ideal for a family on a budget (suit has small kitchen), but there are extras such as parking fees in a local public car park, and only breakfast is offered.

Wine Market

Don't miss this brief festival of wine (mainly German) which takes place annually, in the last week of July. Celle's town centre is full of stalls selling their wares including many local wines, ''Flammkuchen'', cheeses etc and, of course, in the festival atmosphere created by live music including jazz, folk and piano.

DO   —  Celle town centre

Ferienhof Knoop

This holiday farm is family run and offers 1 Single, 1 Twin room and 2 Apartments with cooking facilities, ideal for a family on a limited budget. There is free parking, and the farm offers an outdoor atmosphere although only a short drive from the centre of Celle. In good weather guests can use the BBQ outside.


A large furniture store covering four floors, but also including general home furnishings and decorations on the ground floor. It has a very nice cafe/restaurant on the top floor and a useful play area where your can deposit the kids and then browse at your leisure. It is out of town, on an industrial estate.

Jugenherberge Celle

The Youth Hostel (Jugenherberge) has room for 128 guests in 4 to 6 person rooms, all with their own washing facilities. There is a communal area for up to 25 people, and a play-room for small children. Outside there is plenty of space with table tennis, a ball playing area and a children's playground.

SLEEP   —  +49 5141 53208 —  Weghausstr. 2

Celler Tor

The Celler Tor Hotel boasts a fantastic restaurant Whatever you require the chances are they will have it. Local game is one of their specialities. With well trained waiters and superb food there is a price to pay. Very good wines available. The message is: expensive but you do get value for money.

Thaers Wirtshaus

Situated within the '''Congress Union''' building,close to the town centre.This typical German drinking establishment offers, alongside the obvious selection of good German beers, good German and Mediterranean cuisine.[http://www.conceptomega.com/thaers/] {{dead link|April 2016}}

DRINK   —  +49 5141 91 94 23 —  Map

Factory Outlet

Clothing Factory Outlet selling mainly woman's clothing: Cecil, Cecil Men, Street One and One Touch at least 33% off high street prices. During events (sales times etc), you can get up to 75% off and often find a 'sample' bargain. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

BUY   —  39 Wernerusstrasse

Bomann Museum

Celle's cultural museum and one of the largest and most important museums in Lower Saxony. Numerous displays and reconstructions show how people lived, worked and dressed in the Celle region in centuries past. Interesting portrayal of Celle's industrial history.

Perfect Sports

Perfect's Sports is a diversified and modern health and fitness club with a varied program in Celle. Thanks to modern equipment and implementing the latest findings in sports medicine you can improve strength, endurance and agility and reduce fat specifically.

Herzog Ernst

Situated in the heart of the Old Town at ''Neue Str 15''. This Gastatte is popular for its live music programme, which includes rock, jazz, blues and even country, it has a great atmosphere and great beer.[http://www.herzog-ernst.com/index.html]

DRINK   —  +49 5141 214466 —  Map


Serving traditional German food, the restaurant dates back to 1820, the food is very good and cooked to order, the dishes are not small. Very good value. Be careful with the price. What the restaurant charges is more than the price on menu.

Congress-Union Celle

The Congress Union is a fantastic facility in Celle. It offers international shows on a regular basis. For curremt shows and other information visit the website. A show to look forward to is Rhythm Of The Dance to be shown in January 2012.

Hotel Weinstube Schifferkrug

Family run, older but immaculate, staying at the ''Schifferkrug'' is like staying with your aunt - assuming your aunt can really cook and speaks basic English. Small groups or large families should ask about their holiday apartment.

Ringhotel Celler Tor

This popular hotel is situated on the outskirts of Celle (a 5 minute taxi ride from the centre). This is a well run hotel with friendly helpful staff and well-appointed rooms. It has excellent cuisine and a very good reputation.

Rasthaus zur Börse

This small Rasthaus (rest house) offers just one single room and 4 twin rooms a short drive from the town centre. Breakfast is included in the price, and pets are welcomed. Local on street parking is available.

Coffee Shop Celle GmbH

Superb service, baked baguettes are a speciality. Excellent selections of drinks and special coffees. Well worth a visit when in Celle. Ideal for lunch or other times. Cheap and excellent value for money

Café Rössli

Top café, rather oddly backs onto a linen shop which you can walk through to. Excellent breakfasts and service, but you need to get there early on Saturdays or reserve a table as it is very popular.

EAT   —  +49 5141 6826 —  Neue Straße 25

Café Kiess

Celle's oldest café and one of the best. Cosy atmosphere inside, or relax outside in sunny weather watching the world go around on the town square. Good for breakfast, albeit menu a little limited.

German Museum of Embroidery

Housed in a little rococo castle, the museum portrays the history of embroidery in Europe over four centuries. Finely embroidered cloth from the courtly, mercantile and farming life.


A coffee-roasting house steeped in tradition in a historic shop. As well as a wide range of coffee and tea, you can buy chocolates, spirits and heather honey from the Lüneburg Heath.

Hotel Heidekönig

Situated in a quiet part of the town offering 46 rooms, a restaurant and full customer services. Parking is free of charge as is Wifi connection. Pets are allowed.

Hotel Schnarr

Hotel Schnarr is friendly clean, moderately priced and offers a good selection of quiet rooms. Only the location is less than ideal for those without a car.

GolfClub Herzogstadt Celle

The club offers both experienced golfers and beginners, the amenities of a retreat place with scenic and interesting perspectives and challenges.

Inkognito Discothek

For those who prefer lively nightlife Inkognito provides the answer. it is just a short taxi ride from the town centre at ''Zur Fuchsfarm 1'',

DRINK   —  +49 5141 981212 —  Map

San Marino

A very interesting evening for all with the owner doing the waitressing. Good food and jovial service from the lady in shorts.

Bowling No 1

This 16 lane bowling centre is capable of catering for both large and small parties and has a large restaurant and bar area.


Real is a large supermarket, you can buy household items, clothes, electrical goods, groceries and more

BUY   —  B3

Café Schümli

Good range of breakfasts and cakes, reasonable prices, not as cosy as some, but a safe bet.

Fitness Planet

Quite simply the Gym with the largest training area in Celle.

Café Müller

Good selection of pastries and regional small meals.

La Buca

Good Italian restaurant.

EAT   —  +49 5141 6022 —  Fritzenwiese 39

About Celle

With its rows of timber-framed houses, its imposing ducal palace and historic old town, it is easy to see why Celle is such a popular tourist destination for German and foreign visitors alike. Located in the German state of Lower Saxony on the banks of the River Aller and on the southern fringes of the Lüneburg Heath, it also makes a great base for an excursions into the Heath, as well as the nearby cities of Hanover and Brunswick. The mystical and legendary Harz Mountains are also within striking distance, about 1½ hours drive to the south. Steeped in history, Celle was the official residence of the dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg and, later, of Brunswick-Lüneburg, from 1378 to 1705. Its castle was then converted into a magnificent Schloss that became the summer residence of the prince-electors and kings of Hanover, ancestors to the British royal house of Windsor. It also has a 300 year long association with the military; its barracks housing, at various times, Prussian infantry, Wehrmacht smokescreen troops and British Army units. Having survived the Second World War virtually unscathed, Celle still has that whiff of aristocratic charm about it, whether you're strolling through the French Gardens, sitting in the grounds of the palace, boating on the river or exploring its maze of timber-framed shops. In short Celle is a must for anyone touring Northern Germany!

Source: wikivoyage