Museum of the royal capital in Celle Castle

History of the Kingdom of Hanover

enlarge Audience chamber in the castle of Celle

Audience chamber in the castle of Celle
© Residenzmuseum im Celler Schloss; Ulrich Loeper

Audience chamber in the castle of Celle

Celle Castle, formerly the royal residence of the Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg, has its origins in the 13th century. Expanded into an impressive four-winged complex by Duke Georg Wilhelm in the 17th century, it has retained its formal Baroque character to this day. The Residenzmuseum in Celle Castle chronicles the history of the castle and its inhabitants, and visitors can learn more about the Royal House of Hanover, the oldest royal house in Europe still in existence.
With their magnificent stucco, the Baroque staterooms of the last Duke of the Celle line Georg Wilhelm and his wife Eléonore d’Olbreuse, are a highlight of the museum. Impressive paintings and valuable furniture bring the rooms to life, while the banqueting hall dating back to the late Middle Ages has been beautifully restored. The “Königssaal” (King’s Hall) impresses with its imposing paintings and selected treasures from the period of the Kingdom of Hanover in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the House of Hannover and Britain were in personal union.
Some of the rooms of the permanent exhibition are dedicated to Queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark, who lived in Celle Castle from 1772 to 1775. The Celle Residenzmuseum is also a fun place for kids to visit. On a “Schlossmöbel” tour, children discover the castle in a unique way: they can follow in the footsteps of important historic personalities, get to know their everyday routines and discover exciting facts about the castle’s history. There is not only a lot to see, hear and smell, children can also touch and taste – in fact, this is positively encouraged!


Tourismus und Stadtmarketing Celle GmbH

Schlossplatz 13, 29221 Celle

Phone: +49 (0) 5141 / 12373
Fax: +49 (0) 5141 / 12535


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