Central building of the Leuphana University Lüneburg
© Rheinzink

Architecture


The architecture in Lower Saxony is highly varied. Discover buildings from a wide range of architectural periods — they’re well worth seeing, and you don’t have be an architecture enthusiast to appreciate them. Take a voyage of architectural discovery through Lower Saxony and investigate the different architectural styles.

And be sure not to miss the buildings of the Weser Renaissance. This regional form of the Renaissance style can be identified by the Weser sandstone, highly segmented, elaborate facades and arched gables. Welf Castle in the town of Hann. Münden (short for Hanoversch Münden) and the Pied Piper’s House in Hamelin are among the most important historical monuments of this period.

You can see plenty of examples of the Brick Gothic style in Lower Saxony, too. These buildings are easily recognised by their red brickwork, sometimes in combination with dark glazed stone, stepped gables and star-shaped, reticulated vaults. The idyllic gabled houses in the Old Town of Lüneburg, and the Churches of St John and St Michael are well worth a visit.

Another typical feature of Lower Saxony is its half-timbered houses. In the Old Town quarters of Celle, Wolfenbüttel or Hann. Münden, in particular, the half-timbered buildings are true masterpieces and always a popular subject for photos.

In the far North, on the islands of Norderney and Borkum, you can marvel at the typical Resort architecture. Although the villas are less intricate than those found in the Imperial Spas of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, they still exude the splendour of a bygone era.

The centenary of the Bauhaus movement was celebrated in 2019. In Lower Saxony, too, visitors can follow the trail of the world-famous Modernist movement with examples such as the Fagus Factory in Alfeld or Celle.

UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fagus Factory in Alfeld
© Fagus-GreCon Greten GmbH & Co. KG/ Karl Schünemann

Bauhaus

Bauhaus