The first recorded mention of Celle Castle (Celler Schloss) – as “castrum” – is from 1318, and indeed, the oldest parts of the castle date back to the second half of the 13th century.
Celle Castle (1292) with its Residenzmuseum is one of the most beautiful castles of the Royal House of Hanover in Germany. Court tales are vividly brought to life: Celle as a Baroque royal seat, place of exile of the Danish queen Caroline Mathilde, summer residence of the kings of Hanover in the 19th century. The Baroque staterooms feature opulent stuccoed ceilings by Italian masters, while other grand rooms are hung with paintings of members of the Celle royal dynasty – from which kings of Prussia and Great Britain were descended. The “Königssaal” (King’s Hall) impresses with its imposing paintings and treasures from the period of the Kingdom of Hanover in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the House of Hanover and Britain were in personal union.
The castle theatre is the oldest existing example of a Baroque theatre in Germany.
Notable, too, is the castle chapel from 1485, with its Renaissance interior dating back to 1565 and its sequence of over 70 paintings from this time.