One of the most beautiful Renaissance complexes is Hämelschenburg Castle in the Weserbergland, situated between Bad Pyrmont and Hameln, Germany. The moated castle was erected in 1588 at the behest of Jürgen Klencke and his wife Anna von Holle. It is owned by the same family to this day. The castle was constructed at the height of the Weser Renaissance period. Along with the agricultural buildings, church and gardens, it forms a walled and completely preserved compound. In the historic rooms, visitors can marvel at the original furniture, paintings and collections of weapons, porcelain and glass.
Opposite the castle, the former country estate with its café and beer garden is the perfect place to relax. A walk in the idyllic countryside by the castle takes tourists past Germany’s first Protestant church, through the Minnegarten (Garden of Courtly Love) to the summerhouse, a historic watermill and, from there, to the artist’s studio. The estate also boasts a blacksmiths and the Langels Trakehner stud farm.
Civil weddings are held in the castle’s Charlottensaal room. The Knights Hall of the café can be hired for weddings and other events; the room seats up to 180 people. The Renaissance church also provides a special setting for church weddings.
A private guided tour detailing the history of the castle brings the historic rooms and their countless art objects to life.