Castle Marienburg in the holiday region Hannover
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Castles and Forts

Take a journey through time and experience magnificent castles and proud forts. The many grand estates and residences of Lower Saxony awaken dreams of splendid celebrations, heroic deeds and exuberant banquets. Pass through the stone portals and find yourself transported back to a bygone era. Once upon a time, beautiful maidens in the palaces were consumed with longing for their paramours and wicked rogues in the castles planned their dastardly deeds. Today, these magnificent buildings offer a wealth of possibilities, provide overnight accommodation and great events in a historical ambience. Visitors can have an entertaining time and unforgettable experiences behind the thick walls, in the princely halls, the ladies’ chambers or the castle courtyards. Don’t just take our word for it – embark on your own journey through time!

Fairy-tale castles

The superb castles of Lower Saxony bring childhood dreams back to life: hair pinned up, abundant curls of a white wig falling around the neck, a sumptuous lace dress sweeping across the floor during the dances at the sparkling ball... The splendid architecture makes it easy for visitors to immerse themselves in the historical atmosphere. The desire of the absolutist rulers for wealth is reflected in the rich decoration of the buildings. Even today, an exclusive ambience dominates the noble mansions with their sophisticated gardens and parks.

Drawing on French and Italian influences, the architects of the day created castles that are now admired as important cultural monuments.

Regal periods & castle fortresses

Celle Castle
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Celle Castle

Celle Castle, which includes the Residenz Museum, is one of the most beautiful German castles of the Royal House of Hanover.

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Burg Bentheim
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Bentheim Castle

Bentheim Castle is widely considered one of the oldest and most impressive castles in north-western Germany

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Stadt Wolfenbüttel
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Wolfenbüttel Palace

Wolfenbüttel Palace contains the only state and private apartments of the High and Late Baroque in Niedersachsen

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Die Evenburg in Leer
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Evenburg Castle

Situated in southern East Frisia, Evenburg Castle is an old water castle; after falling into disrepair, it was rebuilt in the 19th century in the Dutch style by the Duke of Wedel.

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Schloss Clemenswerth
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Clemenswerth Castle

The Baroque hunting lodge of Clemenswerth Castle in Sögel, with its central pavilion surrounded by eight smaller lodges for guests, is the only remaining star-shaped hunting complex in the world

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Burgruine Hardenberg
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Hardenberg Castle Ruins

The castle ruin has a history going back 1000 years and now forms the venue for stories with a fairy-tale touch

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Kaiserpfalz Goslar
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Imperial Palace Goslar

The Imperial Palace (Kaiserpfalz Goslar) was built in the period from 1040 to 1050 and is a unique monument in the tradition of secular architecture – a must-see for every visitor to Goslar.

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Oldenburg Palace
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Oldenburg Palace

The pale yellow palace in Oldenburg, Germany looks magnificent to its visitors. Part of the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (State Museum for Art and Cultural History) has been housed in the palace since 1921.

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Wolfsburg Castle
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Wolfsburg Castle

In addition to lending the city its name, the impressive Weser Renaissance building is a cultural hub. It houses the Städtische Galerie art gallery, the Kunstverein art association and the Stadtmuseum city museum.

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