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==Get around==
==Get around==
Celle is situated on the B3  and the town centre is capped North and South by small industrial shopping areas which cater for the larger furniture stores, garden centres and car dealers galore. These small areas based around Harburger Heerstrasse in the North and  Braunschweiger Heerstrasse in the South are easy to find by car however they are close enough to be a reasonably cheap taxi fare.
Celle is situated on the B3  and the town centre is capped North and South by small industrial shopping areas which cater for the larger furniture stores, garden centres and car dealers galore. These small areas based around Harburger Heerstrasse in the North and  Braunschweiger Heerstrasse in the South are easy to find by car however they are close enough to be a reasonably cheap taxi fare.
Celle's historic ''Altstadt'' is easy walking.  When you get tired, take a cheap and frequent bus.  Time tables can be found at []
The town centre is pedestrian friendly with many of the streets car free. 
*'''Taxi''' The main taxi rank is managed from Kirchstrasse 40A, 29221 Celle.  Telephone 05141 709899 or visit their web site []
*'''Taxi''' The main taxi rank is managed from Kirchstrasse 40A, 29221 Celle.  Telephone 05141 709899 or visit their web site []
Celle's historic ''Altstadt'' is easy walking.  When you get tired, take a cheap and frequent bus.  Time tables can be found at []
*'''Coach and horses''', For those with time a coach and horses trip around the town can be boarded directly in the town centre opposite Karstadt (department store).[]
*'''Coach and horses''', For those with time a coach and horses trip around the town can be boarded directly in the town centre opposite Karstadt (department store).[]

Revision as of 09:54, 24 August 2011

Template:QuickbarPlace With its rows of timber-framed houses, its imposing ducal palace and historic old town, it is easy to see why Celle [23] is such a popular tourist destination for German and foreign visitors alike. Located in the German state of Lower Saxony on the banks of the River Aller and on the southern fringes of the Lüneburg Heath, it also makes a great base for a excursions into the Heath, as well as the nearby cities of Hanover and Brunswick. The mystical and legendary Harz Mountains are also within striking distance, about 1½ hours drive to the south. Steeped in history, Celle was the official residence of the dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg and, later, of Brunswick-Lüneburg, from 1378 to 1705. Its castle was then converted into a magnificent Schloss that became the summer residence of the prince-electors and kings of Hanover, ancestors to the British royal house of Windsor. It also has a 300 year long association with the military; its barracks housing, at various times, Prussian infantry, Wehrmacht gas troops and British Army units. In short Celle is a must for anyone touring Northern Germany!


Portrait of Ernest the Confessor on the Hoppener Haus

Celle is at least a thousand years old, the first written record referring to it as Kiellu ("fishing bay") in 993. The town received much sought-after rights to mint its own coins in the 11th century and, by the end of the 13th century, Celle had become a ducal seat. In fact it was Duke Otto II the Strict who decided that the old fortified residence in Altencelle was no longer suitable and built a new settlement next to the site of the present castle. Celle's importance grew, being granted town rights by Otto in 1301, the same year that work on the town church (Stadtkirche) began.

In 1378 Celle changed hands becoming the residence of the dukes of Saxe-Wittenberg. They were ousted in 1433 by the princes of Lüneburg, one of the branches of the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg and ancestors of the British royal family. In 1452 Duke Frederick the Pious founded a Franciscan abbey here and, 12 years later, the town boomed thanks to its monopoly on the shipping of grain. The Reformation came to Celle in 1524, championed by Duke Ernest the Confessor, whose portrait still graces one of the best-known timber-framed buildings in the old town, the Hoppener Haus.

The rule of Duke George William in the second half of the 17th century saw a cultural renaissance as the castle was turned into a Schloss or palace, ornate gardens took the place of fortifications and the baroque theatre was created. When the last Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg died in 1705, Celle passed to the prince-electors of Hanover. Although no longer a ducal residence, the town grew in stature as an administrative and judicial centre for the region. When George, Elector of Hanover, ascended to the British throne as George I, Celle became a possession of the British Hanoverian line.

Celle has a long association with the military. In 1842 the Cambridge Dragoons Barracks was built for the regiment named after Prince Adolphus, the Duke of Cambridge. This later became Goodwood Barracks after the Second World World and from 1976 to 1996 was the HQ of Germany's Panzerbrigade 33. In 1989 it was renamed again to Cambridge-Dragoner-Kaserne and is now a youth centre. In 1872 another barracks was built for the 77th Prussian Infantry Regiment, that became known in 1938 as the Heidekaserne ("Heath Barracks"). After the War the barracks was used by the British Army until 1993. Today it has been restored and houses the New Town Hall and Celle County Council Offices. A third barracks on the northern outskirts of the town was built for German gas troops. There is also an air base atWietzenbruch which is used as the German Army's aviation training school. In the 1920s a silk mill was built that later became part of the German war machine, producing parachute silk for Wehrmacht paratroopers.

In 1929 the original Karstadt department store in the town centre was opened, its facade being identical with that of the one on Berlin's Hermannplatz. The store was pulled down in the 1960s and replaced by a modern building, which was meant to resemble Celle's timber framed houses.

During Kristallnacht, the coordinated attack on Jews in Nazi Germany on 9/10 November 1938, the synagogue in Celle escaped destruction because it was next to a leather factory and parts of the historic old town. On 8 April 1945 Celle suffered its only major bombing raid during World War 2, much of the industrial estates and railway goods yard being destroyed. A train carrying about 4,000 POWs to Belsen was hit, causing hundreds of casualties, but some of the prisoners escaped into nearby woods. SS guards and Celle townsfolk took part in the infamous 'Celle hare hunt' (Celler Hasenjagd), killing several hundred POWs over several days. The exact number of victims has not been determined. Several people were later tried and convicted of war crimes. Celle surrendering without resistance to advancing British troops on 12 April 1945.

Today, Celle is a modern, self-governing town and capital of Celle county. It lies 35 km north-east of Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, to which has direct road and rail links. On 1 January 1973, Celle ceased to be an independent town (Kreisfreie Stadt) and became the largest borough in the new county (Kreis) of Celle. It lost the parishes of Ummern, Pollhöfen and Hahnenhorn and gained Hahnenhorn, Helmerkamp, Hohne (a village east of Celle, not to be confused with the Army base), Pollhöfen, Spechtshorn and Ummern).

On 25 July 1978 there was a hoax bombing of the prison, which was blamed on the Red Army Faction, but later admitted to have been carried out by the Lower Saxony Intelligence Service. It later became known as the "Celle Hole".

Get in

By Plane

The nearest airport to Celle is Hanover which is a main international airport with regular flights from all over the world with services to most European capitals and major cities. The airport is situated in Langenhagen which is 11 kilometres to the north of Hanover centre and has easy access to the autobahn. It is the ninth largest airport in Germany and is one of very few German airports which are open 24 hours a day, although there are very few flights between 11pm and 4am. The centre of Celle is approximately 39 kilometres from Hanover airport with an estimated driving time of 35 minutes. Hanover airport is also accessible by a combination of trains, buses and taxis.

The website for Hanover airport listing flight locations, scedules, prices and availability can be found here [24]. The address and contact details for Hanover airport are as follows:

Hanover Flughafen

Flughafenstraße 4

30855 Langenhagen

  • Reception 0049(0)511 977-0
  • Service center 0049(0)511 977-0
  • Parking service 0049(0)511 977-12 46
  • Lost & Found 0049(0)511 977-10 10

There is also an international airport in Bremen which has many of the budget airlines operating regular flights to most European countries. The airport is located close to the city centre and there is a tram which departs every 5 to 10 minutes (on Sunday evenings up to 30 min) to Bremen city centre and the journey takes 11 minutes and costs €2.30. This airport is also close to the autobahn links but is 114 kilometres and a 75-minute journey to Celle centre.

The website for Bremen airport listing flight locations, scedules, prices and availability can be found here [25]. The address for Bremen airport is as follows:

Bremen Flughafen

Flughafenallee 20

28199 Bremen

Hamburg international airport is approximately 8 kilometres north of the city centre and is the fifth busiest airport in Germany. In 2009 extensive refurbishment improved road access and connections to the Hamburg S-Bahn system which will connect with the main Bahnhof in Hamburg city centre. The Radisson Blu Hotel was constructed in 2009 which would benefit travellers who wanted a rest before any onward travel. Although this airport is 141 kilometres away from Celle and will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by car it is still a viable alternative to Hanover and Bremen airports.

The website for Hamburg airport listing flight locations, scedules, prices and availability can be found here [26]. The address for Hamburg airport is as follows:

Hamburg Flughafen

Flughafenstrasse 1-3

22335 Hamburg

By Train

Celle Bahnhof runs a variety of localised trains and is also a stop for the ICE trains running on the Hamburg to Hanover route. Trains to Hanover and Hamburg stop hourly at the station as do individual ICE trains during busy periods. Metronom trains link Celle to Uelzen, Hannover and Göttingen as part of the regional transport network. Celle is also the terminus for routes S6 and S7 of the Hanover S-Bahn network. Links to the east and west are not part of the structured bahnhof system so Hanover is the better option for travelling more extensively around the area.

The Deutsche Bahn railway station is approximately a fifteen minute walk or a five minute taxi ride west of the Celle Altstadt. During trade shows (Messe) in Hanover Deutsche Bahn will add extra trains on the Hamburg to Hannover route which is very convenient for customers utilising this facility.

The local network is extensive and located predominantly to the south-east of Celle and within a 25 kilometre radius there are the following train stations:

  • Ehlershausen
  • Otze
  • Escheds
  • Grossurgwedel
  • Burgdorf
  • Mellendorf
  • Bennemuhlen
  • Isernhagen
  • Bissendorf
  • Dollbergen

Websites offering useful information include the main Deutsche Bahn site [27] and a centralised website with links to the various different bahnhof sites [28]

The address and contact details for Celle train station are as follows:

Bahnhof Celle Pbf

Bahnhofsplatz 6

29221 Celle


Tel: 0049 5141 42020

By Car

Celle is 28 kilometres from the nearest autobahn but is located on the main B3 route which runs from north to south. Access from Hanover centre (nearest City) would be via the A37 which connects to the B3 in an north-easterly direction and the journey is 42 kilometres and will take approximately 35 minutes.

Driving from Bremen (westerly direction) will be on the autobahn A27 which connects to the A7 to the south-east of Walsrode. The A7 runs south for a further 14 kilometres and the junction for the Celle route is Buchholz. The B214 from Buchholz to Celle centre is a direct route with a distance of 28 kilometres and an average driving time of 30 minutes.

Travelling from the north (Hamburg) is also via the route A7 and the junction to the south-east of Soltau leads directly onto the B3. The B3 route to Celle centre is a 42 kilometre (43 minute) journey through very pleasant undulating countryside passing through Bergen town centre.

By Bus

Celle has an extensive bus network within the centre and to local attractions with various options offering discounts for a multitude of circumstances. These include discounted fares as follows:

  • Families
  • Senior Citizens
  • Children
  • Students
  • Combination tickets with train travel
  • Travelling with pets
  • Travelling with bicycles
  • City travel
  • 48 hour travel
  • Group cards

A comprehensive list is available on the Celle Bus website [29] detailing prices, timings, routes and other helpful information. Further information can be obtained as follows:

CeBus GmbH & Co. KG

Nienburger Strasse 50

29225 Celle

Tel.: 0 51 41 · 48 70 80 Fax: 0 51 41 · 48 70 839

E-Mail: [email protected]

Get around

Celle is situated on the B3 and the town centre is capped North and South by small industrial shopping areas which cater for the larger furniture stores, garden centres and car dealers galore. These small areas based around Harburger Heerstrasse in the North and Braunschweiger Heerstrasse in the South are easy to find by car however they are close enough to be a reasonably cheap taxi fare.

Celle's historic Altstadt is easy walking. When you get tired, take a cheap and frequent bus. Time tables can be found at [30]

The town centre is pedestrian friendly with many of the streets car free.

  • Taxi The main taxi rank is managed from Kirchstrasse 40A, 29221 Celle. Telephone 05141 709899 or visit their web site [31]
  • Coach and horses, For those with time a coach and horses trip around the town can be boarded directly in the town centre opposite Karstadt (department store).[32]


Celle Palace

Celle survived the Second World War largely unscathed with the result that its Altstadt, with around 450 half-timbered houses dating from the 16th to 18th centuries, is largely complete and creates a unique historical and cultural ambience. To the south and west it is flanked by two parks. Important attractions are Celle Palace (built in 1292) and the town's ancient church (Stadtkirche). The palace houses the oldest working Baroque theatre in Germany (built ca. 1675) and it has its own theatre company. The Old Town Hall has a typical gabled roof in the "Weser Renaissance" style and in its basement is the Ratskeller, one of the oldest pubs in Lower Saxony, built in 1378.

As might be expected of a town with a population of over 70,000, Celle has a comprehensive range of shops from department stores like Kaufhof to small specialist shops as well as a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars catering for most tastes.

  • Celle Palace. The ducal palace, Schloss Celle, whose foundations date to the 13th century, is the oldest building in the town. What started as a castle for the dukes of Lüneburg, fortified with moats and ramparts, was gradually expanded and modified into a mixture of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. From 1772 it was home to the British-born, Danish queen, Caroline Matilda, the daughter of Frederick, Prince of Wales, who had been banished to Celle as a result of her affair with Johann Friedrich Struensee of Copenhagen. She only lived at the Celle court until 1775 when she died at 23 of scarlet fever. In the 19th century the castle was occasionally used by the Hanoverian royal household as a summer residence. Guided tours visit the Renaissance chapel, Baroque theatre, ducal chambers and palace kitchen. Open Tu-Su 10am-4.30pm.
  • Altstadt. The old medieval town centre has a large pedestrian-only zone that wends through a wonderful tapestry of timber-framed houses and shops. Stop for dinner, drink a beer, buy a watch; mostly just stroll.
  • Hoppener Haus, Poststr. 8/Rundstr. (in the ''Altstadt''). Perhaps the most impressive and best-known timber-framed buildings in the old town, the Hoppener Haus dates to 1532 and looks like something out of a picture book. In front of the house is a rather strange, modern work of art: five talking streetlamps that are activated by movement and recount (in German) amusing tales of bygone years as well as extolling the sights of Celle today.
  • St. Mary's Church (Stadtkirche), An der Kirche (in the ''Altstadt''). Tu-Sun 10-18 hrs. Originally built around 1300 in a Gothic style, this ancient parish Church of St. Mary was rebuilt in the Baroque style between 1676 and 1698. The crypt houses the ornately decorated tombs of members of the House of Welf, distant ancestors to the British royal throne. The church also has an impressive, nearly 400-year-old, altar and the restored organ and Baroque ceiling vaulting is also worth seeing. The more energetic may climb the 234 steps up the tower for outstanding views over the town and the castle.
  • Celle Hasenjagd. Once you've marvelled at the town's old castle being converted to a tranquil palace and noted how well the Germans mix old and new, stop outside the railway station and gaze at the marshalling yard. Here, in 1945, allied bomber struck the station as a target of opportunity. Among the trains waiting in the yard was one filled with concentration camp workers. Many prisoners were killed in the raid. Many more took the opportunity to flee for their lives. Over the next several days, the SS guards and local townspeople scoured the town and neighboring woods, hunting down the escapees. Many of the "rabbit hunters", were tried and convicted for this war crime. Several were hanged.
  • Garnison Museum, Well worth a visit, this is a Museum which concentrates on the Military history of Celle. The Military history goes back to 1626 and includes the role of the Luftwaffe before and during WW2 and also the British garrison post WW2. There are hundreds of exhibits ranging from weapons and uniforms to sigals equipment. The museum has many artifacts from the history of the various units and regiments that have been stationed in Celle. It is located at Hafenstrasse 4, which is in the main parking area a few minutes walk from the town centre.[33]
  • Lower Saxon Stud Farm, Spoerckenstrasse 10, 29221 Celle (Exiting Celle town centre towards Hanover, just past Police station), (05141) 92940, [1]. Mon-Fri 09.00-16.00, Sat 09.00-12.00 Closed to public 15 Feb-15 July. If you are an animal lover, a visit to Celle wouldn't be complete without visiting their world famous Stud Farm. Hanoverian stallions are kept on this yard, schooled and sold for thousands of euro's to buyers all over the world. Traditionally, on the last 2 weekends of September, and the first weekend of October, the annual 'parade' takes place where, at the stroke of one, a 3 hour programme takes place duirng which all the stallions are presented in hand, under harness or under saddle. It is celebration of horses and a treat to watch - even for those non-riders.
  • Bomann Museum, Schlossplatz 7 (opposite Celle Castle), 05141 12-372, [2]. Tu-Su: 10-17. Celle's cultural museum and one of the largest and most important museums in Lower Saxony. Numerous displays and reconstructions show how people lived, worked and dressed in the Celle region in centuries past. Interesting portrayal of Celle's industrial history.
  • German Museum of Embroidery (Deutsche Stickmuster-Museum), Palais im Prinzengarten 2, 05141 - 38 26 26. Guided tours via the Bomann Museum: 05141 - 12 372, [3]. Feb-Dec Tu-Th and Sa/Su 10-17. Housed in a little rococo castle, the museum portrays the history of embroidery in Europe over four centuries. Finely embroidered cloth from the courtly, mercantile and farming life. € 3.
  • The French Garden (Französiche Gärten), ("Directly). Directly off Südwall and at the entrance to Magnusstraße car Park, the French Garden probably owes his name to the French gardeners PERRONET (in 1670) and Rene DAHURON (1690-1701) who were in services of Celle's Duke George William. The last one was in charge of the first laying out of a pleasance and a vegetable garden according to the courtly gardening tradition of the 17th century. In the years 1695 and 1696 two parallel avenues of linden were planted. These avenues form a dominant central East-West axis until today (the linden avenue was completely renewed from 1951 until 1953). In 1705, Celle lost the position as royal seat. The garden became overgrown and not until 1772 the French Garden flourished under the courtly gardener KRANTZ for a short time on occasion of the exiling of the Danish queen Caroline-Mathilde to Celle. Furthermore there was built a summer house at the pond and in 1784 there was erected a statue to her.Afterwards there was again a shortage regarding the upkeep. Even in 1801 the small summer house at the pond was removed. Not until the middle of the 19th century under the dedicated Hanoverian supreme major-domo MALORTIE the French Garden was undergoing the gradual transformation into an English landscape park according to the plans of the garden inspector SCHAUMBURG. After the World War One, the children's playground, which still exists today, was laying out in the eastern part and a small rose garden, which was re-schemed in 1966, in the western part. In 1927 the northern part of the garden was divided off on occasion of the foundation of the Beekeeping Institute of Lower Saxony.Meanwhile the French Garden was classified as a historical landscape monument.


Theatre, Opera and Musicals:

  • Congress-Union Celle, Congress-Union Celle Thaerplatz 1, 29221 Celle (After exiting the motorway follow the direction of Celle. Once in Celle, follow the sign posts towards Congress Union Celle. The parking house “Congress Union” is located right beneath the building. The entrance is in “Bullenberg”.), Tel +49 (5141) 919460, [4]. Monday to Friday. The Congress Union is a fantastic facility in Celle. It offers international shows on a regular basis. For curremt shows and other information visit the website. A show to look forward to is Rhythm Of The Dance to be shown in January 2012.


  • Celler Badeland, (Just a short walk from the town centre in 77er Straße), +49 5141 9519350, [5]. The Badeland is a swimming and wellness centre, a mini waterpark with 7 indoor and outdoor pools, waterslides, sauna, whirlpools and a solarium. There is also a professional medical department, offering massages etc. The complex also has a restaurant for hungry swimmers and an area where customers can just relax away from water. A great day out for children and adults alike.
  • Bowling No 1, Ludwig-Erhard Str 5 (10 minutes by taxi from the town centre), +49 5141 279270, [6]. This 16 lane bowling centre is capable of catering for both large and small parties and has a large restaurant and bar area.
  • GolfClub Herzogstadt Celle, Beukenbusch 1, Celle 29229 (From the town centre follow the B 191 towards Garssen, once in Garssen turn R on the K 29 to the club.), +49 (0) 5086 395, [7]. The club offers both experienced golfers and beginners, the amenities of a retreat place with scenic and interesting perspectives and challenges. €40-€50 for adults, reductions for children.
  • Perfect Sports, Hunäusstraße 7. 29227 Celle (Exit Celle on the Hannoversche Heeratrasse turn right at the BMW garage and follow the road to Hunausstrasse7.), 05141-881444, [8]. 0900 - 2200 during the week and 1000 - 1700 at a weekend. Perfect's Sports is a diversified and modern health and fitness club with a varied program in Celle. Thanks to modern equipment and implementing the latest findings in sports medicine you can improve strength, endurance and agility and reduce fat specifically. Memberships from 39 Euro.
  • Fitness Planet, Telefunkenstr. 45A, 29223 Celle (B3 (Harburg road). Turn left into the street Telefunken (with Obi and Edeka)), 05141- 88 88 980, [9]. 0800 - 2200 during the week and 1000 - 1800 at a weekend. Quite simply the Gym with the largest training area in Celle. Day Pass 10 Euro. Memberships from 29.90 Euro.

Local Events both Seasonal and Permanent:

  • Wappen Von Celle (pleasure boat), Brambusch 23, 29225 Celle (The departure point for this river cruise boat is Celle Harbour, near Celle town centre), ☎ (05141) 941212, [10]. approx 2/3 hours. This passenger boat cruises the river Aller, departing from near Celle town centre on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid April to mid October. Anyone can go on these cruises by turning at the departure point on the day. Normally lasting 2/3 hours and costs vary depending on whether food & beverages are involved! It can also be hired for private functions, and group bookings are given discount. It is a lovely way to see some of Lower Saxony at a more leisurely pace, a great way to celebrate a special event, or just a lovely thing to do with visitors. Prices vary depending on the tour.
  • Wagon Tours, Celle town centre (Departs outside Karstadt in the town centre), (05141) 9879-0, [11]. about 35 mins. Take a horse drawn carriage tour around the beautiful Celle town centre. The carriages are stationed at their departure point on the corner of Grosser Plan/Bergstrasse (opposite the relatively ugly building which houses Karstadt Department store). The commentary is in German but, even if you don't understand that, it is a charming way to see the town centre. These tours run daily throughout the season (generally April to October), dependant upon weather. The carriages can also be hired for private tours, can include catering and collection from your hotel/railway station is possible Approx: adults €3, children €2.
  • Christmas Market, Celle town centre, [12]. Daily 11.00-20.00, Sat 10.30-21.00. Closed 24 & 25 Dec. Celle town centre's Christmas market is one of the biggest and best in Lower Saxony. Annually, usually from the end of November through towards to end of December (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), over 100 stalls gather together in the beautiful historic town of Celle to sell their wares and celebrate Christmas in true German tradition and style. Here you can buy hand crafted Christmas presents, or simply enjoy typical German food and drink. In Celle you will find Northern Germany's highest Christmas Pyramid. For further information on ALL German Christmas markets visit Free.
  • Wine Market, Celle town centre, [13]. Don't miss this brief festival of wine (mainly German) which takes place annually, in the last week of July. Celle's town centre is full of stalls selling their wares including many local wines, Flammkuchen, cheeses etc and, of course, in the festival atmosphere created by live music including jazz, folk and piano. Entrance Free.
  • Guided tours of Celle, Meet at bridge in front of Celle Castle. May-Oct Sa-Th 11, F 16:30; Apr-Nov and 1st-3rd Advent weekends Sa/Su 11. €5.


Shopping in Celle
  • Orchideen Zentrum Celle, Tannholzweg 1-3, 29229 Celle (Just off B3 from Celle towards Bergen. In Grosse Hehlen next to REAL supermarket), 05141 9372-0, [14]. Mon-Fri0900-1800, Sat 0900-1600, Sun 1000-1200. Buy your exotic orchids direct from the grower! This orchid growing centre has a Visitors centre where you can browse through many beautifal specimen orchids, learn more about the plants and purchase a much more exotic orchid than you would otherwise find in your local garden centre. They also open the entire growing area periodically to the public and allow public access to their growing, seeding areas etc, when you can learn as much as you ever wanted to know about these beautiful plants. Entrance Free.
  • Factory Outlet, 39 Wernerusstrasse (Take the B3 out of Celle towards Hanover & turn right at BMW garage). Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 09.00-14.00. Clothing Factory Outlet selling mainly woman's clothing: Cecil, Cecil Men, Street One and One Touch at least 33% off high street prices. During events (sales times etc), you can get up to 75% off and often find a 'sample' bargain. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Huth's (Huth's Kaffee und Feinkost), Großer Plan 7, 0 51 41 - 60 08, [15]. M-Sa 9-18. A coffee-roasting house steeped in tradition in a historic shop. As well as a wide range of coffee and tea, you can buy chocolates, spirits and heather honey from the Lüneburg Heath.
  • Wallach, Heineckes Feld 3 (south of Celle, just off the B3, passed the BMW amd Mercedes garages, easy to find as it is signposted off the B3), 05141 9940, [16]. M-Sa 10-20. A large furniture store covering four floors, but also including general home furnishings and decorations on the ground floor. It has a very nice cafe/restaurant on the top floor and a useful play area where your can deposit the kids and then browse at your leisure. It is out of town, on an industrial estate.
  • REAL, B3 (on the right going out of Celle on the B3). 08.00 - 22.00. Real is a large supermarket, you can buy household items, clothes, electrical goods, groceries and more


  • Café Kiess, Großer Plan 16/17 (in Celle's old town), +49 5141 2086167. M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 2PM-6PM. Celle's oldest café and one of the best. Cosy atmosphere inside, or relax outside in sunny weather watching the world go around on the town square. Good for breakfast, albeit menu a little limited. *<eat name="Café Schümli" alt="" address="Zöllnerstrasse 14" directions="in Celle's pedestrian precinct" phone="+49 5141 85006" url="" hours="M-Sa 9AM-6PM; Su 1.30PM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="">Good range of breakfasts and cakes, reasonable prices, not as cosy as some, but a safe bet.
  • Café Rössli, Neue Straße 25 (in Celle's pedestrian precinct), +49 5141 6826. Top café, rather oddly backs onto a linen shop which you can walk through to. Excellent breakfasts and service, but you need to get there early on Saturdays or reserve a table as it is very popular.
  • Historischer Ratskeller Celle, Markt 14 (in Celle's market square), +49 5141 29099, [17]. The Ratskeller under the town hall (Rathaus) serves good food in North German style: traditional, filling and in an historic location. Especially good during asparagus time (Spargelzeit): choose the asparagus.
  • La Buca, Fritzenwiese 39 (by the footbridge over the river(pfenning brucke)), +49 (0)5141 6022, [18]. M-Su noon-11PM. Good Italian restaurant.
  • Palio Taverna & Trattoria (in the Hotel Fürstenhof), Hannoversche Straße 55/56 (Opposite the Congreß-Union), 0049 (0)51 41 / 20 10, [19]. Good Italian restaurant in the Hotel Fürstenhof with a relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere, good German and Italian food.A hint of Tuscany lies in the air when the friendly staff have laid the tables. The rustic atmosphere brings a piece of Italy to Lower Saxony. The cucina casalinga conjures up seasonal creations. But the traditional specialities are also on a par with these. And a perfect meal is concluded with a heavenly dessert. That melts in your mouth! Not forgetting the wine menu with a ginormous selection. Italophiles of all ages are sure to find the right dish. Mid-high prices.
  • Schweine-Schulze, Neue Strasse 36 (approx 100 mtr from the Rathause, (with your back to the Rathaus, Neue Strasse is straight ahead).), 05141 22944. Serving traditional German food, the restaurant dates back to 1820, the food is very good and cooked to order, the dishes are not small. Very good value. Budget to Mid range.
  • <eat name="Bolero Celle Hafenstr. 2, 29223, Celle, Tel: +49 51412085404

Cuisine & Style: International - Bar, Restaurant & Bar Average main course: €10 Average spend: €15 Opening hours: Mo-Fr 17.00 Uhr bis open end Sa-So und an Feiertagen 9.30 Uhr bis open en Book Happy Hour - täglich von 17.00 - 19.00 Uhr * Book CAIPI HOUR - täglich von 23.00 - 01.00 Uhr - alle Caipi-Variationen nur 4,50 € - Jumbo-Caipis für nur 6,90 € Book JUMBO HOUR - täglich von 19.00 - 23.00 Uhr - alle Jumbo Cocktails für nur 8,90 € Book BRUNCH - Jeden Samstag, Sonntag & an Feiertagen von 9.30 - 15.00 Uhr für NUR € 9,90 pro Person Book ALL YOU CAN EAT Jeden Montag von 17.00 - 0.00 Uhr - Schnitzel satt für NUR € 9,90 Book SALSAPARTY - Jeden ersten Donnerstag im Monat - ab 18.00 Uhr Workshop - ab 19.00 Uhr Party Book 2 FOR 1 SUNDAY - Jeden Sonntag von 16:00 - 0:00 Uhr 2 gleiche Gerichte zum Preis von Einem* An innovative restaurant and bar concept, the success of Bolero's 12 restaurants throughout Northern Germany has attracted guests of all ages for 19 years. Popular during the day, Bolero is particularly inviting in the evening when the cocktails accompany the cuisine from the Mexican-Mediterranean fusion menu. The drinks menu is highlighted by this list of 120 internationally-loved cocktails, covering all the classics as well as the speciality caipirinhas and coladas. In addition to the classic tortilla-based choices, Bolero's food menu is highlighted by crunchy salads and delicious pasta dishes, in addition to steak, fish and vegetarian dishes. The philosophy of Bolero is to offer a gastronomic experience that is both honest in price and performance. The friendly, lively staff ensure a competent service and a warm approach to the needs of their guests. As you would expect at Bolero, the satisfaction of the guests and quality of cuisine are the top priorities.


  • Thaers Wirtshaus, Situated within the Congress Union building ,close to the town centre ☎ +49 5141 91 94 23.This typical German drinking establishment offers, alongside the obvious selection of good German beers, good German and Mediterranean cuisine.[34]
  • Biergarten Schattauer, This popular drinking establishment is only 5 minutes walk from the town centre, situated on Luneberger strasse (close to the Hospital) ☎ +49 5141 930373. Schattauer offers seating for up to 200 guests in the biergarten and seating for 60 inside the restaurant. Along with Konig pils on tap,guests can also enjoy excellent and reasonably priced meals.[35]
  • Herzog Ernst, Situated in the heart of the Old Town at Neue Str 15 ☎ +49 5141 214466. This Gastatte is popular for its live music programme, which includes rock, jazz, blues and even country, it has a great atmosphere and great beer.[36]
  • Inkognito Discothek, For those who prefer lively nightlife Inkognito provides the answer. it is just a short taxi ride from the town centre at Zur Fuchsfarm 1, ☎ +49 5141 981212


  • <sleep name="Hotel Weinstube Schifferkrug" alt="" address="Speicherstraße 9" directions="Halfway between the train station and the Schloss" phone="(0 51 41) 37 47 76" url="" price="" lat="" long="">Family run, older but immaculate, staying at the Schifferkrug is like staying with your aunt - assuming your aunt can really cook and speaks basic English. Small groups or large families should ask about their holiday apartment.</sleep>
  • Hotel Schnarr, Fuhrberger Landstrasse 17 (Not for walkers. 10 minutes by taxi or bus to trains or Altstadt), +49 05141 43123, [20]. Herr Schnarr is friendly clean, moderately priced and offers a good selection of quiet rooms. Only the location is less than ideal for those without a car.
  • Ringhotel Celler Tor, Scheuener Straße 2,, 49 05141 5900, [21]. This popular hotel is situated on the outskirts of Celle (a 5 minute taxi ride from the centre). This is a well run hotel with friendly helpful staff and well-appointed rooms. It has excellent cuisine and a very good reputation.
  • Hotel Fürstenhof, Hannoversche Straße 55/56, 0049 (0)51 41 / 20 10, [22]. Outstanding, but pricey, 5 star hotel not far from the old town, the Fürstenhof boasts a gourmet Italian restaurant, the Palio Taverna & Trattoria, a traditional German restaurant, the Landhausküche, and a foyer bar. Expect to pay around €185 to €300 for a double room and €42 for a 3 course meal (less drinks).
  • Jugenherberge Celle (Youth Hostel), Weghausstr. 2 (north of Celle in Klein Hehlen), 05141 53208. The Youth Hostel (Jugenherberge) has room for 128 guests in 4 to 6 person rooms, all with their own washing facilites. There is a communal area for up to 25 people, and a play-room for small children. Outside there is plenty of space with table tennis, a ball playing area and a children's playground.

Get out

  • Lüneburg Heath - Celle is the heath's southern gateway and a great base for exploring this unique natural landscape. In particular, the Southern Heath" Nature Park (Naturpark Südheide) north of Celle is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists alike with its network of cycleways and hiking trails, forests and open heathland. It is also possible to canoe local heath rivers, such as the Örtze.
  • Hanover - is about ½ hour away by road or rail and the capital of Lower Saxony. Visit the Herrenhausen Gardens, the Old Town Hall or Hanover Zoo. Follow the "red line" tourist trail and visit many of the historic sights.
  • Brunswick - the "Lion City" with its historic Castle Square, Dankwarderode Castle, Old Town, Lion Monument and other historic attractions.
  • Harz Mountains - including the mystical Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz with its Alpine Garden. Explore the mountains by steam train on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway network. Walk along the spectacular Bode Gorge from Thale. Visit historic Goslar and Blankenburg, ski at Braunlage or visit the many show mines and other visitor attractions.
  • Wolfsburg - is about 1 hour away by road. Famous for the VW Autostadt Museum, a great day out for the whole family. Just a walk away from the town Centre, which also has its own Design outlet centre, and 5 min drive from the city lake, with a great pool complex and numerous boating and cycling activities around the lake.

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