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2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession to the British throne. The 18th and 19th centuries were periods where German and British royal families were closely related with many marriages bringing the two countries closely together. Germany boasts a myriad of outstandingly sumptuous palaces, often connected with British royalty and Hanover is leading the events to celebrate the special Royal relationship between our two countries for this significant tercentenary.
Although damaged during World War II, Hanover has been rebuilt into a thriving and striking modern city with an historic old town and strong links to the past including its flamboyant town hall and many ornate gardens, not least of which is the beautiful, recently restored, Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen.
Nearby the towns of Hamelin, Celle, Gottingen and the city of Hamburg are full of UNESCO World Heritage sites, historic old towns, picturesque markets, noble houses, magnificent castles and an abundance of exquisite parks and gardens from throughout the ages, not to mention the fascinating motor museum of Autostadt.
Hanover Includes the New Town Hall, a magnificent, castle-like building of the era of Wilhelm II and the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, which is known as a “jewel of baroque garden architecture". The newly renovated royal gardens, which were laid out by Electress Sophia of Palatinate at the end of the 17th century, are inspired by the Sun King, Louis XIV and are now one of the best preserved gardens of their kind in Europe, featuring the Herrenhausen Palace Museum.
Not only is it one of the most impressive 19th century neogothic buildings, but this Sleeping Beauty castle is also the embodiment of a love story. Given by King George V to his wife Queen Marie as a present, it is rife with enchanting fairy-tale architecture and furnishings, preserved and maintained by decendents of the royal couple. 2014 will see a special expedition to mark the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian succession, entitled "On the way to the Crown".
Now famously rat free, Hamelin, the medieval city of Pied-Piper fame, still features a beautiful old town, similar to the one depicted in the Brothers Grimm's tale. Other possible excursions include half-timbered Celle, UNESCO Goslar and the fascinating 'Autostadt' motor museum in Wolfsburg.