picturesque palaces and gorgeous gardens
You don’t have to travel far to immerse yourself in a world you had never before imagined even existed. Descendants of German royal families still carry their titles and the country is fascinated by royals, although the German monarchy was dismantled in 1918. Hence it’s no big surprise that you’ll stumble over royal links wherever you go in Germany. You will discover historic footprints all over the country, represented by extensive traces of noble buildings, spectacular manor houses, castles and palaces. Don’t be surprised to meet real princes, dukes and counts and get ready to hold court in Germany’s most opulent landmarks of its royal past.
The Palace of Wolfenbüttel was home to the Guelph court for more than 400 years. Today a museum in the castle houses the prestigious state apartments, special exhibitions and offers guided tours through what is a proof of the glamour and riches of the ducal court.
Looking back on a history spanning over nearly 1000 years, Castle Bentheim – the largest hilltop castle in northwest Germany – came to the Kingdom of Hanover in the mid-18th century. Explore the castle grounds with its mighty Gunpowder Magazine Tower or enjoy a guided tour at weekends.
Towering high above the land, Hardenberg Castle ruins will immediately put you into a fairy-tale setting. Enjoy a guided tour through the ruins in a journey in time or go for a stroll in the romantic Castle Park.
Built in Renaissance style in 1525 and official residence of Duke Francis of Brunswick and Luneburg, Gifhorn Castle today features the city’s historical museum as well as the Castle Chapel, one of Germany’s oldest ecclesiastical buildings, especially built for Protestant services.
Having been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992 together with the old town of Goslar and the Rammelsberg mine, the Imperial Palace is a must-see for every visitor to Goslar. The Palace has been a contemporary witness of German history since 1050 and visitors can learn more interesting facts during hourly tours.
Although its foundation stone was laid 275 years ago Clemenswerth Castle is not yet on the scrap heap. Numerous exhibitions and events make the baroque hunting lodge and its grounds a stunning setting for art and garden lovers as well as for families.
Altenkamp Manor, built from 1728 to 1732, awaits its visitors with magnificent frescoes dating back to 1750 and an impressive Baroque pleasure garden including 200 years old taxus (yew) hedges. Today, the refurbished manor house is a cultural centre for renowned historical art exhibitions.