festivities fit for a king

  • Built by Henry the Lion between 1173 and 1195 as a three-aisled vaulted basilica. Henry the Lion chose this church as his tomb, and was buried here in 1195 next to his wife, Matilda. His son Otto IV, a German Kaiser and king, completed the construction of the cathedral.
    Cathedral of Saint Blasius © Stadt Braunschweig/Gisela Rothe
  • With its Residence Museum, Celle Castle (from 1292) is one of the most beautiful Hanoverian castles in Germany.
    Celle Castle (late summer) © www.celle-tourismus.de
  • Facilities at the Princely Equestrian Academy of Bückeburg: The riding master and grooms of the Princely Equestrian Academy present the Baroque equestrian centre at Bückeburg Castle
    Facilities at the Princely Equestrian Academy of Bückeburg © Fürstliche Hofreitschule/Gabrielle Boiselle
  • The Golden Gate probably dates from the seventeenth century It offers a clear a view of the gallery building built between 1694 and 1698 based on master builder Johan Peter Wachter's (from Electoral Palatinate) designs for Elector Ernst August and his wife Electress Sophie.
    Golden Gate © Hannover Marketing und Tourismus GmbH/Hassan Mahramzadeh
  • Partial view of the inner courtyard of the Baroque palace in Osnabrück. Osnabrück Castle was built in 1667-1673 as a fourwing Baroque complex.
    Inner courtyard of the Baroque palace in Osnabrück © Tourismusverband Osnabrücker Land e.V.
  • Fuerstenberg renaissance castle and porcellain manufactory upon the river Weser.
    Fuerstenberg Courtyard © Porzellanmanufaktur FÜRSTENBERG, Fotograf Krukemeyer
  • King George V gave his wife Marienburg Castle for her 39th birthday in 1857 as a symbol of his abiding love.
    Marienburg Castle © Schloss Marienburg, EAC GmbH (SMB)
  • Promenade Norderney. Norderney - the royal isalnd in the North Sea.
    Promenande Norderney © Staatsbad Norderney
  • With "Hanover's Rulers on the British Throne: 1714-1837", Lower Saxony's 2014 State Exhibition is dedicated to the time of the personal union.
    Hanover State Museum © Landesmuseum Hannover

Events & Highlights

The events calendar is packed with fascinating highlights and festivities to celebrate a truly royal year.

You will be able to update your royal knowledge through fascinating exhibitions showing when the royals came from Hanover and of course indulge yourself in the magic world of the German Christmas Markets.

Whatever your interest, historical, cultural, sporting or otherwise, Germany has something to offer you.

New Ducal Clock Exhibition at Callenberg Castle

Visitors to Coburg’s Callenberg Castle can now enjoy a new permanent exhibition called “ZeitTraum” featuring the Ducal Family’s collection of historical clocks. Characterised by impressive designs and technical sophistication, many of these clocks played a key role in courtly representation. In its latest exhibition, the ducal clock collection bridges the past and present of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

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Winter 2017 - Christmas markets

Brunswick: 29 November – 29 December 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. (Sundays from 11:00 a.m.)

Celle: 30 November – 26 December 2017 (Fridays & Saturdays until 9 p.m.)

Fürstenberg: TBA

Hanover: 29 November – 22 December 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

Osnabrück: 27 November – 22 December 2017 from 12 noon to 09:00 p.m.

Bückeburg Castle: 30 November – 10 December 2017

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Coburg Christmas Market

Coburg Christmas Market

The Coburg Christmas market is among the most atmospheric in Franconia. Held on Coburg’s historic market square between the city hall and the old ducal chancellery, visitors can watch basket weavers, art glass blowers and wood carvers on the job. Immediately after their completion, the finished products are then sold directly from the artisan’s beautifully decorated Christmas market stalls. Visitors to the Christmas market can also experience a ride through the city centre in a historical carriage - with real horsepower. And if you'd like to mingle with the locals, have a cup of Glühwein (mulled wine) beneath the starry sky and next to the statue of Prince Albert, perhaps the most famous of all "Coburgers". Did you know that he introduced the Christmas tree to England?

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FÜRSTENBERG porcelain factory

Fuerstenberg renaissance castle upon the river Weser.

The Museum at Castle FÜRSTENBERG is open from 10.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. on the following days (closed on Mondays):

  • 05 March to 05 November 2017: Tuesday to Sunday and holidays
  • 06 November 2017 to 28 February 2018: 10.30 a.m. to 16.30 p.m.
  • 23 December 2017 to 26 December 2017 and 3 December 2017 to 01. January 2018: closed

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Exhibition "The Path to the Crown" at Marienburg Castle

The exhibition “The Path to the Crown” at Marienburg Castle will focus on the period between 1814 and 1866. The greatest highlight at the heart of this unrivalled exhibition will be the presentation of the Kingdom of Hanover’s Crown Jewels: the Royal Crown, the Scepter and the Bridal Crown, designed for King Ernest Augustus and bequeathed by him to his son King George V of Hanover. For the very first time since the Kingdom of Hanover ceased to exist in 1866 this artistically and historically important ensemble has been unveiled for public display within the former realms of the House of Guelph.

Bookable through: Marienburg Castle

Package deal: including castle tour

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Burgplatz Open Air in Brunswick

This is where Duke Henry the Lion built the original Dankwarderode Castle, the Collegiate Church of Saint Blasius (now a cathedral), and the Burglöwe (castle lion) in the twelfth century. The Castle Square is historically significant as it still retains i

Burgplatz Open Air treats visitors to musicals, operas and operettas in a unique historic setting surrounded by the Cathedral of St. Blasius and Dankwarderode. From 12 to 29 August 2017, the State Theatre will be performing the British musical “Hairspray”.

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The gala show of riding art is the most gorgeous of our shows which takes about 75 minutes. An imaginative journey with costumes of different epochs (Baroque, Renaissance, etc.), magnificent stallions presented in sophisticated choreographies - a presentation of riding art at the highest stage and in a thrilling programme. The show will take place at 3 p.m. on the following dates: 12 March, 16 April, 17 April, 4 June, 5 June, 1 October and 12 November 2017.

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