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