Magnificent palaces and proud fortresses – the many grand estates of Lower Saxony awaken dreams of lavish celebrations and heroic deeds.
Step into a bygone era and follow in the footsteps of Ernst August, George I and George V. Take a little break and travel into the distant past of kings and great battles.
The scenic Weser region is home to many impressive castles and the Seven Castle Tour takes you directly through its loveliest highlights.
The southernmost of the Seven Castles is situated on a hill only a few metres from the Weser river: FÜRSTENBERG Castle – a former hunting palace of the Hanoverian Dukes. You won’t just be struck by the impressive monument to the Weser Renaissance, but you will also be treated to spectacular views of the eponymous porcelain factory known around the world for nearly 300 years. As early as the eighteenth century, this factory, founded by the cousin of the Elector of Hanover and the British king, Duke Carl I of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, served as a purveyor to both the English court and numerous noble houses in England. In addition to the Royal Collection, discover the exquisite collections and individual pieces at the FÜRSTENBERG porcelain factory, which has housed the only porcelain Museum in northern Germany since 1957. One of the absolute highlights is a 1763 plate from an extensive ducal service, which was given as a wedding gift approximately 30 years later to the Prince of Wales, the future King George IV of England and his wife Caroline. You can even design your own dishes in one of the many FÜRSTENBERG workshops.
Continue in the footsteps of the Duke of Brunswick Ferdinand Albrecht I by visiting one of the most representative buildings of the Weser Renaissance - Bevern Castle. This Renaissance masterpiece, completed in 1612, now thrills visitors with top-flight concerts, theatrical productions and castle tours.
Continuing along the Weser, you will encounter the magnificent romantic Hämelschenburg Castle, built from 1588 to 1613 by George von Klencke and frequented by both noblemen and pilgrims as much as 400 years ago. Wilken von Klencke served as Lord Chamberlain in the court of Ernst August, the father of George I. The current Lord of the Castle was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.
Following the Emmer cycle path, visitors will eventually reach the Bad Pyrmont health resort and its captivating castle. Pyrmont Castle dates back to the eighteenth century, when it received distinguished guests such as Peter the Great, Frederick the Great, Queen Louise as well as Goethe. The rampart offers unique views of the Pyrmont palm garden, the largest European open-air planting of palms north of the Alps.
While travelling to the Seven Castles, be sure to visit Corvey Castle, which is hidden behind old monastery walls. The neo-Gothic Marienburg Castle in Pattensen near Hanover, at one time given by the last King of Hanover, George V, to his wife Marie, is among the highlights of the castle tour before its culmination at Bückeburg Castle and the Princely School of Riding Art.
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