your royal tour of germany

  • Bad Brueckenau Palace Gardens
    Bad Brueckenau Palace Gardens ©Staatsbad Bad Brückenau (Jochen Schreiner)
  • Hohenzollern Castle sits enthroned on the Zollern Mountain and offers majestic panoramic views.
    Hohenzollern Castle ©Roland Beck (Burg Hohenzollern)
  • 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.
  • Fürstenberg renaissance castle and porcellain manufactory upon the river Weser.
    Fürstenberg 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 near Hanover © 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
  • Dresden. Pillnitz Palace
    Dresden. Pillnitz Palace © Dresden Marketing
  • Garden of Schloss Friedenstein palace in Gotha, with view of the orangery
    Garden of Schloss Friedenstein palace in Gotha, with view of the orangery ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Thüringer Tourismus GmbH)
  • Belvedere Palace
    Belvedere Palace ©weimar GmbH / Candy Welz
  • North elevation of Sigmaringen Castle, standing majestic on the rock in the centre of Sigmaringen
    North elevation of Sigmaringen Castle © Schloss Sigmaringen
  • Veste Coburg Fortress: the Franconian Crown
    Veste Coburg Fortress: the Franconian Crown © Stadt Coburg
  • Callenberg Castle: Ducal Art Collection & German Shooting Sport Museum
    Callenberg Castle: Ducal Art Collection & German Shooting Sport Museum © Stadt Coburg
  • Ehrenburg Palace: former residence of the dukes of Coburg
    Ehrenburg Palace: former residence of the dukes of Coburg © Stadt Coburg
  • Rosenau Castle: Where Prince Albert was born
    Rosenau Castle: Where Prince Albert was born © Stadt Coburg
  • Island of Reichenau: Church in Mittelzell in the background and Hortulus herbal garden in the front
    Island of Reichenau: Church in Mittelzell & Hortulus herbal garden © Lake Constance Gardens
  • Sanssouci Palace
    Sanssouci Palace ©Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin - Brandenburg / Leo Seidel

Prime Destinations

For 123 years, the Electorate of Hanover and the Kingdom of Great Britain were linked by one Royal Family and the effects of this union can still be seen today. Some of Germany’s most stunning palaces, parks, gardens and hotels invite you to go on a romantic journey back in time to explore their royal heritage. Kings and queens, princes and princesses, they all left their unique mark in Germany. You can now follow in their footsteps and open the doors to a world full of pomp and splendour, royal testimonies and noble relicts of the past.

A stunning view on the avenue and the ancient spa complex in the palace gardens of the state spa town Bad Brückenau

Aristocratic Bavaria

Who hasn’t heard of Germany’s most famous castles created by King Ludwig II of Bavaria? But there are so many more enchanting palaces, inspiring gardens and romantic parks – all with their own fascinating story to tell. Where once aristocratic noblemen and women resided in magnificent splendour guests and visitors now receive a most royal welcome. Visit Bavaria’s castles and discover not only the history of their noble folk but also the noble arts and crafts of days gone by.


Hohenzollern Castle – located between Lake Constance, the Black Forest and Stuttgart.

Hohenzollern Castle – Ancestral seat of counts, kings and emperors

Swabian counts and princes, the kings of Prussia and even the German emperors have their roots here at Hohenzollern Castle in the heart of Baden-Württemberg between Lake Constance, the Black Forest and Stuttgart. The proud fortress perched on conical mount Zoller offers majestic panoramic views stretching over more than 100 kilometres which already prompted Emperor William II to proclaim: “The views from Hohenzollern Castle are truly worth the journey”.


Belvedere Palace

Parks and palaces in and around Weimar

"Here, you feel as grand and free as the wondrous nature before your eyes" – Goethe's words still ring true today and are a perfect description of what awaits visitors to Ettersburg Palace Park. The park comprises a total of seven historic landscape parks both large and small, which are strung together in and around Weimar. The renowned German writer Adolf Stahr once said that "Weimar is a park containing a town", a fitting way to describe the spectacular natural beauty that Weimar radiates.


Garden of Schloss Friedenstein palace in Gotha, with view of the orangery

Royal Roots in Thuringia

For more than 400 years, the Thuringian Ernestines shaped the face of Europe. Their descendants ruled in Belgium, Bulgaria and Britain, and included Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert.

The palaces, castles and gardens of the Ernestines are all over Thuringia. With their magnificent architecture, often surrounded by spacious gardens, their rich art collections and beautiful rooms bear witness to the incredible wealth and influence of the family.


Palaces and gardens around Berlin

For centuries, Brandenburg, the region surrounding Berlin, was an important area and summer residence for Prussian kings. The parks and buildings from the 18th to 20th century form a cultural ensemble of exceptional quality. Large parts of Potsdam’s cultural landscape have enjoyed UNESCO Word Heritage status since 1990.


Dresden. Passionately romantic

Dresden

The rich history of this enchanting city goes back centuries but what about the Dresden of today? It is very much alive! Magnificently located in the Elbe Valley, the city is one of the most magical baroque beauties of Europe.


Flower Island of Mainau with church and Mainau Castle in the background.

The Gardens of Lake Constance

Lake Constance has ten gardens and a whole lot more. Take a trip through the history of garden culture: gardens and parks with breathtaking views bring to life the region’s rich history. Experience first-hand gardens from the Stone Age, the Ancient World and the Middle Ages through to the 19th century and on to the present day.


Rosenau Castle: English-Style Landscape Garden

Rosenau Castle near Coburg

The romantic Rosenau Castle near Coburg was Queen Victoria’s favourite travel destination. It’s where, in 1819, her beloved husband Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was born and spent the majority of his youth.


Ehrenburg Palace: Neo-Gothic façade from the 19th century

Coburg’s Ehrenburg Palace

Duke Johann Ernst had the three wing Ehrenburg Palace erected by 1543, in the place of the Franciscan monastery which was closed during the Reformation. The palace was named “Ehrenburg”, or “palace of honour”, because it had been built without the use of forced labour.


Callenberg Castle: View from rosegarden

Coburg’s Callenberg Castle

Callenberg Castle lies among rolling wooded hills in the northeast of Coburg. A small game preserve is located nearby. It was another residence of the Coburg dukes. It’s also the castle where Sibylla and Gustav Adolf, the parents of today’s King of Sweden, celebrated their engagement.


Veste Coburg Fortress and its art collections

Veste Coburg Fortress

The Veste Coburg fortress was first mentioned in a document in 1056. The so called “Fränkische Krone - Franconian Crown” is visible from afar. With its massive walls and towers, it’s Coburg’s most important landmark.


A historical picture of Sigmaringen Castle with the Danube in the front.

Sigmaringen Castle

High above the town of Sigmaringen and perched dramatically on a mountain top, Germany’s 2nd largest palace, the Hohenzollern Castle.


Explore the entire Renaissance ensemble with its gardens, church, palace, visitors’ center in the former farm buildings and former mill, all contructed around 1600.

Seven Castles in the Weserbergland

Magnificent palaces and proud fortresses – the many grand estates of Lower Saxony awaken dreams of lavish celebrations and heroic deeds.


The Princely Equestrian Academy at Bückeburg presents the Herrenhausen Creams: Pares aus der Schützenden Hand, a cream Knabstrupper, presented as the heraldic animal of Lower Saxony

Bückeburg Castle

The historic stables of the Princely School of Riding Art at Bückeburg Castle have a special connection to the British crown. Discover the royal castle and its extravagant equestrian history, which still features today on Lower Saxony's coat of arms.


King George V gave his wife Marienburg Castle for her 39th birthday in 1857 as a symbol of his abiding love.

Marienburg Castle

True love is right at home in a castle. There are tokens of a great love everywhere in this authentically maintained summer residence and this castle is like a fairytale. The love which dwells there is a true story – that between Queen Marie and George V, the last King of Hanover.


Historical Centre of Norderney. Norderney - the royal island in the North Sea.

Norderney

Welcome to the "Royal Island", as Norderney is sometimes called. The Royal House of Hanover once chose Norderney for its summer residence; not for nothing, because this East Frisian island is now a popular tourist destination.


A view from the castle gardens of the former residence of the Prince-Bishop, commissioned by Ernst August I as a four-wing complex beginning in 1667.

Osnabrück & Iburg Castle

Although not a part of the Kingdom of Hanover, the area surrounding Osnabrück served as a backdrop to the love between George V and his wife Marie.


The foundation stone of the palace of the Royal House of Hanover was laid in 1833. It was severely damaged in World War II. In 2007, the façade was completely restored using the original materials. The Quadriga is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Celle

Come - immerse yourself in a bygone era and visit the backdrops against which royal love dramas once played out in Celle and its environs, including Lauenau Castle and Ahlden Castle.


The foundation stone of the palace of the Royal House of Hanover was laid in 1833. It was severely damaged in World War II. In 2007, the façade was completely restored using the original materials. The Quadriga is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Brunswick

Brunswick is a city that uniquely embodies the legacy of the Royal House of Hanover. The bronze lion is the symbol of the Lion City of Brunswick and evokes the great Hanoverian Duke Henry the Lion.


The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen in Hannover are among the most beautiful parks in Europe. Three styles of landscape art are represented here in a state of perfection.

Hanover

The magnificent summer residences of the Kingdom of Great Britain are still reflected in Hanover, spiriting visitors into a time of kings, queens, castles and stately gardens.


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