your royal tour of germany
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.
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.
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”.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
High above the town of Sigmaringen and perched dramatically on a mountain top, Germany’s 2nd largest palace, the Hohenzollern Castle.
Magnificent palaces and proud fortresses – the many grand estates of Lower Saxony awaken dreams of lavish celebrations and heroic deeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.