What a wonderful place the Celle District in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) is. Located within the popular Lüneburg Heath, its twenty-one (21) communities are each unique, offering everything you can possibly imagine throughout its 1,554 square kilometers.
Celle District Map
Cities & Villages in Celle District
Love museums? You’ll find them. Love history? Yup, it’s chocked full of that. Love the great outdoors? You guessed it, it’s some pretty real estate in these parts. Love a nice scenic route? Perfect, quite a few great ones manage to meander around.
One of the most famous places in the district is Celle itself. Located on the German Framework Road and the Weser Renaissance Route, Celle boasts over 400-plus half-timbered houses, but it also has the Bormann Museum — a blend of a Local History Museum, Lutheran History, and a look at a traditional Lower Saxon farmhouse. This is all in addition to the medieval Church of St. Mary, the French Gardens, and a whole slew of events.
Didn’t I say life was great around here? No? Well, I just did. ;-)
Another of Celle District’s towns is Bergen. These days the town of Bergen is great with prehistoric dolmens, dating back to around 3,500-2,800 B.C. Bergen is probably more infamously known as the location of the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. A memorial stands at the entrance to the former camp, and where Anne Frank died in the last days of World War II.
Wienhausen is also great for history buffs, especially if you’re into the Middle Ages stuff. Its monastery (Kloster Wienhausen) was started more than seven centuries ago, back in the 13th century. Plus, there’s also a Klosterpark (Monastery Park), and all its artistic treasures.
The Celle District isn’t all history, mind you. The district is home to a great number of festivals, not limited to just what you’ll find in the city of Celle itself (like its annual Regatta). Nienhagen hosts both an Easter Market and Christmas Market, but also a wonderful Music Festival. And Lachendorf is (besides laughing, as its name implies) the perfect place to be to enjoy a traditional Autumn Market and Autumn Festival.
Nature lovers, you’re sure to love it here in the Celle District, too. Lachendorf’s peat bogs are great for watching our feathery friends, but also the southern part of the Lüneburg Heath, and the Südheide Nature Park is found in the Low German speaking town of Südheide.
It’s too much to take in all at once, so grab a bicycle to trek along the 328 km Allerradweg, or stay a little more centrally located along the 51 kilometers of trails through and around Eschede.
There are a great number of wonders scattered through the Celle District… come explore and see what else you can discover.