It is only a fifteen minute walk from Celle station to the Altstadt and very soon you are at the town's Schloss and an impressively dynamic sculpture of a horse and trainer.
|Horse and trainer sculpture, Schloss Celle|
The Hanoverians acquired Schloss Celle on the death of the last Duke of the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg, George William (Georg Wilhelm), in 1705. George was responsible for altering the previous renaissance-style castle into a 'modern' baroque Residenz, and introduced reminders of his time amongst the villas of Venice. It is certainly an impressive building, surrounded by a moat and set in a peaceful public park.
|Schloss Celle across the moat (with geese!)|
|An interesting fusion of baroque,Venetian, and gothic styles on the façade of Schloss Celle|
|The front entrance of Schloss Celle|
Adjoining the Bomann Museum is the interesting-looking art gallery which contains the Robert Simon collection. It is the world's first 24-hour art museum, and if you come by when it is dark you will find it filled with changing coloured light (apparently - we left Celle well before sunset).
Behind the modern architecture of the Kustmuseum Celle we encountered the first timber-framed building for which Celle is justly famous (there are around 500 of them), the charming former Latin School on Kalandgasse.
|Alte Lateinschule, Kalandgasse 4-6, Celle|
|Music sheet in the window of the Latin School|
I am guessing from the words that this is from Bach's St Matthew Passion
Also here, behind the Kunstmuseum, is the sculpture Feuerwerk für Celle (fireworks for Celle) by Otto Piene (2006), which I think is really rather impressive.
|Feuerwerk für Celle, Otto Piene (2006)|
|Opticians on an der Stadtkirche|
This road is called an der Stadtkirche by the way because we are behind the Stadtkirche St. Marien (St Mary's). Here is a glimpse of it, but in fact if you want religious inspiration most of the timber-framed buildings have devotional phrases written on them; von Gottes Gnaden seen here means 'by the grace of God'.
|By The Grace of God, Celle|
|Flower stall in front of the St Marienkirche, Celle|
|Knightly lances on the Stechbahn, Celle|
|Horse-shoe commemorating the spot where Otto the Magnanimous died in a jousting competition.|
After the Allies occupied Celle, the town became a garrison for the British army until as recently as August 2012. There are still some reminders around the town of this period.
Here are my photos of some of the many buildings in Celle. I call this place a 'model Saxon Mediaeval Town' though because the sheer number of buildings in variations of the same style, and all so pristine and with fresh paint, left me with the impression that I had been to an artificially constructed theme park!
|Market day, Celle|
|Even the exotic lingerie shops in Celle are timber-framed.|
|Are you starting to get a bit bored with half-timbered houses yet?|
|One of the most impressive timber-framed buildings in Celle; the Hoppener Haus, built in 1532|
|Shackles at the Rathaus|
|The rampant white horse of the Hanoverians and Lower Saxony, held by a lion of the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg|
|One of the few neo-classical buildings that buck the trend of architectural prefernces in Celle|
|Alte Reithaus (old kights' house), once stables for the Cambridge Dragoons.|
|Plant-potted tree in the Franzosicher Garten|
|Memorial to Queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark, sister of King George III of England, who had rather a tragic life.|
|Bee-keeping Research centre.|
Not seen one of those before!
|And it is not often you see a timber-framed Chinese restaurant, but kind of inevitable in Celle.|
|Celle sk8tr boyz|
|Shooting museum, by the old town walls.|
|Even Mexican restaurants are timber-framed.|
|The birthplace (in 1752) of renowned agriculturist Albrecht Thaer.|
|Wok and Roll!|
|Crazy frogs on the lookout!|
|Another of my favourite buildings.|
|Stadtkirche St Marien, Celle|
|Bronze statue to 'Ernst der Bekenner' or Duke Ernest the Confessor, champion of the Protestant Reformation.|
|A peaceful Stechbahn after the market stalls have packed up and gone home.|
|Celle law courts. Not timber-framed, for a change.|
|Geese, inhabitants of the Schloss Celle moat.|