The connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain and Germany go back more than 300 years. The first Hanoverian King of England was only 52nd in line to the throne but, thanks to the Act of Settlement, George was the nearest Protestant eligible to take the crown. Not so long ago, Germany was ruled by an astonishing 22 monarchies, including four kingdoms, eleven duchies, and seven principalities.
- Return flights from the UK
- Rail transfers throughout
- 2-night accommodation in Celle
- 3 nights accommodation in Hanover
This itinerary can also be completed as a self-drive option, please ask for more details.
Fly from the UK to Frankfurt or Hanover. Upon arrival, take a train journey to Celle for your 2-night stay.
Celle is known for its collection of more than 450 half-timbered houses which survived the Second World War largely unscathed. The result of this is that the old town maintains an old-fashioned charm with many fine buildings. The Hoppener Haus looks like something out of a fairytale book and dates back to 1532. The foundations of Celle Palace date back to the 13th Century, but the building was rebuilt in the Renaissance style in 1533 and has a preserved eastern façade with octagonal towers at the corners, gables, and bay windows. The inside is very Baroque and, from 1722, was home to the British-born queen Caroline Mathilde. She was here for three years until her tragic early death. The French Garden in the town is a memorial to her.
After checking out of the hotel, transfer by rail to Hanover for your 3 night stay.
The near destruction of the old town in 1944 has seen many historic monuments restored to their former glory. The Baroque gardens of Herrenhausen were established by the mother of George I and are collectively classed as one of the most beautiful parks in Europe. Peter the Great danced in Herrenhausen and Handel made music here. The Great Garden is the most impressive. It was inspired by a trip to Versailles and its hedge theatre, inspirational fountains and modern Grotto are worth a visit. In summer, plays are performed in the Garden Theatre and further on from this is the Grosse Fontäne - the tallest fountain in Europe.
After checking out of the hotel, transfer by rail to Hanover Airport or Frankfurt Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Marienburg Castle: A castle 135m above sea level and built as a token of love by King George V of Hanover for his wife Queen Mary. Before the castle was finished George V was in exile. The castle is a testimony to court intrigue and the rise and fall of mighty dynasties.
Bückeburg Castle: The Renaissance castle is set amidst 80 hectares of park. You can find the biggest privately owned monumental burial ground site and the Royal Riding School in these gardens.
Other notable buildings in the region that can be found are Gifhorn Castle, Residenzschloss and Richmond Palace in Braunschweig. The castles of Bevern, Bad Pyrmont and the magnificent Wolfenbüttel Castle with it’s beautiful Baroque frescoes. Hamelin is also within easy reach of Hanover.