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Celle Overview

Celle is a small historical town and capital of the district of Celle, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The town is situated in the southernmost part of the Lüneburg Heath on the banks of the river Aller.

Celle is famous for its authentic, undestroyed old town. The buildings in Celle’s old town center date back to the 16th century, among them numerous (and some 480 restored) half-timbered houses, making Celle an important city for tourism in the southern Lüneburg Heath region.

The most impressive building is the ducal palace, Schloss Celle, which was built in 1530 at the site of the former castle. It used to be the seat of the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg until 1705, when it became property of the Electors of Hannover - the very same dynasty that inherited the British crown a few years later. The interior of the palace is now a museum. The most impressive room is the chapel, one of the early Lutheran palace chapels designed in the 16th century.

Another major attraction is the Stadtkirche (town church, 1308) with its white tower, from where the town trumpeter blows a fanfare twice a day (an old tradition that was revived as a tourist attraction).

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