Today we headed for the small town of Celle. According to our guide book it is “one of the finest half timbered towns in Germany” which turned out to be true.
The history of Celle goes back to 14th century when the dukes of Braunschweig-Luneburg were banished from Luneburg and crossed the Luneburg Heide (moor) to Celle and made it an aristocratic Residenzstadt for three centuries. Dominating then and today is the Schloss or castle the dukes built surrounded by beautiful gardens which on such a hot day were a delight to sit in.
From the Schloss we wandered the many streets of half-timbered houses erected over two hundred years since the 16th century. They were all well preserved and genuine as Celle did not experience any bombing during World War II despite being close to Hannover. To cool off a little from the heat we visited the town church (churches are always nice and cool) with its ornate stucco particular the altar and an impressive organ once played by a certain Johann Sebastian Bach.
The heat was getting to all of us so we headed back to base.