The oldest royal house in Europe (and it can prove it!) is that of the Guelphs. Their most famous son is Prince Ernst-August, but the blood relations extend not just to Monaco, but also into the British royal family. Castle Marienburg in Nordstemmen, 20-odd km south of Hanover is still home to the Guelphs today.
This romantic castle is situated on a hill near Nordstemmen on the River Leine. King Georg V. of Hannover has it built between 1857 and 1866 as a present to his queen, Marie.
The large four-winged structure was begun by Hannoverian architect Hase, who was relieved by Opler in 1864. The style is Neo-Gothic, mainly in shape, not in structure. It was meant to look like a romantic medieval castle.
Today it is a museum with a lot of objects from Hannovrian kings and the Welfen.
The Marienburg was never completed. The annexation in 1866 stopped the construction works. The Ex-Queen Marie lived there for short time before she followed her husband into exile. The ducal familiy did not return before 1945.
If you want to visit this magnificent building, you'll have to wear felt slippers, to save wear and tear on the venerable floor. But the visit is well worth it, especially for fans of riding armour, because Castle Marienburg displays an extensive collection.
Saturday and Sunday 10 - 12 am, 1 - 4 pm
From 1st March 2004:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 12 am, 1 - 5 pm
In 1745 Johann Joachim Hoelscher was arrested and found guilty by the major and the council for burning down the town of Elze.
At this place he was burned alive.
If you see this house, you are standing in front of my home ! We bought it in 1999 and completely renovated it.
With a special atmosphere. Theowner is a great hunter and shows some dead animals from Germany and Africa.
You also can eat food from his huntings.
Favorite Dish: Roast venison is my favorite food there.
It's located inside the old mill at the river Saale. It is opened every Tuesday from 10.00 to 12.00 am and on Saturday from 3.00 to 5.00 pm.
We had our civil marriage in the parlor of the museum!
Near Elze is the "Elzer-Mehler-Wald": the forrest of Elze & Mehle. Good place for meetig and enjoying nature! For more pictures have a look in my travelogue...
This is my hometown soccer team, where I'm playing for over 20 years.
Are you able to find me on the picture from 1985 ?