Schloß Marienburg Things to Do
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In the middle of nowhere, on top of a hill you will find a little neogothic castle. Intended as a country house for Marie von Sachsen-Altenburg, the last Queen of Hanover, it became a beautiful little castle with decorative turrets and medieval flair. It was built between 1857 and 1867, in a time when the Kingdom of Hanover itself was dissolved after being conquered by Prussia. That means that the castle was barely used by the Hanoverians and is therefore well preserved. It is still used by members of the Hanover family. However, it is a popular daytrip destination in summer and most rooms can be visited.
The inner court can be visited free of charge, the rooms in the castle can only be seen with a guided tour. These tours take usually place every 30 minutes, but take place more frequently on weekends in high season (and sometimes even less frequently in off-peak hours). They include the ground floor only. Upper floor tours are only available upon request and prior reservation. In addition to that, also tower tours are available, which are especially worth a visit on a fair day.
All tours are in German only, but non-German speakers can join the tour too with a free audioguide. They are available in several languages, including English, French, Spanish and Japanese. In addition, most guides speak English in case you have any questions. My mom used the Spanish version and got the same explanations as we got from the German guide. The only exception were a couple of anecdotes our guide threw in, including one about a mark on a door (said to be the castle ghost) and explanations about two German sayings. The castle café in the inner court offers traditional German dishes as well as good cakes. However, they are not the cheapest place to get a meal.
The castle makes a wonderful daytrip destination and is interesting for everyone interested in history or generally in visiting castles. The guided tour is good and offers information about the Hanoverians and their connections to the British Royal Family.
The castle can be reached by public transport by Bus 310 from Pattensen/ZOB (Pattensen central bus stop). In the winter months (when the castle is closed…) and during the week, you will have to use the bus stop Schulenburg/Abzweigung Marienburg. From there, it is a 30 min. uphill walk to the castle. On weekends, four courses of line 310 start as line 300 from Hanover/ZOB near the train station. These courses go via Pattensen/ZOB (where they get the 310 designation) and stop in front of the castle. The trip from Hannover/ZOB to the castle takes around an hour. The timetable is found in the German section of their homepage.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Museum Visits