Exploring the Altstadt

A good way to experience Celle is to take a stroll around the Altstadt to look at its beautifully restored 17th-century houses, many with gilt lettering proclaiming the year it was built (and often when it was rebuilt) as well as Bible verses or other proverbs, such as man sieht nur mit dem herzen gut ('one sees clearly only with the heart').

First, pop into the tourist office in the Weser Renaissance–style Altes Rathaus (from 1561–79) for an 'ex(Celle)nt' English walking map. One block south, on the corner of Poststrasse and Rundestrasse, is the ornate Hoppener Haus (1532). If you backtrack north past the tourist office and turn right into Neue Strasse, highlights include the Green House (1478) with the crooked beam at No 32 and the somewhat oddly decorated Fairy-Tale House at No 11 (across the street and down a few houses) – look for the troll sitting on a pile of gold.