Castles and gardens in Hameln
A visit to Hämelschenburg Palace will take you back into
the world of the Renaissance. Jürgen Klencke and his wife Anna von Holle had the moated palace built between 1588 and 1613 as part of their manor house complex. The imposing edifice is considered to be the most important building of the Weser Renaissance period, and together with its gardens and outbuildings and the church it forms one of Germany's finest Renaissance ensembles. The estate is still completely intact; it has been in the possession of the von Klencke family since 1437 and still today is operated as a viable farming business with the emphasis on sustainability. The palace houses valuable collections of paintings, furniture, porcelain, glassware and weapons from five centuries. Personalised guided tours bring to life the age of the Weser Renaissance and the thrilling 550-year history of a noble
family in the service of the royal House of Guelph.
Also on the estate you will find the café, the beer garden and
the museum shop. You can take an idyllic stroll past the first
church to have been built in Germany for a Protestant congregation (1563) and through the Garden of Courtly Love to theSummer House and the historic water mill. On the mill island you will find the “Rischmade” wooden toy workshop and a modern hydroelectric power plant. The Langels Trakehner Stud Farm also forms part of the estate. Civil marriages can be performed in the Charlottensaal room and church weddings in the Renaissance church. The historic rooms of the café can be hired for parties and celebrations with up to 180 guests.
Stiftung Rittergut Hämelschenburg
Schlossstr. 1, D-31860 Emmerthal
Tel.: +49 (0) 5155/951690
Fax: +49 (0) 5155/951691
Schweineberg, Ohrbergpark und Bürgerpark
A place well worth looking at is the Ohrbergpark, situated to the south of Hameln up on the Ohrberg, especially at the time the rhododendron bushes flower in June. The view from this beautiful English-style landscape garden towards the river Weser is a delight. The Bürgergarten ("Citizens' Garden") is adjacent to the old part of Hameln. Apart from the Werder, it is the largest and most important park area in the centre of Hameln, a pleasure to citizens and visitors to the city alike. From April to October, waterworks are shown in the Bürgergarten several times a day. Directly beside Pfortmühle, a historic mill which is now the town library, a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists connects the old town with the Werder, an island in the river Weser. An idyllic restaurant with large beer garden invites you to stay a while. Further information