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Welcome to Celle!

Ducal Town

Celle has a history going back more than 700 years. European nobility resided here. For this reason Celle is still proud to be known as a "ducal town". Duke Otto the Strict founded Celle in 1292. The dukes of Brunswick and Lüneburg resided here. Duke Ernest the Confessor introduced the Reformation in 1526.  The last duke, George William, invited Italian and French aristocrats to his court. His wife Eleonore d'Olbreuse and her fellow country men greatly influenced cultural life in the town. Around 1675 the Palace Theatre was established which is today the oldest baroque theatre in Germany still performing.

In 1711 Celle became the seat of the Supreme Court of Appeal, today the Regional Court of Appeal. In 1772 the exiled Danish queen Caroline Mathilde took residence in the town. She became widely known through the infamous Struensee affair and died in Celle. The Caroline Mathilde chambers in the Palace still remind visitors of the "sad queen".



General Information

German is the official language.

Celle has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season.

The international dialing code for Germany is 49. The area code for Celle is 05141.

Electrical current 230V, 2 pin plugs.

No vaccinations are required for entry to Germany.

Money & Banking facilities
The official currency in Germany is the Euro. Creditcards have a low level of usage by Germans as most pay by cash and therefore not all shops accept creditcards.

In general banks are open from 8.30/9.00 hrs until 16.00 hrs. Outside banking hours you will find ATMs on nearly every street corner, most of which are linked to international networks such as Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro.

Passport & Visa
For residents from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and the EU no visa requirements apply except for a valid passport. Nationals from all other countries are advised to check visa requirements with their Embassy or Consulate.

Time zone
Germany operates on Central European Time (CET) or +1 UTC.

Service charges are usually included in bills and tipping is not compulsory, although taxi-drivers, waiters and hotel staff are commonly given some small change. The prices include service and tax, but it is customary to round up the bill.