The Hämelschenburg Castle, located nearby Hameln, is a place taken out of fairytales. Strikingly beautiful, with a fortified bridge, two octagonal towers, moats and a triple-winged arrangement of the building, this Castle is a delightful place to visit in Germany. It’s well known for it’s authentic reneissance architecture and interior design. The Castle is made out of Weser sandstone, which is said to have been very valuable in that period. The construction of the Castle has begun in 1588 and has finished in 1613, and it was built for Jürgen von Klenke and Anna von Holle,who lived in there later on. The property is still owned by their heirs and taken care of very well, but it doesn’t serve as a living space anymore. To make use of all the beautiful paintings, porcelain, glassware, furniture and weapons, which have been collected through many centuries, the inside of the Castle had been turned into a museum. Besides the reneissance styled art, there are many baroque and late 19th century touches, showing the Castle’s journey through the years well.
The Hämelschenburg Castle and surrounding villages are home to the famous German tale of the Pied Piper. In Hamelin there’s an attraction waiting for all fairytale lovers, the German Fairytale Route. Another amazing place to see when we’re visiting the Castle is the Saint Mary’s Church, which is the oldest freestanding Protestant church in Germany. It served as a castle chapel and a parish church of Hämelschenburg. It has been renovated and rebuilt, as it was damaged in a fire in 1544, but the family tomb of the Klenckes below the church remained untouched. For nature enthusiast there’s a big suprise, that has been named one of the most beautiful parks in Europe – the Kurland in Bad Pyrmont, located not too far from the Castle.
Guided tours of the premises are organised, as well as various art and history themed events. Often there are art exhibitions or concerts. Also, it’s a popular place for weddings, which are held in the beautifully decorated Charlottensaal room, as well as for wedding parties up to a 180 people. Moreover, it’s a place connecting the local community, as every year on the first weekend of Advent the Castle holds an Advent Market. The buildings are surrounded by stunning gardens, where we can find pastures, a mill with a painter’s studio, a waterwheel, a wooden toy shop, a soap boiler and even a hydroelectric power farm. It’s definitely an inviting place for a lovely walk. If all the sightseeing gets too much there’s a cafe, which gives an amazing oportunity to relax and take the amazing views in. For souvenirs loving visitors there’s a museum shop as well.