Celle is a small German town an hour south of Hamburg. Ally and I decided to visit Celle because she has close family friends that recently moved back there from the United States. We stayed with them in their home and had a wonderful visit. While in Celle, I realized that spending time with locals is a quick way to learn [ and appreciate ] the culture. Together, we explored the restaurants, cafes and castle in Celle, and we even ventured to nearby towns [ like Lüneburg, a cute German town where we enjoyed shopping and a delicious German dinner ]. Therefore, I strongly recommend staying with locals on parts of any extended trip, even if it’s as simple as staying in an Airbnb with a local host/hostess. I am confident you will have a fulfilling experience, similar to the one I had in Celle!
In the home of a very kind German family.
I really enjoyed getting a true feel for German life. We picked up the kids from school, ate a traditional German breakfast each morning, ran errands and enjoyed dinner with the family in the evenings.
Don’t miss it
German food, including schnitzel, potatoes, nuremberg sausages, cake and lots of bread.
Wish I had more time for
An evening in Hamburg. We took the train into the city for the day, but we missed out on the night life. I have been told by many Germans that it’s quite fun!
Must try food/drink
Schofferhofer beer, or as our German hostess would say, “ladies beer.”
Here’s a hint
If in Hamburg, try the “fischbrötchen,” and then tell me how it is. When I saw the fish still had its head, I freaked out and changed my order. It was very unlike me on the trip [ I was usually eager to try the local dishes ]. I still regret it!
Train to Freiburg, Germany.
Visited Celle, Lüneburg or Hamburg before? Share your experience and tips in the comments below.
[ Follow the adventure to Freiburg]