Celle | Germany : A Quick Guide to Planning Your Adventure

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Celle is a charming, small German town about 90 minutes south of Hamburg. My travel buddy, Ally, has close family friends who live here, and they were so kind to invite us to stay with them for a few days. The husband is originally from Celle and the wife is originally from a town near Berlin. The two have two adorable children.

While in Celle, I realized that spending time with locals is a quick way to learn and appreciate the culture. Together, we explored the town’s many restaurants, cafes and castles, and we even ventured to nearby towns [like the picturesque Lüneburg, where we enjoyed shopping and a delicious German dinner].

I strongly recommend staying with locals on parts of an 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!

Don’t miss it

German cuisine is simply one of a kind. Be sure to try schnitzel, potatoes, nuremberg sausages, spätzl, bratwurst, German cake and lots of bread. The food alone is a reason to visit Germany [although I can think of a hundred other reasons].

Pretty cool

 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. Our host family couldn’t have been kinder — offering us coffee each morning and hot tea each evening.

Must try food/drink

Schofferhofer beer, or as our German hostess would say, “ladies beer.”

If in Hamburg, try the popular “fischbrötchen.” When I saw the fish still had its head, I freaked out and changed my order. I later redeemed myself when visiting Croatia!

Wish I had more time for

 We took the train into Hamburg for the day but returned to Celle without getting a feel for the much-talked-about Hamburg nightlife. I have been told by many Germans that it’s quite fun! Instead, we hung out by the water, drank a few German brews and shopped around [which I also recommend!].

Here’s a hint

When visiting small towns like Celle, it’s easy to visit other nearby small towns. We popped into the adorable Lüneburg for a day. The architecture in the Old Town of Lüneburg is absolutely fantastic. It’s just how you would imagine a small German town to look. There were many delicious restaurants and cafes in Lüneburg, as well!

Accommodation

In the home of a very kind German family.

Next stop

After meeting a few Germans in Bruges, Belgium, he decided last minute to cancel our plans for Copenhagen, Denmark, and instead, head south to visit them in Freiburg, Germany. It was absolutely worth it — Freiburg is a gem.

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Lüneburg, Germany
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Lüneburg, Germany
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Lüneburg, Germany
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Lüneburg, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany

Do you have other suggestions for Celle, Lüneburg or Hamburg? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Looking for more German cities to visit? Check out travel guides to BerlinGarmisch-Partenkirchen and Munich.

Next Up: Follow the adventure to Freiburg, Germany.

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