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. 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 is still 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 the Summer House and the historic water mill.
Civil marriages are performed in the Charlottensaal room. The Knights Hall of the Café can be hired for weddings or other parties with up to 180 persons. The Renaissance church offers a special setting for church weddings.
Further parts of the estate are the Langels Trakehner Stud Farm, wooden toy workshop “Rischmade”, the soap boiler Koch , the atelier Klüter and a modern hydroelectric power plant.
Opening times & guided tours
- April + October: daily except Mondays (but including public holiday Mondays) at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2, 3 + 4 p.m.
- May – September: daily except Mondays (but including public holiday Mondays) at 10 + 11 a.m., 12 noon, 2, 3, 4 + 5 p.m.
- Groups by prior arrangement: please phone +49 (0)5155 / 95 16 90