As mentioned before, we went on a daytrip to the historical town of Celle on May 1st. For more information on why I have a troubled relationship with Celle, read the previous post.
Nonetheless, Celle is a lovely town, as evidenced by the photos under the cut:
A rapeseed field in full bloom just outside Syke
Celle Castle. It's surprisingly difficult to get a clear shot of the building
Flowers in the park with a glimpse of Celle Castle in the background
A sculpture of a horse and trainer in the park around Celle Castle. Note the geese in the foreground.
Some timbered houses and the spire of the town church
The baroque town church in Celle
The townhall with elaborate trompe l'oeil decorations
Close-up of the trompe l'oeil decorations at Celle townhall
A historical pillory at the old townhall in Celle. This was one of the very few places that rung a bell for me, since I remembered the kid who would be sent home put into the stocks "as a joke".
The Bomann Museum in Celle, devoted to local history
A statue of the medieval Duke Otto on the facade of the Bomann museum
A statue of agronomist Albrecht Thaer who was born in Celle
A square with timbered houses in the centre of Celle
More timbered houses
A timbered house and an interesting lamppost
Another timbered house and a statue
Timbered house with interesting monster designs and a lamp
A particularly gorgeous timbered house with a fountain in the foreground.
Close-up of the timbered house in the previous picture
Yet another timbered house
Many of the timbered houses have inscriptions. I particularly liked this inscription in Lower German, which says: "Do what you will, people will talk anyway".
Sun sign outside a shop in Celle
More signage, this time around advertising a bakery and café
This timbered house seemingly cut in half is called the "Divorce House". According to a friendly local, a man left his wife who demanded half the house from him as a divorce settlement. So he built half a house, quite literally. When she still wouldn't stop nagging him, he killed her and burried her in the backyard, where her remains were found a century later. It's probably not true, but it makes a great story.
And right into the middle of all those lovely medieval timbered houses, they planted this crime against architecture: A Karstadt department store built in the 1960s, which somehow managed to survive the mass closings of Karstadt stores some time ago
These modern sculptures outside the Celle art museum look like giant maces or outsized triffids
The Reader, a sculpture in front of the city library
Sculpture of a man crashing through a door in Celle
An art installation featuring talking lampposts which tell bits about the city's history