The Sleeping Beauty

One hour driving from Hanover will bring you to Marienburg – the Neuschwanstein of the North. Together with Schwerin Palace, it is counted as one of the most well-preserved monuments and a fairytale castle in Northern Germany.

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Hiding in the Schulenburg Mountain in Lower Saxony, the appearance of the Gothic-style castle with its many battlements, towers and turrets remind me a lot of the castle where Princess Aurora slept in Walt Disney’s famous movie – The Sleeping Beauty.

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The castle was the token of true love, which dwells between King George V, the Last King of Hanover and Queen Marie of Saxe-Altenburg. It was the gift of His Majesty to his wife on her 39th birthday. The Queen loved this place and resided here until the exile of King George V in 1866.

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After the Queen’s departure, Marienburg Castle was fallen into sleep for almost 140 years. Up until 2004, signs of life have returned to the castle for the first time under the guidance of the successor of the royal family and its former glory has been finally recovered. Today, Marienburg Castle has become a must-see when visiting Hanover.

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Marienburg – Toà lâu đài của người đẹp ngủ trong rừng

Ẩn mình trong ngọn núi Schulenburg ̣(khoảng 1 tiếng đi bus từ Hanover), Marienburg ̣được ví như lâu đài Neuschwanstein của miền Bắc nước Đức. Với những tháp canh và tường thành theo phong cách Gothic, Marienburg trông như một phiên bản hoàn chỉnh của tòa lâu đài trong phim hoạt hình Người đẹp ngủ trong rừng của Walt Disney.

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Marienburg là minh chứng cho tình yêu giữa Vua George V – vị vua cuối cùng của Hanover và Hoàng Hậu Marie của vùng Saxe-Altenburg. Vào ngày sinh nhật thứ  39 của Hoàng Hậu, Vua George V đã tặng tòa lâu đài này cho bà. Hoàng Hậu Marie rất yêu thích lâu đài này và bà đã sống ở đây cho đêń năm 1866, khi Vua George V bắt đầu phải sống lưu vong.

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Từ đó, Marienburg đã rơi vào một giấc ngủ sâu kéo dài 140 năm. Mãi đến năm 2004, ̣dấu hiệu của sự sống mới trở lại nơi đây. Ngày nay, lâu đài Marienburg đã trở thành một địa điểm du lịch nổi tiếng của vùng Lower Saxony.

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    1. Len Kagami

      You welcome 🙂 Except for the slate grey sky, it was a nice trip. I was also surprised to know that this German royal family has connection to the UK. There is even a twin of the crown of Queen Elizabeth in the castle’s vault!

  1. Mel & Suan

    Wow, how a man professes his love for a woman.
    It is sad that the castle was abandoned for such a long time but it is now open for us to see! Good sharing!

      1. Len Kagami

        Haha probably not in this scale. But I guess he might gift a mansion or a small residence to other royal family members or his followers.

      1. Jolene

        I have terrible eyesight! But I’ve gathered that you must have great patience in waiting for the perfect shots. That’s why you must share them!

    1. Len Kagami

      Highly recommended 😉 It is easily accessible from Hanover, in case you don’t own a car. There are buses that run directly from the Hauptbahnhof to the castle’s car park (around 1 hour)

  2. travelsidenotes

    You are embarassing me again here… I just checked, I live maybe 90 minutes away from this place and I have never heard of it before. Thanks for the great day trip idea!

    1. Len Kagami

      My pleasure! I think the fame of Neuschwanstein is too large. It has overwhelmed other castles in Germany. Besides, northern Germany has never been popular in term of castles 🙂


    Great pictures! We visited Marienburg this year, while on a trip in Lowe Saxony. Liked it really much and the guided tour was also very informative.
    I also recommend if you get in the area to check the towns of : Hamelin, Celle, Weingerode;)


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