One hour’s 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.
Hiding in the Schulenburg Mountain in Lower Saxony, the appearance of the Gothic-style castle with its many battlements, towers, and turrets reminds me a lot of the castle where Princess Aurora slept in Walt Disney’s famous movie – The Sleeping Beauty.
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.
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.
- In order to get to Marienburg, take the bus 300 or 310 from Hanover Central Station. The bus departs every two hours on Saturday and Sunday. During the week, there are only two buses departing at 9:00 and 10:44
- As a private property, the castle’s interior (including the treasury) is only accessible as part of a guided tour. Tour can be booked directly at the castle’s entrance and costs around 12.50€.