As the gateway to the Lüneburg Heath, Celle has retained its medieval charm and combined it with the modern needs of today's visitors. The small town of Celle in Lower Saxony is known for its 480 historic half-timbered houses dating back to the 16th century. A walk through the old town is like a journey back in time. One of the oldest sights is the Renaissance and Baroque style castle, the construction of which began in the 13th century. With its location between Lüneburg and Hanover, Celle is considered the southernmost gateway to the Lüneburg Heath, which invites long excursions on foot or by canoe through the Aller-Urstromtal. Other destinations for day trips are the Celler Badeland, the Erse-Park Uetze or the film animal park Eschede. As a starting point for tours, the IntercityHotel Celle on the outskirts of the old town is suitable with the possibility to use public transport all day.