Go on an Expedition through the Castle

Princess Mary Princess Mary Princess Mary

The eleven-year-old Mary reports:

Daily routines of a Princess

Queen Marie Queen Marie Queen Marie

The Queen reports:

Final days at the Castle

From the Castle Kitchen From the Castle Kitchen From the Castle Kitchen

Chambermaid Claudette reports:

365 baking pans for the Queen

The Love Story The Love Story The Love Story

Castle tour guide Andre Mertens reports:

A fairy-tale castle for the Queen

Princess Mary
Princess Mary
Queen Marie
Queen Marie
From the Castle Kitchen
From the Castle Kitchen
The Love Story
The Love Story
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Love of a Lifetime

The romantic vision of a medieval castle was a birthday present of King George V of Hanover (1819-1878) to his wife Queen Marie (1818-1907). Marienburg Castle was built between 1858 and 1867 as a summer residence for the Queen, who had long wished for a refuge from official court life. The building was designed in the neo-Gothic style, which was highly popular at the time. At the time of construction, King George V could not know that his love token would once become one of the important historic monuments in Germany.

Until 21 years earlier – and for the more than 120 years between 1714 and 1837 - there had been virtually no royal court in Hanover as the House of Hanover had ruled the kingdoms of Hanover and Britain by personal union.

During that time the monarchs had lived almost exclusively in London, and Hanover was largely lacking in the architecture typical for a royal capital. Perhaps that is why the "little country seat" the Queen had wished for grew into this magnificent stately home.

The architect commissioned to build the castle was Conrad Wilhelm Hase, one of Hanover's most influential architects of the time. In 1864 he was succeeded by his former pupil Edwin Oppler, who fitted out the interior and made some changes to the design.

In 1866, while the castle was still under construction, war broke out between Prussia and Hanover. After Hanover had been annexed by Prussia, King George V left the country, and went into exile in Austria, where Queen Marie joined her husband one year later.

Because of the war, Marienburg Castle has never been finished. The castle was left uninhabited, and it remained so for almost 80 years with only a caretaker in residence. For this reason, the original design is almost completely preserved.

Awoken from its sleep, which had lasted for decades, Marienburg Castle casts its spell again on all visitors with its fantastical architecture and its fairy-tale appearance. Today the almost completely preserved interior and the countless turrets and pinnacles still overwhelm the fascinated guests.

 Marienburg Castle is still private property of the Royal House of Hanover.

 

Welcome to Marienburg Castle …

Let yourself be taken on a journey back into the middle of the 19th century, when King George V of Hanover and his wife, Queen Marie, lived on this very spot, in a little paradise combining nature and art.

Enjoy a tour through the historic rooms of the Castle and crown your visit by climbing up to the top of the tower. There, a magnificent view out over the wonderful valley of the River Leine awaits you.

I hope you have a wonderful time visiting Marienburg Castle and look forward to welcoming you soon.

Ernst August, Prince of Hanover

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The castle itself looks like a miniature Disney palace, in my opinion. On the day we visited, there were 3 weddings going on - which only proves how nice the place is.

Guest comment on the tourist website tripadvisor.com

Marienburg is a very nice castle, in original condition, with lots of furniture and antiques, very nice construction. All a castle needs to be a great place to visit.

Guest comment on the tourist website tripadvisor.com

It is so nice here and I felt like a princess every step of the way!

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This is the most impressive place I ever visited. This castle is the most powerful meaning what the love is. Being in here, and learning the history of this castle, it is really amazing.

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The rooms that Queen Marie chose to live in are full of her original items (rarely seen in castles these days), her children's rooms are as they were left with their original school books, toys, reading books on view. Kitchen was super!

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Impressions from the castle