Celle's glockenspiel

With rotation of figures displaying famous characters from Celle's past

The glockenspiel chimed for the first time in the Markt on 28 July 1973. The idea stemmed from the local business C.A.W. Schnell, established in 1842 and specialising in jewellery and watches. In August 1974 with support of the local council and administration, the initially planned rotating figures were added. When the shop closed the Celle Municipality assumed ownership of the glockenspiel. Since 2010 it can be admired and heard on the front of business premises in Zöllnerstraße, corner Poststraße.

Celler Glockenspiel.

Four times a day the glockenspiel can be seen and heard:

at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.


The figures are carved from wood and show characters from Celle’s history. The entire installation with its 16 bronze bells, five figures and the rotation box weighs 570kg. The following characters can be seen:

Duke Otto the Strict (1266-1330)

At Whitsun 1292 he granted to Celle the town privilege and encouraged the resettlement of citizens from Old Celle to New Celle. In 1301 he bestowed upon the new town a town charter in the Lower German language.

Duke Ernest the Confessor (1497-1546)

Following his studies in Wittenberg he ruled the principality jointly with his brother Otto until 1527. He became one of the most committed Protestant rulers. In 1530 he signed with his brother Francis the Augsburg Confession, thus paving the way for the introduction of the Reformation in Celle. In 1530 he initiated the first town expansion.

Queen Caroline Mathilde of Denmark (1751-1775)

A sister of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1766 she married King Christian VII of Denmark and following an extramarital affair with the physician and Danish Minister of State Johann Friedrich Struensee she was divorced in 1772. She lived in exil in the Celle Palace from 1772 until her early death in 1775.

Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty - poet (1748-1776)

Although he only spent his youth at Celle’s grammar school, he became an integral part of the town’s history. Hölty was one of the co-founders of the Hain Association of Göttingen. His sentimental, melancholy poems are characterised by a subtle lyrical perception.

Hermann Löns - Heath poet (1866-1914)

Whilst hiking in the Heath he often visited the old ducal town of Celle where he always felt at ease. Löns is regarded as the most prominent poet of the Luneburg Heath who as a hunter and an artist observed flora and fauna and described both, embedded in atmospheric images, in his serious but also cheerful animal and hunting stories. His poems are folksong-like and many have been melodized and thus become very popular. Löns was killed in action during World War I near Reims on 26 September 1914.