Next year marks the 300th anniversary of the Hanoverian accession to the thrones of the UK and Ireland and in celebration of this highly important landmark in British and German royal history, the German National Tourist Office UK & Ireland has launched the ‘The British German Royal Heritage Route’.
This new holiday route and travel website enables visitors and enthusiasts of all things Royal to trace the footsteps of British monarchs in Germany, a heritage dating from the first Georgians in 1714 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
The campaign was officially launched today by HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg at the GNTO’s annual press conference.
With the recent birth of Prince George of Cambridge, the enthusiasm for all things royal has reached new levels.
The GNTO’s new ‘Royal Heritage Route’ will show where the British and German monarchs lived and travelled in Germany, highlighting where and how they left their mark in the history books.
Initially the route will focus on Lower Saxony and Hanover, eventually expanding more widely throughout other German states, from the beginning of the Georgian era through to Victoria and Albert, as part of an on-going and developing campaign.
Royal enthusiasts can book their own independent ‘Royal’ tours, using a new interactive ‘Royal Heritage Route’ interactive map on the new website, plus major tour operators are offering special ‘Royal Tours’ of German Cities.
Hanover, Brunswick, Celle, and Hamelin, the UNESCO designated town of Goslar, plus the beautiful island of Norderney are all major highlights of the new route.
Landmarks and places to visit include for example, the beautiful and fairy-tale like Marienburg Castle – owned by Prince Ernst August of Hanover, a new exhibition of the Crown Jewels of the Kingdom of Hanover (on display for the first time in almost 150 years), a visit to Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and the Rosenau Palace – birthplace of Prince Albert - and the recently restored Royal Palace, Museum and Gardens of Herrenhausen, historical site of the summer residence of the British Crown.