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Attractions

There are several places of interest within the city limits of Bergen. Some of these are presented on the following page.

Historic walk through Bergen

In 1997, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the first written mention of Bergen in historical records dating back to 1197, the local history association of Bergen donated plaques for selected historical buildings of the city. These plaques include a description of the historical significance of the respective building, thus allowing visitors and locals an insight into Bergen’s rich past.

 

Museum Römstedthaus

The museum houses a smokehouse, a tithing barn, a small barn used for storage and a loft which served as a refugee home in the middle of the 20th century. In addition to exhibits from the Bronze Age, various implements, utensils, garments and furniture from 17th century rural life are on display.

Am Friedensplatz 7 – 29303 Bergen – Tel.: +49-(0)5051-6612 or +49-(0)5051-479-47

Opening hours

April to June and October

Tue. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (April to June) and
Tue. to Thurs. 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (in October); also open for various alternating evening events

July to September

Tue. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; also open for various alternating evening events

Sat. and Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telephone bookings also possible! Admission is free.

Click here for additional information on Museum Römstedthaus

 

Africa Museum Sülze

Art and culture, flora, zoological specimens and exciting stories from Africa: the Africa Museum has a small but select collection of African cultural objects and artefacts. In addition to a collection of ethnographic items and hunting trophies, visitors can also marvel at the teeth from a hippopotamus skull.

Africa Museum, Buhrnstrasse 9, 29303 Bergen-Sülze, Tel.: +49-(0)5054-1209

Open by telephone appointment.

For additional information, go to www.suelze.org

 

Waldarbeit Museum (museum of forestry)

The museum of forestry has on display a selection of wooden implements and equipment that were used in forestry. Furthermore, various documents, photos and exhibits give an insight into the development of forestry from the early 20th century up until the introduction of mechanisation.

Becklingen 7, 29303 Bergen-Becklingen, Tel.: +49-(0)5051-1667 or +49-(0)5051-7535

Opening hours

April to September

Sun. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by telephone appointment

For additional information, go to www.becklingen.de.

 

Dolmen complex near Siddernhausen

The original location of the dolmen complex, which is situated on a hill between the villages of Dohnsen and Siddernhausen near Bergen, was 500 m further north of the present site. In 1977, it was excavated and re-erected on the present site. The megalithic complex from the Neolithic Period is believed to have been destroyed during the 17th or 18th century. Several stones had been sunk into the ground while others had been carried away. As a result, a considerable amount of the original material has been lost.

Excavations revealed that the original burial chamber was 16 metres long and was made of around 20 to 24 upright stones and 8 capstones. The chamber was paved with cobblestones and had a side entrance; such burial sites were therefore also known as “passage graves”. The open spaces between the uprights and capstones was sealed with dry stone work made of granite. It is likely that the entire burial site was originally covered by an earth mound. This site may have served as a burial ground for several generations. The dead were laid on the floor of the burial chamber and prepared for the afterlife by being buried with their jewellery, earthenware jars and everyday implements.
(Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steinkammer_bei_Dohnsen and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dohnsen-Siddernhausen_Dolmen)

 

Bronze Age tumuli near Wohlde

In a small wooded area around 600 metres northwest of Bergen-Wohlde are 45 burial mounds dating back to the Early Bronze Age. This burial site is attributed to the so-called Lüneburg Culture (circa 1500-1200 BC). At the time, the dead were laid to rest in hollowed-out oak trunks. During archaeological excavations, stones with burn marks were found on the site. The grave goods found on the site, including jewellery and weapons, suggest that the population at the time must have been wealthy.

 

Sieben Steinhäuser (literally in German: the seven stone houses)

The Sieben Steinhäuser are a group of five dolmens located in the NATO military training area in Bergen-Hohne. The complex, which was granted protected cultural monument status in 1923, is considered to be part of the Late Funnel-beaker Culture (3500-2800 BC).

The only public access route to the dolmens begins in Ostenholz, at a check post with a barrier, around four kilometres southeast of the Walsrode autobahn interchange. The access road runs for several kilometres through the restricted zone of the military training area. It is regularly cleared of any spent ammunition from the military range. The dolmen site is only accessible from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on days when no military exercises are held, i.e. at weekends and on public holidays, and during the “Volksradfahren” (public bicycle race) which is held every year in autumn. During the bicycle race, large stretches of the military training area are open to the public. In the immediate vicinity of the megalithic tombs, a refreshment station and catering facilities are always provided for when the race is underway. (Source http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieben_Steinhaeuser and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sieben_Steinh%C3%A4user)

 

Bergen-Belsen Memorial and Documentation Centre

Anne-Frank-Platz, 29303 Lohheide, Tel.: +49-(0)5051-6011

The memorial traces the history of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and serves as a reminder of the crimes committed by the Nazis during the holocaust. For people around the world, the ordeals and suffering of Anne Frank and the diary she wrote are inextricably linked to Bergen-Belsen.

Detailed information on the Bergen-Belsen Memorial is available at http://bergen-belsen.stiftung-ng.de/

Sponsored by the Basle-based Anne Frank Fonds (Anne Frank Foundation) and the Hanover-based Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (Konrad Adenauer Foundation), the city of Bergen has regularly been organising the Anne Frank Peace Days since 2000.

 

Other attractions and destinations in the surrounding region.

 

Navigator for the Celle region

The navigator is an excellent and convenient system that allows you to plan your trips as well as hiking and biking tours in the region around Celle.

The navigator provides numerous recommendations for hiking, riding and biking tours as well as for those interested in visiting the pilgrimage sites in the region. You can also print out the information or download it directly onto your GPS device. In addition, the navigator also provides valuable tips on the places of interest, museums, heathlands, hotels and restaurants.
For further information, go to: www.region-celle-navigator.de


Links Kontakt Impressum

Stadt Bergen • Landkreis Celle • Deichend 3-7 • 29 303 Bergen • Fon 0 50 51 / 479 0 • Fax 0 50 51 / 479 36 • info@bergen-online.de