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Culture in the Duchy of Lauenburg & Stormarn

Fairytale-esque (and also eerie) castles, hidden galleries and travelling theatres on the water – the cultural offerings from the Duchy of Lauenburg and Stormarn range from surprising creativity to impressive history.

Schloss Ahrensburg

Friends of opulent noble houses and fine garden culture will find their holiday happiness in Stormarn. The white Ahrensburg Castle, for example, with its four towers, impressively displays the special features of the Renaissance style and also boasts exquisite furniture, high stucco ceilings and Meissen porcelain in its interior. Reinbek Castle, which served as a hunting residence for Duke Adolf I, was also built in the Renaissance style. Regular art and cultural events enliven the historic halls to this day. Things get really spooky at Grabau Castle from the 19th century, whose eerie appearance is repeatedly used as a film set. In addition to numerous castles and manor houses, Stormarn also has very special galleries to offer art enthusiasts. One of them is the Trittau watermill, which shows five exhibitions per year by young and contemporary artists in its old walls. In summer, the Duchy of Lauenburg transforms its Elbe-Lübeck Canal into a moving cultural space. 90 events from the fields of music, theatre and visual arts surprise guests who can paddle from scene to scene in a canoe. Once a year, musicians transform a body of water into a moving “sound lake”. At this festival, urban places, lakes, roadsides and even bus stops become event venues for culture. This can be experienced on walks, blindfolded and in the radius of “sound sculptures”.