Bovenden

The village of Bovenden is situated in a scenic location in the Leinebergland region just outside the city of Göttingen on the course of the German Fairy Tale Route.

The surrounding Leine valley and Plessforst forest offer visitors many different leisure activities in woods and fields. Above the hamlet of Bovenden, the striking Plesse Castle rises on a rock of light shell limestone and is a popular and legendary excursion destination in the region.

Bovenden for friends of fairy tails

It is no coincidence that the village of Bovenden with Plesse Castle has been a member of the "German Fairy Tale Route Association” for 40 years. The "German Legends" collection published by the brothers Grimm includes two of the 20 known Plesse legends: "The Silent People of Plesse" and "The Swan Rings of Plesse". The Grimm brothers also visited nearby Plesse Castle at the latest during their time at the University of Göttingen (1829-1837).

In her capacity as a Bovender symbolic figure in connection with the German Fairy Tale Route, "Adelheid von Plesse" represents a noble woman who lived in Plesse Castle around 1200. During, varied guided fairytale tours, "Adelheid von Plesse" will introduce you to the castle and its history.

Bovenden for holiday tourists and day visitors

Visitors can comfortably reach Plesse Castle as hikers or by bicycle on well-maintained paths or by car on the German Fairytale Route.

From the mighty castle the visitor has a magnificent view over the Leine valley and the bordering mountains up to Solling and Harz. In the romantic surroundings of the castle complex, guests can expect a cultivated gastronomy with home-style cooking in the "Knights' Hall" and the "Vaulted Cellar" as well as in the beer garden situated in the castle courtyard.

The village of Bovenden maintains four caravan/camper sites with the necessary supply and disposal facilities. From there you can go on extensive cycling tours in the Leine Valley. The Harz-Heide cycle path runs through the village of Bovenden.

A stay in the heated bathing pool Ratsburgbad Reyershausen with its various games and sports facilities offers recreational fun for the whole family.

Events & Guided Tours

A special note for guests who do not speak German:
Some of the guided tours and audiences offers or events presented here are currently only available in German,
some are offered regularly, others on demand in different languages.
In many cases, fairytale magic and fabulous seductions do not need spoken language to be properly experienced.
Let yourself be surprised or inquire directly at the address given in each case.
And please understand that for technical reasons some descriptions are shown here only in German. Thank you very much!

Bovenden historical tidbits

Plesse Castle was first mentioned in a document in 1015. Until 1660 it served as residence for the noblemen of Plesse. The dominion of Plesse was temporarily transferred to the Hessian Landgraves and was added to the Guelph territory at the Congress of Vienna in 1816. J. W. von Goethe was a guest at the castle in the late summer of 1801 and rested with his companions under a lime tree whose new offshoot still bears his name today.

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