Bordesholm — A Rustic Experience In North Germany

I ain’t candy coating it. Don’t come to Bordesholm in Schleswig-Holstein expecting to be hustlin’ the night away. If you’re also looking for a myriad of historical castles, churches, and museums, I’m sorry to say that just ain’t gonna happen either.

Having said that, if you want a true rustic experience in the heart of North Germany, then, Baby, you’ve found it.

Bordesholm is quite tiny, barely 10 square kilometers, between the cities of Kiel and Neumünster, so getting around is relatively easy enough.

One of the most visited places is the former Augustinian Kloster Bordesholm.

The monastery has been gone for more than four centuries, but it’s church still remains. Come inside to see the (very) early 16th century altar (the original altar found its way to Schleswig Cathedral) and 18th century baptismal font.

Kloster Bordesholm is also the final resting place of Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna, daughter to Russia’s Peter the Great (she was born out of wedlock, quite shocking in the 18th century) and wife to the Duke of Schlesig-Holstein-Gottrup (and nephew to the King of Sweden).

As old as the monastery is, it ain’t anywhere near as old as the Bronze Age grave mounds in the area.

The historical side of Bordesholm ends here, so it’s time to experience the great outdoors. A number of cycling trails will take you around Bordesholm’s fourteen villages (including one named Brügge, like the Belgian city), passing many thatched-roofed cottages and local horse and veggie farms.

I’d be sure to stop at the Bordesholmer See for some swimming or just to hike around its walking paths. It’s a quiet lake that doesn’t allow any boats, BTW.

Some people would think to be bothered with such a quiet town like Bordesholm. But, if you’re constantly on the go in a hectic city then wouldn’t a place like this be just the answer?

I for one will take rustic over harried any day of the week — and I’ll also take one of those thatched roof cottages too. ;-)

 

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