Bredstedt — Pragmatic Tours To The Wadden Sea

It’s been a while since I’ve ventured up to the northern part of Germany, this time to the town of Bredstedt in the Nordfriesland District. Yeah, this is pretty far north — located just 6km from the shores of the North Sea.

Ohhh, jolly great, time to go mudflat hiking at the Wadden Sea! Sorry, got a little carried away there — won’t happen again. ;-)

Mudflat hiking isn’t the only thing to do around here, although it’s best to keep an eye out on the tide schedule if you do.

Anyway, Bredstedt also lies along the Schleswig Geest, which is part of the Schleswig-Holstein Geest, making it a great starting/ending point for a few days of hiking/cycling fun. The Tourist Office (at Markt 37) is a great place to start your itinerary — they’re sure to help you find the best routes to take.

The Tourist Office is also the place to be if you want a guided City Tour, which’ll only take about 2 hours of your time. If you’re disabled, the tour can be shortened down to an hour, BTW.

Those of you who appreciate nature only so close as the Discovery Channel, will love getting a lesson of the local flora/fauna of the region in the nicely kept Nature Center. You just gotta go between May 1st-October 31, Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Sorry, they’re the museum’s official opening hours.

Still, that leaves plenty of time to enjoy one of Bredstedt’s really fun festivals. The Großes Kinderfest is a big deal around these parts every July, as is the Open-Air Summer, featuring live music event July through August. The Summer Festival is a classic German festival every August, followed by the Herbstmarkt every September. Better bring something warm to wear if you’re coming for the Christmas Market — a month long affair running from the end of November to the end of December.

Whatever you choose to do or see, the one thing you must add to your itinerary is a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas. Located on the Süderstraße, good old St. Nick’s church is a beautifully designed Gothic church that celebrated its 500th birthday back in 2010.

Now that I think about it, that doesn’t seem very old, since Bredstedt is officially 279 years older than the church itself.

Maybe you need to do what I did, sit on one of the benches by the pond… and ponder.

Just kidding, I was watching the ducks swim around. At least I think they were ducks.

Perhaps I should experience nature a little more than what’s showing on the Discovery Channel. ;-)

 

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