Bruchhausen-Vilsen — Lower Saxon Mills Await

This is it, I’m staying right here — and no one is going to make me move. I’ve fallen in love with the town of Bruchhausen-Vilsen, a town and Collective Municipality.

What do you mean you’ve heard that line before? Really, I’m quite serious this time — and with all there is to do here in this quaint northern German village, I’m not even sure why I’m still sitting here typing this stuff.

Oh yeah, it’s so you can enjoy the place as well. ;-)

As always the hardest part is to tell you where to start. For me it was all the windmills to be found in town; five of them to be exact.

The oldest one is said to be the Martfeld Mill, from around 1583 even though the current on is a Dutch style from the 1840s. Somehow I think something got mixed up because the Klostermühle Heiligenberg (the Monastery Heiligenberg) has been working hard since 1370 — and again the current one didn’t come around til 1856.

Bruchhausen-Vilsen’s got old churches, too. St. Bartholomew’s church isn’t quite that old, even if its bell was made way back during the strife of the Thirty Years’ War. It is St. Cyriakus that claims the “old” title, built in 1227 in a Romanesque design.

That’s quite enough to keep me entertained for a while — but good thing that’s not all. The Railway Museum is next up in the sightseeing department — and while you’re at it, you can actually take a steam locomotive ride through the countryside.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you to be back in time for the Brokser Heiratsmarkt. Held over five days on the last weekend of August, almost a half-million people flock to Bruchhausen-Vilsen for fireworks, livestock sales, a Bachelor Auction (hey, the festival actually translates to a Marriage Market), and all sorts of other fun stuff.

As big as the festival is, it isn’t a one-horse town. Come for the Oktoberfest Beer Festival, the Asparagus events, and the Christmas Farmers Market. All of these are in addition to the town’s Weekly Market, held every Friday afternoon from 2:30pm – 6:30pm.

Yeah, this is why I want to stay — and I haven’t gotten to try the ice rink, or seen the orchids that bloom every July/August yet.

So, if you find yourself near Bremen — come here, it’s only about 24 kilometers, so you’ll be here in no time. Chances are I’ll still be here, so I’ll see ya then.

 

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