When coming across a town like Bunde in Lower Saxony, it’s easy to fall in love. Not with your other half, Silly, but with the town itself.
You’ve got anything and everything you could possibly want within its five districts, ranging from Stone Age artifacts to the simple pleasures of drinking East Frisian tea sweetened with Kluntje while listening to the locals speaking Low German.
I think I want to live here. Forever.
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Bunde started out simple enough. Stone Age man and woman lived here; then the town went on to become a Roman camp area around 12 B.C. Funny, though, the Roman Camp wasn’t “discovered” until 1928.
Imagine all this time residents were building the Covenant Church (built 1528 over the original 13th century St. Martin Church), the Church Landschaftspolder (built 1766), the Church Ditzumervelaat (1887), and Church Wymeer (1564) all over an area that was teeming with Roman soldiers at one time, without even knowing it.
Of course, you’ll find a respectable castle in Bunde. Well, they call it a manor house. Either way, the Steinhaus Bunderhee has 3 stories, and offers guided tours on Thursdays at 3pm July to September.
A full storey taller than the castle is the Bunder Mühle, a Gallery Dutch windmill that’s as productive as it is romantic. A multi-tasker, Germans love that sort of thing. ;-)
If you prefer to get away from it all, I would suggest the nature conservation area in Wymeer (great for bird watching), as well as just chilling out fishing (or the more exciting canoeing), hiking one of the many trails, or a lone bicycle ride.
It’ll be hard to be alone when one of Bunde’s festivals or markets is taking place. Hmm, there’s the Easter bonfires, the Easter Market, the Johannimarkt (April), the Pfingstmarkt in May, the Village Fest and Wine Fest in July, and the Summer Festival in August.
Oh, and get this, there are two weekly markets in Bunde. One on Friday mornings (8am-noon), the other on Saturday afternoons (2:30pm-4:30pm).
Maybe this is why no one noticed the Romans, everyone was too busy having a good time. ;-)