The old saying goes, you can tell a lot about a person by their friends. I say, you can tell a lot about a town by its neighbors. Take Cappeln in Lower Saxony, for instance. It borders Cloppenburg and is close to Oldenburg.
Good company, I’d say.
The first thing you should do is take a guided tour of the Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. How else can you appreciate its stained glass, its Baroque art, and its 800-year old baptismal font?
Cappeln (Oldenburg) — Top Areas Of Interest
Guided tours are also available at the St. Mary Church in the village of Sevelten. It’s a lot to take in on your own — considering the church is almost 900 years old.
That’s much older than the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Elsten, but not as old as the Quatmannsburg — a ringwall that dates back to the 10th century. In case you didn’t know, that’s the 900’s; making it over a thousand years old.
OK, so maybe the Christinenhof isn’t that old, but it’s got the most graceful looking church. And the best part is, you can stay here. It’s all single rooms, however, but being alone doesn’t seem all that bad an option when you’re gaining access to its chapel and gardens.
Amazing how Cappeln manages to fit this all in, since it has a 145 acre nature area; called the Cappelner Bruch. I think that’s the crazy German way of saying — hike until you can’t hike anymore. ;-)
You know what else you can do in Cappeln? Enjoy one of its many festivals or cultural events. You don’t have to speak German to take in one of its Fall Concerts or its Advent celebrations.
No German necessary also for its St. Martin’s Parade in November, or its School Festival in July. And Cappeln is very family-friendly with family camping and family bike riding events.
You might not wanna take the kids to the Stallion Breeding Farm — some things are better left undiscussed, hah? Better yet, take ’em to the Dorfplatz — the Village Green that’s got its own pond.
I’m going back to one of the Christianhof’s single rooms… Ahh, peace & quiet, does a German good. Even if he’s got good friends. ;-)