The village of Großefehn is a collection of fourteen different localities and a land full of wondrous beauty, both natural and man-made.
Inland waterways make up much of the area providing that inner sailor to enjoy a casual boat ride. The grasslands and flat meadows make the perfect backdrop as you’re off to sail the ocean blue. OK, maybe not the ocean but, I can dream, can’t I? ;-)
Since the water plays an integral part of daily life here, it’s no wonder that the area is ripe with visitors flocking to Großefehn’s beaches and stay at the hotels within town. Camping is also widely popular with many campsites available for those who are willing to “rough it.” It’s a small price to pay to wake up to that fresh countryside air.
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To enjoy the best of everything take a walk along the Timmeler Sea Water Route (approx 25 km) to the best of the town’s beaches and through some of its lovely countryside.
Visitors also love to come to Großefehn for the many windmills spread around the area. Known as the “mill municipality,” you’ll find five beautifully restored mills scattered throughout town making some great photos to show back home.
If the windmills don’t do it for you, then perhaps the old churches will. The most beautiful would be St. Petri, a stunning stone church that dates back over 700 years. While famous for its old organ, any church this old tens to be famous for more than just that.
Something else famous in these parts (or, in any part of Germany) is beer. Lovers of the brew will want to spend some time in the neighborhood of Bagband. As this is where you’ll find not only a historic brewing house, but also a new brewery as well (in operation since 1999).
If you want something non-alcoholic then you’re in the right place since Großefehn lies within East Frisia. Unlike the rest of the coffee drinking country, tea is king around here. Try yours sweetened with Kluntje (a rock sugar candy) and/or heavy cream. During special occasions and weekends the tea is served with little cookies or a cake.
Großefehn isn’t your typical German destination but it has everything anyone could ask for. So, come have a spot tea, a beer, and enjoy those East Frisian beaches.