Großenkneten is one of of those towns in Lower Saxony that you might find yourself in quite by accident. With only just one look around when you get here, you’re more than happy that you found it.
Großenkneten really isn’t too hard to find, it’s on the train line between Oldenburg and Osnabrück. For some reason trains play a vital role here in the Northwest of Lower Saxony, as there are two (yes, two) railway museums nearby.
Actually, even a meteorite had found this teeny town from the far reaches of outer space, as well. Too bad what remains of this 4.84 kg (10.67 lb) space rock isn’t on display, even though its new home is at the nearby Museum Village Cloppenburg.
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There are other natural (and man mane) attractions found within Großenkneten. As people have lived here (who wouldn’t, this place is gorgeous) since the Stone Age (approx 8000-2000 B.C.) there are many grave hills scattered throughout the surrounding woodlands. One of the more famous of the stone graves is known as the “Bride & Groom” that sits within a large nature protected area.
What you’ll also find here is one incredible church. Parish Church Briccius was once used as a military church, a place where villages went to hideout when marauders decided to pillage. The original was built back in 855 but brick and red roof building you see today was built in 1100 and has the most absolutely stunning ceiling paintings that are over 500 years old.
Another centuries old religious site is an 18th century Jewish cemetery located on Delmenhorster Straße. This Jewish cemetery was used for over a 130 years (1787-1919). In keeping with the religious theme, you can even visit the ruins of the old Hude Monastery.
Regardless of how (or why) you’ve come here to Großenkneten, it was probably a lot easier (and many less kilometers ) than that meteor from the far depths of space. So, if a meteorite can make the trip here, so can you! ;-)