Hage — Fresh Salt Air In East Frisia

Sniff. Sniff. Do you smell that? Yeah, breath deeply — because that’s the smell of the North Sea salt air in the town of Hage. This is some seriously flat level ground — so nothing blocks the way of that fantastic scent.

Sorry, time to move on… can’t just stand around here sniffing the air all day.

Wait, maybe there is. Hage, or Hague (that’s its East Frisian Low German name), sits along the Wadden Sea National Park, which is great for mudflat hiking, might make that possible.

If you do spend all your time out there, you might miss out on some of the other stuff Hage has to offer. The town (and collective municipality of the same name) is quite proud to show off its attractions.

One of which is the Magda Heyken House, a local history museum housed in the former home of a teacher who used to live here. The biggest attraction to Hage is the L├╝tetsburg Castle. It stinks that a tour of its interior isn’t possible, but everyone is welcome to view this moated castle’s park, with an English Garden no less. Right next door is a golf course, if you want to hit the links right next to this stunning structure.

Because this is East Frisia, tea reigns supreme. After a view around the Schlosspark, how about a traditional tea ceremony? The nearby Tea Museum tells you all about how they drink the stuff around these parts.

Tea is good to drink, as well as any other libation during Hage’s festivals. One of the biggest is its annual mid-December Christmas Market; and the Hagerstown Market, held on the last weekend of July.

When there’s no market or other event going on, take the time to see Hager Mill, standing some 30 meters high above town. Or, seek out the Romanesque brick Ansgarikirche, a church that’s been around since 1220.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to bicycle, horseback ride, hike (like maybe around the bogs), or visit one of the local spas in this climatic resort town.

Whew, I’m worn out — but at least I’ll fall asleep to that fresh salt air. ;-)

 

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