If you think that you’re going to come to Hatten and spend all your time inside museums, you’re sadly mistaken. Hatten sits on the northern edge of the Wildeshausen Geest, a thousand five hundred square kilometer nature preserve in Lower Saxony, making the outside the ultimate adventure.
One of the best ways to see Hatten is from the sky. With hot-air balloon rides available around town and the moorlands, you’ll see just how beautiful this place really is. You can also get another birds-eye view by climbing up the trees in the KraxelMaxel Climbing Forest. Neither of which are for the faint of heart, but OH SO WORTH IT!
If you prefer pursuits down on the ground, you’ll have plenty to do with paddleboat rides, horseback riding, even the outdoor swimming pool offers volleyball, tennis, and miniature golf. If you prefer a regular game of golf, there are two courses here in Hatten.
In order to really get the outdoor experience, why not try camping outdoors. There are plenty of BBQ pits if you get hungry and plenty more bicycle trails through the countryside. You’ll most assuredly pass by many of the old Stone Age and early Christian grave hills that dot the landscape within the Preserve.
If you consider camping to be “roughing” it too much, there are a few farms that double as guest houses. You can still enjoy the outdoors, and maybe learn to milk a cow, all while enjoying the local feel of Hatten.
But, the town is not all outdoorsy and farms. This is a town of culture, as well. Locals enjoy plenty of classical, gospel, and international music concerts that are held here throughout the year. If you want something historic (and still be able to enjoy the outdoors) is over at the ruins of the stunning 13th century Monastery Hude.
It won’t matter if you see Hatten from the air or land because either way, I’m sure you’ll have a blast.