Heide — A Bunch Of Museums And Germany’s Largest Market

Heide is a shopper’s paradise. The city boasts the biggest free air market place in Germany. With a long tradition (over 500 years) of weekly markets, you are definitely going to like the atmosphere if you come on market day.

One of the trademarks of Heide is the local water tower or Wasserturm. Although it is not very old (and was recently renovated), it is a place in the city where people gather because of the small park that is nearby.

Berlin isn’t the only city with a Museum Island! The Heide Museum Island isn’t as large as the one in Berlin but has the Klaus Groth Museum, the Heider Home Museum and the original house of the ancestors of Johannes Brahms.

The Klaus Groth Museum shows artifacts and work from Groth, a German author who was influential because he wrote in Low German. A miller’s son, Groth was born, grew up and then worked as a teacher in this town. If you are a fan of his work, then make sure to see the best museum of his work and life.

If you need another church to see, the St. J├╝rgen is just a short distance from the market place. Built in 1560, this is the oldest church in the area. There isn’t anything special about this particular church, so if you are pressed for time, feel free to skip this attraction.

Throughout Germany, you might just look down and see a “stumbling stone.” These stones are small plaques that remind people about some of the victims of World War II. Heide has 7 of these stumbling stones. While walking around, see if you can find one (or all) of these stones and take a minute out of your travels to remember some of the victims.

During Carnival time, the city takes on a special party atmosphere, and you might even be able to part in the Hohnbeers, a special festival held every two years. If you miss this event, try to make it in July for a Middle Ages Festival that is held annually.

 

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