Hohenlockstedt — Military Training With Cheese

I feel kinda bad for Hohenlockstedt. You see, it used to be part of a Collective Municipality with so five other towns, but back in 2008 it was disbanded.

Oh, the town itself on the Schleswig-Holstein Cheese Route still exists — however, the other villages belong to other Collective Municipalities nowadays.

Come to think of it, so does Hohenlockstedt — it belongs to Amt Kellinghusen. Actually a whole lot of name changing has been going on over the years. Hohenlockstedt used to be called Lockstedter Lager — and it wasn’t named for a type of beer. ;-)

Lockstedter Lager, by the way, was once a gigantic military training area prior to World War I.

A detail of Lockstedter Lager, I mean Hohenlockstedt’s, history can be learned at the Pumpenhaus that’s now the local Heritage Museum. You just gotta do it on a Sunday afternoon.

Also open on the weekends is the contemporary art Exhibition House, a place full of sculptures, photography, painting, and more. It’s free for everyone, and open Saturdays and Sundays afternoons (too).

Every year the local art foundation at the museum offer prizes to local artists. And it’s not hard to figure out how easily inspired they can be in this part of North Germany.

Maybe it’s all the local wildlife found within the Aukrug Nature Park? If I knew how to draw, paint, or sculpt — I know I would be. ;-)

I’ll stick to what I do best, writing about towns and festivals in Germany. It’s good because there are a number of them here in Hohenlockstedt. The town has three Summer Festivals, two in June, one in August.

There’s more, too. In addition to that, there are Organ Concerts at the local church, Theater Nights, Chess Club events, senior trips, a Lichterfest (Festival of Lights) in November, an Oktoberfest in October, a Christmas Bazaar, and Christmas Concerts to name just a few.

It only goes to show you that a good time doesn’t care what name you go by — it’ll always find you. ;-)

 

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