Life is different in East Frisia, which is where you’ll find the Lower Saxon town of Ihlow. Within its 12 villages, you’ll find a local dialect known as Ostfriesisches Platt spoken, as well as German.
Language isn’t the only difference. Since Ihlow is in East Frisia, tea drinking is the norm; different than the rest of the java drinking country. Drink yours like the locals do — with Kluntje (a rock candy) instead of regular sugar.
On weekends and special occasions East Frisian tea is served with cookies or small cakes. A yummy way to start your trips!
Ihlow — Top Areas Of Interest
One other aspect of East Frisian life was (is) religion. Ihlow was once home to a medieval monastery. Nowadays, visitors are more than welcome to see the Archaeological Park Monastery Place. The monastery gardens offer quiet grace; while the partial reconstruction of the original monastic church brings the time period to life.
There are also some other medieval churches that are worth a visit. The church of Weene was built in the late 13th century and has one of the few free-standing bell towers in the entire region. But, Bagstede’s church will really have you enchanted with its late 13th century reliquary casket. Albeit a bit morbid, it’s still a beautiful piece of artwork in its own right.
With so many local villages, many dating back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, you’ll find even more churches to visit. Perfect if you appreciate the artwork of the day.
Another one of Ihlow’s sites not to miss is the Tjalk, a historical Dutch sailboat. This wonderfully restored boat participates in the Emder Port Celebration. Very fitting since Ihlow has a great “coastal town” feel. The couple of windmills you’ll find around here also give it quite a romantic feel, as well.
Ihlow might not be as famous as some other places in Germany, but with a place this wonderful it very well should be.
On second thought, let’s keep this place to ourselves. ;-)