Kellinghusen — Garlic Toads In The Aukrug Nature Park

Did you know there were forty-two communities, municipalites, towns and villages that can be found within the Aukrug Nature Park? Forty-one of them won’t concern you right at this moment, it’s the town of Kellinghusen in Schleswig-Holstein that I’m writing about.

Choices. Choices. Do we sightsee around the cobblestone streets, or do we throw caution Pto the wind, and head right over to the Nature park?

Nature Park it is! Just be prepared to be here for a while, it’s some 380 square kilometers. This is why there are more than 40 towns and shires within its boundaries.

The Aukrug Nature Park is a haven for black storks and other birds, who just love the ponds and moorlands. Keep a keen eye out for the Alpine newt and Garlic toad. Do you think it really tastes like garlic? I’m not all that adventurous to find out. ;-)

I think I just freaked myself out. Better come back to the town center. This is where you’ll see Kellinghusen’s historical Rathaus (its red, you can’t miss it). Don’t be fooled by the Town Hall, it was built only at the turn of the 20th century; and its attention to detail is extraordinary (look for the Schleswig-Holstein Coat of Arms).

The detail of the Rathaus isn’t enough to make it Kellinghusen’s landmark (there are two and this isn’t one of them). That title belongs to the towering Luis Berger Tower, and the Church of St. Cyriak.

St. Cyriak is a formidable structure, built originally in 1154 by the Vizelin Monastery monks. After a horrible fire (caused by lightning) in 1686, the entire church was rebuilt in just about a year. It was renovated in the 1970’s so this outstanding Protestant church is waiting for you to visit (I swear, no Garlic toads).

I wonder how many of the Naturpark Aukrug towns can say that? ;-)

 

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