For a town of less than 8,000 people, Meldorf really knows how to show someone a good time. Not only is it awesome on its own, but it’s also a stop on two of Germany’s scenic routes: the North Sea Cycle Route and the German Cabbage Route.
First things first, the North Sea Cycle Route. Meldorf lies right along the coast of the North Sea, perfect for a chance to go mudflat hiking on the Wadden Sea. This can only be done when the tide goes out, so when the tide’s high you can just chill out at the Bay of Meldorf in the village of Speicherkoog (one of Meldorf’s 24 villages).
The second thing, the German Cabbage Route (known as the Deutsche Kohlstraße in German) stops in the village of Elpersbüttel. More than 80 million heads of cabbage are grown in the region of the Dithmarschen District (where you’ll find Meldorf). And every September the area has what’s known as the Kohltage or Cabbage Days.
BTW, not all the cabbage is turned into sauerkraut, us Germans do have other things to eat. ;-)
Elpersbüttel also offers windsurfing and a petting zoo (at the Huesmann Farm from April to October)
For those looking for a museum, the National Museum Dithmarschen is just the thing. And for anyone wanting to see those romantic mills, you’ll find a windmill in Krumstedt and a watermill in Bunsoh.
Up for something historical? Go see the small chapel in Busenwurth, St. Mary’s Church in Barlt, and the Meldorf Cathedal (that’s often a venue for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival).
None of these, BTW, are anywhere as old as the prehistoric grave found in the village of Bargenstedt.
Yeah, that don’t even make the Vikings that roamed these parts seem that old either, do they? We can discuss it over a coffee at Meldof’s Weekly Market on a Friday morning (8am-1pm).
Didn’t I tell ya that Meldorf knew how to show you a good time? We can discuss that over coffee, too. ;-)