Niedere Börde — Enjoy Each Village On Its Own

Niedere Börde kind of had me perplexed. It’s a town in Saxony-Anhalt of eight villages, none of which are named Niedere or Börde.

The eight villages are quite old, and each has its own sites to see.

Dahlenwarsleben’s contribution to sightseeing is its church. The original medieval one was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War, and only the tower remains of its 11th century beginnings.

Groß Ammensleben has the most sightseeing, as it lies on the Romanesque Route because of its monastic church of Saints Peter and Paul. The village also host a yearly Hoffest and is the final resting place of two Soviet soldiers from World War II.

In Klein Ammensleben, some families can trace their root all the way back to the mid-16th century. Irrelevant to sightseeing, but a fun fact nonetheless. This village’s sites would include its old church and it’s Village Festival on the first weekend of October.

Jersleben lies close to Magdeburg (only 15km, quick via the B189 highway), and much of it was destroyed by fire a few centuries ago. The two watermills are still here, which are the oldest buildings in the village, and Jersleben is known for its nature area.

Another village known for its nature is Samswegen, it’s got forests and bogs to trek around in.

For those of you who really want to see those quaint timber-framed houses or romantic windmills, you’ll want to go to the village of Meseberg.

Gutenswegen can rival Groß Ammensleben for activities. Every year on Rose Monday (two days before Ash Wednesday) there’s a big Carnival; and a Wine Festival in October. Look around and you’ll even see pieces of the former village wall and the 12th century church of St. Catherine.

The last village is Vahldorf, a hamlet founded by the Saxons. Most people around here know it for its 500-year old church bells that were almost lost for all time when they were sent to Hamburg to be melted down during WWII.

Luckily, Vahldorf got them back.

Whatever the names of Niedere Börde’s villages, there’s no doubt that you’ll love visiting each and every one.

 

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