Obernkirchen — Get Moving At The Bergturnfest!

Along the Weserbergland is the town of Obernkirchen. AND, since this is Lower Saxony and Berg equals hilly, the town (and surrounding area) is best enjoyed by bicycle — especially on the 35km cycle trail. If you choose to use your own feet power instead, that’s all right, too!

A great way to really learn more of Obernkirchen’s history is to take a City Guided Tour. Which depending on what tour you take can range from only 45 minutes to an hour & a half. The tour will take you along the Skulpturenweg (Sculpture Trail) with designs all made from Obernkirchener sandstone.

The tour will also take you to the Garten Brockmann, gardens created at the turn of the 19th/20th century. You’ll also see the Stift Obernkirchen, a 12th century Augustine Monastery church. Another lovely church is St. Marien, built in both the Romanesque and Gothic styles. Obernkirchen’s sightseeing should also include a visit to the 250 year old Jewish Cemetery.

Come June when everyone in town gets ready for the Bergturnfest, a sporting “festival” with events like trunk throwing, tug of war, volleyball, and a 7km walk. Swimming is also part of the Bergturnfest, although just enjoying a day at the pool any other time of the year is really fun, too.

Although not part of the Bergturnfest, a couple of rounds of miniature golf is always great for a few hours of family fun. So is a night or two of camping at the Campingplatz Krainhagen.

While you’re out doing some track & field events, look for a memorial monument to Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), a pioneer of this “get moving” movement (oh, I know — that was a horrible play on words!).

More of Obernkirchen’s history can be learned at the Mountain and City Museum. It’s filled with exhibits on the town’s Urban history and its glass production.

 

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