Near Beckum, Oelde is a very proud town that has survived burning three times over as various battles raged about it. Despite the efforts at eradication, the town has survived, thrived, and reinvented itself as a cultural and garden center catering to families over the years.
The makeover seems to be working! For a little town of only 30,000 inhabitants, Oelde gets pretty crowded during the summer and its festivals. Estimates are that 2.2 million people visit the town each year, loving especially the garden show, which is the biggest in North Rhine-Westphalia. The grounds where the show is held operate as the Four Seasons Park the rest of the year and the flowers and ponds of the park are designed for families to bring children to play.
If you need further culture, you can also visit the St. John the Baptist’s church, which dates back to the 1400’s or see the literature museum in the Nottbeck Heritage House. A museum for children, Klipp, is also a popular stop for grown-ups too thanks to the sculptures and interactive displays.
Oelde also offers you great meals along with the park life. Or maybe the meals just seem great after a few drinks from some of local distiller’s Pott’s line of Pilseners? Local restauranteurs will insist the food is good on its own, but the brewery definitely sways opinions. ;-)
You can tour the facility, which was founded in 1769, and try out the different varieties. Edelherb, Near-Beer, Wheat, and mixed beers are all available.
Thanks to the brewery, there are two beer festivals annually. One is the Pott’s Brewery Festival, and the other is the Pubs Festival. Yet the town isn’t all beer-garden all the time — Oelde also hosts a well-respected summer theater series. Performances run all summer long and draw large crowds, so arrive early for a good seat on the grounds.