Osternienburger Land — Bring On Hockey Then History

Oh yeah, bring it on. High sticking, penalty shots, icing calls, and checks into the boards. It’s about time to talk some hockey in the (politically new) town of Osternienburger Land.

Why hockey?

How about, why not hockey? Germany’s got every imaginable sport under the sun, and hockey ain’t no different.

I say this because Osternienburger Land is home to the Osternienburg HC, a hockey club that’s gone on to produce many famous players for the East German Hockey Team.

Hockey is still played here, mostly in the town of Osternienburg.

A little cold-weather sport like hockey never hurt anyone (yeah right), but we could be talking about less pleasant things like the F3 tornado that hit the village of Micheln in 2004, destroying almost three-quarters of the hamlet.

It’s not all bad news and hockey. Almost all of the villages in Osternienburger Land lie within or along the UNESCO Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve.

Villages like Dornbock and Trinum, with the latter also having its own village church.

Osternienburger Land also has a number of prehistoric megalithic graves. In Drosa, everyone comes to see the Teufelskeller, or Devil’s Cellar.

I don’t know how these prehistoric guys did it, they have supporting stones holding up the exceptionally heavy capstone. And they did it all without any kind of heavy-duty machinery.

That wasn’t the only grave around here, a Bronze Age graveyard was found; and evidence that Drosa started from an Iron Age settlement.

Megalithic graves can also be found in the village of Wulfen, just so you know.

If it’s a museum you want, you’ll need to go to Reppichau; and in the village of Großpaschleben there’s a medieval farmhouse and Baroque mansion.

Don’t worry if you get tired, in Chörau you’ll find a resting area for those willing to hike the long-distance R1 hiking trail.

Not me, I’ll be screaming my head off for the Osternenburg HC. Gotta go… hockey fight! ;-)

 

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