Ugh, Osterrönfeld has got to be the hardest town for me to write about this week. Although, if that’s the worst thing to complain about — then I’m counting my lucky stars.
It’s not as though this northern town isn’t charming enough; heck, it even lies along a pretty cool scenic route…
So, what’s the point? I’m not exactly sure. For starters, Osterrönfeld lies along the German Ferries Route, a 250km route on the Kiel Canal highlighting all sorts of locks and ferries and bridges. A true feat of German engineering, I must say.
That’s probably one of the first things you’ll notice about Osterrönfeld, its massive bridge linking it to Rendsburg, a wonderful city on the other side of the Kiel Canal — and the reason Osterrönfeld sits on this great route.
There’s even this awesome transporter thing-y, that in 2 minutes can take 60 people and four cars over to the Rendsburg side of things in about two minutes. Hey, it beats sitting in traffic, right?
I guess after that is where it gets complicated, since Osterrönfeld is the “Seat” of Amt Eiderkanal, a collective municipality of much smaller villages, and it doesn’t seem right to leave them out.
Take Haßmoor, for example. The whole village doesn’t even have 300 residents, but lies within the Naturpark Westensee — a wonderful place to be in the summer when the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival is in full swing.
And what about Schacht-Audorf, a village of farms, but also has a great Village Museum full of ancient archaeological finds. The musuem is located at Kieler Straße 25, if you’re interested.
It isn’t right to forget about Bovenau, home to the St. Mary Magdalene Church, and Gut Kluvensiek, a manor house from the mid-15th century. Plus, Bovenau is where you’ll get to enjoy the Naturerlebnisraum, a great nature experience for those who love the great outdoors. Ahh, and I almost left out the reconstructed megalithic graves.
While I started out talking about Osterrönfeld, it was only proper to give its much smaller “sister” hamlets a big shout-out. So if you’re trekking along the Deutsche Fährstraße, be sure to visit the wonders of Osterrönfeld and beyond.