Ovelgönne — There’s A Jedutenhügel Out There

The town of Ovelgönne sits along some heavy hitters here in the Wesermarsh region of Lower Saxony. I mean, its neighbors are towns like Jade and Brake, plus it’s only like 27 km to Oldenburg and about 40 km to Bremen.

Instead of being overshadowed by its impressive neighbors, Ovelgönne thrives. It’s also pretty gosh-darn big, over 123 square kilometers, making it one of the largest places in the area.

Oh, so that’s why it’s chocked full of wide open spaces — plenty of room to spread out. I must say, Ovelgönne is one of those places where you’d shudder at the thought of being indoors.

One exception to the whole being outside thing is a visit to the local Handwerksmuseum, or Craft Museum, whose exhibits are all about regional trades in the area.

Being outside is to really get the best of it. Morbid as it might sound to some, even a visit to the Jüdischer Friedhof (Jewish Cemetery) is a nice idea. There are some 43 gravestones from the late 19th/early 20th century shaded by tall old trees, and surrounded by sprawling meadows.

You want to see something really “old”? No, it isn’t a castle — it’s known as Jedutenhügel, a raised up mound of earth once used as a sort of navigational aid or warning system during the early Middle Ages. I gotta tell ya, I had never seen anything like this before — so it was really nice to learn something new.

I’ve covered the educational, now let’s find something cultural. And there’s no place better to do that than the Ovelgönner Pferdemarkt. This is a three-day “horse” event held on the first Monday of every September that also involves church services, marching bands, and even a lantern parade.

As for those church services, you might pass right by the town’s St. Martin Church, looking more like an ocher-colored manor house than a church.

Oh well, maybe it’s so you don’t spend too much time inside — I did say Ovelgönne was at its best outdoors. ;-)

 

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