Saterland — Tea Is King In Seelterlound

It might be hard to explain what a place like Saterland in Lower Saxony is really like. Interesting, to say the least, and to say that the area is incredibly beautiful would hardly do it justice.

You might also find the language spoken here is just a wee bit different from what’s spoken in the rest of Germany. Truth be told, the language of Saterfriesen makes this place take on a more exotic flair.

Just a tip: The town of Saterland is called Seelterlound in the language of Saterfriesen.

Without a doubt, Saterland sits within a very historic region of East Frisia. Much of the area today would be totally unrecognizable from a visitor from few centuries back, since a lot of its land was reclaimed from the marshy moorlands that it used to be.

Saterland has some great sites to visit, but really the best way to enjoy it is to simply be outside. Its countryside is spectacular with many activities that center around it.

Between all the tennis, swimming, camping, canoeing, and beach volleyball you can go visit the Scharrel, Saterland’s Cultural Center. Here’s a chance to see what East Frisian life is really like.

Don’t miss out on the Railway Museum, either.

Now, go head off on the countless bicycle routes through the moorlands. One is sure to take you right pass the 18th century Scharrel Windmill. Plus, Saterland sits along the Lower Saxony Mill Route (not to be confused with the Westphalian Mill Route).

One of the more noticeable differences between this area and the rest of Germany is that this place is where tea is the drink of choice; unlike the rest of the country where coffee rules. Tea is serious business and is drunken throughout the day, sweetened with Kluntje (a rock candy). Weekends and special occasions are when tea drinkers are treated to little cookies and cakes served with their beverages.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Saterfriesen, or even if you don’t speak German. You’ll have a brilliant time up here in Saterland. Or, should we say Seelterlound?

 

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