Where’s a sensational camping destination with great recreational lakes, only a stone’s throw from the historic towns of Bremerhaven? The answer is the old village of Schiffdorf, easy to get to by rail from Bremerhaven.
There’s a good bit to see and much of it is divided into three hiking tours that help with finding your way around (don’t panic, you can also bicycle your way around).
The Schiffendorfer Red Route goes around for approximately 30 kilometers (approx 20 miles) and follows a more historical route through the region.
Schiffdorf — Top Areas Of Interest
The first stop is the 700-year-old Martinkirche and then travels on to what is probably the town’s most famous landmark, the Schiffdorfer Mill built in 19th century. Now in the 21st century the windmill is a popular wedding venue.
Also on this route is the town church of Bramel (13th century) and the Kluskapelle built in 1490, replacing the older wooden church that had been destroyed by fire in the same year.
The 26 km Blue Walking Route is the way to go if you’re looking to be more in touch with nature. The route follows the moorlands to the Friedheimer See and the Apeler See. Climb up the observation tower for a birds-eye view of the moor. You’ll see why people have lived here for thousands of years; the moorland countryside is stunning.
The Green Route finds a great balance between the historical and the natural. It circles around for 28 kilometers past the half timbered 18th century Hokemeyershus. The route also takes you to the Oldenburger House, a 17th century timber framed farmhouse, where many musical concerts, theater performances, and book readings take place.
Take a break from hiking (or cycling) when you arrive in Sellstedt, there’s a local history museum — all the better to explain more about where you’ve wandering around.
The Green Route ends at the Silbersee (Silver Lake), where you’ll find over 200 camping sites. It really is a fantastic way to end the day.
If anyone has any energy left, there’s a kid’s playground and a football field!