Schöningen Is INTERESTING To Say The Least

There are interesting places in the world, and then there are INTERESTING places in the world. Which category would the good town of Schöningen, right between Brunswick and Magdeburg, fall in?

INTERESTING.

Why, you ask?

Let me tell you…

In the brown coal mines, which were quite the boon to the town’s economy (but, irrelevant to the story), what became known as the Schöningener Spears were found. These prehistoric weapons, along with remains from prehistoric mammals, come from the Paleolithic Age.

To put that into a time frame (for those of us who aren’t scientists ;-), that’s about 400,000 years ago.

They’re now proudly displayed at the Brunswick Federal State Museum.

The rest of what needs to be seen in this tiny town of Lower Saxony comes from quite a few millenia later. Schöningen falls along the Deutsche Fachwerkstraße or German Framework Route, which means you’ll have plenty of half-timbered (fairytale) houses to photograph.

Don’t leave out the 14th century castle from your photo collection. The Monastery and church of St. Lorenz, with their high towers, also come from around this time.

Even Schöningen’s Local History Museum is part of its history. It’s housed in a cute pink building from the Renaissance (1593) located at Markt 33. It’s right over by the town’s Rathaus, or City Hall, another place that’s been around for a few centuries.

City Hall overlooks the town square, the place of Schöningen’s weekly market (Saturdays 8am-12n). Here’s a great opportunity to buy some delicious fruits & veggies, colorful flowers, and wonderful souvenirs for your journey home.

So much of Schöningen is best explored outside. Right on the edge of the forest is a wonderful golf course. Though, if you’re not so inclined to play the links, there’s always the pool & sauna to relax in. Though, that might be a better idea to do after you’ve gone out and done the hiking & biking thing through the Lower Saxon countryside.

It won’t take long to agree with me, that Schöningen is INTERESTING to say the least.

 

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