No wonder we Germans love order — it helps keep things straight. Take the town of Schwülper for example. Technically it “belongs” to the collective municipality of Papenteich (which even doesn’t exist as a town) — yet it stands on its own. Thus why it’s been given its own page on MyGermanCity.
Confused? Don’t be…
What’s not confusing about Schwülper is that it truly is a jewel of a town, located south of the Lüneburg Heath.
Nature aside, there are lots of half-timbered houses to admire.
Schwülper — Top Areas Of Interest
FYI, if you’d rather hike around the Heath, don’t let me stop you from enjoying the natural scenery.
If you don’t mind, I’d rather see one of the oldest “houses” in town; which is the Bürgerhaus in Groß Schwülper (Hauptstraße 18), built in 1725, BTW. All sorts of cultural events and meetings take place here.
Also in Groß Schwülper is the 16th century St.-Nikolaus-Kirche, or Church of St. Nicholas. This is the final resting place of one of the Baron Mahrenholtz.
One of his ancestors went on to marry the son of German president, Paul von Hindenburg. Not important to the story of Schwülper — but you never know when it might come up as a “Jeopardy” or trivia question. ;-)
Back to what I was saying…
Another church to see is the St.-Christinen-Kirche, with parts that go all the way back to the 13th century. To see this one, you gotta call the parish office to make an appointment.
The St.-Christinen-Kirche is found in Walle, which is where you’ll find the Scheverlingenburg von Walle. While it has very little of its 11th century castle left, it was where artifacts have been found from the 6th century B.C.
Our last stop in Schwülper is the Rothe Mühle watermill. No one knows exactly how old this watermill is exactly; although it’s believed that one has been right here on the banks of the Oker River for a millennia.
Sound like your kinda place? Yeah, me too. Good thing there are a couple of little guesthouses to spend the night, ’cause now I’m exhausted after trekking around Schwülper all day.