Stadland — Festival And Bronze Age Home Along The Sluice Route

Who’d a thunk that you’d have to come all the way to Stadland, Lower Saxony to experience one of the largest festivals in the entire federal state?

Stadland? Where on Earth is that?

Uhh, Germany. No, I’m just foolin’ around — it IS in Germany, but you’ll find it just a couple footsteps southeast of Bremerhaven if you’re looking for a more specific geographical location.

Anyway, back to the Roonkarker Mart. Every year at the end of September thousands of partygoers come for the music, food, amusement rides, and just about everything else.

As big as the festival is, it’s not the only one. Over in the village of Seefeld, the Galerie-Holländer-Windmühle or Gallery Dutch Windmill is the site of many cultural events. This painstakingly restored windmill has earned Stadland a place on not only the Lower Saxon Mills Route, but also the Frisian Mills Road as well.

Prefer lighthouses to windmills? That’s OK, Stadland lies along the Jade Bay, a large bay area that leads out to the East Frisian Islands, that does boast its own romantic lighthouse.

Historians will want to rush right over to the Bronzezeit-Haus. Yeah, sound it out… Bronze Age House. Archaeologists have recreated an abode from around 900 B.C. The Bronzezeit-Haus is also the venue for the annual Fall Market in September, as well as other historical events & programs.

For more modern history, come see the medieval St. Matthew Church (built around 1180) or the 17th century St. Secundus Church.

The nature lover in you will appreciate the Strohauser Plate, a river island that’s a bird sanctuary. If birds freak you out, then maybe you’ll like the Weser Cycle Path instead. Or what about the infamous German Sluice Route, or Deutsche Sielroute, that elegantly leads you for some 200km through the Jadebusen bay area?

Take a tent, rent an RV (or whatever), and find a place to camp out. Stadland does have regular hotels or guesthouses, if you’re so inclined — but, it’s still nice to spend the night under the Lower Saxon stars.

Yeah, yeah, the Roonkarker Mart might bring people to Stadland — but, that’s not what makes them stay. It’s the whole bunch of other things you’ll find here that does that. :-)

 

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