Stolzenau — Monastery Schinna Shining Over The River Weser

Inasmuch as Germany’s Autobahn is great onto itself, it’s even better because it leads off to places like Stolzenau in Lower Saxony.

FYI, the A2, A7, and A27 Autobahns will take you right here, and flights to/from both Hanover Airport and Bremen Airport make flying to the area easy.

One of the most visited sites here is the Monastery Schinna. It was a Benedictine Order created in 1148, eventually abandoned in 1540. It’s not totally in ruins. The Church of St. Vitus is still around, and you’ll find a number of half-timbered and stone buildings in the complex.

Another type of religious site in Stolzenau is its Jewish cemetery. The earliest documented grave dates to around 1729, the last in 1939 showing two centuries of a Jewish community in Stolzenau.

Stolzenau’s Local History Museum (sorry, the museum doesn’t display the Roman coins found in the village of Nendorf; they’re at the Landesmuseum in Hanover) and the Doll Museum are both worth seeing too.

Boat lovers will appreciate the local Boat Harbor, and architectural history lovers will fall head over heels for the Gothic looking Rathaus (it’s brick) built in 1885, and all the fairytale framework houses.

You know there’s going to be a castle too, right? Well, Burg Stolzenau was at one time; just as it was once a school.

As wonderful as all this is, the countryside is the show stopper. Camping is big business around here along the Weser river from April to October. It can get quite cold here in the winter months, so don’t let that stop you; or just grab yourself a bicycle and ride yourself around.

And who can resist partying in the streets at a festival? On even-numbered years Stolzenau holds its Sch├╝tzenfest (mid-June), and on even numbered years it’s the Stadtfest on the last weekend of August.

Didn’t I tell you that the Autobahn would bring you to a pretty awesome place?

 

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