Trittau — Amusing Festivals, Mature Castles, Ancient Churches

I like it when I got room to stretch out — breathing room, if you will. Which is exactly what you can get when you arrive in the town of Trittau in southern Schleswig-Holstein.

In fact, the best place to do that is in the village of Hohenfelde (one of the town’s 10 hamlets) that’s home to only 65 residents. 66 as soon as I pack up and move into one of the many thatched roofed houses here. ;-)

No, I’m not moving to Trittau (there would go the neighborhood); but I would consider it.

Located just 30km east of Hamburg, Trittau is a quiet, farming town (lots of dairy farms) within the Hahnheide, a nature area that’s fantastic for seeing all sorts of local flora & fauna. The 27-meter observation tower will give you views of the countryside AND the city of Hamburg.

Even though Trittau isn’t full of old buildings, it makes up for it with its festivals and markets. There’s an Easter Market, a Christmas Market on the 1st weekend of Advent (a soapbox derby takes place at the same time), and on the third weekend in August there’s a really fun Folk Festival.

Darn, I almost forgot to mention the annual Craft Market that attracts all sorts of artisans and shoppers alike.

In between shopping and all the fun festivities, some see Trittau’s Martin Luther Church (built 13th century) and its 19th century District Courthouse. Another one of Trittau’s churches comes from 1701; and there’s an inn that’s been here since 1695. Don’t you just love that?

Travel a bit into the countryside and you’ll get to see Schloss Reinbek (in nearby Reinbek), a stunning example of 16th century architecture (it’s now an art & cultural center). Sorry, Castle Trittau was demolished — as was the Kloster Reinbek; so that’s kind of out of the question to see. Too bad, that would have been pretty awesome, since they were built in the 13th and 14th centuries, respectively.

Nah, nevermind — I’m not moving to Trittau since its castle is gone. But, that wouldn’t stop me from visiting again and again — and neither should it stop you. ;-)

 

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