Wrestedt Is Really The Samtgemeinde Aue

On 11-1-11 the Samtgemeinde Wrestedt totally ceased to exist, only to become simply Wrestedt — which is now the seat of the Samtgemeinde Aue.

Oh, my dear politicians, what the heck are you doing? You’re totally messing with my mind — and my itinerary. Imagine looking for a place that doesn’t exist anymore. I think I’d have a better chance finding the lost continent of Atlantis. ;-)

For the most part, the towns within a collective municipality are pretty much independent; however, I look at everything as a whole. So, I’m not going to just tout the virtues and wonders of just Wrestedt, but all (or most) of what’s to find in the Samtgemeinde Aue.

As most of you know by now, I’m a sucker for a castle. But, I’m also fascinated with engineering marvels, like the Schleuse Uelzen (a.k.a. Schleuse Esterholz). How engineers managed to overcome a 23-meter difference for ships to make their way along the Elbe Lateral Canal is totally mind-blowing.

Then again, I’m totally in awe of how the folks in the Middle Ages managed to build some of the most beautiful buildings. Dark Ages my foot — places like the Church of St. Michael and Church of St. Bartholomew (both built in the 14th century) are nothing short of stunning.

Also from the 14th century is Burg Bodenteich (over in Bad Bodenteich). The castle is now a museum, a concert venue, and the location for the Burgspektakel every May. This is a great way to transport yourself back to the Middle Ages with all the modern day conveniences, like indoor plumbing. ;-)

As much as Wrestedt has its historical side, it also has a bunch of outdoorsy stuff to do. Also in Bad Bodenteich, the Kurpark am See is a fun swimming area with pedal boating and canoeing, and fishing to boot. There are some Nordic Walking trails nearby, and from July to September the lake makes a picturesque backdrop for musical concerts.

All right, not everyone wants to spend a day around a lake, so how about taking on one of Wrestedt’s and Bad Bodenteich’s nine marked hiking trails. Oh, they’re not all that rough, just 3km to 14km — and there are even guided community walks if you don’t want to go all of it alone. Whichever way you go, the Lüneburg Heath is calling for you to visit, too.

And just when you think you’re all done, Wrestedt has more in store. Every Friday there’s a Weekly Market at the Parkplatz (2pm-6pm), a Fountain Festival every June, and a Christmas Market in mid-December.

All right, Mr. Politician, you’re so lucky Wrestedt was great enough for me to overlook a messed up itinerary. Maybe when I’m done with all this, I’ll go looking for that lost continent of Atlantis. ;-)

 

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