Here’s where things can get a bit tricky (dicey, even) when trying to find your way around Germany. And I most certainly don’t want to confuse you, for that’s why I’m here to help you in the first place.
First, you might hear that the town of Ankum lies on the Route of Megalithic Culture (Straße der Megalithkultur in German). Because this scenic route is to highlight the best megaliths (think Stonehenge), which are often found just outside of town, many towns will take claim of the prehistoric stone slabs.
Ankum is no exception. The Points 9a–f (called the Steingräberweg Giersfeld) are south of town in its Westerholte district. See? Don’t think you’re somewhere else, though, because Westerholte belongs to Ankum (at least politically).
There’s another interesting one north of town, Stop 10a (the Großsteingrab Restrup & Näpfchenstein) between Ankum and Bippen.
These monstrous rocks date back to around 2800 B.C. Yup, that’s like almost 5,000 years ago.
Before advancing on the Route of Megalithic Culture, you got other sightseeing in Ankum to do. One stop should be the Artländer Cathedral, or officially known as the St. Nicholas Parish Church. Its origins date to the year 1100, while its cross wasn’t added for almost two hundred years. Most impressive is its 80-meter high tower.
Wow, they sure knew how to build tall things back then, didn’t they?
Medieval architects also knew how to build monasteries. So, while you’re here, head to the Kloster Bersenbrück (technically in the town of Bersenbrück, but these beauties belong to everyone now). It was of the Cistercian Order when it was commissioned by Count Otto and Countess Sophia von Ravensberg in 1231.
The six kilometers between Ankum and Bernsenbrück afford you plenty of time to see the countryside. But, all the fishing, mountainbiking, golfing, and horseback riding give you lots of time to enjoy the countryside. ;-)
As will any time you spend at the Alfsee (south of Alfhausen), where you’re adding waterskiing, sailing, paddleboating, and windsurfing to the mix of outdoor recreational activities. If you don’t feel like leaving, all you gotta do is pay to spend the night at the Alfsee Beach Camp that offer basic “houses” for up to 18 people.
Now that you know that Ankum is on the Route of Megalithic Culture and are eager to explore some, or all, of the other stops, you might get the “inspiring” task of figuring out the sleeping arrangements for you and seventeen of your closest friends? Gladly, MyGermanCity.com got you covered in the hotels in Germany department, as well. :-)