Auetal — A Wonderful Gateway To The Weserbergland

Welcome to the Gateway to the Weserbergland. Welcome to Auetal in Lower Saxony.

Even though there are sixteen villages, which are totally surrounded by forest, doesn’t mean you can’t get to know each one. An extensive network of foot and bike paths make it possible.

Bernsen, which includes Bernser Landwer, is very small with well-kept houses and tidy lawns.

Borstel, might have a 5-acre nature park, but in 1988 it won the Unser Dorf soll schöner werden competition. That would be the “Our Village is Beautiful” award. Who cares if that was like 30 years ago — it still is beautiful. Even better that Borstel hosts the annual Harvest Festival.

Over in Escher, the tower to its old Mill is still there, even if the wings are gone. This 300 year old Mill acts as the village’s landmark. Rightly so!

Hattendorf is where you want to be if you’re looking for a Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum; open on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month), or to see a 12th century church. St. Eligius, which by the way, is now an Evangelical Lutheran one.

Kathrinhagen has its own medieval church, which is also an Evangelical Lutheran one, while Rehren has an old Gothic church to see, too.

Auetal has a number of small hamlets, the smallest being Westerwald with a population of just 55 people. Altenhagen is tiny too, but has almost double the number of residents. Klein Holtensen is almost as big, but filled with all sorts of farms.

The folks over at the Tourist Office (Rehrener Straße 25) will help you find whatever it is you’re looking for. But, I’ll give you a heads-up. The village of Wiersen has a charming Village Square, regional bus service that’ll take you to all of Auetal’s villages, and an Oktoberfest that might not be as big as, say, Munich’s, but still a good time nonetheless.

All that’s left to do here in Auetal is play some miniature golf, take a carriage ride, or buy something at one of the little Farm Shops.

Wow, who knew all the wonders of the Weserbergland? I guess you do now, huh?

 

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