Whatever the mode of transport to Bersenbrück you might find yourself cursing those same winds when playing on the town’s 18-hole golf course. Then again, you very well could be a happy golfer if they improve your game. ;-)
Of course golf hadn’t even been “invented” when Bersenbrück’s Cistercian monastery was founded by Otto & Sophia von Ravensberg back in 1231.
The kloster was a constant in Bersenbrück for 556 years before finally closing its doors on monastic life. But, the building of the monastery is still standing more than 200 years after that — so lucky you, you get to see it.
Even older than the monastery is St. Vincent’s Church. It was built sometime in the 12th century, in what’s been called a “transitional style between Romanesque and Gothic.” You know what I say? Who cares ’cause good old St. Vince’s is simply splendid.
The religious sites keep on coming in Bersenbrück. In the village of Rieste there’s a 14th century crucifix, and the Emmaus and Marie Chapels.
Along the Steingräberweg, which is called the Prehistoric and Green Trail you’ll find burial mounds that are around 4,000 years old. Makes the churches and chapels seem downright wet behind the ears, doesn’t it? ;-)
Being out in the Lower Saxon countryside is quite nice, so make sure you head to the Ark Farmhouse that has both a petting zoo and pony rides.
Two cultural stops I must recommend are the Stiftshof, a museum dedicated to rural life as well as having art exhibitions that constantly change; or the Heritage House that has an 18th century bake house.
Yikes! I almost left out the District Museum — a local history museum of sorts; and the Klosterpforte — the town’s landmark which was built in 1700. How could I ever forget to include that?
I guess those North Sea winds kind of scrambled my brain for a few minutes there. ;-)