Bockhorn (Frisia) — For All That’s Great About Frisia!

There are two Bockhorns in Germany. One is a very tiny town in Upper Bavaria with half the population as this Bockhorn (Frisia) in the Friesland District of Lower Saxony. Without a doubt, Upper Bavarian Bockhorn is quite lovely (and I’ll always be singing Bavaria’s praises with you). But, this Bockhorn here is really quite extraordinary.

It’s countryside is quite beautiful. It’s no wonder folks have been living here since around 3,000 B.C. Thankfully we’re not prehistoric man, but we can enjoy the same moorlands, salt marshes, and geest they did (with modern indoor plumbing when necessary).

In Bockhorn’s nature reserve you’ll see trees that are over 800 years old. Man, how I wish they could talk… the questions I would ask… ;-)

Because of Bockhorn’s location on the North Sea it’s great for going mudflat hiking. It’s not hiking in the regular sense, oh no! This depends on the tides, where you can sometimes walk as far as the East Frisian island of Wangerooge.

One thing, you’re best off taking a licensed guide with you. You certainly don’t want to get caught out there when the tide rolls in.

That would be bad indeed, because you’d miss out on seeing Bockhorn’s Maritime Memorial, its 750-year old St. Martin’s Church, the Rutteler Mühle (a gorgeous windmill built in 1865), and it’s mid-13th century Church St. Cosmas & Damian (built in Frisian style architecture). And there’s even Neuenburg Castle (built 1462) to visit, too.

Not that Bockhorn isn’t great to see anytime of year. The Classic Car Show is held every year on Whitsunday, and the Bockhorner Market falls on the first weekend of September.

So, how do you get to this pretty awesome town?

Well, with frequent bus service from nearby Varel and the beer drinking town of Jever — it’s quite easy. Also, Wilhelmshaven is only about 15km in the north and Oldenburg just a tad more in the south. Ahhh, that’s a short distance to go for all that’s great about Bockhorn.

Just one thing… Tea drinking is very serious business in Frisia. If it’s a bit chilly spice yours up with a bit of rum like the locals. Ahhh, that’s what’s great about Bockhorn and this region as a whole!

 

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