I think if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you should do it in the town of Grasberg in Lower Saxony. Now you should know, I don’t just go throwing stuff like that out there in universe without good reason.
For real, what’s the polar opposite for total urban living, fast cars, and noise pollution? Um, that would be a farm holiday, I would say.
It’s amazing considering that Grasberg is only 20km northeast of Bremen.
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Grasberg’s got a number of farms that’ll give you and the family the ultimate in country life. One farm has all sorts of activities for the kids (treehouse included), as well “farm fresh” (literally) eggs and veggies; and also seeing all sorts of farm animals; like bulls, chickens, ponies, and even how to milk a cow.
I’ve done this, if it lifts its tail — RUN, ’cause it’s gonna get, uhh, messy. ;-)
The Findorff-Hof is a less dirty way to see how farming life once was. It’s a great outdoor museum that’s also quite popular for weddings.
Another farm in Grasberg is totally dedicated to growing Ginseng (it’s the FloraFarm). It’s supposed to be good for memory; and I guess I better get some since I forgot what it was good for. ;-)
Farms not for you? It’s all right, some people prefer to cycle around the Grüner Ring; which will take you out past the Teufelsmoor (Devil’s Moor) and the Wadden Sea (oh, mudflat hiking!)
Guided tours of Grasberg are available, some will take you out into the Devil’s Moor, northward to the North Sea, or over to the nearby Artists’ Village.
Want something a bit more cultural? Come to the Rathaus (Town Hall) on Sundays for all sorts of musical concerts. Or, visit on the 3rd weekend of July for the Village Parade.
Hmm, maybe Grasberg isn’t so totally off the beaten path — but just far enough away to destress from the rigors of city life.