There are some German towns that have a lot of interesting things to do, even though the population is relatively small — Hemmingen is not one of these.
Don’t get me wrong, there are things to do in this town in Lower Saxony, but that is mostly because it was part of Hanover until 2005. Since then, it hasn’t been very good at promoting itself in the tourist department.
To get a feel for Hemmingen, make sure that you just walk around some of the neighborhoods, especially Westerfeld. In this neighborhood, you’ll discover the chapel on Kapellenweg that was built in the 16th century. There are several other historical chapels and old churches in the area, including one from the 15th century.
In fact, there are no less than six old churches or chapels in this area that are open to the public. In every district of the city there is either a Catholic or a Protestant church that has some significance. In other words, you probably won’t have to look far if that’s what you’re after.
Once you have had your fill of religious history, take a trip to some of the nature areas. There are even some paths that have great signage, which tells visitors what they should be seeing and what they can do to protect nature. Of course, this type of trail is only going to be useful if you understand German, so you might have to brush up on your high school German. ;-)
For those who aren’t afraid of showing off a little skin, a trip to the beach in Hemmingen might seem like a good choice. Beach? Yup, in the Westerfeld neighborhood is a small lake that’s always packed with visitors in the summer months.
Another interesting place to take a stroll is through the old areas of the city. The neighborhoods to take in are Harkenbleck and Hiddestorm. The houses there were all built around the turn of the 20th century, and these neighborhoods might be especially interesting to see.