If you wished to buy yourself a royal German title, you might think where else better for a Graf & Gräfin (Count & Countess) to stay than in a castle?
Since buying one of these is outta the question for the time being, the next best thing is to stay in one that’s been converted into a hotel. The town of Kremmen has one, and it’s more than 700 years old.
Thankfully Castle Ziethen doesn’t have 14th century plumbing. ;-)
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If you’ve chosen not to stay at the castle, you can always come for one of its musical concerts or to see the storks that have decided to call the schloss home.
Even older than the castle is Kremmen’s St. Nicholas Church. While it was built in 1200 A.D., it had Baroque accents added a few centuries later. Aah, the best of both time periods, wouldn’t you say?
Some things don’t have to be a grandiose affair to be special. You’ll find that in Kremmen’s village churches, like the one in the villages of Beetz and Staffelde, and the village Church in Sommerfeld. The latter being totally pillaged during the Thirty Years’ War, and totally destroying the village itself in the process.
When war wasn’t ravishing the countryside, Kremmen has been a quiet agricultural town. The Barn Museum touches on the town’s farming history with exhibits donated by its residents. You’ll even see an old-fashioned washing machine, ironing press, and kitchen appliances.
Sure do appreciate all the modern conveniences after a gander at these. ;-)
In keeping with the industry of Kremmen on Saturdays (from 11am-5pm) you can see the inner workings of the Windmill Vehlefanz — otherwise you’ll only get photos of the outside.
Being outside here isn’t a bad thing. The Kremmer See is wonderful for a day of swimming or boating, and even just walking around one of the trails leading off from the lake.
A most wonderful way to spend a day of leisure for a Count and Countess, wouldn’t you say?