Bordering Cloppenburg is the town of Lastrup. What has its geographical location to do with anything?
Any place else I’d say nothing. In this case, it brings us to the Route of Megalithic Culture. Never heard of this diddy of a scenic route? It’s all about prehistoric burial mounds that are thousands of years old.
One of the burial mounds is found in the villages of Suhle and Oldendorf, just two of the 14 (or 16, depending on who you ask) hamlets of Lastrup.
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The prehistoric final resting places are also found in the village of Schnelten. Which, by the way, was where you’d at one time have found the ruins of the Bleiburg. What remains of the castle is now under a meadow. Too bad, I love castles.
What’s under the ground isn’t limited to a once mighty castle or the graves from 3,500 B.C. Some time ago a whole cache of medieval coins were discovered in the villages of Matrum, Timmerlage, Groß and Klein Roscharden. But, please, whatever you do don’t just go digging in some Hausfrau’s yard looking for gold or silver.
The last town shires are mostly known for the bogs, so hiking is a big-time activity around these parts.
What else can I tell you about Lastrup? I know, how about its village of Hammesdamm that has only 28 or so people living there? Norwegen (not the country, Lastrup’s village) is three times as big, with 60 residents calling this hamlet home.
Like old churches? OK, I got one for you; over in the village of Hemmelte. It’s not that old, but looks like because of its neo-Gothic design from the late 19th century. This is also the easternmost village of Lastrup; whereas Hamstrup is the furthest south.
Again, you probably don’t care about geography. Right? Well ya should, considering the area is often pelted with rain arriving via the winds that come in off the not so far away North Sea.
No way should this stop you — how else are you gonna see all those megaliths and enjoy the Oldenburg Münsterland?