Lippetal — Old Pilgrimage With Peace And Quiet

Lippetal is one of those interesting towns with a history that spans back centuries and sits within some of the most beautiful countryside. It is also the site of oldest pilgrimage church in all of North Rhine-Westphalia.

That’s pretty impressive, as St. Ida’s has had the faithful come visit for many a century. The pious come to the the beautiful gold reliquary holding the relics of a long-gone saint.

St. Stephanus in the village of Oestinghausen is another stunning Romanesque church and a few centuries older than St. Ida’s. It was built in the year 1000 with additions added with the best architecture of the 13th and 18th centuries. Stephanus is surrounded by many half timbered houses which gives visitors the feel of being in a long gone time period.

One of the more unique devotional places of the medieval & Renaissance is the Ludgerusbrunnenkapelle (that’s a mouthful). Originally built in 1662, this tiny octagon shaped chapel is more than lovely in its simplicity.

Castles are another testament to bygone days. You’ll find two of them here in Lippetal, moats included. Castle Assen, an 11th century original, is now a beautiful Renaissance landmark. It’s not too shabby a place to go to school, as it’s now a boy’s boarding school.

Not to be outdone is Castle Hovestadt, home (to this day) of the counts of Plettenberg. To say this castle, built in the 12th century with Baroque influence, is stunning doesn’t do it justice. The Schlosspark, with its 18th century romantic French inspired gardens that are also incredibly pretty.

You’ll also find a romantic old windmill over in the village of Heintrop.

When not scoping out old castles or churches, then a party is most deserved. The Schützenfest is a great music and food filled party that centers around target shooting. I’m sure the beer that overflows at this fest makes hitting the target a tad bit more difficult (while more fun, probably). ;-)

When you’ve had your fill of windmills, castles, and even boisterous festivals, a quiet drive through the countryside might be welcome. Of course with the many cycling and walking trails through the Westphalian countryside, you’re bound to find some peace and quiet; enjoying this place all to yourself.

 

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