When you come to a place like Lotte in the dignified Tecklenburger Land you can be certain about a few things.
First, you’ll find many historic mills since it’s at the idyllic Westfälische Mühlenstraße (Westphalian Mill Road). Second, you’ll have the chance to experience some wonderful local cuisine. And third, you’ll find a region proud of its incredibly long history.
That said, you’ll find at least three beautiful mills within Lotte. Mühle Kluth is the youngest of them all, dating back to 1908. Mühle Tüchter is another gem, but it’s Mühle Bohle that takes the cake. It was used for over 300 years, not bad considering it was built at the turn of the 13th/14th century.
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If you want even more mills (that includes windmills, too) then follow along the Mill Way that stretches for some 97 kilometers through the countryside. There are even fantastic castles and manor houses along the route. So, you’ll never know what you might find.
Old windmills aren’t the only buildings that are worth visiting. Lotte also has amazingly beautiful churches, all filled with some fantastic artwork. The oldest is the Romanesque Evangelical Dorfkirche Wersen, built in 1150. Not too much younger is the beautiful Gothic Evangelical Lotte, circa 1312. Nearby is Kloster Osterberg, a former monastery that was built in 1410.
But, no building here is older than what’s known as the Sloopsteine. On what looks like just a pile of old stones are the remnants of a megalith, created by residents of Lotte from the Stone Age around 3000 B.C.
All this activity will certainly have you hungry. All you need to do now is look for a local specialty called Apfelkraut made with apples, sugar, butter, and a few other ingredients. A bunch of time goes into making that Apfelkraut, since it has to sit for three months before you get to eat it!
After refueling on that apple butter, you for sure have the energy to get out on Lotte’s Nordic Walking Trail. Don’t worry if you’re a novice, there are various levels of difficulty.
After a walk like that, maybe you’ve earned yourself some more of that scrumptious Apfelkraut? ;-)