Melle is unique among German towns for a couple of reasons. Even though it is found in Lower Saxony near forts, castles, gardens, and parks, it has a few features no other town can claim.
First, it is the home of an event known as Euro Jam Balloon Twisting Jubilee. This happens every October and is a balloon twisting festival. If you have enjoyed clowns or other performers making all kinds of imaginative creatures by twisting long, thin balloons together, you will love to visit Melle during this event.
It is currently in its tenth year and involves three days and three nights of balloon-centered fun. The motto of the festival is “Show me what you can do and I will show you what I can do.”
Novices and experts in the field are all welcomed equally to partake in the events. You can attend workshops, classes, and seminars hosted by master balloon-men from every corner of Europe. Balloons are free to participants, and the jubilee certainly provides a unique and interesting way to spend time in Lower Saxony.
Melle also stands out as the home of the Tetra Werke Company, which was the originator of flaked fish food. Before a young German scientist came up with the idea of manufacturing fish food which could be dried and packaged and still provide fish with the nutrients they needed to stay healthy, the hobby of aquarium-keeping was difficult and not widely practiced. People were required to gather live food from riverbeds or ponds in order to feed their fish.
Because of this innovative company, however, many people can now enjoy the soothing sight of beautiful fish swimming in their homes and work places. A tour of the factory offers a lot of insight into this now-popular pastime.
Melle also features a large deer park nearby. It is free to visitors and contains more than 100 animals in their natural habitats.
The Osnabrück District surrounding the town is home to many health spas, biking trails, and hiking routes where the beauty of nature is on display. You are sure to enjoy a visit to this fascinating place. :-)