What do you do when you have a few towns within the country by the name of Oldendorf? Well, you add Preußisch to it, thus ending any confusion.
Some might say that there’s no need as this North Rhine-Westphalian town, that’s only about 20 miles from Osnabrück, is quite memorable in its own right and in no way can be confused with any place else. I’m sure the post office might have a different opinion than the lucky ducks who come to visit. ;-)
Preußisch Oldendorf is an incredibly old town with many historical old buildings to prove it. The oldest being the church of St. Dionysis. The original church dates back over 10 centuries to 969 A.D. but the building you’re looking at wasn’t built until 1510. Dionysis’ artwork shouldn’t be missed, especially its mid-17th century Baroque alter and organ.
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Oh, there’s more than just St. Dionysis to visit, as that’s just Preußisch Oldendorf’s warm-up.
If you’re coming to see some of Germany’s castles then you’ve come to the right place. Schloss Hüffe, a late 13th century manor-house, is private property but you’re still able to get some great pictures of its exterior.
Even though Schloss Hollwinkel is now used for office space, this 13th century gem is surrounded by many of the town’s timber-framed buildings. While Schloss Crollage, a 14th century masterpiece, plays host to many chamber music concerts within its garden courtyard.
A look at these castles can give you an inkling at what the ruins of the 13th century Limberg Castle once looked like. Here you’re able to climb its “donjon” or tower to overlook the countryside.
There’s more here than just its castles and churches. If you’re looking to engage your body, as well as your mind, then head out to Preußisch Oldendorf’s two miniature golf courses, or its Fire Brigade Museum, or maybe just picnic at any one of the town’s parks.
It’s clear that with all to see here in Preußisch Oldendorf, you’re not bound to confuse it with any other place in the world.