Leer in German means “empty,” and the city of Weener in the Leer District of Lower Saxony is hardly empty. It’s filled with history and East Frisian culture since it sits on the southern edge of that German region.
Once you’re in Weener you’re also among East Frisian tea drinkers. Most of Germany is of the coffee drinking sort, but be prepared to have tea served here for breakfast, and in mid afternoon and evening, and within most homes. It’s served with Kluntje, a rock candy, and/or heavy cream served with small cookies (cake for special occasions).
Weener offers a tea seminar with tips on the proper way to serve and drink this healthy beverage.
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Tea’s not the only reason to see Weener, though. Come also for the history as the town was founded in 951 A.D. A couple of examples?
The Parish Church dates back to the 13th century, there are plenty of windmills (it IS so close to the Netherlands!), and there’s one of the oldest inhabited buildings in all of Germany (1449). The Fronehaus’s inscription dates to 1660 but it’s believed to be a hundred years older.
There’s plenty to learn about Weener and the surrounding countryside at the Local History Museum (it’s housed in a former poorhouse). There’s also the Organ Museum and the Parish Church George has a famous Arp Schnitger organ (a famous regional organ maker).
For only 2 Euro, the town offers guided tours showcasing all main attractions of the city (May thru September).
Since Weener is so close to the North Sea, you’re bound to enjoy endless hours fishing or perhaps, a boat rental? There are also many hiking and biking trails of the moorland countryside, or the outdoor pool at the Friesenbad for those who prefer different pursuits.
No matter what you choose to do here, you’re gonna love it!