Welcome to Zetel, a Lower Saxon town where you can enjoy a Jever beer, tea from East Frisia, and topography high enough not to get slammed by North Sea storm tides.
If you look at it like that, you’d reckon there would be nothing else to do up here in the very north of Germany.
Not so! Many folks are captivated by “Dutchman” windmills and Zetel has one of the last commercial working ones in the entire country.
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Then, there’s Zetel’s castle, the Neuenburger Schloss. The 15th century castle is now a museum and the site for many weddings. Many little girls dream of getting married in a fairytale castle and Neuenburger certainly fits the bill.
A few centuries older than the castle is the oldest building in all of Zetel, the church of St. Martin. This huge church was completed in 1249 and has been a source of pride for more than 750 years.
The town also has a school museum, known as the Northwest German School Museum. Go ahead, mess with the kids and tell them they gotta go to school on summer vacation! ;-)
Zetel is really proud of its cultural activities, too. Over at the Vereenshuus (you gotta love that north German dialect), locals and visitors alike can enjoy any number of theater performances.
The Moorlands and the seaside must be an artistic muse because you’ll find a lot of local artwork, especially in the Gallery Southern Friesland and during the Neuenburger Art Weeks where many artists come to strut their stuff.
In November there’s the Zeteler Markt, the largest in all of Frisia. The market lasts for four days with a chance to buy anything and everything (including cattle).
When you’re done shopping, visiting museums, or checking out art galleries get out in the Moorlands with a bicycle or your own two feet. Lower Saxony is a place that’s best enjoyed outside and Zetel is just perfect to do it.
Maybe you’ll get lucky and find your artistic muse? :-)