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German Fen Route
Cycling sans frontičres, with the wind at your back

Peat dug from Klostermoor on the Fen Route

If you are looking for some holiday action in addition to cycling, this region also offers plenty of angling spots, bridle paths and new attractions that have been created as part of the "paddle and pedal nature experience" project. Numerous watersports opportunities are also available or you could sit back and admire the stunning scenery from a coach. There's always something new to discover here as you learn to recognise different types of marshland. The Elisabethfehn marsh and fen museum gives visitors an insight into peat bog cultivation. Its tea room provides an introduction to the East Friesland method of making and drinking tea. Saterland is known as the "smallest linguistic island in Europe" as people here speak a language called Sater Friesian.

Sailing boat on the canal

In the past, there were numerous boatbuilders and self-employed fishermen in the many fen communities. The town of Papenburg, the largest and oldest fen colony in Germany, used to have about two dozen shipyards, but nowadays only the Meyer shipyard survives and it specialises in building large ferries. Wiesmoor is another interesting place to visit. It is called "Lower Saxony's flower garden" because of its large number of glasshouses and its flower exhibition hall and is also home to East Friesland's only water organ. Its traditional Flower Festival with a colourful grand parade and the crowning of the flower queen is held on the first weekend in September. The multi-faceted German Fen Route can also be experienced by car. There really is something for everyone and the people of the German Fen Route look forward to welcoming their visitors.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Marshland, sandy heathland, bog, fen houses, nature, sport

Highlights in brief

  • Apen
    St. Nicholas Church
  • Wiesmoor
    "East Friesland's Flower Bed", museum, lock, East Friesland's only water organ
  • Saterland
    Dutch gallery windmills
  • Moormerland
    Boekzeteler Meer (fenland), Veenhusen nature conservation area, abbey cemetery
  • Leer
    Trading/harbour town, Leda floodgate, town hall, museum
  • Near Leer
    Mitling-Mark windmills and "Grannie's Kitchen" museum
  • Jümme
    Stickhausen Castle
  • Papenburg
    Shipbuilding town, shipbuilding yard specialising in large ferries, Germany's biggest fen colony
  • Elisabethfehn
    Marshland and fen museum, Germany's only navigable fen canal
  • Westgrossefehn
    Eiland Fen Museum