Culture and Sights
Around the Thülsfelder Talsperre
The diverse landscape around the archipelago-like lake district of the Thülsfelder Talsperre offers pure relaxation at all seasons. Silent heathlands, old forests and idyllic moors form a unique stage for idyllic villages, traditional towns and fascinating museums.
Experiencing culture / museums
Go on a trip into the past and walk along historic tracks through the recreational area Thülsfelder Talsperre ...
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Go on a trip into the past and walk along historic tracks through the recreational area Thülsfelder Talsperre. The museum village, Heimathaus, post museum or work house – each of these museums has some special offers from the diverse history of our region.
Cloppenburg – Museum village Cloppenburg
Framed by high trees and picturesque brooks in a park-like landscape, the Lower Saxony open-air museum appears as a "historic" island with impressive rural monuments from the last 500 years. Most of the more than 50 buildings are from the old cultivated landscape between Weser and Ems.
Under the motto of "Sunday walk", the museum village offers free guided tours under different themes every Sunday at 2.30 p.m. Children may participate in interactive offers at 2.00 p.m., such as baking bread and dying blue. These offers are open to visitors without previous registration. Changing exhibitions are presented throughout the year.
Bether Straße 6
Phone: +49 4471 9484-0
Fax: +49 4471 948474
March-October 9.00 a.m. -6.00 p.m, November-February 9.00 a.m.-16.00 p.m..
Bösel – Museum park "Am Pallert"
At the core of Bösel, there is the so-called Heimathuus. Its new outbuildings hold a comprehensive collection of old agricultural devices. A bread-baking house was built as well.
The Bösel women set up a beautiful farmers' garden with many local perennials, bushes and trees in boxwood frames.
Heimatverein Bösel e. V.
Phone: Gerhard Bley +49 4494 758 Caspar Pleye +49 4494 412
Sun. 3.00-6.00 p.m. and by appointment.
"Post history Museum Friesoythe"
A cross-section through German and regional post history, reaching from about 1750 to the current days.
Lange Straße 1a
Phone: +49 4491 3434
Fax: +49 4491 919166
Accessible only by appointment under
Phone: +49 173 9304956. Prices on request.
Iron town Friesoythe
Friesoythe – where iron grows from the ground
Hardly anyone will think of the Northern German lowlands when thinking about smelting. However, the town of Friesoythe proves that things can be different. Visitors are astonished to see that here, of all places, iron was mined and smelted even in the Middle Ages.
In fact, iron production contributed to the town's economic success long before the industrialisation in Friesoythe. The rich bog iron ore deposits and black turf were used to produce forgeable iron in bloomer furnaces – column furnaces made of clay.
Today, Friesoythe is the Northern-most German town in the ring of the European forging town. For information, see www.friesoythe.de
Sculptures in town
- Friesoythe in the 15th century – Bronze model, Kirchstraße (in front of the St. Marien Kirche)
- Iron 1 – sculpture in front of the bank building of the LzO, Bahnhofstraße 6
- Iron 2 – peace bell in the town park
- Bridge of friendship – Bridge of the nation - 2 Steles at the bridge railing of the Soestenbrücke at the Altes Rathaus, Lange Straße 1a
- Forged relief - Burkamp 12, at the office building of the Deutschen Telecom AG
- Forged sculpture - Mühlenstraße, at the culture centre Alte Wassermühle
- Iron Way of the Cross – In the Friesoythe town park: Christ's way of the cross in a modern interpretation, made of iron figurines.
Processions to the historic icon of grace
Churches, chapels and crosses are hard to miss in the recreational area Thülsfelder Talsperre. They document a centuries-old church culture.
Place of Pilgrimage Bethen
In the Cloppenburg quarter of Bethen, a Catholic place of pilgrimage, there are the Gnadenkapelle and St. Marien- Basilika at the centre of a square where thousands of pilgrims meet seven times a year for prayer and procession. With its artfully decorated banners and flags, they make for an impressive image. The pilgrimages are targeted at the Bethen icon of grace, a Pietá from 1448. According to legend, it floated in the Soeste– against the stream, contrary to all laws of nature. Because of this wonder, believers still regularly go on pilgrimages to the place where the icon of grace was taken from the water: Bethen.
Phone: +49 4471 2564
Fax: +49 4471 933166
Katholische Kirchengemeinde St. Marien Cloppenburg- Bethen
Megalith Culture Road
Our holiday road takes you to 33 exciting archaeology stations with more than 70 large rock graves from the Neolithic age (about 3500-2800 B.C.) along 330 kilometres through Northwestern Germany.