This is what makes the area so interesting: small villages between low hills, fields, railway lines and roads. I could spend hours wandering around them just exploring if, that is, they were big enough for one person to spend hours in!
Uenzen in Lower Saxony (Mittelweser Region) Photo: Viktoria Michaelis.
Many of these villages are farming communities who can trace their history back many hundreds of years. The larger cities can claim a thousand-year history, these villages are considerably older but, as with all things, cannot prove it. The only thing missing is the paperwork, as the Germans are very keen on having everything set down in writing, and if the history of a village can’t be proven through a mention on paper, a certificate, a contract, then it isn’t all that old! That is, until the archeologists start digging out the foundations of earlier settlements which, since these are working communities, isn’t likely to happen any time soon.
Uenzen in Lower Saxony (Mittelweser Region). Photo: Viktoria Michaelis.
The commemorative stone in this small village, between Syke and Bruchhausen-Vilsen, is dated 1231 which would be the earliest written reference anyone has been able to find.
As I mentioned elsewhere, it is the architecture which fascinates me as much as anything. The scenery is good, the nature wonderful, but buildings are my thing most of the time!
Love & Kisses, Viki.