Small Villages.

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on July 24, 2012 in Personal |

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, Architecture in Mittelweser Region.

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, Architecture in Mittelweser Region.

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.

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  • Dan says:

    One of my favorite things about the dorfs is that so many if them have monuments for Den Gefallenen, those lost in the world wars. Most of them have all of the names listed. The wars were ugly and I can’t defend much of the nation’s actions buti do so love how those that served and gave their lives for country are remembered. In the small dorfs, even one or two losses were devastating.

    • viki says:

      There are many ijn this area. It is especially sad to see those names and dates from younger men who lost their lives in the last weeks of the war when, for many elsewhere, it was clear that the war was lost and there was no further hope, no point. And it is good to see the Germans remembering those who fell, without any form of honor for the system they lived and died under.

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