We're back from a week's vacation in Ostfriesland - Lower Saxony - Germany.
Though the weather was child, windy and rainy on the first days, we spent a wonderful week with our kids and my husband's cousin and family.
So we were four adults with five children aged from 5 to 15 years.
We had booked accommodation again at the 'Ferienhof Neukämper' , where we stayed already in July 2015, but this time we stayed in two separate apartments.
Everybody was pleased with this accommodation, the garden and the breakfast buffet!
If there would be anything to complain about, it would be the outdoor facilities around the barn and the access pathway. Arriving a first time at the property (as our cousin's family did, and we did last year) the first impression is bit messy with some rubble and other stuff lying around.
Maybe I am just too demanding, because everything else is in perfect condition as you can see on some of the pictures: the garden at the back is lovely, the interior is great (apartments as well as lounge & breakfast room), the apartments furniture and equipment is new, well maintained and clean and they even installed a new kid's climber with a swing.
Maybe quite soon the rubbish will be removed, as we learned that they will rent the barn as event location starting with a wedding party in June of this year and their planned hay hotel opens also in a few weeks time .
We wish them good luck and plenty of success for this expansion of their business.
We'll be back next year, because after all, there are much much more positive aspects to this property and we still highly recommend this holiday accommodation.
Underneath you'll find some pictures taken at the 'Familienhof Neukämper'.
If you like to know were to have lunch or dinner, here are our tips.
So it's been the second time within 10 months that we spent a week on the coast of Ostfriesland, but we were not bored for a second, there are still plenty of things to do and discover.
Due to our son's broken arm there were some minor restrictions, like riding bikes, but we nonetheless had a great time.
The first days the weather was capricious, typical Frisian weather or Schietwetter as they say.
When we arrived, it was sunny, and after dinner on our first evening it was extremely windy and rainy and only about 12°C.
But then weather improved constantly and by Wednesday temperatures had reached 22 to 25 °C .
Below you'll find some information and pictures of our activities and visits during the past week.
NORDEN & NORDDEICH
Norden has a great pedestrian zone with lot's of shops (Neuer Weg and Osterstrasse), a shopping mall between the pedestrian street and railway station and more shops all around, as well as on the way to the dyke in Norddeich.
What's worth seeing: the city centre with the St Ludgeri church with the ancient cemetery and historic houses, east friesian tea museum, 'Deichmühle' the old dyke mill, the seals station, the Waloseum museum, and much more . . .
In Norddeich: the dyke, the sea, the wadden sea, the port, the area where you can launch and fly kites, and much more . . .
We also went for a trip with the old historic coastal railway from Norden to Dornum and return. It was a nice trip and at the return I asked the train driver if the kids could join him in the locomotive, and he said yes, so four of the kids could alternately be in the locomotive and were amazed and completely in awe of this big machine!
The historic East Frisian coastal railway : http://www.mkoev.de
this was our first visit to Emden, and I loved it.
Plenty of shops everywhere, the port centrally located with three museum ships to visit, and much more . . .
We visited two of the museum ships and went for a boat tour through the port, had a nice lunch and strolled along the streets of Emden.
Overall a great day in this lovely city.
there is so much to say about Greetsiel, I would not know where to start...it's just marvelous, it's a village around an old port, fishermen, ships, historic buildings....you absolutely have to visit Greetsiel and you will love it !
the famous lighthouse in Pilsum www.pilsumer-leuchtturm.de
The museum in Campen, the church and the lighthouse, as well as a picture of the sandy playground called 'Trockenstrand' in Upleward, only a few km away from Campen.
Ostfriesisches Landwirtschaftmuseum Campen : http://www.olmc.de