Leer Travel Guide

  • In the old town
    In the old town
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  • Calvinist church
    Calvinist church
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  • Harbour scene
    Harbour scene
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  • Calvinist Church

    The huge church was erected in 1785-1787. The cross-shaped building follows a Dutch model: the Noorderkerk in Amsterdam, which is however a century older. The pulpit with its big cover is situated in one corner of the cross so that the diagonal is the main axis of the room. This also follows the Amsterdam example. The pulpit dates from around 1600...

  • Haneburg

    The Haneburg castle was the seat of a chief ("Häuptling"), the local ruler from a noble family. The main wing was erected in 1621. The southern side wing was added in 1677; in 1935 it was copied and the northern wing added. The facades show some 18th century baroque additions like the portals. The tower in the corner between the two 17th century...

  • Mennonite Church

    The Mennonites originate in the Anabaptism movement of the 16th century. While the Anabaptists, especially the radical groups, were strictly persecuted in most parts of the Empire, a moderate group of Dutch refugees was allowed to stay in East Frisia and live their religion. After their head, the preacher Menno, they named themselves Mennoniten....

  • Crypt Of Medieval St Liudger Church

    St Liudger was the oldest parish church of Leer, erected on an artificial hill to protect it from floods. It was torn down when the new Calvinist church was built in the late 18th century. All that is left is the gothic crypt. The crypt nowadays serves as war memorial. Some 16th and 17th century tombstones from the cemetery have been attached to...

  • Lutherkirche - Lutheran Church

    In Calvinist Leer, the Lutheran minority was granted free execution of their religion in 1673. Two years later they started building their first church (inscription at the choir). The church was extended and alterated during the 18th century and again in 1883 to its present cross-shape. Description of the church with several interior photos on the...

  • A Walk Along The Harbour

    Leer's inner harbour sees some smaller cargo ships and fishing boats but mostly sailing boats and yachts. The harbour basin extends into closest vicinity of the old town. The promenade starting at the bridge is worth a little walk.Despite its small-town flair, Leer is Ostfriesland's most important industry and trade town besides Emden.

  • Waage - Scale House

    The scale building has an important function in a trade harbour. It was erected in 1714 in closest vicinity to the harbour basin and is a characteristic example how Dutch architecture was received here. Nowadays the building contains a restaurant and cafe. The outdoor seating is overlooking the port - a lovely spot to sit down and relax in summer.

  • Town Hall

    Leer's 'old' town hall is a late 19th century building. It was erected in 1894 in neo-renaissance style. The huge tower on the corner dominates the town's silhouette.

  • Strolling And Shopping In The Old Town

    The streets of the old town with their pretty houses are worth a stroll. If you love shopping, explore the shops and art galleries. These are mostly small, locally owned businesses, there are hardly any chain stores. In other words, they don't offer 'the same stuff as everywhere else' but have a unique assortment. The whole appearance of the town...


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