The village church on top of the round Warft was built in the 15th century. The choir was enlarged and topped with the steeple a century later.
The interior is plain and very 'calvinist', except the gothic gallery in the west of the church, dated 1513. The 'folded' ornaments on the balustrade is typical for the late middle ages in this region.
The gallery carries the organ, which is important enough to deserve a tip of its own...
The organ in the village church was bought from the organ maker Harmannus in Groningen in 1457. The villagers had it transported across the frozen Dollart and paid with a couple of fat cows.
Since then, the instrument has hardly been changed. Most of the work is original, and still fully functional. This makes the Rysum instrument one of the oldest organs in Lower Saxony, other sources say in the whole of Northern Europe. No matter what, the instrument is unique. For concerts and presentations, experts from all over the world come to Rysum.
If you want to hear how it sounds, check out my video on this page.
The old windmill has recently been restored and has become a cultural centre of the village. And it is a holiday home of a special kind. Groups from 6 to 16 people can rent it and stay there. The price is 16 € per person including breakfast. Details on the website (in German).